80 graduate students from all around the globe have arrived in Esslingen to begin their new programmes. Sign-in was on 3 September, orchestrated by Head of Student Services Sara Pohl.
Vice Dean Dr. Michael Flad welcomed the new students to this province, which is one of Germany's strongest in export, most creative in patent registration, and naturally most famous for its auto industry.
The excursion programme was presented by Holgar Starzmann. This year, our students will be travelling to Lake Constance (Zeppelin museum and New Castle), Baden-Württemberg's beautiful capital Stuttgart (including the fabulous views from the Stuttgart television tower, incidentally built by Fritz Leonhart, a pioneer in prestressed concrete structures), Heidelberg, which speaks for itself, and many other beautiful destinations.
Manoj Kumar Gokulakrishnan told students about Heide's Deutsch Treff, run by German volunteer Heide Elberth, who regularly meets up with groups of students and helps them learn more about the local language and culture.
A surprise was the presentation of the coveted ITK Student Award 2019 to senior ASM student Johannes Rau, who received this award for an excellent master's thesis. This is an outstanding honour, explained on the ITK website as "Passion, Perspective, Endeavour - the efforts of the individual must be rewarded. We would like to show our appreciation, not only towards our own employees, but also towards those who form tomorrow's innovation: students. For this reason, we have been awarding the ITK Student Award since 2012." Congratulations, Johannes!
Helping with the registration and with peer-to-peer support were senior students Hasan Rizvi, Manoj Kumar Gokulakrishnan, Nithin Kunjumon, Ömer Bingöl, Pragadish Munirathinam Nandakumar, Stefan Schlereth, Suhas Ranganath. Many thanks to you all!