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Get to know the region at an indoor picnic

Service Onboarding@Münsterland welcomes Albanian nursing staff to the UKM

Having a picnic in a relaxed atmosphere while getting to know the new region and new people: this was the focus of the welcome event on Wednesday (15 September), to which the Service Onboarding@Münsterland invited twelve new Albanian nursing professionals from Münster University Hospital. On a day organised by the UKM to get to know each other, the new professionals first went on a guided tour of Münster before gathering for a picnic. Due to the rain, the planned picnic in front of the castle was moved to the UKM teaching building without further ado. There, the team of the Onboarding@Münsterland service welcomed the new caregivers and told them more about the region and their support in arriving in Münsterland.

The Albanian care workers had arrived in the region on Saturday. After more than a year, they are the first international professionals that UKM was able to bring to Germany in times of the Corona pandemic. Thanks to a language course in Albania and a language stay of several weeks in Stuttgart, communication went well right from the start. Now the UKM was keen to show the new professionals not only the place of work, but also the region. As a member of the employer network Onboarding@Münsterland of Münsterland e.V., UKM sought support from the team of the Onboarding@Münsterland service.

"We want to make the newcomers from Albania feel at home and show them that they are welcome in the region," emphasised Eva Kleingräber from the Onboarding@Münsterland team. "Personal and joint exchange is all the more important. And that works particularly well at a casual picnic in a relaxed atmosphere."
With the words "Mirë se erdhe në Münster" - the Albanian version of "Welcome to Münster" - Angelika Maase, Head of the Nursing Development Unit at UKM, also welcomed the newcomers. "We as the integration team at UKM are very pleased to finally be able to welcome international nursing professionals again. The new specialists strengthen our nursing teams on the wards, which also urgently need staff support due to the pandemic," reported Maase.

The new Münsterlanders also got talking over a meal together and told of their first days in the region. "When we arrived in Münster, it immediately felt like home. We are looking forward to our future in Münsterland and to being able to grow professionally at the UKM," said the couple Hanko and Antonio Sheqi, for example.

The Onboarding@Münsterland service was created as a regional initiative by employers and business players in the Münsterland region, and is implemented by Münsterland e.V. with the support of numerous institutions in the region. The service supports employers in employer branding and location marketing as well as skilled workers in arriving, feeling good and staying in the region. Employers can become members of the network and thus secure a variety of advantages: more visibility, support in location marketing, exclusive networking and professional events and a personal advisory service for applicants. In addition, new employees and other newcomers to the region can make exciting contacts at welcome events.

Professionals and employers can find out even more about the Onboarding@Münsterland service online at and from Monika Leiking,, 02571 949315.

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