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Alumni Reunion Spring 2024 Boston

Please join us for the Constructor University Foundation of America’s 2024 reunion in Boston! Events are happening all weekend. Our reunion dinner is scheduled to run from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, with plenty of time for mingling and conversation. ​ ​Afraid you don’t know anyone who is going? Don’t be! All alumni take a leap of faith when they attend their first reunion. Entering a room with people you don’t yet know might seem scary, but all of us share a love for our Bremen North mothership. Come reminisce and make new friends that you already have so much in common with! Weekend Activities Friday, April 19th, 2024 3:00-4:00pm: Tour of QuEra Computing with the President, Takuya KitagawaJoin us for an exclusive tour of QuEra Computing, the leader in commercializing quantum computers using neutral atoms. Learn about their pioneering research and explore the world’s largest publicly accessible quantum computer. (Included in the Reunion ticket price)Address: 1284 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02135 USA 7:00-9:00pm: Informal MeetupKick off the reunion weekend with an informal meetup at Time Out Market. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city and reconnect with old friends. Don’t forget to sign up for our CUFA-Reunion Boston WhatsApp group to stay in the loop and connect with fellow participants.​Address: 401 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215 USAUnorganized Saturday, April 20th, 2024 10:45am-12:30pm: Freedom Trail Tour Revolutionary WomenExperience Boston’s rich history with a guided tour along the Freedom Trail. Included in the supporter & megatier ticket price / $20 for all other participants.Meeting at: 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111 2:00-3:30pm: Strategy Session “Charting the Path: Strategies for Tech Transfer and Innovation Deployment” (Included in the Reunion ticket)Join us for a strategy workshop focusing on innovation deployment, led by Ali Alam, an alumnus of Constructor University and the director of Synthesis, our newly established center for entrepreneurship and innovation. Internal Development: Discuss the feasibility of building a tech transfer framework from scratch within the university. External Collaboration: Explore opportunities for collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute, particularly in specialized areas such as 2D materials and quantum computing. Integration with Constructor Capital: Evaluate the possibility of allocating tech transfer functions to Constructor Capital, transforming it into an innovation hub alongside its VC activities. Through interactive discussions, we’ll assess the merits and drawbacks of each approach and collaboratively develop actionable recommendations for the leadership team. Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of innovation at Constructor University! Address: Citizen M North Station, 70 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114 6:00-10:00pm: Reunion Dinner (See the right panel ->) Sunday, April 21st, 2024 Joint Breakfast: brunch at The Friendly Toast.  (Self-paid, optional)Address: 35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116(with additional location in Cambridge)​ 11:30am-1:30pm: Cultural ActivityChoose from various cultural activities, including visits to the (Please tell us your preference after the registration for the event; (Included in the supporter & megatier ticket price / approx. $20 for all other participants):• Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum• Museum of African American History• John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum​ Reunion Dinner Where: Trillium Fort Point Brewery50 Thomson Place Boston, MA 02210 When: April 20, 2024 at 6:00pm-10:00pm 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM | Welcome reception6:45 PM – 7:30 PM | Panel discussion7:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Dinner & Networkin Panel Discussion We’re excited to announce that starting at 6:45 PM, Ekaterina Damer will moderate a discussion on How to Empower More Students to Become Tech Entrepreneurs. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or simply curious about the entrepreneurial journey, this event is for you. Our panel of distinguished speakers will delve into the true essence of entrepreneurship, offering a comprehensive understanding of what it entails, its significant impact, as well as practical, high-level advice for those ready to embark on their own business ventures. This discussion is designed not just to inform, but also to inspire action and ignite your passion for innovation and success!We look forward to seeing you there and sharing an evening filled with friends, fun, food, and interesting conversation! Guests Ekaterina Damer, Phd is passionate about startups, science and music. Alongside her PhD, Ekaterina founded Prolific in 2014, with the goal of finding participants for her research. She raised investment and scaled the company to a team of ~60, empowering tens of thousands of researchers around the world to do rigorous, high-quality research on-demand. In 2022, Ekaterina successfully exited the company and she is currently focused on investing and mentoring founders.Prof. Serguei Netessine at The Wharton School. With vast experience spanning education, government, and industry — including roles at Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, and Rolls Royce — Prof. Netessine brings invaluable insights. As a member of Constructor’s Scientific Advisory Board, his expertise enriches our community.Ali Alam is the Director of Synthesis, the university’s start-up and entrepreneurial incubator. Ali connects the dots to build bridges, nurturing collaboration over competition hence building sustainable eco-systems!He supports youth changemakers to build impact startups by redefining entrepreneurial education, focusing on migrant backgrounds and the lesser privileged.Lara Vujovic is a distinguished alumna of our university, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology in 2011. With over 14 years of experience in research, Lara currently holds the position of Senior UX Researcher at Google. Her international experience spanning 15 years lends her a nuanced understanding of human behavior, with a focus on individual and cultural differences.Ashley Taylor is a seasoned leader in HR and talent acquisition, with 17 years of experience. Currently Director of Global Talent Acquisition at Acronis, Ashley graduated with an MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College. She will share her unique perspective on balancing a corporate career path with an entrepreneurial mindset.Kevin Korte is a distinguished alumnus of our university, holding both a BSc and MSc in Computer Sciences since 2011. Currently, he serves as the Board Treasurer of CUFA, with over 25 years of extensive experience in various roles. Recognized as a Board Member, Angel Investor, Speaker, and IT Innovation & Growth Strategist, Kevin has a successful history of driving large-scale digital transformation programs. Specializing in Identity Management and open-source IT infrastructure solutions, he also serves as a Board Member at Market Intent.In addition, several board members of Constructor

