On 18th and 19th February, a delegation from Martin Luther University (Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany) paid a visit to Voronezh State University. The delegation included professors of modern history of the Institute of History of the Faculty of Philosophy 1 Dr Peter Hartmut Rüdiger and Dr Patrick Franz Hanno Wagner, professor of the Department of International Economic Relations of the Faculty of Law and Economics Dr Martin Michael Klein, and professor of Civil Law, Employment and Social Law of the Faculty of Law and Economics Dr Armin Höland. The visit coincided with the 50th anniversary of cooperation between Voronezh State University and Martin Luther University.
On 18th February, the guests had meetings with the deans and academic staff of the Faculty of History, the Faculty of Economics, the Law Faculty, and the Faculty of International Relations. Professor Klein gave a lecture for students of the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of International Relations, whereas Professor Höland met students of the Law Faculty of Voronezh State University. The students of the Faculty of History attended the lectures by Professor Wagner “Land relations and governing bodies in East Germany in XIX century” and by Professor Rüdiger “The image of Russia and the Russians in Germany in XVI–XIX centuries”.
On 19th February, the guests had a meeting with the administration of VSU. They were welcomed by the Rector, Professor Dmitry Endovitsky.
‘The significance of the 50 years of cooperation between out universities cannot be emphasized too strongly. VSU has acquired great experience in international relations and academic mobility. I would also like to point out that this summer we are organising the 12th Summer School for European undergraduate and postgraduate Humanities students as a part of cooperation with German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). We are also looking forward to having Physics students from the University of Texas and a large group of students from Spain who are going to do their internships at our university’.
The guests of Voronezh State University thanked the university administration for a warm welcome and praised the Voronezh students’ knowledge of German culture and language. The meeting was followed by a roundtable discussion “Cooperation between Russian and German universities: traditions and prospects” dedicated to the anniversary of cooperation between the universities that was held in the main building's auditorium.
‘In Soviet times, before there were any academic mobility programmes our universities exchanged students, lecturers, carried out joint research, and defended dissertations. Later, the cooperation was not that strong and that is why we are very pleased to restore the bonds with our old partners, colleagues and friends. The fact that VSU has one of the largest portfolios of European projects and programmes in Russia shows that we are of interest to our partners,’ said Dmitry Endovitsky.
German coordinator of cooperation with VSU Dr Martin Klein read out a congratulatory address from the Rector of Martin Luther University.
‘Cooperation can be successful only if both parties find it interesting and effective. Our collaboration started before the German reunification when we exchanged our students who completed Germanic and Slavic studies. Moreover, in 2015, we started a new project – the master’s programme “Business Communication in the field of Economics”,' said Dr Klein.
The Head of the International Cooperation Administration Natalia Zhurbina listed a number of facts: now, Voronezh State University has academic contacts with 15 German universities; since 1964, over 2,000 interns, postgraduate and undergraduate students did courses at Voronezh State University; since 1994, the university has been working in close collaboration with German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), since then over 500 students and academic staff members have received DAAD grants.
During the meeting, the heads and representatives of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology, the Faculty of Philology, the Faculty of History and others talked about their experience of collaboration with Martin Luther University.