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Koblenz University of Applied Sciences appoints Franz-W. Aumund Honorary Senator

Press Release / 28.05.2013  

Franz-W. Aumund, owner of the AUMUND Group of Companies and founder of the eponymous foundation, has now been appointed Honorary Senator by the senate of the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences the first time such an honour has been bestowed upon anyone. „Franz-W. Aumund has over the past many years served in considerable measure the financial and ideological support of students at the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences“, explained the senate regarding the award of distinction of Honorary Senator.


from left: Scholarship winners Rebecca Mühe
and Johannes Jehn, Honorary Senator Franz-Walter Aumund, Prof. Dr. Kristian Bosselmann-Cyran (High School president), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlev Borstell, Prof. Dr. Dietmar Holz (Vice President of Research) as well as Prof. Dr. Robert Pandorf (Dean of the Technical Engineering Department).

Through the commitment of the entrepreneur each year outstanding students
of the Technical Engineering Department can finance their studies at the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences via a scholarship.

Franz-W. Aumund founded the Franz-W. Aumund Foundation in 2006 within
the Donors’ Association for German Enterprise which dedicates itself to supporting high achieving successor generations in engineering and natural sciences. „Successful companies need – particularly in globalised markets – a business environment which makes success possible. A school and universities
system which educates successor staff members forms an integral part of this, satisfying international requirements and holding their own in the face of international competition“, said Aumund explaining his commitment. To secure such quality cannot simply be a matter of the State, private commitment is also needed here.

In 2008 the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, along with the Technical University of Berlin, was accepted onto the sponsorship scheme of the Franz-W. Aumund Foundation through the contact of Franz-W. Aumund to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlev Borstell, a former research and development chief at Aumund. Since then the discipline of machine building can award four new annual scholarships which offer 680 Euro monthly. On average 15 students from the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences are simultaneously supported by the Franz-W. Aumund Foundation, the assistance volume amounting to around 120,000 Euro per
annum. The high proportion of female scholarships is noteworthy: Of the 23 students to date, five are women. According to the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences this proportion lies well above the general proportion of female students in the discipline of machine building. The Franz-W. Aumund Foundation also supports scholarship winners from the Mercator School of Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Over and above the financial assistance, the doors of the AUMUND company
and all worldwide subsidiaries are open to scholarship winners and all other (machine building) students at the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences. Since 2009 nine theses were completed in the AUMUND Group, five graduates were scholarship winners of the Aumund Foundation. As the scholarship continues to be paid for a study trip abroad for up to one term, stays abroad were made possible for scholarship winners in Spain, France, Great Britain, Finland, Egypt, India and China.

„Owing to this really extraordinary commitment the study conditions for a group of students in the field of engineering are significantly improved“, according to Prof. Dr. Kristian Bosselmann-Cyran, President of the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences.

Franz-W. Aumund has inherited closeness to universities and social commitment in the truest sense of the word: His grandfather Heinrich Aumund was Professor of Conveying Technology in the 20’s in Danzig and Berlin and has authored a number of standard reference works on conveying technology. In addition he also played a considerable role in several reforms of the German university
landscape in the Weimar Republic.

About the AUMUND Group

The AUMUND Group is active worldwide in the conveying and storage of raw materials and solid fuels. With technically sophisticated and innovative products the AUMUND Group today is recognized as a market leader in continuous process applications demanding absolute reliability and availability. The manufacturing companies AUMUND Förder­technik GmbH (Rheinberg, Germany), SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH (Herne, Germany), SAMSON Materials Handling Ltd. (Ely, England), as well as AUMUND Logistic GmbH (Rheinberg, Germany) are consolidated under the umbrella of the AUMUND Group. In conjunction with the headquarters of the manufacturing companies, the global business is effectively supported through a total of eight dedicated sales/support locations in Asia, Europe, North and South America plus representatives and agents in over other 100 countries.

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