University of Bremen: Strong in research and good support at the start of your studies

The University of Bremen provides good support at the start of your studies, and it is a strong research university. This is confirmed by the results of the current CHE ranking. It examines more than 300 universities and technical colleges throughout Germany.
“It is extremely important to us to provide students with intensive support at the start of their studies so that they get on well with their studies,” says Vice President for Teaching and Studies, Professor Thomas Hoffmeister. To this end, the university has invested a lot of money in support programs in recent years. A differentiated quality management in the area of ​​teaching and studies is also part of this. In addition to a student and graduate survey, so-called student monitoring takes place regularly. These can then further develop targeted offers and measures to support their students. There are a large number of special preliminary courses, tutorials and individual advisory services for first-year students. “All departments in our university are very committed here,” says the vice-principal.

Linguistics and literature: “Our study center works very professionally”
One example is the bachelor’s degree in German Studies from the Department of Languages ​​and Literatures, which received excellent marks in the current CHE ranking for support at the start of the course. “We have a well-functioning and very professional study center,” explains the Dean of Studies, Dr. Uwe Spörl. “That applies to all of our courses.” The team advises and supports the freshmen intensively during the orientation week and has worked closely with the course committees (Stugen) – the student councils at the University of Bremen – especially during the pandemic. Overall, German Studies also has a good teaching concept, according to the Dean of Studies. “We concentrate on the essentials and do not want to overwhelm our students, especially at the beginning of their studies.”

Engineering Sciences: Stugen offer close supervision to freshmen
The two engineering courses in production technology – mechanical engineering and process engineering as well as systems engineering – also ended up in the top group of the CHE ranking for support at the start of their studies. “Our study center and our students are very committed to all of our courses,” says the Dean of Studies, Professor Maren Petersen. The students work closely with the first semester students during the orientation week. In small tutorials, which are led by students, subject-specific and personal topics can also be discussed during the course.

All departments of the university offer dedicated study centers and practice offices
The commitment of the study centers at the University of Bremen is very high overall. Its employees are the central point of contact for students with questions about study planning and examination regulations. They are available to advise and support students in all twelve departments. There are also practice offices. They support students in the preparation, planning and implementation of an internship. In addition, students can find help there for their professional orientation. They are often the first point of contact for companies and institutions that want to offer internships.

Good grades for third-party funds and doctorates per scientist
In addition to teaching, some subjects also do well in the current CHE ranking in the category third-party funds per scientist. The degree in Production Engineering – Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering ended up in the top group. The same applies to education and educational sciences as well as psychology. Romance Studies gets good grades in doctorates per scientist. There is an above-average number of doctorates per lecturer compared to other universities in Germany.

Information on the CHE ranking
The CHE ranking examines more than 300 universities and technical colleges throughout Germany. It includes information on a total of 30 subjects. Each subject is reassessed every three years. The CHE ranking is carefully noted by many prospective students and students. This year, the subjects electrical engineering and information technology, production technology – mechanical engineering and process engineering, systems engineering, German and Romance studies, psychology, and educational sciences (FB12) were examined. The weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT has published the results of the entire ranking in the ZEIT study guide 2021/22 and on ZEIT CAMPUS ONLINE.

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