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Außenansicht von einem altem Gebäue in Braunschweig (Copyright: Frank Bierstedt)

Are there any fields of study that you can’t pursue in the region? No less than four universities attract high school graduates and those eager to make a career change with more than 200 courses of study. And many students find a great job very quickly...

Research and education are a centuries-long tradition in the region – Braunschweig University of Technology was founded back in 1745. Engineering and natural sciences are the university’s core disciplines, but there is close interdisciplinary networking between them and the economic, social, and education sciences as well as the courses in the humanities that are offered here. Research isn’t carried out in an ivory tower here. In addition to networking, students benefit from numerous exciting and realistic practical projects. More than 80 groups offer students the opportunity to apply and extend their knowledge – from working together to build a satellite to creative productions in a theatre group.

A few facts: the university has six faculties with 156 institutes, primarily in natural sciences, but also a dedicated faculty for the arts and social sciences. Over 70 courses of study ranging from architecture to economic sciences are available to the currently over 20,000 registered students. The institutes are divided among a total of five academic hotspots: the central campus around Formusplatz, the Ost and Nord campuses, the Forschungsflughafen and the Mobile Life Campus branch in Wolfsburg.

By the way, the quality of education is continually being tested using contemporary methods: the Braunschweig University of Technology launched an idea platform called ‘Sag’s uns’ (Tell Us) in 2009, which is aimed at students and intended to improve education and studies. Suggestions, praise and criticism are collected and discussed in this freely accessible blog. And this appears to have been a good idea: the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany honoured this initiative in March of 2010 as one of the nation’s best university projects with the award ‘University Pearl of the Month’.

But the Braunschweig University of Technology isn’t dedicated solely to research, of course. Recreation also gets its due. The university’s sports facilities offer more than 70 different sports ranging from team, to endurance, to competitive sports. Students also enjoy the buzz of the town’s colourful nightlife, including numerous restaurants, bars and clubs.

From mining academy to university – Clausthal University of Technology

Just 30 years after the Braunschweig University of Technology was founded, the ‘Clausthaler montanistische Lehrstätte’ opened in 1775. This training institution subsequently lead to the founding in 1864 of the internationally renowned mining academy known today as the Clausthal University of Technology in south-west Goslar.

Nearly 5,000 students are registered there in one of 33 courses of study in the faculties of natural and material sciences, energy and economic sciences,

mathematics, computer science and mechanical engineering. What’s remarkable is that over a third of the students come from abroad. The People’s Republic of China is the most highly represented here with a share of about 15% of all students. It’s no wonder, as the Clausthal University of Technology is considered one of the leading engineering ‘ABC universities’ in China along with RWTH Aachen University and the Technical University of Berlin. By the way, even the Chinese Minister for Science and Technology received a doctorate here.

The university is considered a true hotbed of talent: every sixth DAX enterprise in the county has a TU alumnus on its management board – this is unique. The Clausthal University of Technology is also known for its research and training partnerships with big players in the raw materials industry. Oil and energy corporations such as ExxonMobil and RWE operate dual subsidy programs at the technical university, in many cases with the aim of recruiting the graduates, who are in high demand as employees even before they complete their studies...

In addition to the natural sciences, cultural pursuits are also an important part of life at the Clausthal University of Technology. A chamber orchestra was founded here back in 1960 and has since grown to become a full symphony orchestra. An ambitious programme is prepared every semester, and performed in the university’s auditorium and at other venues in the region.

From theatre to design – Braunschweig University of Art (HBK)

While the region is world-famous for its focus on the natural sciences, a genuine artistic counterculture also formed here in the 1950s. The forerunner of the Braunschweig University of Art was the Municipal School of Arts and Crafts founded in 1952, which was granted equal status with the state universities in 1972 and ultimately became the University of Art in 1978.

The Braunschweig University of Art is a university of international renown with the right to confer doctorates and postdoctoral qualifications. It is located less than 45 minutes on foot from the Braunschweig University of Technology at the western edge of the historic city centre. Whether you are interested in the liberal arts, teaching art, performing arts, visual communication, design in the digital society, transformation design, fine arts or media sciences, 13 courses are offered here with five diplomas from a master’s degree to the internationally recognised bachelor of arts. With 1,000 students, the Braunschweig University of Art is among Germany’s 31 largest art universities.

Modern, well-equipped workshops and laboratories offer the best conditions for all the processes involved in creative thinking and working.

Inspiration and applied knowledge – Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

It is the region’s youngest academic university and simultaneously the one that covers the most ground: Ostfalia maintains locations in Salzgitter, Wolfenbüttel, Wolfsburg and Suderburg. Founded in 1971, it is an up-and-coming institution in the university landscape: over 13,000 students are enrolled here in one of more than 80 courses of study. Twelve faculties that include 25 institutes and range from building, water and soil to economics point to an unusual breadth of disciplines. Incidentally, Ostfalia also accepts people who are looking for a new career and don’t have a university entrance diploma, as internal training and continuing education make unrestricted university access possible here.

And if all this weren’t enough, a team of learning coaches assists students with all matters relating to their studies and beyond: after all, being a successful student requires not only academic but also personal and social competencies, including good time management and organisation skills as well as problem resolution strategies and the ability to transfer what you learn. When difficulties arise, the coaches can be approached directly before frustration begins to set in.

The instructors believe that the ability to take a broader view and apply the acquired knowledge in practice are especially important. Ostfalia expresses this as follows in its mission statement:

„We see about the needs of our students and are up to the standards of economy and society. Our education is future-oriented and up to date with the latest developments in science and technology. We offer: effective study guidance, individual care for every student, high technical standards, excellent infrastructure, attractive residential accommodation and varied programmes of sports and activities. We guarantee highest quality in teaching and research. Our decision-making processes and work routines are transparent and well structured. We run our university cost- and conservation-conscious. We cultivate friendly, professional behaviour and cooperative leadership.“

And this approach appears to be working: more than three quarters of graduates find a suitable job within three months after graduating.


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