Informatik, TU Wien

Informatics for Integration: Welcome.TU.code Continues on Course for Success

For the fourth time, twelve young refugees successfully completed a programming course at the Faculty of Informatics. The certificates will be solemnly presented in February.

Success story

Founded in 2015 by Dean Hannes Werthner, the programming courses of the Welcome.TU.code initiative founded by teachers and students continue to enjoy great popularity among young asylum seekers. Due to the high demand and the positive response, we are now holding the courses, originally conceived as summer courses for unaccompanied underage refugees, as a regular lecture led by Reinhard Pichler and Nysret Musliu. The courses have a fixed place in the curriculum and are adapted to different knowledge levels. 

Different learning levels

In cooperation with the organisation Refugees Code, intensive courses were held for the fourth time this year to introduce young asylum seekers to programming - in order to offer them the opportunity to further their education and to open up future perspectives. 
The courses are divided into three learning levels: Computer introduction for beginners, ECDL base modules and introduction to programming. The participants prepare the contents at home via an online course and then discuss the learning material with the students twice a week in the computer laboratory at the Faculty of Informatics. The lessons are organised by the students themselves, with two tutors and the course management providing support. Each student is responsible for a maximum of three participants - on the one hand the course members benefit from this good supervision ratio and the familiar atmosphere, while on the other hand the students can gain important human and didactic experiences.

Graduation Ceremony

On 13 February 2019 it will become festive: In the solemn academic tradition, Dean Hannes Werthner and Peter Hanke, the City Councillor for Finance, Economics, Digitisation and International Affairs, will hand over the graduation certificates to the graduates.


When & Where: 13/02/2019, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Seminar room Zemanek (Favoritenstraße 9-11, 1040 Vienna)