Mönchengladbach The Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1971. In the same year, a total of 27 students graduated. Half a century later they return.
For the 50th birthday of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, graduates born in 1971 visited their former place of work again. Former students came together in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science as well as economics who have one thing in common: they graduated in the year the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences was founded.
Eight alumni of the engineering school for electrical engineering met at the south campus in Krefeld. The engineering school was merged with the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in 1971. Vice dean welcomed the current department of electrical engineering and computer science Jürgen Quade The former students: “I am very happy to see you here as a community 50 years later. That speaks for you as a group, but also for the university, as it forms bonds for life, ”said Quade.
Then the alumni gathered for a tour of the Krefeld Süd campus. They learned more about current projects such as the “MakerSpace”, in which students from all disciplines can put the knowledge they have acquired in the lectures to the test, and they visited rooms where they used to study and which are still used today.
“It is really great to see how much interest and joy the group has shown in the development of the university,” says Karl-Ludger Schnütgen, Coordinator of the electrical engineering and computer science department, who helped to organize the event. In mid-August, 26 graduates and one graduate from the “Staatliche Höhere Wirtschaftsfachschule” came to the economics department in Mönchengladbach.
The university president welcomed them to the textile technology center Thomas Grünewald the alumni. Dean reported on campus Siegfried Kirsch about the history of the university, the past 50 years and perspectives. A little anecdote: Because the students went on strike in 1971 to upgrade their degrees, their graduation was delayed by a year. Today they are still referred to as the 1971 graduate class.
“It’s nice to be here again and see how everything has changed. We helped shape the founding of the university back then. A lot has happened since then, ”said the former electrical engineering student Johannes Lindgens on behalf of his fellow students who graduated in Mönchengladbach.