Good luck, CBS students!

All News, Faculty, Inside CBS   -  25. October 2018

Germany’s largest conurbation stretches deep to the west. The history of the Ruhr area is closely linked to German mining, which is considered to be the engine of German industrialisation. In order to relive a piece of German history, the International Office invited numerous guest students on an excursion to the former coal mine Zeche Zollverein. It was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as the best known industrial and cultural attraction in the city of Essen.

During the guided tour “About coal and miners”, the group followed the route from the shaft hall, through the screening plant to the coal washing plant. The tour guide described the production processes at a surface plant that was still in operation until 1993. Against the backdrop of gigantic machines and conveyor belts, the students were given an impression of the risky work in the coking plant. Juan Pablo, a guest student from the UP Guadalajara, was very impressed by the tour: “The most fascinating aspect was to see how the mine coal worked in general and how the working conditions have been in the past”.

In keeping with the open industrial culture, the students were able to lift the miners’ tools themselves and try out their skills as miners. For Miguel Mario, guest student at Universidad Panamerica Guadalajara, it was the highlight of the tour: “It was really interesting to experience the daily work of the workers – having the chance to touch and lift the heavy equipment which the workers used in the past”. At the end of the tour the group said goodbye with a miner’s ritual, as Nachaya, guest student at Kasetsart University in Thailand, explained: “The funniest part of the tour was when we put some black dust on our nose as it is a symbol for good luck”.

Photos: Eva Quel

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