forward-5On 18 April the DAAD or German Academic Exchange Service ('Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst') hosted the conference 'Going Forward - Strategic Partnerships as a Driver for Internationalization' as one of the primary events in the context of the closing of the 1st funding period of the DAAD programme ‘Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks’.

The U4 network is one of 21 strategic partnerships and thematic networks to have received a project funding in the period 2013-2016. Not only the leading German partners were present, but also the international partners of the respective projects were invited to attend the conference and to share their experience. 

A first aim of the conference was the exchange of best practices. Beyond this goal the conference formed the setting to tackle some key issues regarding the strategic partnerships programme. Critical themes that emerged during the various sessions were the quality of the cooperation, communication (structures), governance, sustainability, continuity, reciprocity, partnerships as incubator of funding, and balancing research and education etc.

forward-1As one of the most prominent projects the U4 took the lead in one of the afternoon parallel sessions on the implementation and governance of strategic partnerships. In the session all of the U4 partners contributed to the presentation and subsequent discussions. Further, Dr. Uwe Muuss, Director of the Göttingen International Office, took part in the closing plenary panel session to share his experience based on the U4 network.

During the conference plenary notes were presented by Prof. Margret Wintermantel, the President of the DAAD; Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research; and Prof. Dr. Georg Krücken, INCHER-Kassel and Research, Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The keynote speech (‘Seeking Harmony in Diversity’) was given by Prof. Pei Gang, President of Tongji University.

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