25. October 2021 | Press releases:

Resuming Face-To-Face Teaching and Campus Life Start of Semester with a Welcome-Breakfast

Finally experiencing the campus atmosphere again, meeting fellow students in person again or for the first time, more lively discussions during lectures, having lunch together in the cafeteria: After three mostly online semesters, the winter semester starts on 25 October with as much presence as possible. For the start of the lecture period, TU Braunschweig rolls out the red carpet in front of the Audimax to welcome students.

Checking In and Studying Safely

The face-to-face events are made possible by the consistent implementation of the 3G regulation, which is controlled by a contactless digital entry. All participants of face-to-face teaching events must be vaccinated, recovered or currently tested negative. This enables a high level of health protection for students and lecturers. In addition, hygiene rules, such as distance rules and the obligation to wear a mask in lectures, contribute to making studying and campus life possible and safe again. This means that the study spaces on campus can also open and people can once again eat on site in Mensa 1.

To ensure that digital admission to the courses works quickly, students must first register at a check-in point with their 3G ID. They then receive a QR code that is scanned before entering the course. This makes it easy to trace contacts in case of infection.

“We are delighted that life on campus has returned and that classroom teaching is possible again. We have planned the start well, because studying under the hygienic conditions is new for all of us and also a challenge,” says TU Braunschweig President Professor Angela Ittel. “We are happy about your feedback and your responses, and most of all that you are here. Thank you very much for everyone’s participation and have a good and healthy start to the semester.”

First semester welcome with President Professor Angela Ittel, Vice President Professor Knut Baumann, virologist Professor Melanie Brinkmann, Luca Kienel from the AStA Board and the two student moderators Dilara Aktas and Sabrina Ammann. Photo credit: Lisa Ryll/TU Braunschweig

Start of studies for first-semester students

On Monday, the doors of the university will open for more than 3,400 first-year students1 in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. Last week, the first-year students explored the campus and got to know their subject and fellow students during the orientation days and introductory events. The Pharmacy and Psychology degree programmes received the most applications. The degree programmes in Computer Science, Architecture and Mechanical Engineering registered the largest amount of first-year students. A total of around 17,700 students are starting the winter semester at TU Braunschweig. Almost 20 per cent (3,300) of these students come from abroad. The internationals come from 118 countries, most of them from China, Syria and India.

This year, the first-year students received a warm welcome at an online breakfast format that was broadcast live from the Senate meeting room. The two students Dilara Aktas and Sabrina Ammann spoke with the President, Professor Angela Ittel, the Vice President Professor Knut Baumann, the TU professor and virologist Melanie Brinkmann and Luca Kienel from the AStA Executive Board. Whether it was about the organisation of studies or the corona-related regulations of the winter semester: the first-year students were able to participate in the talk with their questions via a chat.

1Final figures will be available at the end of November after all enrolment deadlines have expired. The cut-off date for these figures is 21 October 2021.