Numerous projects and programmes at the TU9 universities are helping refugees who are capable of studying to gain access to university education.
The current refugee situation in Germany is an issue that also concerns the TU9 universities: “Humanitarian aid is the first priority for people fleeing to Germany from war and violence. The TU9 universities naturally also support the academic integration of those refugees who are capable of studying, are to remain in Germany and wish to study here,” says Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, TU9 President and President of TU Darmstadt. “To this end, the TU9 universities have set up numerous projects and programmes.”
These include measures to prepare and support prospective students, such as language and preparatory courses, mentoring, advice and free auditing programmes. Additionally, scholarships, and in some cases university rooms and spaces, are available. Many volunteers have pledged their support.
For an overview of what is on offer at the TU9 universities visit the TU9 Website at www.tu9.de/fluechtlingsintegration
Selected Programmes and Initiatives for the Integration of Refugees at the TU9 Universities:
RWTH Aachen University
RWTH is currently working on a framework for cooperation with Kiron University in Berlin, to enable refugees to gain a university degree through online and on-campus studies. Refugees wishing to take advantage of courses at Kiron University must apply there directly. The current plan is to enable students to change to a partner university of Kiron University in the third year of studies. The International Office and the Central Student Advisory Service are expanding their advisory service and offering individual counselling for refugees. A mentoring programme, with a broad networking and information session, is planned. In addition, there will be an event at the beginning of 2016 featuring an intensive discussion concerning experiences and practical assistance for dealing with traumatised persons. http://www.igad.rwth-aachen.de
The programme “In(2)TU Berlin” allows refugees to take part free of charge in activities in a range of different scientific areas at TU Berlin. Admission to regular courses requires registration and an interview. Participants in the programme may also take exams and take advantage of the services of the “Studienkolleg” (preparatory language courses). From November the programme will be offering a preparatory language course for STEM subjects, supported by a 100,000 Euro grant from the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Science. Successful participants in the programme will receive a certificate. http://www.tu-berlin.de/?163777
At TU Braunschweig, refugee students receive individual advice and support from the International Office, and refugee academics from the Mobile Researchers´ Centre. Auditing is free of charge. Financial assistance for completing degrees is available from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Applications are possible for Carolo scholarships. Student initiatives, a project to assist refugees in learning languages, and cooperation with the Deutsch-Arabische Bildungsverein have been set up. Admission to courses and provision of accommodation are currently being investigated.
Since October, campus orientation events have been held at TU Darmstadt, introducing TU services such as the library that are open to the general public and providing information on auditing courses. Courses can be audited free of charge by refugees thanks to the Friends of TU Darmstadt. In cooperation with student initiatives, a buddy programme is being developed. Volunteers from the TU language centre have already conducted training and in-service training courses for German teachers and language assistants for refugees. TU Darmstadt has a dedicated website for refugees:
TU Dresden offers free auditing programmes and advice to asylum seekers.
In addition it provides rooms for German courses run by volunteers and workshops for aid workers in initial reception centres. The German Red Cross is supported through the registration of voluntary helpers.
There are also many voluntary activities by members of the university and students, including cultural and leisure activities and German courses. A coordination office for helping refugees is also being planned.
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Leibniz Universität Hannover offers a free auditing project, comprising a language course and a mentoring programme. Regular admission to courses without restricted entry is possible on production of an above-average result in the Studienkolleg entrance exam. In addition, there are basic language courses and a Senior Student Partnership Programme. Further advisory services, language support through in-service training for teachers, and the introduction of laboratory practical work are planned.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
By providing space and rooms in two of its locations, KIT supports the state initial reception centre in Karlsruhe. At the same time, it has supported the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in setting up a scholarship programme. Auditing programmes are free of charge. Since October the Studienkolleg has been offering German courses. Further events, information sessions and a wide range of voluntary projects are also on offer. http://www.kit.edu/kit/english/refugees.php
TU München has initiated an immediate action programme for refugees from crisis areas. This comprises free auditing programmes enabling them to attend course modules held in German or English, a mentoring programme, with specially trained student helpers, and joint activities designed to assist integration. The Student Service Centre also provides advice and support. The mentoring programme is to be developed further. http://www.tum.de/en/studies/international-students/refugees/
A sports hall has been made available for the temporary accommodation of refugees. Regular admission to courses is possible if the requirements for international students are met. Auditing programmes and part-time studies are also possible as a transition to full-time studies. There are also language mentors, tandems and a variety of voluntary initiatives. Further language courses, activities and a preparatory course for STEM subjects are planned. http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/fluechtlinge/index.en.html
TU9 is the alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany: RWTH Aachen University, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TU München, University of Stuttgart.
More than 270,000 students, or ten percent of all German students, are registered at TU9 universities.
Around 50 percent of the university graduates and doctorates in engineering sciences in Germany originate from a TU9 University.
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