Following degree studies at the University of Mannheim and the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a language assistantship at the University of Linköping (Sweden), Melanie Alströmer is now the head of the “Centre for Key Qualifications” at the University of Mannheim. There, she designs and runs seminars for the BA degree programmes which provide professional qualifications across all subjects. She is also undertaking additional training as a 'trainer and consultant in the multinational environment'.
At the Studienkolleg, she holds the country-specific cultural workshop for outgoing students going to Sweden.
Degree studies in Geography, Political Science, Biology and Education; first and second state examination in teaching at secondary schools. Additional education in being a mediator, intercultural trainer and consultant.
Since 2006 he is working as freelance trainer with main focus on intercultural competence, team development and didactics. He is mainly working with staff, managers and teams in companies, experts in education, academics, students, experts in development cooperation and staff in public and social government. His concern is to make diversity in groups and society understandable as learning environment and potentiality. His own experiences in development cooperation in Nepal and India help him a great deal while working in the intercultural context.
At the Studienkolleg, he holds the intercultural workshop for students of the Studienkolleg.
Susanne Neuer-Dow is a freelance trainer and consultant in the multinational environment and a trainer in Business English. Many years living in the USA, degree studies and professional experience in the USA. Works predominantly in teams from industrial and communications companies.
Focuses of work:
Inter-cultural training: inter-cultural sensitisation, inter-cultural communication and occupational competence, training for multinational project work.
Team training: team development, project teams
All training available in English or German
Activities at the Studienkolleg:
Workshops: “Living and studying in Germany”
Teaching inter-cultural skills for incoming students.
Freelance organisational consultant and trainer in inter-cultural skills. Works predominantly in teams and organisations in inter-cultural and international working processes, e.g. in universities, educational institutions, district governments and in development cooperation.
Activities at the Studienkolleg: Concept development for the teaching of inter-cultural skills across the university at the Studienkolleg at TU Darmstadt (together with Fadja Ehlail), as well as training and process support for students in the TropHEE degree programme.
At TU Darmstadt: Several years of process support for the ProErfolg project. Qualification in inter-cultural skills and cooperation for students, tutors and buddies in individual departments and for the International Service Office.
Degree studies in Educational Science, Psychology and Sociology/Diplom degree in Paedagogy, first and second state examination in teaching at primary and secondary modern schools. Additional training in working methods in humanist psychology, systematic organisation development, coaching and mediation. Following professional experience as a teacher and in adult education, including in Ecuador, South America, she worked at the Institute for Socio-cultural Studies (ISOS) at the University of Kassel, including on the topic of inter-cultural communication and systematic approaches. Has worked freelance as a trainer and consultant in organisation development and as a coach since 1996.
She is fascinated by the variety, heterogeneity and individuality experienced when working with people from different cultures. The opportunity to place different perspectives alongside one another provides her with new options and possibilities for action.
As well as workshops at TU Darmstadt, she also teaches inter-cultural seminars for incoming students and the country-specific cultural workshops for Argentina and Brazil at the Studienkolleg.