Nadia Hariz:

Successful at all levels – how a DAAD-project strengthened my academic development



The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the German-Arab Transformation Partnership program with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office. As part of this program, Germany accompanies the political changes in the Arab region since 2011.The next application deadline for short term measures in 2020 is 30.6.2020. Applications have to be handed in by the German university in collaboration with a foreign partner: Link (German) 

Today, we would like to introduce you Nadia Hariz, a young Tunisian scientist, who was able to complete her thesis as part of a German-Tunisian collaboration funded within the short-term measure program of the German -Arab transformation partnership.

I am Nadia Hariz, 24 years old. I did my whole education in Tunisia where I got my Engineering diploma in Computer Science in parallel with a Master of Science in IoT. I was enrolled in both curricula in the National school of computer Science – University of Manouba. In 2019, I had the chance to be selected among the participants in the DAAD cooperation project between my University and the German University of Offenburg. I held my master thesis project titled: Decoupling TLS Protocol State and Message Handling Testing IoT Implementations in ivESK’s lab, supervised by Prof. Axel Sikora and Mr. Andreas Walz.

As my first international experience, the challenge was first about the integration among students from all over the globe, then comes my main goal in accomplishing my project and make my first step in my professional career as embedded/security Engineer.

The five months spent in Offenburg allowed me as a Tunisian to have a rich cultural exchange with people around us as well as having the opportunity of learning a little bit of German in addition to Arabic, French and English.

From the other side, working among the ivESK family pushed me over the edge: a full journey between technical skills like searching, developing, troubleshooting and soft skills like self-evaluation, time management and public speaking through presentations and meetings.

A final piece of advice to all Maghrebian students: If you ever have a chance to be part of international exchanges, although leaving your zone of comfort is a must, seize the opportunity with no regrets!