On June 29, 2018, we rolled out the blue carpet and celebrated our 20th anniversary together with partners, students and interested parties from business, science, and politics. At 2 p.m., NIT President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto von Estorff welcomed the more than 300 guests and opened the anniversary ceremony.
Afterward, Prof. Dr. Ed Brinksma, President of the TUHH congratulated the NIT with an opening speech. To take a look into the past, NIT student Sebastian Reinecke then invited important contemporary witnesses to the stage. Participants were Dr. Lothar Dittmer, CEO of the Körber Foundation, Dr. Jörg Dräger, member of the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bauhofer, former president of NIT and TUHH, Prof. Dr. h.c. Thomas J.C. Matzen, a longtime supporter and sponsor of the NIT, Dr.-Ing. Natasa Manojlovis, Alumna from class 2 and Verena Fritzsche, CEO of NIT.
Verena Fritzsche and Dr. Ole Trinks, son of NIT founding father Prof. Hauke Trinks, then announced the "Hauke Trinks Award". In future, the award will be awarded annually to outstanding theses by Bachelor graduates in recognition of the memory of Hauke Trinks. Another highlight of the ceremony was the official inauguration of the NIT foyer in honor of Prof. Dr. h.c. Thomas J.C. Matzen, whose lettering was ceremoniously unveiled.
From 3.30 p.m. the guests had the opportunity to get to know the NIT better and to attend lectures or workshops. Partner universities and lecturers from business and science gave Alumni and NIT students gave exciting lectures in various themed rooms.
At 5 p.m.Verena Fritzsche invited to the foundation of the commuNITy e.V., which will support future student projects. 17 founding members signed the statutes and thus founded the association.
From 6 p.m. the day was duly celebrated with a barbecue party. The evening ended with home-brewed beer from Campus Perle, live music, cocktails and fire artists.