Chinese Alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation have collected more than 170,000 yuan (about 22,000 EUR) in donations. Most of the money was used to buy protective gear which was donated to Germany’s health ministry. The federal government was air-freighting it to Germany.
One of the co-initiators of the aid campaign is Xinzheng Zhang from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. He was a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Münster in 2012. At the Institute of Applied Physics he conducted in the group of Prof. Cornelia Denz on nonlinear photonics. Xinzheng Zhang is happy to support his former host country. "The whole world should should take actions together to overcome the corona crisis and not to overload the medical health systems," he says. Cornelia Denz is grateful for the commitment of the Humboldt Alumni. "Who would have thought that a Humboldt Network would lead to a donation from China to Germany in these times."
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports scientific cooperation between excellent foreign and german researchers. As a non-profit foundation, it grants research fellowships and research awards which enable foreign scientists and scholars to come to Germany and carry out a research project of their own choice with a host. On the other hand, the Foundation supports German academics abroad in carrying out a research project as a guest with one of the Humboldt Foundation's 30,000 alumni worldwide.