About Our Alumni  

About Our Alumni

About Our Alumni

14 faculties, 150 study programmes – the broad scope of the courses that Leipzig University offers is mirrored in our alumni's myriad of job activities. The alumni magazine and the alumni newsletter regularly portray persons who studied, researched, taught or worked at Leipzig University – or who still do. On this page, you will find summaries of these portraits that are continually being added on to.

Your job prospects are closely intertwined with what you used to study. Our alumni's biographies enable the University's (aspiring) students to get their bearing when it comes to choosing what is right for them. This is also why our alumni get to have their say in the online portal "Leipzig studieren!".

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American Studies, Journalism

American Studies, Journalism

Florian Martin has been living in the USA since 2010, fulfilling his dream of living abroad. Today, he works as a reporter for the Houston Community Newspapers.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2012.

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Biochemistry

Biochemistry

"I've always thought that bodily processes are fascinating." Nevertheless, Dr. Sindy Sohr decided against studying Medicine and instead opted for Biochemistry. Today, she is involved in cancer research.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2015.

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Biology

Biology

Dr. Anja Kaczmarczyk studied Biology at Leipzig University between 1998 and 2004. Her research makes her go abroad more often than not – at the moment, her home is Perth, Australia.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2012.

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Biology, African Studies

Biology, African Studies

Sitting in his office in Beethovenstraße, Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger tells the alumni magazine how he came to be a professor at the Institute of African Studies. He says that "career paths don't need to be straight for you to be successful in your job", and he knows what he is talking about.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2013.

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Business Education and Management Training, Politics, History

Business Education and Management Training, Politics, History

"Learning from reality": Christian Kümmling studied a second time to fulfill a dream that he did not know he had for a long time: become a teacher. He now prepares apprentices and trainees for their professional future.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Chemistry

Chemistry

Brigitte Jäger – who used to be the heart of the University's equality office – has been a member of the Gewandhaus choir for over 20 years.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2011.

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Chemistry

Chemistry

Wolfgang Engel loves reminiscing about his time as a department head at Leipzig University. Every so often, he likes to check in with the Department for Planning and Statistics and with his former colleagues and staff. In our portrait, he talks about renovations and new buildings for research and teaching.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2013.

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Chemistry, English Studies

Chemistry, English Studies

For two years, Dr. Thomas Machold studied Chemistry and English Studies in a Magister programme at Leipzig University. Afterwards, he enrolled in the diploma programme of Chemistry. Once his PhD was finished, he was drawn to Australia, a place where his professional and personal dreams have come true.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2013.

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Communication and Media Studies, Logic and Science Theory

Communication and Media Studies, Logic and Science Theory

Peter Gallert calls himself a lateral entrant. Despite his training as a professional landscape gardener and a degree that is only marginally related to Computer Science, he is now giving lectures on that same subject and works as head of the Department of Computer Systems and Networks at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2012.

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Communication and Media Studies, Sports Science

Communication and Media Studies, Sports Science

Benedict Rehbein studied Communication and Media Studies and Sports Science at Leipzig University between 2001 and 2006. Born in Stuttgart, he has been living in Leipzig since 2001 and was editor-in-chief of mephisto 97.6, Leipzig University's "training radio." In 2007, he founded the company "pioneer pr" and has been working as its communication consultant ever since.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2009.

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Communication Management, Communication and Media Studies

Communication Management, Communication and Media Studies

Dr. Patricia Grünberg was only 26 years old when she finished her dissertation on people's faith in the health care system. She is now looking forward to new challenges.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2013.

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Computer Science

Computer Science

Doreen Seider, computer scientist, knows of the importance of high-quality education and training in the area of software engineering. As head of a research group, she develops complex software for the German Aerospace Center.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of March 2015.

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Computer Science, Sinology

Computer Science, Sinology

Ming Cheng was born in 1981 in the Chinese town of Tong Ling. In 2001, he finished his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and came to Germany to study Computer Science and Sinology at Leipzig University. Today, Ming Cheng works as a freelance translator and interpreter for German and Chinese.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of September 2011.

