Festive Farewell Ceremony for Graduates and Habilitated Students of 2018

The PhD and Habilitation graduates of 2018 on stage
One of the finest traditions at TU Bergakademie Freiberg is the manner in which it honors its PhD and Habilitation graduates with a ceremony to thank them for their commitment to research and teaching.

In 2018, 99 young scientists successfully completed their doctorates at TU Freiberg, with three completing their habilitations.

Together with the Deans of the various Faculties and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kawalla, Prorector for Research, Bergakademie Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht presented the Certificates of Graduation to the PhD and Habilitation graduates of TU Bergakademie Freiberg for the year 2018 on January 25, 2019 in Freiberg's Alte Mensa event and conference hall. In the name of the entire university, he thanked the 102 young scientists for their contributions to research and teaching.

Some 28 percent of such graduates in 2018 were women, meaning that the university once again achieved its goal of having the same percentage of women graduate as doctoral candidates or complete their habilitations as it has female students who commence their studies at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Almost one third of the researchers came to Freiberg from abroad to complete their doctorate – from some 19 countries worldwide. Most of them were Chinese (7), while two PhD graduates each came from Italy, Iraq and Syria. Other countries of origin included Tanzania, Algeria, Hungary, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland, England, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Vietnam, Indonesia and Chile.

Among the graduates, there were also 3 who had completed a joint doctoral program with a foreign university – the St. Petersburg Mining University (Russia), the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Chile) and the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice (Poland).

Seventeen PhD students are also honored for their outstanding achievements, having completed their doctorates with the grade of summa cum laude (with the highest distinction).

Dr. Berit Legler, a sedimentologist at Wintershall GmbH in Kassel, Germany, gave the keynote speech this year. Dr. Legler is also a true alumna of TU Freiberg: After her Diplom degree in Geology/Palaeontology, she completed her doctorate at the Bergakademie's Faculty of Geosciences, Geoengineering and Mining in 2005 with the distinction summa cum laude. She then worked as a research assistant and lecturer in Great Britain for several years.

The Wood 'N' Brass Big Band provided the musical accompaniment to the celebration.

A film project illustrated to what parts of the world the former doctoral students of the Bergakademie have moved, and which professions they pursue there. The project was brought to fruition by TU Freiberg's Center of Advanced Study and Research (GraFA), and was supported by the University, the Media Center, the Freiberg Alumni Network and TU Bergakademie Freiberg's Association of Friends (VFF). Indeed, two films had their premiere during the ceremony.

Contact person: Dr. Corina Dunger, Center of Advanced Study and Research (GraFA), TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Phone +49 (0)3731 39-3537

Fragen beantwortet / Contact: 
Dr. Corina Dunger, Tel 03731 / 39-3537
TU-Rector at speech
Saxophonists im Close-up
Numerous guests in the farewell ceremony
Dr. Berit Legler on stage at her speech
Graduate received his graduation certificate.
Two graduates on stage with their certificates
Group of graduates on stage with their certificates
Full house at the Alte Mensa