Start of the semester at the THI: Record number of over 2,000 first-year students

Large crowds for the semester opening, nine new degree programmes - attendance semester despite Corona and energy crisis

[Translate to English:] Von links nach rechts: Dr. Bettina Wiesmann, Leiterin Career Service und Studienberatung, Dekan Thomas Schwarz, THI-Präsident Prof. Dr. Walter Schober und Pastoralreferent Oswald Meyer bei der Semestereröffnung in der Aula in Ingolstadt (Foto: THI)

More than 2,000 students started their first semester at THI on Tuesday, 4 October. This means that more first-year students are starting their studies at the THI in the winter semester than ever before. THI President Prof. Dr. Walter Schober warmly welcomed them to Ingolstadt and the new campus in Neuburg an der Donau.

At the grand opening of the semester in Ingolstadt, the mood was one of celebration: the more than 2,000 students who received a place from 15,800 applications received important information about the start of the semester and were able to make their first contacts. The student associations presented their diverse range of activities and tempted with popcorn, crêpes and drinks.

THI continues to grow

The growth of the THI becomes tangible in the figures for the winter semester: The approximately 6,700 students are now supported by almost 900 THI employees. Of the approximately 190 professors, twelve are new to the winter semester, including Patrick Weiss, who holds the first junior professorship in Bavaria in accordance with the new Higher Education Act at a University of Applied Sciences. He teaches in the field of digital marketing at the THI Business School.

Nine new degree programmes complement the THI's portfolio. The new Bachelor's degree programmes qualify students for the future topics of cyber security, biomechanics, sustainable civil engineering and data science in technology and business. The master's degree programmes Design Leadership, Hydrogen Technologies and Economics, Business Information Systems Engineering and Cloud Applications and Security Engineering also train future specialists and managers for booming industries. At the Institute for Academic Continuing Education (IAW), the part-time Master's in Applied Artificial Intelligence is starting. "With our degree programmes, we have our finger on the pulse of the times," said THI President Prof. Dr. Walter Schober in his welcoming speech in the packed auditorium.

Attendance semester despite Corona and energy crisis

Despite the energy crisis and the ongoing Corona pandemic, the winter semester is planned as an attendance semester.  With regard to energy supply, the universities are among the protected customers of the Federal Network Agency and will be prioritised for supply even in the event of a gas shortage, explains Prof. Dr. Walter Schober: "We therefore do not expect any further restrictions in addition to the already known measures in the public sector." The Corona pandemic has not yet been overcome either, which is why the necessary hygiene protection measures remain in force.


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