Combinig Mechanical Engineering studies and competitive canoeing

Jannis Werner, BTU Mechanical Engineering student, won the gold medal with the mixed relay team at the Canoe Marathon World Cup in Brandenburg an der Havel in the beginning of June. We have spoken to Jannis about combining studies and sport.

"Cottbus and the BTU as a »partner university of elite sport« allow me to combine my studies, sport and my work as a student research assistant in a flexible way," says Jannis. The 25-year-old has been competing in canoe racing at ESV Lok RAW Cottbus for 15 years.

Jannis deliberately chose BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg for his  studies in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in lightweight construction: "In Berlin or Dresden, it would have been difficult to continue doing competitive sport while studying, as the commute between university, home and club is too long. In Cottbus, everything can be reached within 15 minutes by bike, so I can also train between lectures." What he also appreciates about BTU is the excellent supervision, the beautiful campus and the modern infrastructure.

In addition to his studies and sport, Jannis also works as a student research assistant at the Chair of Joining and Welding Technology and the Chair of Structural Mechanics and Vehicle Vibrational Technology and is doing an internship at the Cottbus photovoltaic start-up LEPOSOL.

How does he juggle it all? What are his tips?

"A challenging sports interest or practical work experience always looks good on a CV, even if it means exceeding the standard period of study. A university like BTU offers the flexibility you need to achieve your non-university goals."

Thank you very much for the interview, we wish you continued success!

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Photo: German Canoe Association, Sven Tosch
Photo: German Canoe Association, Sven Tosch
Photo: German Canoe Association, Sven Tosch