„I thought at first, I am not going to stand a chance of receiving the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship. Nevertheless, I have applied and gave it a try “, said Malek Abbassi, the information engineering student.
Meanwhile, Malek received the Deutschlandstipendium for the second time, allowing him to quit his low-paid job, which was not related to his skills and investing the time in finding a better job within his interest instead. „The scholarship gave me the time needed to find a job, that I really enjoy. “
He is now working 20 hours a week as software engineer, and he loves his job. The company, which he is working for, treats him very well and may offer him a full-time job as soon as he gets his bachelor’s degree at the HAW. Besides other opportunities he has been offered from the Deutschlandstipendium sponsors, who have invited him into their talent pool.
Abbassi sounds lucky: „I already studied in Tunisia and had a scholarship there, but I didn’t like the study program.“ He looked for other opportunities abroad and found an English speaking study program at the HAW, which suits his interests much better. He received an acceptance letter and came to Germany. After a tough start with several jobs next to his study, he is now able to combine work and study. „Even after 10 or 12 hours of programming, it doesn’t feel like studying because I am doing what I like.“