16th Karl Amon Optometry Award

Graduates research innovative concepts in the field of ophthalmic optics/optometry

For the 16th time in a row, the Karl Amon Optometry Award was presented at Aalen University on Nov. 18, 2023. This prize, worth a total of €2,000, will be shared between the two winners Torsten Dautzenberg and Kai Jaeger. The two successful and practice-experienced graduates of the part-time master’s degree program in Vision Science and Business (Optometry) received this award at the Aalen University graduation ceremony for outstanding scientific work with high practical and scientific benefit in the field of optometry.

The first graduate from Nepal on the part-time Master’s degree course

Another highlight of the celebrations at the optometry/optometry courses on Saturday was that Silu Bhitrikoti was the first student from faraway Nepal to receive her Master of Science degree. What was her big dream three years ago in the middle of the corona crisis – a Master’s degree in Europe – has now come true for her. Gabi Wutschke and Volker Meyer from Bruchköbel near Frankfurt made it all possible for her. Volker Meyer is an enthusiastic optician and founder and managing partner of OPTIMUM – Volker Meyer Augenoptik GmbH and has been a lecturer at Aalen University for over 20 years. To everyone’s delight, Torsten Dautzenberg, who studied together with Silu Bhitrikoti in the part-time Master’s program, is donating half of his prize money to the Bright Horizon Children’s Home in Nepal, to which Silu Bhitrikoti owes the basis of her education. Further information on Gabi Wutschke and Volker Meyer’s commitment in Nepal and information on sponsoring this boarding school for needy children can be found here: www.meyeroptik.de/nepal/

left: The founder Karl Amon together with the award winners Kai Jaeger and Torsten Dautzenberg, copyright Volker Meyer
right: Master’s graduate Silu Bhitrikoti from Nepal together with Gabi Wutschke and Volker Meyer, copyright Lena Eberhardt

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