IMRE Christmas Card 2014


We wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

IMRE Report 2014


Visit at Gubkin University in Moscow, Russia

From 15th to 16th of May 2014, Prof. Bongaerts and Jiangxue Liu visited the partner Universitiy Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. The purpose of the meeting consisted in identifying an agenda for future activities of IMRE Gubkin, including student and teacher exchanges.



Visit four Chinese Universities in Beijing

From 21st to 23rd of March 2014, Prof. Bongaerts and Jiangxue Liu visited the partner Universities China University of Mining and Technology (CUMTB) and China University of Geosciences in Beijing (CUGB) and interviewed the applicators from these two Universities for study at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. At the invitation of Dr. Hong He, the head of Helmholtz Association Beijing Office, from 24th to 26th of March 2014, Prof. Bongaerts and Jiangxue Liu visited China University of Petroleum and North China University of Technology, and introduced TU Bergakademie Freiberg and MBA IMRE Program.


IMRE Christmas Card 2013

We wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! IMRE Report 2013


Visit at China University of Mining and Technology (CUMTB) in Beijing

At the invitation of China University of Mining and Technology (CUMTB) in Beijing, from 18th to 25th of November 2013, Prof. Bongaerts gave lectures to various groups of students of CUTMB’s School of Management about topics taken from the subjects of the MBA IMRE Study Program. They were entitled: “Energy from renewable sources in emerging and mature markets”, “Environmental risk assessment of detergents” and “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading”. The lectures included questions and answers and students commented by saying that they learned a lot from the lectures and that they lack such type of teaching within their own study programmes. After the lectures, Jiangxue Liu introduced the MBA IMRE Program.

On 19th November, Prof. Jiang Yaodon, Vice-rector of CUMTB, and Dr. Wang Hongmei, Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office, met with Prof. Bongaerts for an official reception. Prof. Jiang introduced CUMTB and he expressed a strong interest in an extension of the existing co-operation between CUMTB and TU Bergakademie Freiberg. On 21st November, Prof. Bongaerts visited the DAAD Beijing Office. Dr. Thomas Schmidt-Dörr, Director of the DAAD Beijing Office provided information on opportunities for co-operation between TUBergakademie Freiberg and Chinese universities. On the last day of the official visit, on 25th November, a closure meeting took place with Prof. An Jingwen, Director of the School of Management, Prof. Liu Haibin, Vice-Dean of the School of Management, Prof. Yang Ying, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office, Dr. Wang Hongmei, Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office Office and Prof Xu Xiangyang. The purpose of the meeting consisted in identifying an agenda for future activities of IMRE and the MBA Programs at CUMTB, including student and teacher exchanges. Both partners agreed to move forward. During the meeting, both partners also discussed the organization of the IMRE Alumni Meeting in 2015, with the intention of CUMTB acting as the host.

Special thanks to Prof. Xu Xiangyang for the organization of the visit.


Naima Bouzoubaa awarded with the DAAD price 2011

On October 16, 2013 Ms. Naima Bouzoubaa, IMRE 2011, has been awarded with the 2013 DAAD Prize. The DAAD prize is awarded every year to international students at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, which study with an excellent academic performance. The DAAD Prize is usually endowed with €1000. After Ioana Posea, IMRE 2009, Naima is the second IMRE student who has been awarded the prize.

The official press release of TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Visit of 31 African Ambassadors

On September 12, Freiberg hosted 31 African Ambassadors for an information visit about educational and research programmes dealing with mining and natural resources technologies and management of the University. Rector Prof. Meyer surprised the guests in Freudenstein Castle with a story and a picture of the first ever African Student who came to Freiberg in 1846. He was a Prince of Ashanti and received his certificate, including a statement of good behavior, after two years of study. 

After a short tour of the African Room of the terra mineralia Collection, visitors were briefed about the educational activities of the World Forum of University for Sustainable Resources which was founded in 2012 in Freiberg and about a new educational initiative based upon the IMRE Programme which the university is willing to offer in Africa. 

The ambassadors travelled by coach to the Reiche Zeche mine to take a quick tour of some of the underground research facilities and they had private talks with representatives of Freiberg companies. The visit was seen as a success for all participants.

Freiberg – Edmonton Conference on Energy and Resources

On May 8, 2013, the "Freiberg - Edmonton Conference on Energy and Resources" took place at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. This conference was organized by Daniel Schlottmann, Research Associate of the Chair of Economics, and IMRE Programme in close co-operation with School of Bussiness from the University of Alberta. This was an excellent opportunity for both network and have discussing with the NREE (Natural, Resources, Energy and Environment) students from Canada.  

