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Foreign Representation in China opened

Langjährige Kontakte zur Partnerhochschule in Nanjiing mit zahlreichen gemeinsanen Projekten und Programmen

The Georg-August-University Göttingen has opened its second foreign representation:it is based at the Chinese partner university in Nanjing, with which the Georgia Augusta has maintained contacts for many years with numerous joint programmes and projects. It is hoped that with the opening of the Göttingen office existing working areas can be extended and that moreover new collaborationscan be initiated in China.The Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony Lutz Stratmann took part in the opening eventon the 10th of October 2008.

During the opening event the President of the University of Göttingen Prof. Dr.Kurt von Figura spoke in favour of extending the existing research projects between the two universities to more subjects.The results of joint research should then also be integrated into teaching.As Prof. von Figura emphasised, pioneering programmes are already being implemented here, such as the jointly supported Master course “Intercultural German Philology Germany – China”.

In his speech Minister of Science Stratmann honoured the successful efforts of the University of Göttingen for the establishment of a new centre for East Asian studies.The President of the University Nanjing, Prof.Dr. Chen Jun, welcomed the fact that the cooperation between the two leading universities could now become even more intensive.He referred to the long tradition of collaboration, particularly in law, which by 2009 will have been in place for 25 years and which for some time now also includes a joint institute.

The Foreign representations as central instruments of networking and internationalisation are important measures of the Future Concept-based project “Göttingen International” which is realised with funds from the Excellence Initiative. After Pune (India) and Nanjing (China) a third Göttingen Office will be opened on the 29th of November 2008 in Seoul (South Korea).