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2018 Berninghausen Prize: Seven Teachers Received Awards

The university and the unifreunde association awarded the 2018 Berninghausen Prize to seven higher-education teachers in the categories of “excellent, innovate course” and “student prize.” The festive event took place in the evening of the Day of Teaching in the Schütting.

The award ceremony in the city was the highlight of the dies academicus to which the University of Bremen invites guests every year. Here is an overview of the award-winning scientists:

Playful Troubleshooting

The Rolf Drechsler team with Cornelia Große, Oliver Keszöcze, Kenneth Schmitz, and Jannis Stoppe from the Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science was awarded for its innovative BugRunner course, which is a project in the Computer Science bachelor’s degree course. It deals with the automated search for errors in software using the example of computer games and contains important topics such as IT security. An inspiring learning and working atmosphere was created in a playful atmosphere. Regular feedback has enabled progress to be made and new goals to be set. The team and the students also spent a weekend together in a youth hostel in order to work in depth. The jury was impressed by the positive learning and working atmosphere.

Gaining Life Experience

Economist Aki Harima, founding researcher at the Chair in Small Business & Entrepreneurship (LEMEX), has created an international project in which her students spent three weeks in Namibia. In her Developing Solutions for City Incubator course, which is committed to the principle of research-based learning, she flew with them to Windhoek. Here they developed concepts for start-up companies directly on-site at the start-up center in Bokamoso. The jury particularly emphasizes the sustainability of the course, as the living conditions of regional entrepreneurs can be significantly improved. The students gained a lot of life experience.

Enthusiastic about Methodology

Hans-Christian Waldmann received the student prize for his theoretical psychology course. Among other things, the students were impressed that their professor designed the module sustainably in a very short space of time and with a great deal of effort as part of the new arrangement of the psychology degree course. His course completes the curriculum. According to the students, the course represents a major contribution to maintaining the quality of teaching in the Psychology bachelor’s degree course. They are also enthusiastic about the methodology and the intensive study of the classics of psychology. The programming and subsequent filling of a module-related wiki installation, which can be used sustainably, is helpful.

About the Berninghausen Prize

Since 1991, the University of Bremen and unifreunde – Gesellschaft der Freunde der Universität Bremen und der Jacobs University – have been awarding the annual prize, which is sponsored by the Berninghausen family, to honor outstanding achievements in university teaching. The prize is worth 6,000 euros and can be divided into several categories. All members of the university can nominate teachers. For the student price, only the students are entitled to make nominations. After obtaining and carefully examining opinions, a selection committee appointed by the academic senate chooses the prizewinners from the nominations and passes them onto the academic senate to make the final decision. 

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Professor Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-60031
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Are happy about the awards (from left): Vice President Academic Thomas Hoffmeister, Dr. Jutta Berninghausen, Hans Christian Waldmann, Kenneth Schmitz, Jannis Stoppe, Oliver Keszöcze, Cornelia Große, Aki Harima, Rolf Drechsler, Senator Eva Quante-Brandt an the chairman of the "unifreunde" Bengt Beutler.