After the words of welcome of Prof. Bongaerts, the following presentations were delivered:

  • Liu, Jiangxue: Environmental and Economic Aspects in the Rare Earth's Supply Chain.
  • Schlottmann, Daniel: Does background influence expectations? - Results of the oil market survey with IMRE and NREE students
  • Prof. Schönfelder: The Political Economy of the German Energy Turn - Some Observations
  • Hanebuth, Andrea & Lee, Roh Pin: Managing R&D in emerging technologies - Insights from the German Centre of Energy Resources (DER).
  • Prof. Dixon, Richard: Transportation of Alberta's Oil: Key Lessons for the World's Oil

More information can be found at the Blog page of Alberta Schlool of Business.


ERASMUS PARTNERSHIP with Pécsi Tudományegyetem  

We recieved a Poster and a CD from the University of Pécs containing information about the Study Programmes offered to ERASMUS Students. The University has an ERASMUS Agreement with TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The CD can be consulted at the IMRE Office.


IMRE Christmas Card 2012

We wish you merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here you can find the IMRE report 2012 and a brochure of IMRE activities 2012.

Published: December 21, 2012


IMRE is participating in the TEMPUS Project - Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sources and Environmental Impacts - Master Study, "ENERESE"

TEMPUS is the European Union’s programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the EU's surrounding area. The TEMPUS project - Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sources and Environmental Impacts - Master Study, "ENERESE" - brings 14 Universities from Serbia, the former Yugoslav republics, the European Union countries together, to develop an interdisciplinary master programme in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources at partner universities. During the project period the new curricula architecture has to be established at WB partner universities. The following activities are planned:

  • WP.1   Strategy definition for master programme ENERESE
  • WP.2   Development  of  new restructured Master study programme
  • WP.3   Methodology improvements for new program
  • WP.4   Implementation of new master programme
  • WP.5   Quality control and monitoring of master study programme
  • WP.6   Dissemination of the project results
  • WP.7   Sustainability of project achievments
  • WP.8   Project management and coordination

In the framework of the TEMPUS project, the first kick-off meeting took place from 29 November -  2 December 2012 at the state University of Novi Pazar, Serbia. Prof. Bongaerts has given a presentation in the meeting.

See more information at the homepage of State University of Novi Pazar.

Published: December 10, 2012


Alumni Conference 2012 in Oaxaca, Mexico

From September 24 to 28, the MBA IMRE Alumni Conference and meeting took place in Oaxaca, Mexico. This conference focuses on the theme: "RENEWABLE ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AS WELL AS THEIR OPPORTUNITIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES".

See more on the workshop at our Alumni activities page.

Published: October 8, 2012


Minister president Tillich visited IMRE Stand on "Tag der Sachsen"

"Tag der Sachsen" (Day of the Saxony) is the biggest annual festival in Saxony. It takes place each year in a different town and attracts about 400,000 visitors from Saxony and other cities. This year, the festival took place in Freiberg. IMRE participated at the festival and presented various topics regarding environment and resources. “Art from Waste”, the idea presented by IMRE to transform waste into handycrafts attracted many visitors. On Sunday, 9th of September, the Minister President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, and the State Minister of Science and Arts, Sabine von Schorlemer, visited our stand and asked IMRE students about their life in Freiberg.


The news can be found at the homepage of TU Bergakademie Freiberg


IMRE was accredited

After examining on April 4, 2012, IMRE and another MBA Programme "International Business in Development and Emerging Markets" at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg has been accredited by the ASIIN Accreditation Commission.


The news can be found at the homepage of TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Published: August 8, 2012


IMRE participated "Freiberg 850 Years Festival Parade"

This year, Freiberg commemorates 850 years of history after its foundation as a city and Juli 01, a summit of celebrations took place. Thousands of Freiberg citizens and visitors, including representatives of international twinning cities, came to enjoy this unique event.

The last and culminating activity of the week was the FESTUMZUG (Parade) showing "Freiberg Sceneries" from the very beginning of the city's existence until contemporary days. Several hundreds of Freiberger volunteers participated. Obviously, this FESTUMZUG includes sceneries of TU Bergakademie Freiberg as a bright institution with great responsibilities for Freiberg and the world.

Many IMRE Students and Prof. Bongaerts participated the scenery called "The Modern University of Today".

