During the Welcome Week a group of people from nearly all over the world met and enjoyed a diversified program that involved physical amenities (eating, drinking, bowling), some sightseeing and, last but not least, the completion of essential formalities.

On Wednesday – after a welcome breakfast at the working room for Comp-Eng students, during which the new students were welcomed by Course Coordinator Mr. Joerg Sahlmen and Course Director Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hackl – the Comp-Eng team guided the new students over the RUB campus, showing them central locations such as the library, the Students’ Secretary Office, the Audi Max and the Botanical Garden.

On Thursday the students were guided through the local computer pools by Engineering Informatics lecturer Dr. Karl-Heinz Lehner, before having lunch at the RUB canteen. Later on the CompEng tutor team helped the new students complete essential formalities such as registering at the Residents Registration Office, opening a bank account and taking out health insurance.

On Friday another breakfast was organized in which all Comp-Eng lecturers participated, before introducing their courses in a more formal context during the Official Welcome Ceremony. The ceremony was opened by a Word of Welcome from Dean Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thewes, in which he gave the students brief insights into the subject’s history. The day was topped off with a bowling session at a local Bowling Center – the secret highlight of the week.

The week closed with an excursion to Cologne, a boat trip on the river Rhine and a walk through the historical parts of Cologne’s city centre. Enjoy our picture gallery to get an impression of the Welcome Week and the immensely positive mood among the students.