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ArtFest 2023

ArtFest 2023 All Alumni fondly remember the cultural events that happened on Campus. Grown out of the various College Art exhibitions, the Constructor University Arts Fest has since 2018 united the bubble with the wider Bremen Community. With over 100 Students involved, the Art Fest 2023 will continue the tradition.Where: On CampusCampus Ring 1, 28759 Bremen, Germany When: March 24-25th Learn More “Culture: Zooming in, Zooming out” This years theme is: “Culture: Zooming in, Zooming out” This topic is meant to address the impact of culture on individuals, communities, ethnic groups and/or nations. All of us were raised in a certain “bigger” culture that depended on our environment, family values, and country particularities. Throughout our lives, we were exposed to other, “more narrow” cultural flows through movies, music, literature and communication with other people. This all has shaped us and has become part of our personality, creating a unique cultural mix for every person and making each of them a new voice to spread their views. We, the Artfest team, serving as a prism, wish to explore the impact of culture/s on a person through their artworks.

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Alumni Reunion Spring 2023 in New York

This April, join us in New York City for an exciting evening with fellow alumni! Catch up with old friends, grow your network, and most importantly, have fun!Where: Harvard Club of New York City35 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 When: April 15, 2023 at 5:30pm-9:30pm Afraid you don’t know anyone who is going? Don’t be! All alumni take a leap of faith when they attend their first reunion. Entering a room with people you don’t yet know might seem scary, but all of us share a love for our Bremen North mothership. Come reminisce and make new friends that you already have so much in common with! Guests Jules ColemanAfter 40 years in Higher Education with elite Universities, Jules now serves as Senior Academic Advisor to the President of Constructor University. His Focus is to expand the curriculum and assist with hiring and strategic expansions. Ronny WellsA Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Ronny has been essential in establishing International University Bremen. Even in his retirement he is still an essential part of the Community, currently serving as Chairman of the Board of JUFA.Ilya KompasovA communication expert with over 10 years in community management, Ilya currently serves as the Head of Alumni Relations at our Alma Matter.   Conny ScheitzA 2007 Alumnus of Jacobs University Bremen and Executive at Autodesk, Conny currently services as the President of JUFA and the Alumni Association.

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JUFA Reunion 2019 in Denver

The Denver Reunion of the Jacobs University Foundation of America has been a roaring success. Four Generations of Jacobs University Students, as well as Friends of the University, met in The Mile High City to keep in touch and exchange stories about their experiences and current careers. The event started with a tour of the Blue Moon Brewery. The included tasting reminded many of our friends of their times in the Other Side, the famous Club on Campus many of us frequented during our time. The Alumni Dinner allowed us to catch up with our friends and connect with new alumni. It also enabled us to introduce the latest news from the Foundation and from Jacobs University to our Group.  All in all, it was the perfect weekend to reconnect with old friends and meet new Alumni from Jacobs University. Last but not least, we are happy to say that, thanks to 6 significant contributions, we move towards our $100.000 goal. Join us through the year for our local chapter reunions! Contact us on Facebook for ideas for the next get together!