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Cultural Studies, Sociology, German Language and Literature

Cultural Studies, Sociology, German Language and Literature

Michael Hacker studied Cultural Studies, Sociology and German Language and Literature at Leipzig University between 1999 and 2006. He is now working as a project manager at Network European Movement Germany in Berlin and volunteers for the project "3rd Generation East Germany."

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of June 2011.

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Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies

Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies

Katrin Hart studied Cultural and Theatre Studies at Leipzig University between 1969 and 1973 and has been a member of the Leipzig cabaret "acadamixer" since 1969. She is also a co-founder of the Citizens for Leipzig foundation ("Bürger für Leipzig").

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of June 2012.

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Dentistry

Dentistry

Dr. Thomas Barth studied Dentistry at Leipzig University between 1978 and 1983. In 1968, he was witness to the destruction of the University Church. Today, he sponsors the restauration of a St. Paul's epitaph.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2009.

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Economics and Management Science

Economics and Management Science

After Li Yiqian finished her Bachelor's degree in German as a Foreign Language in Dalian, China, she studied Economics and Management Science at Leipzig University between 2001 and 2007. Since February 2011, she has been working as the office manager at the DAAD Information Center Shanghai.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of October 2013.

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Education Science

Education Science

Jana Sonntag has been teaching at a primary school in Leipzig for three years. Teaching has always been her dream, and reality has not spoilt it for her.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Education Science

Education Science

Dr. Jana Zehle spent a longer time working in Ethiopia than she did in Germany. She is now longing for a fresh start in Leipzig, but that is easier said than done.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Education Science

Education Science

Vilma Zembol used to teach religion, but when she left Lithuania for Germany and could not find work, she decided to make a brand new start at Leipzig University. In September 2013, she obtained her second degree.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Education Science, English Studies, German Language and Literature

Education Science, English Studies, German Language and Literature

Anglicist Dr. Jürgen Ronthaler wants to make a difference: Apart from teaching literature, he is active in several bodies at all University levels.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Education Science, English Studies, German Language and Literature

Education Science, English Studies, German Language and Literature

Rommy Arndt, a born Saxon, used her education degree to get a foot in the door of the highly competitive media industry. Nowadays, she has people from all over the world listening to her reports. Before she became a journalist, she studied German Language and Literature and English Studies at Leipzig University to become a teacher.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Education Science, English Studies, German Language and Literature

Education Science, English Studies, German Language and Literature

In the late 80s, when the GDR was nearing its end, Thea Sarich studied German Language and Literature and English Studies to become a teacher. Looking back, she has nothing but fond memories of her studies. Nowadays, she does not only teach students, but teachers as well – an ideal position to improve and modernise teaching methods.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Education Science, English Studies, Portuguese

Education Science, English Studies, Portuguese

In 1988, André Kaldenhoff was enrolled at what was then called the Karl Marx University, meaning that he experienced first-hand the Wende period and the drastic and unanticipated changes at the University and in his (student) life. Today, he is director of the Congress Center that is part of the Leipzig Trade Fair.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2009.

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English Studies, German Language and Literature

English Studies, German Language and Literature

Julia Müller works in the British Embassy and organises one highlight after another. Leipzig is where she found professional success and personal happiness.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2012.

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Education Science, German Language and Literature, Musicology

Education Science, German Language and Literature, Musicology

Andreas Köhler spent 38 years of his life teaching pupils. His occupation was his life, but his thirst for knowledge was not quenched yet – today, he travels the world. He even wrote a book about his experiences, with its fourth edition coming out this year.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Ethnology, Sociology

Ethnology, Sociology

Rolf Sprink, graduate ethnologist, studied Ethnology and Sociology at Leipzig University's Julius Lips Institute between 1968 and 1973. Afterwards, he worked as a publishing editor, co-founded the Forum Verlag Leipzig in 1990, and worked for the Ecumenical Academy between 1993 and 1996. Since 1996, he has been head of the Volkshochschule Leipzig, the city's adult education centre.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of October 2012.

