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Good grades for TU Chemnitz

Study Quality Monitor: students in Chemnitz praise the quality of teaching, technical equipment, service and general conditions

In the Study Quality Monitor 2013 that has been raised by the German Center for Research in Higher Education and Academics together with the Association of Higher Education Research at the University of Konstanz, 49,430 students from all over Germany have been assessed on the study quality of their institutions of higher education, including 903 students from Chemnitz. "Technische Universität Chemnitz hat performed better compared to the national average of universities and universities of applied sciences in many questions concerning the quality of education," says Prof. Dr. Christoph Fasbender, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning at TU Chemnitz. That is, 84 percent of the students surveyed in Chemnitz, consider their courses to be very well prepared, and more than two thirds of the students praise the commitment of the lecturers while giving lectures. 80 percent are very satisfied with the availability of IT workstations, which is 20 percent more than the national average. 87 percent and 84 percent of the students compliment the opening hours of the computer pools and the library. 86 percent of respondents awarded top marks for access to the wireless Internet, which enables a spatially independent work with a PC. Besides, TU Chemnitz has received very good estimates from its students for the equipment of auditoriums and laboratories. Better than the national average, students in Chemnitz are supported in obtaining professional knowledge as well as the capacity for teamwork and independence. Although, Prof. Fasbender still sees two important areas that have to be tackled with: E-Learning and the availability of rooms for independent learning.

Framework conditions category of university studies in Chemnitz has also received high grades. 78 percent of the students praise the offerings of the university sports. 72 percent of the respondents are satisfied with the dining halls and the cafeterias of Student Union Chemnitz-Zwickau. Moreover, the housing situation is much better assessed than the national average. Only 31 percent of the students are happy with it throughout the country, whereas in Chemnitz these are 91 percent. Even such offers as the bridging courses and tutoring programs with the consultancy services of different institutions at TU Chemnitz, and the accessibility of the teaching staff during their opening hours, satisfy students in Chemnitz and lie with their judgment clearly above the national average. The survey also indicates that every second student in Chemnitz has been using the university preparatory services before the actual studies and has judged these to be very helpful. A high utility value has been also certified to info sessions for pupils on studies at TU Chemnitz.

(Author: Mario Steinebach, Translation: Nataliia Boiko)

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