Many Germany universities are actively developing strategies for internationalisation and establishing relationships with international partners. A recent example is the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (JLU) which is specifically strengthening links with leading research universities in China and Australia.
In a recent trip by a delegation from the University of Giessen the highlight was the signing of an agreement between the University of Giessen, Jilin University (China) and Macquarie University Sydney. The first institutionalisation of a trilateral cooperation between the JLU and partner universities in China and Australia was a symposium organised between the three universities. On the basis of the discussions in China, cooperation will now be further developed in selected areas of focus.
“Macquarie University is one of the most research oriented and international universities in Australia,” emphasizes JLU President Prof. Mukherjee.
“We have been working very well together for over 15 years, and I am very grateful to my colleague, Bruce Dowton, President of Macquarie University, for the conclusion of the trilateral agreement.“
In addition to the trilateral agreement, bilateral cooperation agreements between JLU and Jilin University, as well as JLU and Sichuan University were signed by the university presidents Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee and Prof. Yuanyuan Li, Jilin University, as well as Prof. Hong Li, Executive Vice President Sichuan University. The new agreements form the basis for closer cooperation in teaching and research as well as for student exchanges.
“China is not only an important economic partner in Germany. The importance of China as a scientific location is also growing steadily. We have met outstanding scientists at Jilin University and at Sichuan University, who are very interested in a more intensive collaboration with the JLU,” said Professor Lobin.
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