TU Bergakademie Freiberg bids farewell to graduates of the 2018/19 academic year

Group picture of the graduates on the stage of the Nikloaikirche
The TU Bergakademie Freiberg bid farewell to around 700 graduates on 9 November in the Nikolaikirche in Freiberg. The majority of the graduates of the academic year 2018/2019 (30.10.2019) leave the university as engineers (247), natural scientists (204) or economists (178).

Whether recycling, robotics, industry 4.0, modern environmentally friendly processes for resource extraction and processing, solutions for sustainable mining or crash-resistant materials for the automotive industry - the graduates of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg have dealt with exciting and important topics of the future in all courses of study. "With this knowledge, our graduates as future decision-makers can help shape the future and the living conditions on earth and show once again that studying at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg is worthwhile," summed up Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht.

Around 700 graduates completed their studies at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in the 2018/2019 academic year. Most graduates come from the Faculties of Economics (217) and Geosciences, Geotechnics and Mining (174). Almost 54 percent have a Master's degree (339), a good 28 percent a Bachelor's degree (162) and 20 percent (128) a Diplom degree. For the first time this year, the university also adopted graduates of the international master's programme "Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM)". The course uniquely combines scientific and technical content with an economics education and enables students to study in Freiberg, Ghent and Uppsala.

In the Nikolaikirche the rector presented the graduates with their graduate letter. The best graduates of the six faculties were traditionally awarded the Georgius Agricola Medal. The prize, named after the humanist and Montan scholar Georgius Agricola, is awarded annually to up to six graduates for outstanding academic achievements and commitment worthy of an award and is endowed with 250 euros.

In the evening, the graduates celebrate together with relatives, friends, professors and employees of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg at the university and graduate ball in Tivoli.