University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 078/2021 June 21rst 2021
Model for success, Faculty VII: Topical study programmes attract extraordinary numbers of interested people to Kulmbach
The Faculty VII of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health at the University of Bayreuth is developing successfully, as expected. Staff in Kulmbach anticipate up to 700 people from all over the world will apply for the master's programmes "Food Quality & Safety", "Global Food, Nutrition & Health" and the bachelor's programme "Food & Health Sciences" for the 2021/22 winter semester.
Kulmbach develops into a popular place to study.
The seventh faculty of the University of Bayreuth is receiving a great deal of international interest for its study programmes. For the first semester at the new faculty, 78 interested students applied, and by the current summer semester, there were already 369. And the next applicants are already waiting in the wings. Although the application deadline is 1 July 2021, there are already more than 300 applications for the two English-language master's programmes.
Applications for the new bachelor's degree in Food & Health Sciences are still open until 31 July 2021. Here, too, there are already some interesting applications, although 2021 graduates are currently still waiting for their final grades and will therefore only be able to apply in the next few weeks. If the trend continues, the Kulmbach faculty expects a total of about 700 applications for the 2021/22 winter semester.
"With our future-oriented topics, we have our finger on the pulse of the times," sums up Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens, Founding Dean of the new faculty. "We offer ideal conditions to study the interwoven global challenges of more sustainable food production and prevention of diseases from an integrative and interdisciplinary perspective," Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens is certain. "Furthermore, the internationality of the study programme and the interdisciplinary teaching methods are powerful arguments in our favour. Many applicants are also very interested in Kulmbach as an important location in food production, and are looking forward to studying with a very practical orientation.
In order to increase international reach, a strong presence on the internet and in social media was established right from the beginning. On the Faculty's websites, there are presentations of degree programmes and trial lectures, as well as a lot of information about studying in Kulmbach. Prospective students from all over the world can find out about the innovative range of courses and the individual student service at online information events on Zoom. Furthermore, print and online advertisements have been placed in various countries. The concept has certainly worked. In the meantime, 70 students from 25 different nations are studying at the new faculty.
Each application is carefully examined
"Since last week, the aptitude interviews for the master's programmes have been underway," reports Dr. Susanne Strebin, Coordinator of Faculty VII, and describes the selection process: "Each application is carefully examined in close cooperation with the International Office and the Master's Office of the University of Bayreuth." If all formal criteria are fulfilled, the professional assessment takes place in a two-stage aptitude procedure. A selection committee decides who will be invited to an aptitude interview based on professional qualifications and motivation. All applicants who pass the aptitude test receive an offer of a place at the University. The aptitude test is, however, quite demanding. Applicants are asked to think about the contents of the respective degree programme and their personal motivation at the beginning of the application process. The aptitude interview also offers the opportunity to get to know teachers of the degree programme and to ask specific questions. This creates a high degree of identification with the degree programme and also with the future place of study, even before starting the programme.
It is not yet possible to say how many new students will actually move to Kulmbach, because accurate forecasts are currently so difficult. "Entry and visa problems will probably persist into the winter semester; for example, entry from India is not even possible at the moment," report programme coordinators Helke Biehl and Dr. Pia Kaul. "Elsewhere, however, pandemic measures are being relaxed. And in fact the Kulmbach hall of residence is almost completely full, and we currently don't know what other accommodation options we can recommend, especially for international students." Offers of private accommodation are therefore very welcome.