12 Reasons to study GPE

1. Be prepared for the global economy

To meet the growing challenges and opportunities in a globalized economy, the need for leaders with international perspective increases. In order to fill a position in global leadership in the dynamic world economy, knowledge in technological innovation, scientific solution spaces, comprehensive management and intercultural skills are necessary. GPE takes on the challenge to comprehensively train engineers for work in international value chains with its program structure consisting of five module groups: production, engineering, management, intercultural communication and special profile. A GPE intake is composed of approx. 60 students who come from various countries and all continents.

The global village gathers in the classes of GPE. Thus students learn by means of specific examples of how technological leadership through global products and processes with local specifications can be achieved.

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2. Excellent Lecturers

All professors of TU Berlin have excellent skills in research and teaching, extensive industrial and leadership experience and intercultural skills. The International pool of lecturers composed of worldwide leading academics and senior industry representatives, sometimes even both, allows us to teach in the area of tension between research and industrial practice. The mechanisms of innovation and diffusion of new technologies is discussed in class while case studies are analyzed together with the lecturers. Best practice experiences of lecturers with industry background will facilitate the transfer of the learned knowledge to real cases.

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3. Small Classes

GPE students learn in groups averaging 15-20 students per class. This gives teachers the opportunity to individually address the educational interest of students. Education topics can be discussed in class and project-oriented teaching can be conducted in small groups under the facilitation of the instructor. In contrast to mass lectures, this guarantees maximum learning progress and individual preparation for the final exam. Many of the exams will then take the form of an oral discussion with the instructor. We guarantee that no student gets lost and that the students, working together, achieve the high quality standards and demanding academic goals.

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4. Modern Infrastructure

Teaching is conducted within the framework of practice-oriented exercises in the laboratory as much as possible. For this, an experimental field of more than 3500 m2 is located at the Production Technology Centre (PTC). This includes state-of-the-art production technical equipment and laboratories for Sustainable Manufacturing and Solar Technology. A laboratory is available for the Renewable Technology training at the RENAC (www.renac.de). In addition, there are workstations for IT-based classes concerning fields such as CAD-applications, programming or simulations.

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5. Very good career perspectives

GPE graduates achieve their career goals with above-average success compared to graduates of other engineering programs graduates. The Technische Universität Berlin has a worldwide reputation which combined with GPE’s almost 25 years of tradition in training is known as a trademark by the companies. Human resource representatives of Germany's leading industrial companies regularly hold presentations to GPE students to recruit graduates for a career in their companies. Companies get in contact with our students at career fairs and through internships and master theses during their period of studies. In some cases, even before graduation, the companies offer attractive work contracts to the students.

Compared to other countries, such as the U.S. or Britain, in Germany GPE Master graduates easily obtain a visa in order to find an employer after graduation or to start a job (www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de).

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6. Research opportunities as PhD

A lot of universities in Germany do not the right to award PhD titles in Engineering. These universities also offer good master programs, but if their graduates want to obtain a PhD, they have to apply for a position at a different university - for example, one of the „Technischen Universitäten“ (www.tu9.de). During their master studies, GPE students already have the advantage to work together with their potential PHD supervisors. Therefore compared to other master program students, many GPE students work as research engineers on their PhD title after graduation.

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7. Berlin – lifestyle, culture and industry

With a population of over 3.7 million, Berlin is the largest city of the European Union which means it is home for all kinds of lifestyles at every age. People from over 190 nations contribute to the lively atmosphere in Germany's capital. Berlin's citizens feel positively about their city, particularly its architecture, the green spaces available and cultural institutions. Berlin has something for everyone: modern shopping centers, peace and quiet, and cultural offerings of extraordinary diversity.

Especially for students Berlin is an interesting city due to its still relatively low costs of living compared to other European capitals. In an international city ranking regarding costs of living, Berlin is cheaper than other capitals in Western Europe.

Berlin and the Brandenburg area are also among the most dynamic economic regions in Europe. As a location, the capital region offers ideal conditions to businesses and investors. According to the Ernst & Young startup barometer in 2022, seven out of the 10 most profitable start-ups in Germany were founded in Berlin. The growing economy, the growing number of jobs and an international environment are reasons for the city’s one-of-a-kind energy.

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8. Germany – pioneer in production and renewable energy technologies

Since the early industrialization, Germany is among the leading manufacturers of technical solutions for mobility, energy and manufacturing equipment. A tremendous number of companies are worldwide market leaders, in the fields of automobiles, aircraft, trains, photovoltaic cells, wind generators, steam turbines, robotics, machine tools or construction of special-purpose machinery representing the high competence of German Engineers. International engineers with German expertise and knowledge of the local conditions in their home country are often sought by German companies to work as intermediaries in technological innovation.

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9. Unique link between theory and practice

The innovative strength engineering is the strongest competition factor in Germany. The close links between universities, hands-on teaching and its application to technology leading companies is therefore of great importance. Many professors of TU Berlin lead departments of the Fraunhofer Institute (www.fraunhofer.de). During their studies, from the second semester on, GPE students work on projects with problems from industry and practice. This is followed by the internship, in which students go through two to six months in various corporate positions. In their master thesis, the students demonstrate that they can theoretically analyze a problem from the industry and autonomously implement a solution into practice.

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10. TU Berlin 1st class in research and teaching

In international rankings, TU Berlin is generally ranked among the top five technical universities in Germany. The TU Berlin has about 33.500 students (including more than 9.000 foreign students) and among students it is one of the most popular technical universities in Germany. In research, particularly in production technology and energy technology, TU Berlin is generally ranked among the top research universities in Germany.

Further details under About GPE/TU Berlin and on the Homepage of the TU Berlin.

11. GPE community as career network

p> GPE graduates stay in contact after graduation. In summer and winter, we celebrate a graduation ceremony, where alumni and students congratulate the new graduates. Our alumni have been active for years in the conference series "Sustainable Manufacturing" having met in Russia in 2011, Turkey in 2012, Berlin in 2013, Malaysia in 2014, Vietnam in 2015 and South Africa in 2016. This tradition is planned to be revived with Argentina in 2023. They are also connected through Facebook and LinkedIn for job offers, business cooperation and research projects.

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12. Fun and unforgettable impressions

Alumni have reported to us that their GPE study time was the most beautiful and most instructive time of their life. In the future we want to do our best for you to experience the same!

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