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On 24 November, the course was set at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) for the time after President Prof. Dr. Peter Sperber. The University Council has now elected Professor Waldemar Berg, currently Vice President for Studies and Student Affairs, as the new DIT President. His term of office will begin on 15 March 2024.

Although President Sperber will still lead the university for around 16 months, the procedure for selecting his successor was already initiated and carried out this year. What may sound somewhat unusual is not. Birgit Augustin, Chancellor of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology University of Applied Sciences, explains: "We absolutely wanted to ensure in advance that the successor would be able to take over the position in time, especially with longer notice periods. We were also concerned to ensure sufficient training time."

With Berg, an internal candidate has now made it to the top. After a long selection day, Berg is relaxed and happy: "Of course I am happy to take over such a responsible position and I thank the election committee for the trust they have placed in me.” President Sperber was also very satisfied with the outcome of the election: "Waldemar Berg and I have been working together for many years. I think it was a good choice for DIT, because the continuity of our work is thus assured." And that this work has obviously been excellent in recent years was indeed confirmed by all the other candidates in their own presentations.

A total of three candidates had entered the race. They all had 20 minutes to present themselves and their ideas for the Deggendorf Institute of Technology from 2024. Afterwards, they had to answer in-depth questions from the university council. At the end of the day, the university council, consisting of the ten elected members of the senate and ten other people from science, culture and business, had their say. Voting was by secret ballot with official ballot papers. Berg, who was confirmed as the winner in the very first ballot and accepted his election while still in the meeting room, will now be proposed to Markus Blume, State Minister for Science and the Arts, for appointment as the future DIT President, in accordance with the Bavarian Higher Education Act.


The evening lecture hall was packed with well over 100 participants from start-ups, students, political representatives and regional companies, delicious cappucino beforehand and pizza for everyone at the end. In between, a firework of great ideas from young founders. The 7th Start-up Day of the Startup Campus of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), ITC1 Deggendorf and the Hans Lindner Foundation, which took place on 16 November on the DIT campus, was as successful as one could wish for. An evening you won't forget in a while.

Framed by a keynote speech by the well-known Munich start-up "happybrush" and a small panel discussion with the local heroes from "TI4F", a total of six start-ups pitched and battled each other for the favour of the curious audience. All business ideas had to be explained in a maximum of three minutes. Not so easy, given the sometimes complex and offbeat topics. The many questions from the audience reflected not only the great interest, but also the powerful impression all the pitches had made.

The team "wherehouse" presented a mobile phone app that even small companies can use to get a quick overview of their stock of C-parts, i.e. small things like screws or dowels, with just a few clicks. "Plant my Trip" then showed how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to optimise the routes to and from the workplace as well as reduce costs for the workforce and cut CO2 emissions. Things were a bit bigger at "SHT", which is already very successfully working on a harvesting machine for commercial hemp. This project also showed what options the rural area offers and what would be difficult to develop in an urban environment. "Career Captain", the eventual winners of this challenge at the Start-up Day, explained their digital replica of workplaces so that interested people can get an exact image of what to expect in their future job while they are still applying. The sorting of Lego parts is taken care of by "reBricker". And who doesn't know the vast quantities of individual Lego parts from numerous construction kits lying around in the cellar or attic. The AI-based sorting machine from "reBricker" recognises each individual part and sorts them back into their original sets at the end. And of course, the topic of gaming was not to be missed. Here, "5 Finger Games" was at the start, which is developing a blockchain-based tactics game called "Knights of Cathena".

In addition to great company ideas, the Start-up Day also showed the strength of the associated network in and around Deggendorf. In addition to the DIT Startup Campus, there is also the Gründerzentrum Digitalisierung Niederbayern (GZDN) in ITC1 Deggendorf and the Hans Lindner Foundation. Together with the university's start-up activities, some of which are already anchored in the degree programmes, they form an ideal environment for young people who want to turn their dream of owning their own company into reality. Here you can try things out and try yourself out in a protected space. Motto: Just do it!


The UNICUM Foundation has announced this year's winners of the "Professor of the Year" competition. The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) is proud to announce that Prof. Dr. Helena Liebelt has won second place in the category "Engineering/Computer Science". Prof. Dr. Liebelt is head of the IT Centre and responsible for the HPC & Quantum Computing and Data Center Management degree programmes. First place went to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Sauer from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and third place to Prof. Dr. Jens Liebehenschel, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

"Professor of the Year" honours professors who support their students in a special way in preparing them for their careers and who act as career pathfinders throughout Germany, it is not the lectures but the overall commitment of the candidate(s) that is honoured. The corona-induced closure of universities has created major barriers between teachers and studients, employers and career entrants. Consultation hours, internships, job fairs, exchange of experiences - all this could only take place virtually at best.

Liebelt has understood how to take on this pandemic as a special challenge and remain accessible to her students. Sven Kufner, 2nd executive of the Student Convention at the DIT, comments as follows: "Professor Liebelt supports us students in every way. In addition to practical presentations on current topics such as High Performance Computing, she regularly enlists personalities from business and research to introduce us to topics related to computer science from a wide variety of perspectives." The IT professor is also committed to the professional development of her students. For example, she arranges interesting internships with companies, provides support in choosing topics for Bachelor's theses and also goes above and beyond the call of duty to find employment after graduation.

"To belong to this circle is a really great honour for me," Liebelt explains enthusiastically. But this is also a distinction for the entire DIT, she adds. "At the university, no stone was left unturned in finding digital solutions for teaching during the crisis," the IT professor continues. The design framework was large, and the expertise and creativity of the professors had free rein. Now it is a matter of further combining, expanding and optimising the best of both worlds, analogue and digital.

Master's student Yaknan Gambo also appreciates his professor: "I have rarely met a teacher or manager who supports others professionally with so much fun and passion". In his view, Liebelt possesses the rare gift of bringing out the best in students and carrying them to success.

The award winners were chosen by an independent jury chaired by the former rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke.