International team of Carl Friedrich Gauss friends
The international team of Gauss Friends was founded in the year 2008 and was characterized at first by the students’ passion for mathematics and enthusiasm for Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss. But soon after, a new interpretation of the person Gauss took place: as a symbol of sciences, not only as a mathematician but also as a language genie; Gauss represents the cultural union of science.
Hereby, the international students, the networking of international guests and the citizens of Braunschweig can be understood as guests of Gauss, since he, as “host for research” unifies all of them.
At the same time, the Gauss Friends are characterized by a common central idea, which will be linked together by the host “Gauss”.
Through the represented cultural diversity of Gauss Friends, a reciprocal effect can be created from the thereby originated inter-cultural competences, for example by the different languages and cultures. This develops open-mindedness towards foreign cultures in a friendly atmosphere.
Therefore, different international country-evenings, theatre plays and language courses organized regularly by Gauss Friends help form a bridge between culture and science. For that matter our motto is: “We don’t have to understand everything, but together we have fun and learn from each other.” For example a simple theatre play could be played in eleven different languages.”
Since 2017, shortly before the 10th anniversary of the Gauss Friends in 2018, the link to the university as part of the positioning at the Center for School Research and Teacher Education (Z_Schule) completed the vision of a firm, structurally anchored establishment of a practiced welcome and consulting culture at the Technical University Braunschweig. In addition to the organization’s activities, the “Gauss Haus Project” of the Center for School Research and Teacher Education has created a close exchange within the framework of the university’s structures on the challenges and opportunities of an international university.