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German Language and Literature

German Language and Literature

Since 2009, Prof. Dr. El Hadj Ibrahima Diop has been dean of the Faculty of Education at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. Over 25 years ago, he studied German Language and Literature in Leipzig.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2012.

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German Language and Literature, Journalism

German Language and Literature, Journalism

In 1966, Dr. Grazyna-Maria Peter came from Warsaw to Leipzig through a scholarship. In 1968, she obtained her degree in German Language and Literature, and two years later, in Journalism. Until 1995, she was a permanent employee at Leipzig University. Afterwards, she worked as a lecturer and journalist.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of June 2013.

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Global and European Studies

Global and European Studies

After studying at Leipzig University's Global and European Studies Institute, Nayana Jayarajan went to work for the International Press Institute (IPI). Today, she works in the Institute's public relations department.

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History, German Language and Literature, English Studies, Latin

History, German Language and Literature, English Studies, Latin

"I've always been incredibly lucky", says the University's honorary citizen Prof. Dr. Renate Drucker in our interview. She has held many positions in her lifetime, among them university assistant, head of the University Archive (from 1950 until her retirement in 1977), and lecturer in auxiliary sciences of history.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2009.

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Journalism, Communication and Media Studies

Journalism, Communication and Media Studies

Sven Gábor Jánszky started studying Journalism at Leipzig University in 1991. Today, he is Managing Director of a trend research company and of the MDKK, he works as a writer, a speaker and a consultant, and he teaches at several universities.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2013.

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Journalism, English Studies

Journalism, English Studies

In 2004, Matthias Puppe obtained his degree in Journalism and English Studies from Leipzig University. Ten years ago, he co-founded "Leipzig (Pop Up", one of the most popular music fairs in Germany.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2011.

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Law

Law

Leipzig 1946: On a campus that was largely destroyed by demolition and fire bombs, Dr. Günter Kröber attends his first law lectures. "It was during my time at the University that I made many of the major decisions that would shape my later life."

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2010.

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Management Science

Management Science

Tilo Renner spent parts of his childhood, of his school days and of his years of study abroad. His current home is Leipzig, where he works as a project manager in Corporate Development West Europe for Verbundnetz Gas AG.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2012.

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Mathematics

Mathematics

Federal Minister for Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka studied Mathematics at Leipzig University between 1970 and 1974. The University was the basis to her academic career and her personal life.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2010.

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Medicine

Medicine

Three women, one family, one profession – Dr. Erika Scharfe, Dipl.-Med. Kerstin Müller and Dr. Anne-Kathrin David are grandmother, mother and daughter who run a medical practice together.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2015.

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Medicine

Medicine

Despite singing in the St. Thomas choir for nine years, Prof. Dr. Michael Fuchs still decided to study Medicine. Today, he works as a phoniatrician and is in charge of overseeing the boy singers' vocal development.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2011.

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Medicine

Medicine

Prof. Dr. Renate Gay studied Medicine in Leipzig between 1968 and 1973, and then left for West Germany. After passing her state examination in Munich, she and her husband moved to the United States on a research scholarship. Today, Prof. Dr. Renate Gay lives and works in Switzerland.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2012.

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Medicine

Medicine

Prof. Dr. Uwe-Frithjof Haustein studied at Leipzig University between 1954 and 1956. For roughly three decades, he has shaped the Department of Dermatological Medicine at Leipzig University – as much in the daily clinical practice as in academic research and teaching. Countless junior scientists and students received their dermatological education from Professor Haustein.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2010.

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Musicology

Musicology

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff studied Musicology at Leipzig University between 1971 and 1975. Today, she is the festival director of "euro-scene Leipzig", a theatre and dance festival.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of September 2010.

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Musicology

Musicology

Bettina Volksdorf was born in Dresden and started studying Musicology at Leipzig University in 1987. Ever since she obtained her degree, she has been working as a broadcast editor specializing in operas for MDR-FIGARO. Her years in the University Choir shaped her life, she says.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2010.

