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Press Release 000/2009

TU9-ING-Woche attracts potential STEM subject students to Germany

The project is part of the TU9 initiative for more STEM students: trial study weeks and motivation scholarships

From 26.08. to 02.09.2012, TU9 is holding the second TU9-ING-Woche (TU9 Engineering Week), a trial study week for students from German schools abroad and Sprachdiplom schools.

Participants will spend one week at TU Berlin and TU Darmstadt, discovering the wide range of STEM subject courses and the opportunities on offer at the two locations. Workshops will provide insights into study programmes in mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and information technology. A company visit, a cultural programme and a networking event with alumni from the TU9 DANA Network will round the programme off.

“After the great success of last year, there was major interest in TU9-ING-Woche 2012,” says TU9 Executive Secretary Venio Piero Quinque. “We received more than 130 applications, 31% of them from girls. Selecting the successful candidates was once again very difficult as many of the applicants had top grades in STEM subjects: 83 have the top grade in mathematics, 67 in mathematics and at least one science subject, and 23 in all STEM subjects taken.”

Eleven of the 20 available places went to girls and nine to boys. They come from 17 schools in 15 countries. The trial study week is part of the BIDS-Programme of the DAAD and is funded by the Foreign Office.

Apart from the cooperation project TU9-ING-Woche, further TU9 Universities have been successful in the BIDS-Programme:

Leibniz Universität Hannover and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are to award motivation scholarships to graduates of German schools abroad and Sprachdiplom schools.

In addition to the motivation scholarships, in autumn Leibniz Universität Hannover will for the second time be running a trial study week for students from PASCH schools in China, Vietnam, Romania, Bulgaria and Russia.

The KIT motivation scholarships go to graduates of the two German schools in Ecuador and the German school in Rio de Janeiro. To ease the transition from the German school abroad to KIT, the first year students will receive personal sponsorships with KIT students from higher semesters who are themselves from Ecuador and Brazil, in addition to the scholarships.


For further Information on the TU9-ING-Woche visit:


Background to the TU9 STEM Initiative
The TU9 universities have initiated several projects to recruit international STEM students.

 TU9 Project 1: joint international student marketing at fairs (

“Excellence in Engineering and the Sciences Made in Germany” – Since 2006 the TU9 universities have used this motto to attract the best students from Beijing to Buenos Aires. In this way, the TU9 members gain significant synergy effects on the international education market.

 TU9 Project 2: German schools abroad (
Graduates of the 140 German schools abroad have had an outstanding education, possess an excellent command of the German language, and bring a high affinity to Germany with them. Since 2005, TU9 has been specifically promoting STEM studies in Germany here. In 2008 the Alumni network TU9-DANA was founded. In 2011 the TU9-ING-Woche (TU9 Engineering Week), a trial study week for students from German schools abroad, was held for the first time.

 TU9 Project 3: TU9 SelfAssessment international (
TU9-SelfAssessment international is an online course guidance tool which supports prospective international students in their decision to study at a technical university.

About TU9
TU9 is the association of the leading Institutes of Technology in Germany: RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TU München, Universität Stuttgart.

More than 240,000 students, or ten percent of all German students, are registered at TU9 universities.

In Germany roughly 50 percent of all engineers with university degrees come from TU9 universities; some 57 percent of the doctorates in engineering are awarded at TU9 universities.

Media Contact
Venio Piero Quinque (Executive Secretary of TU9)
TU9 German Institutes of Technology e. V.
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
D-10178 Berlin

Tel: 0049(0)30/ 278 74 76 80

E-Mail: presse(at)

TU9 is a prizewinner in the competition “365 Places in the Land of Ideas” 2012