Department SG celebrates first virtual Absolvia with TUM Vice President Prof. Dr. Gerhard Müller

"Dear graduates, with your studies you have proven that you are able to think logically under high demands, to work in a structured way and to act in a team. Interdisciplinary, international and, in particular, agile - you were all of these in this Corona year, in which you had to master special challenges." With these words, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Müller, Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), welcomed the graduates of the Department of Sports and Health Sciences (SG). On Friday, February 12, 2021, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the department celebrated a virtual Absolvia for the first time, which was broadcast on the video portal "YouTube". In 2020, 274 bachelor's students, 92 master's students, and 133 teacher training students successfully completed their studies. Furthermore, two habilitations and five doctorates were successfully completed.

In his speech, Prof. Müller emphasized that "the TUM Department of Sports and Health Sciences is a best study address, also in an excellent TUM environment." In addition, the TUM Vice President pointed out that the department is also a "best physical address" that "will hopefully soon no longer take place only in our living rooms or at our kitchen tables. We are all the more pleased that you will be the address of one of the most modern scientific locations of health and sports sciences in Europe with the new building of the Sports and Health Sciences and the Central University Sports Munich in the heart of the Munich Olympic Park. A huge opportunity for the topics you stand for!"

"With your successful degrees in sports and health sciences and also in the field of teaching, you contribute enormously in our society to keep people healthy and fit. And we hope you can use them to successfully enter an exciting field of activity in the job market," said Prof. Dr. Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz, dean of the department, in her welcoming speech.

The dean told the graduates that it is now up to them to "successfully implement what you have acquired in your studies, to bring it to the job market and to serve society accordingly."

Diversity Prize & Dr. Gertrude Krombholz Prize

As part of the online Absolvia, the department awarded the Diversity Prize for the sixth time, with a prize of 500 euros each. A total of nine works were proposed. The jury awarded the prize to Manuel Levin Gaiser for his bachelor's thesis, Alina Müller for her admission thesis and Maria Wiethaler for her master's thesis. The award honors outstanding theses with a diversity focus.

The Dr. Gertrude Krombholz Prize was awarded for the 23rd time. It honors the best scientific work in the field of sports and health sciences that combines theory and practice in an outstanding way. A total of 16 papers were submitted. The jury, consisting of Prof. Dr. Ansgar Schwirtz, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hermsdörfer, Prof. Dr. Martin Lames and the founder and namesake Dr. Gertrude Krombholz, selected Katharina Lohr (Bachelor's thesis), Chiara Höhler and Rafael Krätschmer (both Master's thesis) as the prize winners. The award winners can also look forward to receiving 500 euros each.

The fact that sports and health science means practice as well as theory was made clear by the show acts of the group "The fantastic Three". Frank Grob, lecturer of the department and long-time national league gymnast, showed together with his two daughters Jenny and Svenja under COVID-19-compliant conditions various gymnastic performances, among others on beam, high bar as well as floor.

In addition, the student council of the department SG said goodbye to two long-time members, Johanna Schmickler and Julia Hetzenecker, who have been committed to the interests and concerns of their fellow students.


To the online Absolvia 2021 on the video portal "YouTube"



Department for Sports and Health Sciences
Dean's Office
Georg-Brauchle Ring 60/62
80992 München

phone: 089 289 24601

Text & Screenshots: Romy Schwaiger