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Musicology

After passing his examination as a conductor at Leipzig's University of Music, Rolf Alexander Böhme studied Musicology at Leipzig University between 1954 and 1958, obtaining his diploma in 1959. A year later, he left the GDR for political reasons, and started teaching music in West German grammar schools.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2011.

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Musicology, Phonetics

Musicology, Phonetics

Between 1977 and 1998, Dr. Ursula Müller worked as a lecturer at Leipzig University's Herder-Institute. She founded and headed the phonetics department, which was closed down after the Reunification.

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Musicology, Theatre Studies

Musicology, Theatre Studies

In 2006, Norma Schroeter obtained her degree in Musicology and Theatre Studies at Leipzig University. Today, she works in close collaboration with Leipzig's Media & Creativity Cluster.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of March 2012.

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Musicology, German Language and Literature, Education Science

Musicology, German Language and Literature, Education Science

Agnes Schäfer studied Musicology and German Language and Literature at Leipzig University to become a teacher. After working for several festivals and opera houses, she is now the Saxon Academy of Science's spokesperson.

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Onomastics

Onomastics

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Udolph studied Slavonic and Finno-Ugric Languages and History in Göttingen and Heidelberg. In 1978, he wrote his doctoral thesis on Slavonic water bodies, and in 1990, he became a professor. He taught at Leipzig University between 2000 and 2008, establishing the first German chair of Onomastics.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2009.

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Physics

Physics

Between 1980 and 1985, Günter Nooke studied Physics at Leipzig University. Since 2010, he has been the Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa, after working as the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of March 2011.

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Physics

Physics

After working in Leipzig University's Computer Centre, Dr. Günter Tomaselli is now consulting the Ministry of Science in Dresden. He is also currently writing a book on the history of computer centres in East and West Germany.

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Physics

Physics

Prof. Dr. Werner Schneider's "Leipzig Music Trail" lets its users experience 300 years of music composition in Leipzig. Professor Schneider and his network are currently working on a request for inclusion of the Leipzig Music Trail in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2011.

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Political Science

Political Science

Between 2007 and 2013, André Hermann studied Political Science at Leipzig University. He is co-founder and member of the reading series "Lesebühne Schkeuditzer Kreuz" and part of the legendary poetry slam team "Team Totale Zerstörung" (Team Total Destruction). The team won the German language Poetry Slam Championships in both 2011 and 2012.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of March 2013.

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Political Science, Hispanic Studies

Political Science, Hispanic Studies

Daniel Eckert-Lindhammer studied Political Science and Hispanic Studies at Leipzig University and obtained the Magister Artium degree in 2008. Since 2011, he has been Administrative Director of International Relations at Leipzig University's Faculty of Sport Science. He is responsible for the International Coaching Courses.

Click here to read the short interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of March 2014.

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Psychology

Psychology

Psychology is Zarina Akbar's passion. In her doctoral thesis on "Positive Growth in Earthquake Disaster Survivors", she looked for factors that have an effect on whether survivors experience a positive or negative psychological development after a disaster.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2013.

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Sociology, Journalism, Biology

Sociology, Journalism, Biology

Mary Radtke's career path is not a straight line. With the help of the nationwide education initiative "Teach First Deutschland", she is now a class teacher in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and feels rather happy about her decision.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2014.

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Theology

Theology

In Bernhard Stief's opinion, being a student after the Peaceful Revolution was of huge benefit to him: Finally he could quench his thirst for knowledge and study Theology. Today, he is reverend of the St. Nicholas Church Leipzig.

Click here to read the interview (in German), taken from the alumni newsletter of June 2015.

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Theology

Theology

At the ripe age of 80 years, 60 years after his time as a student in Leipzig, superintendent emeritus Reinhard Leue still preaches and publishes. He is also still in touch with former fellow students and members of the student congregation.

Click here to read the full portrait (in German), taken from the alumni magazine 2010.

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last update: 29.09.2017 

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