Another semester at LMU
8000 first-year students, a new research center, and several new student exchange programs are among the novelties that mark the opening of the Winter Term 2015-2016 at LMU.
What’s new at LMU? As usual, the most obvious change from last semester is this term’s new crop of first-year students. – Around 8000 of them have arrived in Munich to begin their university careers. For the freshers themselves, of course, virtually everything is new – not just the lecture theaters, the professors and their classmates. Getting to know their new alma mater is their first priority. One of the many newcomers on campus is David Worofka, who is about to embark on a voyage around the bays and inlets of Economics. To ensure that he is well equipped to master the upcoming challenges, David has not only registered for LMU‘s P2P Mentoring Program but will also take the introductory orientation course (the so-called O Phase) offered by the Faculties of Economics and Business Administration. “For first-year students in particular, the Mentoring Program is a very good idea,” he avers. Indeed, university studies are organized along very different lines from the more rigid schedules used in secondary schools and in much of the world of work. “Having a mentor on hand is a great help,” he says. David’s mentor, Alex Osberghaus, is well aware of how important it is to have someone to turn to for advice and assistance during the early phase of one’s first semester: “In the beginning, when everything is unfamiliar, there are lots of questions to be answered,” he says. “And mentors who already know the ropes can give their charges valuable tips that can help them to get off to a good start.”
Lectures begin in LMU’s new Biomedical Center
This term also sees the first lecture series to be given at new LMU’s Biomedical Center (BMC) – the largest research institution to be constructed anywhere in Germany in recent years. The new building is designed to house some 60 research groups, comprising 400 biomedical scientists in all. Eight mainly preclinical departments and institutes, now located on various sites in the city, will eventually find a new home in the BMC: the departments of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Physiology and Cell Biology, together with the Institute for Immunology, the Walter Brendel Center for Experimental Medicine and the Department of Neurosciences and Clinical Neuroimmunology.
From now on, lectures and practical classes for medical students in the preclinical phase of their professional education will be held at the BMC. In addition to 24 seminar rooms of varying sizes, the Center includes several state-of-the-art facilities for laboratory practicals, as well as LMU’s largest lecture theater, which can accommodate an audience of 950.
New departures and destinations
From this term on, LMU students also have a wider selection of exchange programs to choose from. Among LMU’s new exchange partners are Canada’s premier university – the University of Toronto – and the Universidade de São Paulo, the leading university in Brazil.
In addition, LMU students who would like to spend a longer period at a university abroad can now register for a Double Master’s degree, based on courses taken at LMU and at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. Those who successfully complete this program end up with two degrees – a Master’s in Current Democracies: Nationalism, Federalism and Multiculturalism awarded by the UPF and a Master’s in Political Science conferred by LMU.
A new EU-funded program also provides new opportunities for incoming students who wish to spend a semester at LMU. For the first time, exchange students from non-European countries can take advantage of the established Erasmus model to attend courses at LMU. The major advantage of this new Erasmus+ Program is that participants receive a monthly stipend of around 800 euros – enough cover the cost of their studies.