An Evening Full of Excellent Entertainment
The Spring-Gala on April 30, 2016 was part of the celebration of the TU’s 180th Anniversary
The Technische Universität Chemnitz’s 2016 Spring-Gala took place in an award-winning location: the State Museum for Archaeology in Chemnitz (smac) received three international prizes in the last year for its suspended model of Saxony. The TU Chemnitz also shows that Saxony is award-winning at the international as well as national level – at the Gala on April 30, presentations were made by not only officials of the university, but presenters also represented numerous awards won by TU members in the past year – the 180th since the institution’s founding. More than 300 guests accepted the invitation to attend the TU’s Spring-Gala. Among the guests were 60 international participants of the “International Forum” of the “Academic Consortium for the 21st Century” (AC21) university network, which is hosted by the TU Chemnitz until May 3.
Acting Rector of the TU Chemnitz, Prof. Dr. Andreas Schubert, greeted the visitors. He was pleased that many guests from academia, the economic sector, politics and society, guests and friends of the TU attended the Spring-Gala and therefore also helped celebrate the 180th anniversary of the TU Chemnitz. Additionally, he pointed out that the TU Chemnitz should be proud of what it had achieved in the past, and that this would not have been possible without the support of partners and networks. In 2016, the Technische Universität is celebrating three anniversaries. Along with the 180th anniversary of the entire institution’s founding, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Institute for Machine Tools will be in October of this year. Moreover, 2016 marks the 100th year of women studying in Chemnitz.
The patron of the event, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, greeted the guests in her address. The minister told the crowd: Not young anymore but also not yet ancient, the Technische Universität Chemnitz has a permanent place in the higher education landscape in the Free State of Saxony. She went on to say that the university faces the challenges of a modern education and research institution with abundant energy and vision, and pointed out that the university has refined its profile with new and interconnected specialized disciplines while maintaining its main focus on the traditional and original technical orientation. “Its strong networks within the region and with external partners establishes the TU Chemnitz as a central driver of innovation,” explained State Minister Stange.
Dr. Sabine Wolfram, Director of the State Museum for Archaeology in Chemnitz and member of the Technische Universität Chemnitz University Council, supported the organization of the Spring-Gala with the rest of her team. This year marked the first time that the Gala was held in smac. As an archaeologist, she put the 180th Anniversary of the TU in a larger context: “What are 180 years of TU Chemnitz? Measured against the 300,000 years of human and cultural history that are presented here in this building – it’s just the blink of an eye,” she said with a wink. She emphasized that the TU and smac – which predates the uni by just two years – has always maintained a close cooperation that often extends beyond the divisions between disciplines.
Prof. Dr. Yoshihito Watanabe, Vice President of Research and International Planning at Nagoya University and Director of the General Secretariat, presented the “Academic Consortium for the 21st Century” international university network in his welcome address. The TU Chemnitz is not only a founding member, but also one of the most active universities in the network, highlighted Prof. Watanabe.
A high point of the evening was the opening of the TU Chemnitz’s Anniversary Exhibition. Under the title “A Short Trip through Uni History”, visitors of the archaeology museum have the opportunity through May 22 to discover the newest research works as well as the interconnectedness of many scientific domains and the inventions that arose out of this networking. 16 exhibits and media have been placed in smac in their historical contexts.
Two musical ensembles were also a part of the cultural program’s arrangement: the TU Bigband and the University Choir. The vocal ensemble HarmoNOVUS presented songs of the Comedian Harmonists. First tenor and moderator of the ensemble, Frederik Haarik, is a doctoral candidate at the TU Chemnitz. Guests were also entertained by an athletic performance by gymnast Andreas Bretschneider, who studies economics at the TU Chemnitz. With the support of the TU through the “Official Partner University of Elite Sports” program, he is even able to combine his studies with participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The cultural contribution from the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” gave the audience a glimpse at the excellent research and high degree of practical application at the TU. Bike-trial athlete Marco Thomä, research associate in the Professorship of Composite Materials, presented his extraordinary skills on the bike, with which he has already won many titles in the past. And a musical performance from the “Duo Linteum” with Anika Cyrnik, who studies education at the TU, on the accordion and Niklas Heynerk on the saxophone showed that the university also has excellent musical talent among its ranks – the Duo recently won first place at the international “Georgie Galabov” competition in Sofia.
The TU Chemnitz would like to express its gratitude to AUDI AG, premium sponsor of the Festival Week and the “AC 21 International Forum” as well as all other supporters.
More information about the Festival Week 180 Years of TU Chemnitz: www.mytuc.org/thyk
(Translation: Sarah Wilson)