Strengthening the Jena-Berkeley Partnership

On January 30, IES welcomed a delegation from the city of Jena, Germany, and its Friedrich Schiller University to the Berkeley campus. Based on a longstanding partnership between the sister cities of Berkeley and Jena, a fruitful cooperation between the universities has developed over the last two decades. The Jena delegation was led by Wolfgang Tiefensee, the Thuringian Minister for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society and furthermore included Albrecht Schröter, the Mayor of Jena, Claudia Hillinger, the head of FSU’s international office, as well as various representatives of other Thuringian universities and of the Thuringian industry. Tobias Büttner and Andreas Hartmann, two exchange students from FSU Jena who are currently studying in Berkeley, also joined the delegation. During a meeting with Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, Vice Provost Tsu-Jae Liu and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Mrs. Hillinger introduced the new Berkeley-Jena Pre-Dissertation and Dissertation Research Fellowship, to be coordinated by IES, to intensify the collaboration between FSU and UC Berkeley by supporting Berkeley graduate students to pursue research opportunities at FSU. The visit was timely, as remarks from both sides affirmed the importance of international collaboration to maintaining excellence in research, despite recent US government calls for tighter borders.

You can watch a German TV report and read a Berkeley News story on the Jena visit.