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Press Release 000/2009

TU9 recruitment campaign for young engineers is awarded the status of "selected location 2012"

The recruitment campaign for young engineers by the association TU9 German Institutes of Technology was today awarded the status of "selected location 2012" in the competition "365 Places in the Land of Ideas". The leading Institutes of Technology in Germany – TU9 – are actively campaigning against the shortage of engineers. Their aim is to recruit international students to degree courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To achieve this goal, TU9 is represented at international student fairs in up to 30 locations. In addition, they promote STEM subject studies in Germany at German schools abroad. Gifted international students can complete a trial study week in Germany. The concept is successful: in the meantime the initiative has been able to show a significant increase in international students taking up studies in STEM subjects.

The competition "365 Places in the Land of Ideas" has been staged since 2006 by the initiative "Germany – Land of Ideas" in partnership with the Deutsche Bank. Frank Tanaka, Deutsche Bank, Branch Director PCAM - Private & Business Clients Region Berlin, presented the award "selected location 2012" to TU9 President and Rector of RWTH Aachen Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst M. Schmachtenberg. He emphasised "The resources of our country are in our heads. We must therefore do everything in our power to strengthen our creativity and innovative strength in the long term. TU9’s recruitment campaign is thus an essential investment in our future."

Ariane Derks, General Manager of the initiative "Germany – Land of Ideas", added: "Inspiring young people – also abroad – to take up engineering is a prime task for the future of Germany. The award “selected location 2012” and the nomination for the first prize for the whole of Germany reflect the particular quality of the project TU9 with its cooperation across the universities, which makes STEM subject studies in Germany all the more attractive internationally."

TU9 President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst M. Schmachtenberg commented on the award: "We are delighted to be a 'selected location' in the Land of Ideas. We took part in the competition to underline the importance of technical universities for Germany: the TU9 universities are internationally visible beacons of engineering, which attract international students and young scientists in the STEM subjects to Germany. Our graduates ensure that German engineering has an excellent reputation worldwide. In this way we make a significant contribution to strengthening Germany as an economic location. Becoming a 'selected location' and in addition receiving the nomination for the first prize for the whole of Germany in the category education is wonderful, and spurs us on to achieve more."

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.

"Excellence in Engineering and the Sciences Made in Germany": the TU9 universities use this motto to attract the best students worldwide - from Beijing to Buenos Aires. With this, the TU9 members attract considerable attention on the international education market, and provide a bridge for young international engineers to Germany.

"Behind 'selected locations 2012' are ideas that inspire – by people who show true commitment. They represent progress and the future in Germany," says Frank Tanaka, explaining the commitment of the Deutsche Bank. From more than 2,000 applicants, the expert jury of scientists, business managers, journalists and politicians selected TU9 German Institutes of Technology with its recruitment campaign for young engineers as a prize winner. In addition, the project was nominated for the first prize for the whole of Germany in the category education. These stand as beacons of the inherent quality of the competition and Germany’s innovative strength.

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