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JUFA Names Ronny Wells Scholarship

The Jacobs University Foundation of America is excited to announce that it is naming its next endowed Scholarship the Ronny Wells Scholarship in dedication of Ronny Wells and his lifetime of achievement and dedication to Jacobs University Bremen.  Dr. Raymond Wells was fundamental to the establishment of Jacobs University Bremen. Indeed, it was the fateful call from Dr. Hans-Otto Peitgen to Dr. Raymond (Ronny) Wells on the morning of October 22, 1997 that connected the City of Bremen to Rice University and set the stage for the establishment of Jacobs University. Ronny played a critical advisory role in the early days of the university and contributed to the establishment of the IRC and Jacobs trans disciplinary approach to education. Ronny also had the foresight to establish an official non-profit in the United States, the Jacobs University Foundation of America, such that Americans could contribute to the University and receive tax benefits. Ronny served in leadership roles in JUFA for over nine years, and continues to serve on the Board of the Jacobs University Foundation of America today. Ronny’s role in the establishment of Jacobs University is so fundamental that he has literally written a book on the history of Jacobs. The Jacobs University Foundation of America has raised $40,000 of their $100,000 goal for the Ronny Wells Scholarship Fund. The first Ronny Wells Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student in the fall of 2017. The next scholarship will be awarded upon meeting the endowment goal. If you are interested in contributing the to the Ronny Wells Scholarship you can donate here. 

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Update on the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund

In 2015 the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund was created. This Fund was established to fulfill a desire by alumni to give back to a scholarship that is not only merit based but also will be available to students of all nationalities. Most importantly, unlike some scholarship initiatives in the past the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund is an endowment model. This means that no scholarship will ever be paid out of the principal of the endowment, but instead out of accrued interest on the endowment. Basically this translates into the Fund and the scholarship being sustainable, in perpetuity, regardless of future cash flow. Being part of the creation of this Fund has been incredibly exciting and the Development Committee of JUFA has been overwhelmed with the show of support for the Fund. Thus it is my pleasure to announce that in 2015 — $22,102 dollars were raised for the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. And we are only getting started! Due to the generosity of an alumnus from the Class of 2007, all donations to the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund made until April of 2017 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 dollars! Given all of this very exciting news, the Development Committee has decided to introduce a new 5-year fundraising goal for the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund of $100,000. Based on the generosity of alumni in the past year we are confident we will be able to reach this goal. This also ensures that the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund will provide for a 2000 Euro per year scholarship in perpetuity. Again – thank you to all who have donated and participated in building the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund so far. We are looking forward to continuing to build up the future with you!

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The History of International University Bremen: From Idea to Reality, 1997-2001

Author: John B. Boles Nur jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne,Der uns beschützt und der uns hilft, zu lebe. (A magic dwells in each beginning,protecting us, telling us how to live.) Hermann Hesse, Das Glasperlenspiel (The Glass Bead Game), 1943  From one perspective, the German city of Bremen and the Texas city of Houston could not be more different. Yet they share a number of characteristics, the most intriguing of which is an academic partnership that developed almost by happenstance in the last years of the twentieth century. How have the lives of these two cities, more than five thousand miles apart, become intertwined? How does the seed of an idea take root, grow, and ultimately bear fruit? I.            Bremen traces its founding back to 787, when Charlemagne established it as a diocese, and it was raised to an Archbishopric in 845. Within two centuries, Bremen had become a leading trading port and ecclesiastical administrative center known as “the Rome of the North”. In the thirteenth century, the city won its independence from the bishops, and in 1358 it joined several other states in forming the Hanse trading league. For three centuries, Bremen prospered greatly from commerce with northern and eastern Europe. This heritage of leadership in the Hanseatic League has perpetuated an internationalist outlook in the city. Over the centuries, the city, connected to the North Sea by the Weser river, continued to find success in trade, becoming at different times a leading import center for products as varied as tobacco, coffee, cotton, and oil as well as the embarkation port for millions of German and other Europeans who emigrated to the New World. Shipbuilding also thrived. Throughout its long history, Bremen has prided itself on its independent, progressive spirit, and the symbol of that love of freedom is the statue of Ronald[1] erected in 1404 in the central plaza in front of the City Hall (Rathaus). Bremen entered the German Confederation as an autonomous republic (Germany’s oldest) in 1815 and only temporarily lost its independence during the rule of the National Socialists. That independence was regained in 1947, when Bremen and the smaller port city of Bremerhaven jointly became an independent state within the Federal Republic of Germany with the formal name of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.             The openness of Bremen to international trade was signified in 1796, when the United States established in the city its first consulate on the European continent. Trade thrived between the U.S. and Bremen, and for decades, Bremen was a leading import center for cotton and oil – products often coming from the port of Houston – and millions of new citizens in the U.S. had left Europe from Bremen. For example, the period between 1844 and 1847, sixty-one ships from Europe brought more than seven thousand immigrants to Texas. Thirty-nine of those sixty-one ships had embarked from Bremen. In 1844, the Senate of Bremen drafted a most-favored-nation trade agreement with Texas, only to have Texas fail to ratify the agreement because the at-the-time independent Republic of Texas sought annexation by the U.S. and feared the trade agreement might complicate the process. But the effort dramatically indicates Bremen’s aggressive stance toward international trade. Today, it is Germany’s twelfth largest city, with a metropolitan population (including Bremerhaven) of approximately 700,000, known to Americans primarily for its production of Mercedes cars, Beck’s Beer, and its leadership in aviation and aerospace – the German Spacelab-Mission D2 was designed, built, and equipped in Bremen.            Houston, by contrast, is a very young city, having been founded in 1836 on the banks of a barely navigable river called Buffalo Bayou. Like Bremen, it is some distance from the open sea; following a dredging of the bayou that transformed it into the Houston Ship Channel, the city became one of the largest international ports in the world, prospering first by exporting cotton, and then, in the twentieth century, petroleum products. Bremen had guaranteed its link to the ocean lanes by developing the port of Bremerhaven in 1827 after silting of the Weser threatened to strangle the city, and Houston had taken action to promote its ocean trade by completing its ship channel in 1914. Both cities defied geography to promote commerce. In 1962, the [Johnson] Manned Space Center was established in Houston, and, as a consequence, the first words spoken on the surface of the moon were: “Houston, the Eagle has landed.” As different as Bremen and Houston are in terms of age and size (the population of metropolitan Houston is approximately 4.5 million), the two cities share import-export products, both are major ports as a result of active human responses to the natural environment, both are major centers of space exploration (The European Space Module for the International Space Station is currently being built in Bremen, and once in orbit, the space station will be directed by the Mission Control Center in Houston), and both have a strong sense of independence and a spirit that says anything can be accomplished if people work hard enough. In that sense, the two cities are natural partners.            Houston has a number of public and private universities and a world-famous medical center, but its first and most distinguished university opened to instruction in 1912 as the Rice Institute (the name was changed to Rice University in 1960). The Board of Trustee of this private, independent, and completely autonomous research university chose as its founding President, in 1907, a mathematician from Princeton University, Edgar Odell Lovett. Lovett had earned a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Leipzig, where he saw at work the Humboldtian model of the university as a center of research as well as of teaching. After Lovett accepted the Rice Presidency with the responsibility of planning and opening the new institution, the Rice Trustees sent him on an inspection tour of the world’s great universities, traveling throughout Europe and eventually across Russia to Japan,