Published: Juli 18, 2012, Photo: Le Quang Hung (IMRE 2010)


Two IMRE students got the "Deutschlandstipendium"

May 16, 2012, Bouzoubaa Naima and Sharmin Rumana, IMRE 2011 students got the national scholarship "Deutschlandstipendium". This scholarship Program supports highly motivated excellent students with 300 euros per month.

Published: Mai 18, 2012


New team of IMRE Chair

After Stefan Dirlich left the URM Chair in 2010, with the end of the employment contract, Karen Murillo left the Chair during the Summer Term. In the middle of January, this position is filled by Nicoleta Gurita, IMRE 2008.

Published: February 15, 2012


IMRE Christmas Card 2011

It is time again for the annual report of activities of the MBA IMRE programme and the Chair of Resources and Environmental Management of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. We wish you merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here you can find the report and a video of IMRE activities 2011.

  • IMRE 2011 Video (In case you can't watch it, please try to open it with Firefox.)

Published: December 24, 2011


First group from IMRE Ghana

Winter Term 2011, five IMRE students came from the partner programme with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Kumasi, Ghana.

Published: December 15, 2011


Alumni Conference 2011 in Bandung, Indonesia

With the support of DAAD, the MBA IMRE Alumni conference was held at the Institute of Technology Bandung from September 25th - 30th 2011. This conference focuses on the theme: "Setting the Pace for Renewable Energy Technologies in Developing and Emerging Markets with Case Studies on Renewable Energy Technology Transfers".

See more on the workshop at our Alumni activities page.


3rd Intercultural Master Colloquium

On June 29, The 3rd Intercultural Master Colloquium took place at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. This Colloquium was organized by IMRE in close co-opration with the SEPT Mater Program (Small Enterprise Promotion an Training) of Leipzig University and VEPCB (Vocational Education and Personnel Capacity Building) of TU Dresden. The aim of the colloquium was to offer the future IMRE graduates on opportunuty to interact with students from other universities personally and to exchange views on the objectives and methods of scientific work.

After the words of welcome of Prof. Bongaerts, three students students of each master program gave presentations about the main outcomes of their Master's Thesis work. The MBA IMRE Program was represented by Mohammad Usman, Rezki Syahrir and Mao Ying.

Published: July 4, 2011


15th Development Policy Conference 2010

On November 5./6., Prof. Bongaerts, Jiangxue Liu and Bernard Osei Owusu took part in the 15th Development Plolicy Conference about Resoucre-based economic growth. The presentations of the Conference can be downloaded now: EPK.

Published: May 29, 2011 


IMRE Moscow

On March 04, 2011, Prof. Bongaerts visited Gubkin University, Moscow. A double degree program between two Universities will be soon established. The news is published at webpage of Gubkin University:

Published: March 15, 2011


IMRE "family meeting" in Toronto, Canada

During the PDAC conference "International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange – Mining Investment Show" in Toronto, Canada, Sam unexpectedly met Prof. Kausch and few IMRE students from Freiberg. He said that “It is always a heartwarming and full of “joy” when I met IMRE family from Freiberg”.

Published: March 15, 2011


New Leaflet (Flyer) for the MBA IMRE Programme

The new Leaflet has been designed by Johanna Spee and it is ready for distrubution.

Published: January 17, 2011


IMRE Christmas Card

With this card we wish you merry Christmas and happy new year! See more with X-Card.

We will inform you about the activities of the URM chair and of the MBA IMRE Programme during 2010 with the 2010 report

Published: December 24, 2010


Alumni conference in Kumasi

With the surport of DAAD, from 11 to 14 November, IMRE organized a Alumni conference in Kumasi. This conference was dealing with Environmental disasters of oil & gas exploitation: lessons from gulf of mexico.

See more on the workshop at our Alumni activities page

Published: November 30, 2010


First IMRE students for exchange in Ghana

Peter Görlitz, Paul Prashant are the first IMRE students ever to take part in the exchange program at KNUST as pioneers. The IMRE Office in freiberg wishes all the best for a successful and joyful stay with a lot of valuable experiences.

