91 Ph.D. graduates and two habilitation graduates

A graduate with doctoral hat and certificate
At a virtual ceremony on 29 January, the Graduate and Research Academy of TU Bergakademie Freiberg bade farewell to 93 scientists who completed their doctorate (91) or habilitation (2) in the previous year, including researchers from 17 different countries such as China, Russia or Spain.

The little trees that were sent to the doctoral and post-doctoral students.Unlike in previous years, the graduates will receive their certificates and gifts by post. The 21 persons who have completed their doctorate with the grade "summa cum laude" (with distinction) have been honored for their outstanding achievements. They also received a medal with a historical illustration and engraved name.

“Science matters - especially in times of crisis we realize once again how important innovative research and teaching is. We can only tackle the growing challenges of the future by constantly coming up with new approaches and ideas. A major accomplishment, to which our doctoral and habilitation graduates also contribute. They demonstrate that with a degree and scientific training at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, one can help shape the world of tomorrow in many different areas in a sustainable, climate and environmentally friendly and economically sound way", explains Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht.

Research strength secures doctoral positions

The high professional and personal capabilities of the scientists and junior staff is also evident in the third-party funding. TU Bergakademie Freiberg finances a large number of its doctoral positions from this. In terms of third-party funding per professor, the university is one of the ten strongest research universities in Germany and holds a top position in the new federal states with around 59 million (2019).

Career springboard in science, business, and industry

How successful Freiberg graduates are after their degrees is shown by Dr. Michael Schüngel as the keynote speaker. The Freiberg alumnus works as an employee in the research and development department of RWE Power AG. He did his doctorate as an external doctoral student in Freiberg and has remained loyal to his alma mater ever since. Among other things, he supports the Assessment and Development Center of the Graduate and Research Academy and is involved in the current TU spin-off, Quantus Agriculture Technologies GmbH. Together with Dr. Daniela Vogt from the Institute for Analytical Chemistry, he has developed an innovative approach for an optimized real-time characterization of soils for farmers, ministries or authorities.

Which parts of the world the former doctoral students of TU Bergakademie Freiberg end up in and which professions they practice there can also be seen in the film project of the Graduate and Research Academy. Dr. Thorid Zierold (Custodian for Natural Sciences and Deputy Director of the Natural History Museum Chemnitz) and Prof. Anja Geigenmüller (professor at TU Ilmenau) report on their careers after completing their doctorates and their current fields of work.

Fragen beantwortet / Contact: 
Dr. Corina Dunger, Phone: +49 3731 39-3537