RUB Bauwesen CompEng

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As every year since the start of our program, at the beginning of October the CompEng newcomer students arrived in Bochum and were welcomed by the CompEng Coordination Team with an initial Welcome Week. Since most of them had never been to Germany before, different events were organized to make everyone comfortable with the university and the new environment.
Those who had arrived at the beginning of the Welcome Week had not much time to rest as the actual Welcome Party started on Tuesday October, 2nd. The party was supported by the CompEng Coordination Office and organized by the CompEng Student Council so that new and old students could meet for a beer for 50 cents and grilled food for free.
Luckily possible hangovers were not a big issue, since the following day was October 3rd - German Unity Day - which is an important national holiday.
However, the program continued on Thursday, where students and lecturers were invited to a traditional German breakfast. Here everyone had the opportunity to indulge in some small talk and to get to know each other. Besides, Course Director Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hackl as well as Course Coordinators Jörg Sahlmen and Julia Lippmann held a short welcome speech.
On Friday morning the students were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Radenberg in the frame of the official Welcome Ceremony. Furthermore, the students were presented a short overview of the subjects in the first semester by the respective lecturers. The day continued with a trip to a Bowling Center in Essen, where the group enjoyed a nice evening.
The week closed with an excursion to Bonn including a Guided Tour in English through the House of History (Haus der Geschichte) for a better understanding of German habits and viewpoints. Afterwards everyone had the opportunity to explore the city of Bonn on his/her own. Furthermore a trip to the factory outlet of HARIBO – the famous German candy – was offered so that the newcomers could prepare the first German gifts for their families at home.
To round the trip up, on the way back one could take a short stop in Cologne to see the famous Cathedral – one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany.
Enjoy our picture gallery to get an impression of the Welcome Week 2012 and the immensely positive mood among the students.