News report – University of Regensburg

Jens Eckberg receives funding totaling 3,000 euros


July 21, 2021

Jens Eckberg was able to convince with his online application as well as his self-presentation in the context of the digital assessment center and thus prevailed against numerous applicants across Germany. He is one of a total of 25 scholarship holders in the “MLP Scholarship Program”. The student at the University of Regensburg was successful in the “International” category, which honors a project or internship abroad. He receives funding totaling 3,000 euros.

“I am very pleased that I was able to convince in the selection process and that I am one of this year’s MLP scholarship holders. The online assessment center was an enriching experience and I gained numerous interesting impressions. In addition, I am grateful for the financial support that the MLP scholarship offers, ”says Eckberg.

Eckberg was awarded the MLP scholarship for the “Thriving Green” project, which combats hunger and malnutrition by growing the superfood Spirulina in places where conventional agriculture is not possible. The high-yielding alga is currently being grown at three locations in Kenya.

Das Projekt “Thriving Green”:

The concept of “Thriving Green” follows the principle of “helping people to help themselves”: Efficient breeding facilities are set up together with the locals and the farmers are trained through regular workshops in cultivation, operation and distribution in order to supply themselves and their environment with sustainable spirulina . In addition to establishing sustainable agriculture on site, the income generated from independently operating your own breeding facilities creates an economic upswing that opens up a new livelihood for people.

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The technical solution has been verified by TÜV Nord and the ecological sustainability has been confirmed by the WWF.

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In addition, the project has already received several well-known prizes, such as the GreenTec Award.

The MLP scholarship:

The MLP scholarship was awarded for the fourth time this year and is considered in four application categories – “Science”, “Studies”, “Social” and “International” – not only academic achievements, but also good study results as well as social and international commitment. The program is carried out by the financial services provider MLP, cooperation partners are “DER SPIEGEL” and “MINT Creating the Future”, an initiative by German industry to counter the shortage of skilled workers in scientific and technical professions. The assessment center took place online at the end of June.


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