№ 315/2009 from Nov 13, 2009
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität have announced plans for working closer together in a number of academic areas. At a meeting in Jerusalem, an executive delegation from both universities agreed on new joint teaching and research projects in the humanities, and social and natural sciences. After a meeting with the president of the Hebrew University, Prof. Menachem Ben-Sasson, the first vice president of Freie Universität, Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehmkuhl, announced that the plans envisage, among other things, intensifying the student exchange program, promoting outstanding young academics, and an enhanced cooperation on Ph.D. programs which includes a joint post-graduate college for the law faculties.
As part of the cooperation between the universities, the Einstein Center (Hebrew University), