Her time at Mainz University had a decisive influence on Gutenberg Alumna Maria Böhmer in many topic areas that are still close to her heart today. (photo: Peter Pulkowski)GUTENBERG ALUMNI

The never-ending story of equal rights

She was the first State Commissioner for Women in Rhineland-Palatinate and the first politician of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to be appointed Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration. She made important contributions as a Minister of State in the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the Federal Foreign Office, acted as National Chairwoman of the Frauenunion, the CDU's women's organization, and today is President of the German Commission for UNESCO. From her years at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), where she started studying in 1968, she has taken with her important impulses for her later public offices and tasks.


German-Polish success stories

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has a long tradition of contact and exchange with Poland. For decades now there have been close connections with a number of Polish universities. Groundbreaking collaborations and the unique JGU Poland Fellowship are examples of the special relationship with this European neighbor. Adam Seredynski came to Mainz in 2006 as part of a double degree program between SGH Warsaw and JGU – and he ended up staying a bit longer than expected.

 Gutenberg alumnus Benjamin Eberhardt is currently living and undertaking research at the South Pole for a whole 12 months. (photo/©: Raffaela Busse, NSF)GUTENBERG ALUMNI

A long winter in Antarctica

Physicist Dr. Benjamin Eberhardt from Mainz will be living and conducting research at the South Pole for an entire year. Together with his colleague Dr. Kathrin Mallot, he is overseeing the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. The observatory is operated by an international consortium in which Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is a major participant.

Angelika Schulz-Parthu (photo: Uwe Feuerbach) GUTENBERG ALUMNI

A small publisher with a varied program

Angelika Schulz-Parthu is the owner of the quite unique and very successful Leinpfad Verlag publishing house. Among her extensive publishing program are cookbooks, city guidebooks, crime novels set in the region, and much, much more. She discovered the world of literature in the 1970s while at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The former German Studies student is still well aware of how much she owes to her time here.

Chris Bremus (photo: Peter Pulkowski) GUTENBERG ALUMNI

Alumnus memories meet the new School of Music

Chris Bremus is a successful film composer. One important step to this career was his education at the School of Music of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Years later, the 37-year-old has returned to the campus to talk about his time at university, about movies, commercials, and about how lucky he has been

Necati Benli, State Migration Officer of the Hesse State Police, is currently working towards his doctorate at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. (photo: Peter Pulkowski) GUTENBERG ALUMNI

Integration in practice and in theory

He never actually intended to go to university. After graduating from high school, Necati Benli preferred to join the Hesse State Police. However, in a roundabout way, this brought him eventually to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The president of police, Benli's superior, needed someone with specialist insight into Islam and its practices and wanted to use theory in order to underpin police procedure. And so he made Benli an unusual proposal.

Gutenberg alumna Mareike Hachemer (photo: Stefan F. Sämmer) GUTENBERG ALUMNI

No talk of elitism

Mareike Hachemer has been nominated for the Global Teacher Prize, an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. The Gutenberg alumna has already made it into the top 50 and is about to enter the final round. Here the 31-year-old discusses her time at the university, the teaching profession, and her pupils.

(photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)ALUMNI MAINZ E.V.

"Our alumni club has a lot to offer its members"

Once they have acquired a degree, new horizons open up for graduates. New tasks await, perhaps somewhere far away. It is all too easy to lose contact with your former fellow students. Alumni Mainz e.V. at the Faculty of Law, Management and Economics helps make sure this does not happen. The purpose of the alumni club is to enable erstwhile students of Mainz University to stay in contact. It already has 390 members – and chairman Stefan Irnich is ready to welcome many more.

(photo: Uwe Feuerbach)JGU ALUMNA

University and children go well together

To German TV viewers, she is better known as "Super Nanny". Katia Saalfrank got great ratings but also garnered a lot of criticism. Before commencing her TV career, she studied education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). It was not easy for the mother of four children; she always had to work hard to combine looking after a family with her university course. At the invitation of the Office of Gender Affairs and Equal Opportunity, this graduate of JGU came to Mainz to speak about how she managed it.