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Erstsemesterbegruessung Hochschule fuer Gesundheit BochumOver 300 guests attend freshers’ welcome ceremony at museum

hsg, Bochum’s healthcare university, welcomed its newly enrolled students at a ceremony attended by more than 300 guests at the German Mining Museum. The event marked the launch of Freshers’ Week at HSG, an opportunity for new students to find out about the university’s departments, interdisciplinary teaching and learning structures, alongside general information and insider tips about the town of Bochum.

hsg President, Prof. Dr. Anne Friedrichs, gave a warm reception to some 200 freshers enrolled on courses in Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Speech Therapy, Nursing and Physiotherapy and thanked the partners of the university. She pointed out that, with more than 380 partners, the university has established “one of the largest networks in the Ruhr, if not North Rhine-Westphalia”.

This summer hsg offered almost 250 of its partners the seal of quality “Certified Official Partner of hsg”. These partners include large hospitals and care homes, but also speech therapy practices and regular schools. In addition to the theoretical and practical components that the hsg students learn at the university itself, all of these partner institutions provide for qualified practical experience during the course of study.

On behalf of hsg’s 380-plus cooperation partners, Peter Fels, Director of Nursing at the Bergmannsheil Ruhr University Hospital, greeted the students with the words “We need you and we want you to study at hsg.”

Fels pointed out that several partners who have worked with hsg from the very beginning were instrumental in setting up the university. “We will help you to get the best practical training,” he explained, “At hsg you will learn to work scientifically. You will have access to scientific studies. You will accompany studies and translate the findings into practice. Make the most of these opportunities: you can have a part in shaping and improving the health professions. We as partners will establish the infrastructures and the conditions necessary, and create jobs.”

Gabriela Schäfer, Mayor of Bochum, welcomed the new students to Bochum. She also spoke words of encouragement to the students: “The future looks bright. You have successful careers ahead of you. Good luck in Bochum and enjoy your time here!”

There followed speeches from Professor Dr Christian Grüneberg, Dean of the Department for Applied Health Sciences at hsg, and from the hsg Students Union (ASTA). The event was rounded off with an artistic programme. Zoya Zolotareva and Simon Wolant, both students of dance at Folkwang University of the Arts, combined elements of several dance styles including hip hop, breakdance and contemporary dance in their performance.

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