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 take global leadership in the dynamic world economy, knowledge in technological innovation, scientific solution spaces, comprehensive management and intercultural skills are necessary. GPE accepts the challenge to comprehensively train engineers for work in international value chains with its program structure consisting of five modules: production, engineering, management, intercultural communication and special profile. A GPE intake is composed of approx. 60 students. The students come from various countries and all continents.

The global village comes together - in the classes of GPE. Thus students learn on concrete 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 allows the interplay 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 of average 15-20 students per class. This gives teachers the opportunity to respond individually to the students' training interest. Education topics can be discussed in class and project-oriented teaching can be carried out with moderation by the lecturer in small groups. This, in contrast to mass lectures, guarantees maximum learning progress and individual preparation for the final exam. Many of the tests are then carried out as an oral discussion with the lecturer. We guarantee that no student is lost and that together the students achieve the high quality standards and demanding academic goals.

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4. Modern Infrastructure

Teaching is carried out as much as possible within the framework of practice-oriented exercises in the laboratory. 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. At the RENAC (www.renac.de) a laboratory is available for the Renewable Technology training. In addition, all students have at their disposal modern computer work spaces for the implementation of IT-based classes, such as calculations, programming and simulations.

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5. Very good career perspectives

GPE graduates attain their career goals with above average success compared to other engineering programs graduates. The Technische Universität Berlin with its worldwide reputation and GPE with its more than 15 year tradition of training are known as trademarks 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.

When compared to other countries, such as U.S. or England, 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

Most universities in Germany have not the right to award PhD titles in Engineering. These universities also offer good master programs, but if graduates want to do a PhD, they must then apply to a different university, for example, one of the „Technischen Universitäten“ (www.tu9.de). The TU Berlin belongs to the group of universities where a PhD can be done. GPE students have the advantage to work together with their potential PHD supervisors already during their master studies. Therefore compared to other master program students, many GPE students work as research engineers on their PhD title after they graduate.

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7. Berlin – lifestyle, culture and industry

With a population of over 3.5 million, Berlin is the second largest city of the European Union which means it has room for all kinds of lifestyles and every age. People from over 190 nations contribute to the lively atmosphere in Germany's capital. According to a 2016 Eurostat poll, 91 percent of Berlin's citizens feel positively about their city, especially 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.

Berlin is – especially for students – an interesting city due to its considerably low costs of living compared to other European capitals. In an international city ranking regarding costs of living, Berlin is cheaper than most of the capitals in Western Europe.

Berlin is also among the most dynamic economic regions in Europe. As a location, the capital region offers businesses and investors ideal conditions. According to a survey by the Forsa polling institute in 2012, people younger than 30 are especially impressed with Berlin as a business location. 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 act as 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 which represents 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 of the engineers is the strongest competition factor in Germany. The close links between university, 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 the various corporate functions. 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 32,000 students (including almost 7000 foreign students) and it is one of the most popular technical universities in Germany among students. In research, particularly in production technology and energy technology, the 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

GPE graduates also keep contact with each other 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. 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. We want to do our best in the future for you to experience the same!

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