Last week twenty young engineers from China celebrated the completion of their studies at the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management. They spent two years studying Technology Management at the NIT along with an engineering study program at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in China. On January 12, they were presented with their NIT master’s degree certificates at a festive ceremony held at the NUAA.
The students had just defended their master’s theses – on January 8, 9 and 11–, only to appear, wearing U.S.-style academic gowns and mortarboards, a few days later in the main assembly hall of the NUAA in Nanjing. In a solemn ceremony Prof. Xuan Yimin, Vice-President, NUAA, Ms. Anja Seitz, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, NIT, and Prof. Dr. Christian Lüthje of the TUHH presented the graduates with their master’s certificates. The 20 students could be proud of themselves. All of them studied for a master’s in technology management at the NIT while studying for a master’s degree in engineering at the NUAA.
Prof. Yimin looked with pride at the NIT/NUAA class: "A batch of outstanding talents of science and technology developed international perspectives, put what they learned into reality and strengthened their management abilities. Our graduates are welcomed by famous entreprises from China and abroad." The study program included seminars on economics, marketing, and operations management, but also communication, teamwork, and German. Anja Seitz, Director of Academic & Student Affairs at the NIT, noted in her speech the interpersonal relations: "You embody what NIT stands for: internationality, creativity and commitment. And you have a wonderful energy in the group. You have formed friendships for life and are now well equipped to embark on exciting career paths in engineering and technology management." As a part of the ceremony the best teacher – voted by the students – was honored. It was Prof. Christian Lüthje for his course on marketing and sales.
As NIT alumni the Chinese engineers are part of the global NIT alumni network. Students from over 60 countries have graduated from the NIT over the past 18 years. Together with the TUHH, the NIT helps to maintain global friendships and last Sunday invited alumni to attend the launch of an alumni chapter in Shanghai that many of the Nanjing graduates attended. Anja Seitz was delighted with the lively exchange with around 20 alumni. “It was a successful evening,” she said. “The shared past at the NIT and the TUHH is a bond, and everyone quickly struck up conversations.” The attendees elected Chuchen Song as their chapter president. The NIT alumni aim to meet at regular intervals in Shanghai in order to cultivate existing contacts and make new ones.