Alumni News 02-2019

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52nd Anniversary of the Ulm University
Ceremony with honors, prices and alumni meeting of the first students and professors

Ulm University celebrated its 52nd anniversary at the end of the summer term. The celebration included a ceremonial address and the bestowing of honours, including two University medals. University President Professor Michael Weber used the opportunity to draw attention to important events at the University and developments in university politics.
In addition, Ulm University started teaching 50 years ago. For this anniversary, the first students and the first professors of Ulm University were invited.


Photo: Eberhardt/Uni Ulm

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Scientific symposium marks the 85th birthday of Prof Hans Joachim Winckelmann

Without Professor Hans Joachim Winckelmann, the history, philosophy and ethics of medicine would be missing out on numerous groundbreaking publications and debates. Since 1972, Prof Winckelmann has been shaping medical history, science history and medical ethics in Ulm, in the laboratory as well as in the lecture hall. To mark Winckelmann’s 85th birthday, Ulm University is holding a scientific symposium in his honour. The dedication ceremony will be held in the Gewölbesaal room at the Municipal History Building on 8 May at 2:00 pm.

Photo: Willi Baur

Focus Research

Data transmission of the future
Südwestmetall Prize for Dr Sven Puchinger

This year’s Südwestmetall Prize for Ulm University, with a value of 5,000 euros, goes to Dr Sven Puchinger. The 28-year-old electrical engineer, who completed his doctorate at the Ulm University Institute of Communications Engineering, was honoured in Stuttgart for his dissertation on algebraic channel coding. His research involves the use of special mathematical methods to prevent transmission errors and encrypt data flows, thus making the storage and transmission of data both safer and more reliable. 

Photo: Südwestmetall/Wagner

International interest in research on energy conversion and storage of Ulm University

A delegation of Canadian scientists visited Ulm University last week to learn more about energy conversion and storage. The researchers represented Ryerson University in Toronto, the University of Ottawa, the University of Waterloo and the École Polytechnique de Montréal. During their stay, the visitors focused on research into the battery of the future.

Photo: Daniela Stang

73 million euros for new research building
Multidimensional Trauma Sciences building for Ulm University

Ulm University is creating a unique research building for 'Multidimensional Trauma Sciences' (Multidimensionale Trauma-Wissenschaften; MTW). The building measures almost 5,000 square metres and is designed specifically to cater to the medical and natural scientists' needs. It will house highly specialised biomedical laboratories, a biobank for blood and tissue samples from all over the world and a centre for clinical studies, among other things. The construction is scheduled to be completed in 2024 and costs more than 73 million euros. The costs will be shared by the German federal government, the state government of Baden-Württemberg and the Medical Faculty of Ulm University. The Science Council's Research Construction Committee described the project proposal as 'outstanding': Never before in this funding procedure has a higher amount of federal funds gone to Baden-Württemberg.

Photo: Heinle, Wischer und Partner, Freie Architekten

Studies and Teaching

“FOKuS – Studienstart Deutsch”: preparatory semester for international students
Ulm University cooperates with universities of applied sciences in Ulm and Neu-Ulm

German universities welcome students from abroad. The dropout rate among foreign students, however, is quite high. According to a study conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), nearly one out of two international students in Germany ends their bachelor studies prematurely. Ulm University offers a special preparatory semester in order to help foreign students quickly adjust to the German university system. As of the summer 2019 term, the preparatory course is no longer just for those aiming to study at Ulm University. Now, applicants wishing to study at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences (THU) or Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) can also take advantage of this offer.

Photo: International Office

CHE university ranking 2019/20
Top marks for Ulm Psychology and Electrical Engineering Departments

Psychology students gave their programme at Ulm University top marks in the current Centre for Higher Education (CHE) ranking. In the categories “overall study situation”, “support during the study entry phase” and “courses offered”, the Ulm Psychology Department was in the top group, coming in at 6th place in Germany. A total of 61 universities were included in the ranking list. The Ulm University programme appeared in the middle group only in the category of student-advisor ratio.

symbolic image: Elvira Eberhardt