Published: November 15, 2010


ERASMUS goes (more) international

As of the coming Winter Term of 2010 - 2011, non-European students enrolled in a university in Germany with a so-called ERASMUS Charter are allowed to take part in the European student exchange programme known as ERASMUS (acronym for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg has an ERASMUS Charter. You can only move on to partner universities of TU Bergakademie Freiberg and you need to have your "Learning Agreement" accepted by TU Bergakademie and the partner university. The Learning Agreement contains a list of courses taught in Freiberg (within your regular study programme) and equivalent courses taught at the partner university which you intend to take there. With the signatures of both university representatives placed on the Learning Agreement, the Freiberg student has the opportunity to have credits transferred from the partner university. The MBA IMRE Study Regulations must be respected. According to §16 (7), the total number of credits which may transferred from other institutions of higher learning to TU Bergakademie Freiberg amounts to a maximum of 60.

[§ 16 Anerkennung und Anrechnung von Studienzeiten, Studienleistungen,
Prüfungsleistungen und Prüfungsversuchen

(7) Studienzeiten, Studienleistungen und Prüfungsleistungen sind im Umfang
von bis zu 60 Leistungspunkten anrechenbar. Sofern darüber hinaus Leistungen
erbracht worden sind, wählt der Studierende die im Umfang von bis zu 60
Leistungspunkten anrechenbaren Leistungen aus.]

More information on ERASMUS can be found on the following website:

You may also contact Frau Ingrid Lange at the International University Centre.

Published: July 2010 


IMRE in Antarctica

2009 two IMRE Alumni, Jiliang Chen (IMRE 2002) and Di Liu (IMRE 2005) traveled to Antarctica.


Christmas 2009

As usual, this Christmas card contains some highlights of the past year, which started with a global event known as the financial crisis. For the IMRE Programme, the consequence has been that very few industrial sponsors continued to support the research activities of IMRE and we had to learn how to work on lean budgets.



2009 Report of URM and IMRE

The Annual Report is divided into two parts: The first part describes the activities of URM and IMRE in 2009. The second part lists the publications in journals or book chapters.

Main contains:

  • Alumni Workshop in Ghana
  • BMBF project DIMO (Thin film deposition in micro-columns fir coating surfaces)
  • 3rd International Seminar on Society and Materials
  • Seminar "Materials Efficiency and Resource Conservation in Riesa"
  • Co-operation with "Sept"
  • Co-operation with the World Steel Association
  • Workshop on Small Scale Mining in Ghana
  • Double Degree in Thailand
  • Teaching activities for the Lecture Sustainability and Environmental Management and Policy (SEM)

Published: January 5, 2010


Picture of the new building of TU Bergakademie Freiberg

New building of TU Bergakademie Freiberg will be the new home of the Faculty of Business Administration.

Which IMRE generation will be the first one to attend classes in the new building is still unclear but the administrative preparation work for its construction is finished. The Government of Saxony has awarded the budget and it is expected that all final decisions will be taken by October 2009. After that, archeologists will investigate the site for four months before actual construction work is started up. In the original planning, this may take up to eighteen months. Hence, will IMRE 2012 be the first intake in the new building? We will have to wait and see. By the way, the new home of the Faculty of Business Administration and the International University Centre is located in downtown, between the renovated Freiberg Castle "Freudenstein" and the main University Building in Akademiestrasse 6.

Published: June 30, 2009 



On June 20, a conference entitled "Sustainable development & SME" took place at University of Leipzig. The aim of the conference was to exchange knowledge about the roles of Small and Medium - sized Enterprises (SME) in sustainable economic development. The topics included Sustainable development and SME; Innovation and SME; Efficient Energy SME & Sustainable development; SME and Finance.

The conference was organized by the students of the SEPT Master Program (Small Enterprise Promotion & Training) of University of Leipzig and the MBA IMRE Program (International Management of Resources and Environment) of University of Mining and Technology Freiberg (TU Bergakademie) and was supported by DAAD.

The presentations of the conference are available for download:

Published: June 22, 2009


Materials Efficiency and Resoucre Conservation in Riesa

On May 28, Prof. Bongaerts took part in Seminar about Industrial Networking for Materials Efficiency and Resoucre Conservation in Riesa.

Published: May 29, 2009 


Time to say Goodbye!

More than 10 years Stefan Dirlich has been the coordinator of IMRE. Now - on June 11, 2009 - it is time to say goodbye.

Published: June 12, 2009 


First IMRE students for exchange in Bangkok

Wiida Kusumawati, Sulabh Jain, Bernardo O. Kehdy, Santosh katkuri and Farruh Gasanov are the first iMRE students ever to take part in the exchange program at KMITL as pioneers. The IMRE Office in freiberg wishes all the best for a successful and joyful stay with a lot of valuable experiences.

Published: May 15, 2009