Marlene Adam, Anneke Benke and Caterina Kremp are the first three graduates of the newly launched Cultural Engineering degree programme. All three enrolled in the winter semester 2017/2018 and completed their Bachelor's degree after eight semesters of standard study time. We asked Marlene, Anneke and Caterina where they are heading now and what they will mainly take with them from the four years of study.



Marlene Adam:

I have decided to continue working at the University of Magdeburg after completing my Bachelor's degree. As part of a part-time project work, I will support the development of the university custody. In parallel, I will join the Master's programme "Culture of the Technical-Scientific World" at the Technical University of Braunschweig.

The Master's programme I have chosen links almost seamlessly to the interdisciplinarity that also characterises Cultural Engineering. Both the humanities and the technical and natural sciences will play a major role in the Master's programme. Furthermore, through the CE project module, I have accompanied the development of the Custody at the University of Magdeburg from the very beginning. I will continue to work here in the future and have already been able to gain a lot of experience in the museum and exhibition sector through the project module and also through my several years of work as a student assistant.

The Cultural Engineering degree programme offers many opportunities for further career development. Personally, it was only in the last two semesters that I decided what my future course of study would be and specified my course choice accordingly. This allowed me to try out many different areas in advance and find out what I really enjoy.



Anneke Benke:

For the next year, I will be working full-time as a pregnancy replacement at the International Office of the Otto-von-Guericke-University. I have already worked there as a student assistant and now have the great pleasure of replacing my boss and enjoying an extra year in Magdeburg. Specifically, I am the coordinator for incoming exchange students, that is, those exchange students who come to us at the university for one or two semesters. Afterwards, I plan to start the Erasmus Mundus Master's programme "Global Studies - A European Perspective" next year and complete it abroad.

I became aware of the Erasmus Mundus courses at the beginning of the year, but I was unable to meet the early deadlines for a scholarship. There was no plan B at that point, but then the prospect of the pregnancy replacement came up and I was and am very happy with that development. So the point where I knew what I wanted to do came sometime in February, in the International Office, and once again showed that life is full of unexpected surprises.

The CE degree programme prepared me optimally for my current job. The project modules encouraged me to work independently and just "tackle" things. Currently, it helps me a lot because I also make many decisions and prepare important organisational processes on my own and I dare to just do it and try things out. The ability to work and think in an interdisciplinary way and the time management I have learned are also great advantages that I can now use for myself. My choice of courses (mainly culture and economics) also benefits me and I can apply the knowledge I have learned.



Caterina Kremp:

After my bachelor's degree, I will start my master's degree in art history at the University of Leipzig in the winter semester of 2021/2022..

I have always been enthusiastic about art, but right after school I did not dare to study it as a pure Bachelor's degree. During my semester abroad, I took two art history courses, which I found very interesting. Back in Germany, I then did a four-week internship at the art museum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen in Magdeburg. From then on it was clear to me that I would like to work in the field of cultural management, preferably in the arts.

The CE degree programme allowed me to develop freely and to think outside the box in many areas. By deciding freely on my courses, I was able to distinguish myself individually and build up my own interesting profile. In addition, the degree programme helped me to participate in various projects (e.g. the custody project or the project to record glass art in Magdeburg) and to complete special internships (at the art museum in Magdeburg or at TUI Cruises). All this has helped me to study my desired Master's degree, even though I do not have a relevant Bachelor's degree in the field of art history.

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