Studentenwerk Dresden turns 100

After the end of the First World War and the November Revolution in 1918 100 years ago, poverty and misery also prevailed in Saxony. For students at Technischen Hochschule Dresden, hunger was the biggest problem—but there was also a lack of accommodation and teaching materials as well as means of financing their studies.

This time saw the establishment of a self-help institution where students, university teachers, and citizens of Dresden worked together to improve the existing conditions. On 4 December 1919, with the founding of Hochschul-Wirtschafts-Genossenschaft Dresden (University-Economic Cooperative), the first legally independent organization for the support of students was created: Germany’s first student service provider.

In 2019, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its foundation, Studentenwerk Dresden invited interested visitors to a series of events to introduce to the Dresden public the company and its many and varied tasks.

Whether the canteens or student residence halls, the Counseling Center or the Culture Office—employees presented their areas of operation to give the interested public insight into what has happened in 100 years of Studentenwerk Dresden history.

Below, read articles on a few of the events in the series mentioned above (articles in German only):