Winter Semester starts with 1220 new first semester students

Awards for outstanding students

On 1 October 2018 the winter semester at Furtwangen University (HFU) started with 1,220 new first semester students: on the Furtwangen Campus, 673, on the Schwenningen Campus, 391 and on theTuttlingen Campus, 156. For the first time HFU accepted applications for bachelor programmes using the Germany-wide application portal "". And the number of applicants has risen considerably: in Winter Semester 2017/18, there were 4,916 applications for degree programmes; this year the number is already over 5,900. Application for some programmes is still possible. This semester the University again has over 6,400 students on its 3 campuses. A year ago in Winter Semester 2017/18, 6,458 students were enrolled.

In total 48 different degree programmes are on offer. Those with the highest number of applications are "Media Design", "Applied Health Sciences" and "International Business Management".

Awards Ceremony
During the First Semester Welcome, prizes for the outstanding achievement of HFU students are awarded: in Furtwangen the EGT von Schoen'sche Innovation Prize, in Schwenningen the Aesculap Prize, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Prize and the HFU Teaching Prize, and in Tuttlingen prizes from the Dr. Winkler Foundation, the Kreissparkasse and the Tuttlingen Citizens' Foundation.

HFU Teaching Prize
Every year students are asked to nominate teachers whose lectures are particularly good for the HFU Teaching Prize. The jury selected the lectures on "Sustainable Process Engineering" by Professor Dr. Holger Schneider (Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences, Schwenningen Campus) from the 78 teachers nominated by the students. The prize and prize money in the amount of €1,000, was awarded by University President Prof. Dr. Rolf Schofer.

Students nominated Professor Schneider's course because, besides being very informative, it is also well-structured, motivating and fun. Dr. Schneider teaches courses on Process Engineering, Bio-process Engineering and Sustainable Use of Waste and Residual Material in the Foodstuffs Industry.

Prizes for Students
Felix Ehinger, who wrote his International Business degree thesis on the distribution of electric cars in Germany, received the €1,000 EGT prizemoney from Rudolf Kastner, Chairman of the Board of EGT, in Furtwangen.
Two students shared the Aesculap Prize in the value of € 5,000 Euro: Anja Kretschmer, Computer Science in Media, who wrote about scene reconstruction and camera calibration from heterogenious stereoscopic picture sources; Andrea Schneidersmann, Applied Health Sciences, who compared mortality rates in cities and states..

The DAAD Prize is awarded every year to a student who has displayed both outstanding academic performance and social or intercultural involvement. This year it was awarded to the HFU Business School MBA student Sudhir Kumar Sundaresan from India for his active involvement in lectures, Campus Day, Business Talks and for the support given to fellow students.

Award Ceremony in Tuttlingen
The Dr. Winkler Foundation for the Support of young Talent is awarded to the top students in the first 2 semesters. These were:

  • Laura Moosmann, Engineering Psychology, top student on the Tuttlingen Campus with an average grade of 1.14, received € 500
  • Anna-Loan Bregulla, Industrial MedTec, grade 1.18, received € 250
  • Gabriel Fischer, Industrial Manufacturing, grade 1.21, received € 250
  • Karin Simon, Industrial Automation and Mechatronics, grade 1.44, received € 250
  • Tobias Brouwer, Industrial Materials Engineering, grade 1.52, received € 250

The Kreissparkasse Tuttlingen awarded prizemoney of € 250 for the best project work to:

  • Sina Höfs, Industrial Materials Engineering
  • Corina Ilg, Industrial Manufacturing
  • Elias Rohrer, Industrial Automation and Mechatronics
  • Jan Sommer, Industrial MedTec

The Tuttlingen Citizens' Foundation Social Prize and prizemoney of € 500 was presented to Marcel Pache, a 7th-semester Industrial Automation and Mechatronics student and father of two small children for his active involvement in student representation on the Tuttlingen Campus as class representative and as student representative on the Faculty Board the Student Commission and the Senate.

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