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Crossing the Finish Line: Meet Our TUM Campus Heilbronn Graduate Serhat

Two years ago, we celebrated as the Technical University of Munich and the Dieter Schwarz Foundation officially opened the new TUM Campus Heilbronn – a first in many respects: TUM was the first university in Germany to establish an additional campus in another federal state, making our students in Heilbronn true pioneers. Today, we celebrate again, as we proudly send off our first graduates of the TUM Campus Heilbronn. Among our pioneers is Serhat Ciftci, who is originally from Turkey and just started his professional career.

Serhat Ciftci is originally from Turkey. After completing his Master’s in Polimer Science in Berlin and working as Director of Quality in Turkey for several years, he decided to continue his education with a Master in Management. Serhat belongs to the first cohort of students that started their studies on the newly built TUM Campus Heilbronn in 2018 and since, he has seen the campus grow: “The Bildungscampus has changed so much in the past two years. The newly built library offers an extremely comfortable environment for both group and self-study activities. At ‘Campus Founders’, students can actively participate in entrepreneurial activities. And starting next year, a coding school is going to be active on campus. I think all these new facilities make studying at TUM Campus Heilbronn very attractive.” Now, Serhat is one of the first to hand in his master’s thesis and thus complete his studies in Heilbronn. His favorite memory looking back? “In my third semester, I took an elective course called ‘Corporate Campus Challenge’ offered by the Campus Founders. In the course of this module, I participated in a campus-wide competition in which student teams were challenged to solve a specific problem proposed by a local company in Heilbronn. The goal of the contest was to identify unmet user needs, create new products or services, and develop a tested, functional prototype. My team and I developed a design concept to save the beehives from Varroa mites by using image recognition and artificial intelligence. In the end, our solution won the company award as well as the audience award among eleven teams. This was the most memorable moment I experienced during my studies.” Furthermore, Serhat says, he also really enjoyed the diversity and familiarity on campus: “I met very interesting and inspiring people coming from various cultures, and I was able to learn a lot from them.”

After graduation, he now plans to start a career in the finance industry: “During my studies, I had the chance to get industry experience by doing several internships. Particularly, I worked on topics related to finance and software development. I really enjoyed this experience and I would like to continue my career in the finance industry, as a developer or data scientist”, he says. For that, TUM School of Management wishes him all the best!

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