On 7 January Minister of State Maria Böhmer met the President of the University of Würzburg. Böhmer praised the University for its initiative in developing partnerships with universities in Ukraine and intensifying trilateral cooperation with Ukraine and Russia.
During her meeting with Alfred Forchel, President of the University of Würzburg, Minister of State Böhmer said she was impressed by the University’s engagement in greatly expanding its partnership with three universities in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. Moreover, Forchel hopes to intensify the trilateral academic cooperation between Würzburg, Lviv and Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University. Böhmer said:
Ukraine is currently the focus of our attention. Developing the academic landscape in Ukraine is an important contribution towards stabilising the country. The University of Würzburg’s projects are exemplary.
Research residencies and donations of equipment
As well as running joint certification programmes, the Universities of Würzburg and Lviv promote month-long research residencies in Würzburg for young academics. The University believes there is still even more potential for expanding cooperation in this respect. It is also considering extending cooperation to universities in eastern Ukraine. The trilateral cooperation between the universities in Wrocław, Würzburg and Lviv is also to be further intensified.
The Minister of State also commended the University of Würzburg’s direct, practical support, e.g. in the form of donations of equipment for Ukrainian partners both from the University and from local companies. Böhmer went on to say:
I wish other German institutions which regularly replace their technology would follow the example set by the University of Würzburg and donate equipment that is no longer needed. Modern equipment is an indispensable prerequisite for good research.