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The original Jacobs University (IUB) white paper

December 3, 1997Authors: Rice delegation and Bremen task force [We] propose the following bold initiative: to create a new private international university in the city of Bremen in the Federal Republic of Germany that will have a mission to prepare science and engineering students to be leaders in the international workplace. Our conception of this new university will be defined by the following characteristics: It will be dedicate to the highest possible quality standards with respect to the admission of students, the recruitment of faculty, and the execution of its programs of study and research. It will be an international universityL both students and faculty will be drawn from the city of Bremen, the Federal Republic of Germany, and from Europe, the U.S., and other countries. It will be a private university with an independent governing board from civic, academic, and industrial leaders from the city of Bremen, from Germany, from Europe, and from participating universities in the U.S. The curriculum will emphasize selected disciplines in science and engineering. Courses in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law with be part of an integrated curriculum. The undergraduate program of study will be strongly influenced by the U.S. model, but will also incorporate the best features of the German and European models. Instruction will primarily be in English … The university will be a leading institution in the deployment of information technology to enrich  teaching and learning. This will include distance learning links between the university and its academic partners in the U.S. It will be a research university … It will be a residential learning environment. Students and faculty will live on campus. Sports, cultural and social events will be encouraged to promote interaction and learning outside the classroom.  [There then followed a series of implementation steps and recommendations for administration and governance.]

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15 years later – The Keynote address at IUB Opening Ceremony by Helmut Schmidt

