• Klaipeda University
  • 06 June 2024

German ambassador visits KU: By cooperation we are stronger and our relations will intensify

On June 3, 2024, Dr. Cornelius Zimmermann, Ambassador of Germany, visited Klaipėda University (KU). During his visit, the ambassador met Prof. Dr. Artūras Razbadauskas, the Rector of KU, and his team, found out more about the University and its activities, research, and projects. They discussed the need for more intensive cooperation in the future.

The ambassador was briefed on the partnership between KU and German universities. Since the very start of KU’s operations, German universities (University of Greifswald, Kiel University, University of Rostock) have been among the first international university partners. Currently, KU has agreements with 20 German universities and benefits from international student and teacher exchanges. The two countries are also linked by their participation in EU-CONEXUS, the European University Alliance, of which both KU and the University of Rostock are members. Joint projects and objectives were discussed.   

The rector and the guest discussed ongoing joint projects and the University’s research in the fields of ecology, renewable energy, health, history and archaeology, social sciences and liberal arts, engineering, as well as marine research.  

The guest also took interest in the activities of Klaipėda University’s fleet, and was given a more detailed presentation of the research vessel Mintis as well as the seabed surveys carried out with the assistance of this vessel. KU’s sailing ship Brabander used for the purposes of student training and serving scientists in underwater archaeological research, was presented as well. Currently, KU’s fleet and scientists are making a generous contribution to preparations for the construction of a wind farm in the Baltic Sea. It is with the help of the University’s research vessels that various studies are being carried out to ensure the smooth implementation of this major project.

The ambassador also visited the newly opened methodological STEAM center and its laboratories. He was also impressed by the strong KU team, which won first place in the beginners’ group at the national stage of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), and will go on to the international finals in Turkey. The ambassador was very enthused by the humanoid robot, Pipiras. The ambassador was also impressed by the center’s innovative resources.  

Given the current geopolitical situation, according to Mr. C. Zimmermann, relationship and cooperation between Lithuania and Germany in various fields will likely strengthen. The demand for German as a second foreign language will also increase, which also requires adequate preparation.  

“By cooperation we are stronger and our relations will intensify,” said Mr. C. Zimmermann during his visit to KU.

Mr. C. Zimmermann assured that the German Embassy will assist Klaipėda University in establishing or further developing relations with higher education and other institutions in Germany. The embassy will continue to support joint research projects and smooth cooperation between students and teachers from both countries.


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