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Jean Schleiss wins DAAD ERASMUS Prize

Wholehearted service for international students

Munich, 07/14/2010

Jean Schleiss, who is on the staff of LMU’s International Office, has been selected to receive the DAAD Erasmus Prize 2010 as a token of recognition for her work in implementing the EU’s ERASMUS Program in Germany. Schleiss, who comes from the UK, has been involved with international exchange programs for over 20 years, and fully understands the difficulties that students face when they first move to an unfamiliar environment. Indeed, on occasion, she has been known to accommodate students temporarily in her own home. Schleiss became Coordinator of the International Exchange Unit in 2007 and now leads a staff of ten.

Jean Schleiss was nominated for the award by Dr. Stefan Fuchs, the Head of the International Office. “Thanks to her commitment and enthusiasm, we now have in place a set of structures and procedures for students and ERASMUS Program Coordinators that can serve as an example for all exchange programs at LMU“, says Fuchs. In his reaction, Professor Reinhard Putz, Vice-President for International Affairs, stated: “One must count oneself lucky to have such highly motivated people who are so devoted to their work. On behalf of the President and on my own behalf, I would like to thank Ms. Schleiss for beeing such an effective ambassador for LMU over the years. I have even heard it said that, in LMU student circles and beyond, Ms. Schleiss is referred to and respected as ‘Mrs. Erasmus’.“

The DAAD instituted the Prize as a mark of appreciation for dedicated service in implementing the ERASMUS Program in Germany. In fact this is the second time this year that the Prize has gone to a German university. The ERASMUS Program, which is financed by the EU, has been in operation for over 20 years, and some 2 million students have already benefited from the stipends it provides.

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