More than 70 percent of students currently rate their courses as “good” to “very good”. The constant improvement and quality control of teaching performance is a strategic goal of our university and is another tangible result of our ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. In this way we systematically evaluate all our degree programs. In order to improve the public’s perception of the quality of teaching, in 2010 the first award for exemplary teaching was granted by the Friends of TU Berlin, which incorporates the results of quality analysis, as well as assessments by the students. Further competency-oriented course evaluations and surveys from the alumni are another component in systematic quality development.
Millions invested in teaching excellence
With its ten million euro program “Knowledge Offensive Through Learning”, over the past few years TU Berlin has initiated an intramural, cross-faculty competition to improve teaching. For its project entitled “First Rate Education For All”, TU Berlin will receive a further ten million euros up to 2016 from the “National Quality Pact For Teaching” of the federal and state governments. Much of this funding will be used to recruit more teaching staff. All stakeholders are striving to promote better student mentoring at large universities, as well as to improve the quality of teaching through continuing education and innovative approaches.
New media and it applications
The quality of teaching is also to be improved through a broad range of continuing science education initiatives in the area of academic instruction, in which the TU Berlin’s “Center for University Teaching” plays an important role. Our university is a pioneer in the use of new media in teaching and in organizing studies. In addition to the family and student friendly flexibility afforded by e-options, such new options are meant to improve the quality of large lecture classes and to give the teaching staff the exact qualifications they need. Furthermore, TU Berlin is placing the notion of “student lifecycles” squarely at the center of all its study-related administrative processes, in order to optimize the entire area of studies and teaching and adapt them to the actual needs of the students. Together with all those involved, we will improve and expand the quality of service in a sustainable manner and as needed.
Interdisciplinary reformed degree programs
It’s all about interdisciplinarity, particularly in our curriculum: one relevant component of the learning module can be elected in all subjects. In the context of project workshops – a distinguishing feature of TU Berlin – students have the option of becoming teachers and carrying out research-based teaching themselves. New interdisciplinary reformed degree programs have been successfully launched. These feature interdisciplinary teaching approaches, in addition to practice- and project-oriented event formats. Women in particular are embracing these new options. More than one dozen continuing education Master’s programs for working people round out this curriculum with a view to lifelong learning.
International students at TU Berlin
With around 20 percent of our students coming from abroad and numerous cooperation projects with partners around the world, TU Berlin is indeed a university with a decidedly international character. Close cooperation with top universities the world over finds expression in many joint degree courses and a worldwide network of exchange programs. Our partners include the École Centrale Paris, the Cass Business School in London, the KTH Stockholm, the University of Michigan, McGill in Canada, and the Jiao Tong University Shanghai. There are 260 active exchange programs with Euro-pean partner universities and 70 with partners overseas. Around ten percent of all TU students study abroad each year, while around 700 students come to Berlin from our partner universities. Student exchange programs often yield a much coveted dual degree. TU Berlin is leading the way in Germany with its 26 international programs. We also offer 17 Master’s programs in English.
Paving the way to a career
Helping our students to start their professional lives: TU Berlin strives to make the transition of its students to professional employment as smooth as possible. Support instruments here include the Career Service, which organizes numerous events to help students find the best possible career path. In the course of their studies, early on students acquire both theoretical and practical career-relevant competencies such as management, IT knowledge and soft skills. Training programs, summer schools, graduate recruitment fairs and internships abroad are also offered. In the context of a dedicated mentoring program, TU alumni with professional experience advise and accompany students as mentors and help our graduates to plan their careers. Surveys of grad-uates show that around 65 percent of all former students remain in Berlin.
Students with good business ideas planning to start their own companies also receive optimal support from TU Berlin. Our university’s multiple award-winning Center for Entrepreneurship offers numerous courses, and advisory and support services. This is supplemented by international degree programs in the context of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Well over 1000 TU alumni have started their own companies. A survey shows that start-ups established by TU Berlin graduates have become a significant economic factor with around 16 000 new jobs and a turnover of 1.1 billion euros.
Welcome to teachers and schoolchildren
TU Berlin is not only a place for university students and teachers. Over the past few years we have developed and expanded strong and multifaceted relations with schoolchildren, parents and teachers. Contacts with area schools range from a “Techno-Club” for schoolchildren interested in technology, to the highly popular “University at 16”, which gives high school students the opportunity to earn credit points towards their future studies at TU Berlin. These programs have served to enhance the university’s public profile and are a reflection of the high priority given by TU Berlin to the recruiting and training of students, and in particular to attracting young women to enroll in the so-called MINT subjects (mathematics – computer sciences – natural science – technology).