5 Years of Scholarship Awards – Event Report 5/17/2019.
On May 17, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Bettina Kattermann Foundation scholarship in Berlin. In these five years 7 scholarships were awarded, two of the scholarship holders are currently studying at Mahidol University in Bangkok.
At the event, Professor Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam spoke on the topic of “Social contradictions in Myanmar – who benefits from the upheaval?”. The founder, Mrs. Vera Kattermann, explained her reasons for founding the foundation and Klaus Fritsche gave an overview of the path the scholarship holders have taken after completing their studies (see documents below).
The highlight of the evening was the performance of the Burmese musician Hein Tint (Thaung Htike). He played a virtuoso repertoire on his 21 tuned drums hanging in gold decorated frames. Hein Tint, who comes from the region around Mandalay, is one of the first Myanmar musicians to engage in musical dialogue with European musicians.
“It was my dream to study Public Health at Mahidol, one of the top universities in Asia. Without the generous support of the Bettina Kattermann Foundation, this study would never be possible for me. The scholarship allows me to focus on my studies, research and other extracurricular activities. And I look forward to being able to give back to my country after completing my studies.”