15 years ago in September 2001 Jacobs University (then called IUB) celebrated its Opening. The keynote address was given by Helmut Schmidt – highlighting why we need “institutions of higher learning that are modem, performance-oriented,[…] interdisciplinary, and, at the same time, international”.​Sadly we lost Helmut Schmidt in 2015 – his vision, courage and his words of advice will be missed, especially facing the global political and cultural challenges of the 21st century. In the year 2015 we encountered terrorism as well as economic and humanitarian crisis that will take beyond 2016 to solve. We have faced a similar crisis before – 15 years ago – the opening ceremony of Jacobs University was just days after 9/11. And thus Helmut Schmidt’s words are worth repeating, because they are as relevant today as they were 15 years ago, and to remind us of what we set out to create: “Nobody has only rights; everyone has duties as well. And any elite also has to be an elite of responsibility. “    – Cornelia Scheitz Helmut Schmidt, Former Chancellor of GermanyKeynote Address IUB Opening Ceremony​When Professor Lust, Chairman of the Board of this university, invited me months ago for today’s occasion, I had three good reasons to accept his invitation. First, there was my friendship with Reimar Lust. Second, from the time of my youth, I have felt a special sympathy for the partner city of Bremen – m particular for this very town Grohn-Vegesack, where I spent two years in basic training: face-left, face-right, running, pushups. All pretty senseless, but I still cherish the memory of the Strandlust, the Havenhaus, and the brewer’s agent Take. Incidentally, does the “Grauer Esel” still exist? ​ Third, I’ve been convinced for more than a decade that Germany urgently needs universities such as the one being inaugurated in Bremen today: that is, institutions of higher learning that are modem, performance-oriented, independent of the reins of state bureaucracies, interdisciplinary, and, at the same time, international.I would like to make a few remarks why this necessity exists. First, however, a word about the monstrous crimes against humanity in New York and Washington, which we just witnessed with horror and helplessness from afar.Those of us who remember the assistance received from the American Marshall Plan at the end of World War II and the destruction of Germany; those who recall the numerous instances of foreign aid in the battle against German terrorism; those who know of the United States’ decisive support in the reunification of Germany; but also each of us who takes the belief in human rights and charity seriously: today we all feel an undivided solidarity with the American nation.The extent and the complexity of the simultaneous acts of terrorism against the lives of tens of thousands of Americans, and against the nerve and command centers of the state cannot have been accomplished without extensive organization, without a great number of suicide terrorists, without a great number of assistants and sympathizers, and without a lot of money. Therefore, it will probably not take long to uncover the masterminds of this mammoth crime. Until then, it is necessary for the American as well as all other governments to refrain from any false accusations. Rage, resentment, but also fear might lead to hysterical reactions in many places around the world. Thus, it is, first and foremost, imperative for all governments and politicians to show common sense and balanced reason!Second, all governments should brace themselves against future acts of terrorism and should provide for the safety of their citizens. Third, and concurrently, an extensive search for clues and an investigation of the crime are imperative. In order to achieve this, the governments of all allies and friends of the United States have to pledge their all-encompassing assistance to the American government. It is possible that we are dealing with a private group of terrorists – it could be several groups.It is also possible that a state or a government was an indirect accomplice, as we already experienced in the case of the terror of the RAF it cannot be completely precluded that it might be a group of terrorists created and sanctioned by a state. In each of these possible scenarios, the necessary reactions of the United States and of other threatened countries will be different our country, too, is one of the states threatened by terrorism. In any case, lawful governments will have to honor their own constitutions and the Charter of the United Nations. Therefore, the united decision of the UN Security Council is a reasonable step.If it turns out that the terrorists acted with the support of a state or a government, this might lead to war. Therefore, in particular, rational prudence is required. In any event, the United States will defend itself with great force and vitality and we Germans will stand by its side. It could be – although it is not at all clear yet – that the attacks on the command and nerve centers of the United States are due to a religiously motivated terrorist organization. However, whatever organization is behind this must be brought to justice decisively, even s time to find the truth. We will need patience – keen and intent patience.But let us not turn to religious hatred! For long, since the Middle Ages in fact, our priests and pastors and bishops, our rabbis and mullahs, almost all religious and spiritual leaders have neglected to take a stand against religious hostility. Religious fanatics exist in many religions. There are Christian terrorists – see Northern Ireland. There are Islamic and Jewish terrorists – see the Near East. We cannot exclude the possibility that the attacks against America are due to Islamic terrorists. Should this be the case, it would certainly not be a reason for us to hate all Muslims.There are more than a billion Muslims, more than a billion Christians, and many million Jews. All three religions prohibit murder. Defense and self-defense against murderers, however, are permissible. It is a

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$14,570 raised during Jufa#GivingTuesday campagin to support future Jacobs Students

On Tuesday, 1st December 2015, JUFA launched its first #GivingTuesday campaign to raise money for the  JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. Thanks to Jacobs alumni from North America and beyond the campaigned raised $14,570. The JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund was founded this year to enable Jacobs alumni to help shape the future of Jacobs University and keep its commitment to academic excellence and a high quality of international education for all, regardless of nationality or financial status. The Jacobs University Foundation of America will continue to grow this endowment over the next five years. The final results of this years campaign will be announced on April 9, 2016 at the reunion for North American based alumni in Palo Alto, California. If you want to know more about North American based alumni initiatives, click here.

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