The purpose of the trip was to consolidate and intensify the cooperation that has existed between the two universities since 2007. From the perspective of Fulda University, the cooperation with GJU is of special strategic importance and should be extended in future to cover all university departments.
The delegation, made up of the President, six department representatives and the Head of the International Office Julia-Sophie Rothmann, was welcomed first of all by President Prof. Dr Ala’aldeen Al-Halhouli and Vice-President for International Affairs, Prof. Dr Reiner Finkeldey. The meeting offered delegation members the opportunity to get to know each other, exchange experiences and formulate expectations regarding the further development of the partnership.
The visit then focused on discussions between delegates and colleagues from GJU. Representatives of Fulda University departments Prof. Jana Rückert-John (Nutritional, Food and Computer Sciences), Prof. Eva Gerharz and Prof. Hans-Joachim Reinhard (Social and Cultural Sciences), Prof. Martina Ritter (Social Work), Prof. Uwe Werner (Electrical Engineering and Information Technology) and Laura Yilmaz (Business) took the opportunity to discuss in smaller groups possibilities for future cooperations and ways to intensify existing collaborations. Topics ranged from concrete plans for a research collaboration, opportunities in the area of entrepreneurship, the initiation of a student exchange programme to issues relating to the recognition of qualifications, faculty exchange programmes, and the development of joint degree programmes.
The programme of events also included tours of laboratories, for example at the School of Applied Medical Science. The Head of Fulda University’s International Office, Julia-Sophie Rothmann, was also able to discuss existing structures and processes and further procedures for the implementation of a strategic partnership with her colleagues at GJU.
Prof. Khakzar said he was very satisfied with the visit: “We received an exceptionally warm and friendly welcome, and the cooperation is characterised by a spirit of mutual respect and appreciation. The delegation members found important points of reference for future collaborations in their respective field, placing our partnership on an even broader basis. This trip has shown us just how important personal meetings and discussions are. This will significantly facilitate and strengthen further cooperation. The signing of the agreement paves the way for a wide variety of measures and activities that will be pursued further or initiated in future.”
The president of GJU stressed that Fulda University of Applied Sciences is one of GJU’s most important partner universities. He said this was reflected in numerous activities on all levels and large numbers of GJU students who spend a semester at Fulda University.
The visit ended with the signing of a Strategic Agreement by the two university presidents.