Students rate their studies: Top grades for mechanical engineering and materials science

students in engineering disciplines
Students from the fields of mechanical engineering, process engineering and material science give the TU Freiberg in the current university ranking of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) very good or good study conditions in several categories.

They give particularly good ratings for the overall study organisation and for learning in small groups. The ranking has been published in the study guide of the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.

In a Germany-wide comparison, the current evaluations of the students place the university in the top group in the areas of general study situation and organisation, courses in appropriately large study groups as well as with sufficient availability of places in laboratories. Students also praise how relevant content from practice and current research is included in the courses at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Setting individual priorities during your studies

In the fields of mechanical engineering and process engineering, the students emphasize not only the good equipment but also the possibilities for setting individual priorities during their studies. “This confirms the approach in existing diploma programmes as well as in the new Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering,” says Prof. Tobias Fieback. With various specializations, we promote interest-based studies that address the personalities of the students and thus lead to a successful completion," says the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering.

From theory to application

The field of Material Engineering and Material Science achieves top results in the supervision by the lecturers and the scientific relevance of the learning content. According to the Dean of the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Prof. Gotthard Wolf, an advantage of studying materials science in Freiberg arises from the appropriate number of participants in the courses, for which students can register without waiting times: "From the outset, students apply what they have learned in laboratory and technical internships. They are involved in scientific work at an early stage and work closely with lecturers and doctoral candidates on current research questions."

Family climate of a campus university

"I am delighted about the good performance of the engineering and material science degree programmes in the current CHE ranking. With a study and examination organization that offers students individual design options, we create the conditions for an attractive range of courses and a successful interest-based study," says Prof. Swanhild Bernstein, Vice-Rector for Teaching at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. "The fact that students across disciplines also praise the good social climate rewards the university's efforts to create opportunities for exchange and encounter in online or hybrid teaching formats."

Background: The CHE University Ranking

With around 120.000 surveyed students and more than 300 universities and colleges of applied sciences/ vocational universities (Hochschulen für angewandte Wissenschaften/ HAW) as well as dual colleges and vocational academies, the ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed university comparison in German-speaking countries. The CHE University Ranking asks current students about their study conditions in general as well as about specific criteria such as supervision, support in regular studies or for a semester abroad, courses offered, study organisation or examinations in particular. They also assess the offers for career orientation, the scientific or practical relevance, the study rooms, the library equipment or the IT infrastructure. This year, subjects in engineering, linguistics, cultural studies and psychology were examined.

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