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Two VBKI Europe Awards for Graduates of Freie Universität

Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists Honors Outstanding Final Theses and Dissertations

№ 41/2010 from Feb 23, 2010

Ausgezeichnet: Soziologe Philipp Hessel und Literaturwissenschaftlerin Nina Bußmann von der Freien Universität.

Award winners: Sociologist Philipp Hessel and literary scholar Nina Bußmann from Freie Universität
Image Credit: Henning Lüders

On Tuesday the Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists (VBKI) paid tribute to two graduates of Freie Universität Berlin for their outstanding final theses. Those honored were Nina Bußmann and Philipp Hessel. Each of them was awarded 3,000 euros. For the 19th time the association honored outstanding dissertations as well as final diploma, master, and magister theses that focused on Europe.

The sociologist Philipp Hessel wrote his master’s thesis on “Globalization or Europeanization of Social Inequality? Determinants of Income Inequality in 15 Member Countries of the European Union: 1994–2006.” Nina Bußmann wrote her magister thesis in literary studies on “Fictional Regional and Cultural Studies and Melancholic Geography as Demonstrated in Texts of the Anthology The Last & Lost. Ein Atlas des verschwindenden Europas.

Two other awards went to graduates of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and one to a graduate of Technische Universität Berlin.

Dr. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Vice President of the European Parliament, was scheduled to attend the award ceremony and present a lecture on “Kunduz, Copenhagen, Credit Crunch – Is Europe Ready to Meet the Foreign Policy, Energy, and Economic Policy Challenges?”

Further Information

Reinhard Ost
Research Promotion, Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838–73610
Email: reinhard.ost@fu-berlin.de