7 October 1999

Campus TV: Focus on Institute of Jewish Studies and Heidelberg University Sports Club

The televised higher education and research magazine extends its vistas – 120,000 viewers per broadcast – New sponsor: the Klaus Tschira Foundation (Heidelberg) – Next broadcast: Tuesday 12 October 1999, 3 p.m. on RNFplus – Five repeats

Now in its second year, Campus TV, Germany's first televised higher education magazine broadcasting on a private TV channel, can look back on a successful first innings. In the first few months it attracted an average viewing count of 72,000 per broadcast. This figure has now soared up to over 120,000, spurring the Campus TV team to even greater efforts in the service of high-quality coverage of new scientific and scholarly research findings. Previously focussing exclusively on the institutions of higher education in the Rhine-Neckar Triangle it is now broadening its horizons to include features on interesting developments in other research centres in the area. Hence Campus TV's new subtitle: "Higher Education and Research Magazine from the Rhine-Neckar Triangle".

20th anniversary of the Institute of Jewish Studies

In its October broadcast the magazine reports on the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg. In its teaching and research this state recognised institute supported by the Central Council of Jews in Germany attaches major importance to two things: first to make it clear that Judaism is not only a religion but a culture in the fullest sense of the word, with its own language, history, literature and philosophy; and second to emphasise that the broad range of courses provided are also open to non-Jews. About 160 students are registered at present at this diminutive Institute that makes no great issue of going about its work in the country from which the initiators of the campaign to annihilate the Jews originated. In teaching and research the Institute concentrates on modern Jewish history, Bible studies and the history of Jewish art and ideas in the Middle Ages.

Focus on sport: The University Sports Club Heidelberg celebrates its 100th anniversary in October. (For more information on the USC see press release dated 27 September). At present the Club has four departments: basketball, volleyball, tennis and athletics. The basketball team is in the second division of the Federal league but it has set its sights on higher things. In its October broadcast Campus TV reports on the anniversary celebrations.

The next feature takes us to Mannheim and Hamburg. Informatics professor Reinhard Maenner and his team at the University of Mannheim are working on computers for the DESY (German Electron Synchrotron) high-energy accelerator in Hamburg. The basic research done there is targeted at finding out more about how the Universe came into being. Interest is concentrated at present on a very rarely observed atomic particle. That's where the super-fast computers developed by the Mannheim team come in. Campus TV was on the spot to report on the installation of the computer components.

Meeting old friends, indulging in lecture-hall nostalgia, sampling the Refectory food, chatting with professors – former students of Mannheim University can experience all this and more on Alumni Day at their alma mater. Campus TV will be looking in on the event, which over 500 participants are expected to attend. Among them is former Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who although he studied in Heidelberg also has special affinities with the University of Mannheim.

In the framework of a diploma thesis and in collaboration with the Mannheim firm Fuchs Petrolub the Mannheim College of Engineering and Design has developed an innovative organic oil system for use in diesel engines. The "Plantotronic" operates on biological environment-friendly lubricants derived from rapeseed and sunflower oil. The benefit for the environment is twofold: first, no oil change is necessary so there's no potentially harmful waste to dispose of; and second, the vegetable oils used require fewer chemical additives than their conventional counterparts. Campus TV reports.

As always the "anderthalb" team will be in on the proceedings, reporting this time from Heidelberg's Institute of High Energy Physics and interviewing Professor Karlheinz Meier. News from the higher education scene in the Rhine-Neckar Triangle rounds off the programme.

New sponsor: The Klaus Tschira Foundation

Campus TV has a new sponsor, the non-profit Klaus Tschira Foundation, which has its headquarters in the Villa Bosch near Heidelberg Castle. Dr h.c. Klaus Tschira is an honorary senator of the University of Heidelberg and has assisted many research projects in the region.

Campus TV is supported by the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim, Mannheim's College of Engineering and Design, the State Institute of Communication in Stuttgart and the Rhein-Neckar-Fernsehen GmbH, which is also responsible for programme planning. Radio and TV journalist Joachim Kaiser edits and moderates the broadcasts. Campus TV goes on the air every 4 weeks on cable channel RNF-Plus.

The first broadcast this month is on Tuesday 12 October 1999, 3 p.m., with reruns on the following days: Wednesday 13 October, 9.30 p.m.; Thursday 14 October, 5 p.m.; Friday, 15 October, 11.30 p.m.; Saturday 16 October, 8 p.m.; Sunday 17 October, 6.30 p.m.

Inquiries via fax 0621/1813342 or campustv@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Internet: http://www.uni-mannheim.de/users/presse/campus-tv

or to:
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 542317

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