Tchibo (a German chain of coffee shops/cafés) currently also offers a correspondence course at the Private University of Applied Sciences at Göttingen  (no English Wikipedia page yet, its homepage is here) . The details of this offer are here.

I’m still a bit undecided and don’t really have an opinion on this issue yet. Needless to say that it has a certain comical element. (“Would you like anything else with your coffee? Maybe a university degree?”) Also needless to say that the decision to take up a course at a university should not be made while buying roasted beans. But then the PUG claims that interested customers will only be sent a brochure and that they can make the decision at home. At the end they surely were hoping to cause a bit of a stir by this unusual co-operation with Tchibo (which they did).

As we all know, there is no such thing as bad publicity.  The very same university was in the media before with its “Find a job or get your tuition fees back”-offer. If six months after graduating with a diplome/masters degree you still haven’t found an adequate job, you can claim back the tuition fees for the last year. (See the German Wikipedia page.)

In case you’re wondering: the PUG is actually doing pretty well in the university rankings.

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