Dr. Karim Khakzar and the head of the International Office, Julia-Sophie Rothmann, he exchanged views on the development of the Fulda University of Applied Sciences and its contacts with US universities.
The university’s relationships with the city, the region and the economy were also an issue.
"It was wonderful to meet with Prof. Dr. Karim Khakzar to discuss opportunities to strengthen the University's relationship with the United States in their regional and international programs. Prof. Dr. Khakzar and his team play an important role for education and business in the Fulda region and beyond, especially in STEM fields; and with one of the highest rates of female professors in Germany, they are leading the way in diversity and inclusion. I look forward to working with the University to strengthen the transatlantic exchange and partnerships.”
Fulda University of Applied Sciences has maintained an intense cooperation and a lively exchange of students and teachers with the State University of New York (SUNY) in Cortland for many years. In addition to that, it has contacts with the San Francisco State University (SFSU) and around 20 other US universities, including numerous universities in Wisconsin and Massachusetts, linked by the Hessian state cooperations.
Currently, the establishment of a bilateral agreement with the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, is under way.
"We are working on further intensifying the German-American university cooperation," said University President Professor Dr. Karim Khakzar. In this context, he also presented the International Summer and Winter University to the Consul General, which takes place every year at the Fulda University of Applied Sciences and for which the city of Fulda and the German-American Women's Club, among others, award scholarships.
"Programs such as the International Summer University (ISU) bring together young people from all over the world, e.g. from the US, from Iran, Israel, the Ukraine and Russia. They become friends during these 4 weeks and learn a lot about each other. Thus, the ISU and other international programs are important contributions to save peace by bringing young people together. "