In and around Ulm and Neu-Ulm – HNU students create a city map for refugees to help them find their way around

Neu-Ulm, 09.08.2016

A joint project run by HNU students with refugees, representatives of the cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm and the Neu-Ulm administrative district promotes linking and integration: Supported by the city of Ulm's Department of Surveying and by the Integration and Equality Office of the Neu-Ulm District Administrator's Office, they created a map of both cities with relevant contact points and useful facilities that refugees and migrants need to get settled.

(From left to right): Ildiko Dienel, Neu-Ulm Information Centre for Refuge and Asylum, Michael Draesner, city of Ulm Department of Surveying, Clarissa Kull, HNU student, and Mirjam Schlosser, Integration and Equality Office of the Neu-Ulm District Administrator's Office.

"We would like to show everyone from other countries and cultures the places in Ulm and Neu-Ulm where they can find advice, information and useful locations, such as pharmacies and grocery stores, helping them to settle in more easily – and that's why we interviewed refugees in Günzburg and Ulm to find out exactly what they need," said Clarissa Kull, HNU student. The idea to create a map for refugees was born in the elective course Service Learning: Integration Mentoring, a cross-faculty offer of the Centre for Interdisciplinary, International and Engaged Learning (ZiieL) of the HNU together with Mirjam Schlosser of the Integration and Equality Office in the Neu-Ulm District Administrator's Office.

Clarissa Kull developed and drew the city map together with her fellow students Joana Widmann, Amrei Kirmaier and Madlen Götz. State assistance offices with a description of their services and the most important emergency numbers are included on the map, as well as public transport, pharmacies, hospitals, grocery stores and libraries. Pictograms of the main locations make the map readable for refugees who cannot understand German. The descriptions are also in English and Arabic. "Our Syrian guest student Montaser Al Naser helped us with the translation into Arabic," said Krull.

The Department of Surveying of the city of Ulm helped greatly with the implementation of the map. "Demand is high – in the past few months, we've received repeated requests for printed city maps for the refugee accommodations and we have supplied several official city maps and plans,” said Michael Draesner of the city of Ulm's Department of Surveying. He gave the students advice, especially on how to implement the maps technically, and provided them with the official city map on a scale of 1:20,000 to use as a basis. Draesner also helped with the creation of the printing concept, which includes sheet size, fold, colours and cartographic design resources.
The sponsors of the city plan for refugees were the city of Ulm, the Department of Surveying, the District Administrator's Office and the city of Neu-Ulm. 3,000 copies of the plan have been printed and distributed among all the central locations in Ulm and Neu-Ulm, including integration offices, town halls, tourist information offices and refugee accommodations.

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At the HNU, ZiieL fosters inter- and transdisciplinary learning as well as service learning in formal and extracurricular courses, both in the region and internationally.

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