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Winter Semester starts with 1300 first semester students

Prizes for outstanding students

Lectures in the Winter Semester at Furtwangen University (HFU) have begun with 1300 new first-semester students. On the Furtwangen Campus there are 690 new students, on the Schwenningen Campus, 460, and on the Tuttlingen Campus, 150. Applications are still being accepted for some study programmes. Approximately 6,000 students in all will study on the University's 3 campuses this semester.

In total 47 different degree programmes are being offered this Winter Semester. The bachelor's programmes with the highest number of applications were "Media Design", the English-taught "International Business Management" programme, "International Business" and "Applied Health Sciences".

New and changed degree programmes
The new bachelor's programme, "Applied Biology", has started on the Schwenningen Campus. In addition, the Medical Engineering programme has been relaunched with new content and renamed "Medical Technology - Clinical Technologies". Micromedicine has been renamed Micromedical Engineering, and Medical Diagnostic Technologies has been renamed Precision Medicine Diagnostics.

On the University Campus in Tuttlingen three bachelor's programmes have been relaunched: Mechatronics and Digital Production, Medical Technology - Technologies and Development Processes, and Materials Technology and Manufacturing.

Award of prizes
During the First Semester Welcome on 1 October 2019, several prizes for outstanding performance were awarded: in Furtwangen, the von Schoen'sche Innovation Prize from EGT, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Prize, and the HFU Teaching Prize; in Schwenningen, the Aesculap Prize; and in Tuttlingen, the Dr. Winkler Foundation Prize and the Kreissparkasse Prize.

HFU Teaching Prize
Every year all students are invited to submit nominations for the HFU Teaching Prize. This is awarded to professors and lecturers whose teaching is considered to be outstanding. From the 65 courses nominated, a jury selected "Cross-media Media Production" by Ada Rhode (Faculty of Digital Media, Furtwangen Campus). She was awarded the Teaching Prize and the €1,000 prize-money by HFU President Prof. Dr. Rolf Schofer.

The course deals with media technology, media design, media planning, journalistic TV editing online, cross-medial thinking, and Interviewing, presenting and moderating skills. Students can put what they have learned into practice right away in the HFU TV programme, GLFtv. Students nominated Ada Rhode's course because of the work-related methods of media teaching and particularly praised the fact that "Ms Rhode is very knowledgeable in her subject area and is happy to share her knowledge with us. Her course is very workplace-oriented and structured in a way that is easy to understand. Ms Rhode is very helpful and seems to be available round the clock for any questions we have. She tries to get the best out of every student by giving individual help."

Prizes for students
Daniel Wiese was awarded the €1,000 prize-money for the EGT Prize. He wrote his Computer Science bachelor's thesis on " Industrial Edge Computing". Johannes Müller, the Managing Director of EGT Energievertrieb, and Alexander Stockburger, Assistant to the EGT Board of Directors, presented the award.

The €1,000 prize-money for the DAAD Prize is awarded every year to a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, as well as community or intercultural engagement. This year the prize was awarded to Setphanie Kouambia Ndjiha from Cameroon who is taking an Applied Health Sciences degree in Furtwangen.

Prizegiving in Schwenningen
The Aesculap Prize, with prize-money of € 5,000, was presented by Dr. Katrin Sternberg to two students on the Schwenningen Campus: Simone Rentschler, Medical Diagnostic Technologies, who wrote about Cell Models of Liver Diseases, and Benjamin Sittkus, Micromedicine, who wrote about a Thin Film Sensor Concept for Tissue Elasticity.

Prizegiving in Tuttlingen
Five students received the Dr. Winkler Foundation Prize for the Promotion of young Talent. The best bachelor's students in their year at Foundation Studies level in the 2018/2019 Semester received prizes from Dr. Hans-Henning Winkler: Emma Dischinger is studying Engineering Psychology and was the top student on the University Campus Tuttlingen with a grade point average of 1.16. She was presented prize-money in the amount of €500. Tobias Hauser (Mechatronics, Grade 1.17), Sarina Zillikens (Medical Technology, Grade 1.19), Lukas Scheuer (Materials Science, Grade 1.25) and Thomas Braun (Production Engineering, Grade 1.90), each received prize-money in the amount of €250 Euro.

Kreissparkasse Tuttlingen presented award for best project work
The "Digital Hand Prosthesis" project by Medical Technology students Katrin Bihr, Lukas Baier, Cornelius Machann und Sven Schumayer received the Kreissparkasse Tuttlingen award for the best project in the 2018/2019 Semester. The prize-money of €250 per person was presented by Markus Waizenegger, the Chairman of the Board.

The four young engineers carried out the development of a hand prosthesis prototype during third semester groupwork. Particularly interesting is the fact that the fingers of the artificial hand are controlled by a smartphone app or tablet. "The prosthesis is perfect for everyday use and offers patients an alternative to current prostheses,"  explained their supervisor, Professor Dr. Sebastian Dörn. "The project shows that we are producing engineers who can apply digitalisation technology to solve medical problems. He is convinced that, "our Medical Technology programme is going in the right direction, is practical and application-oriented."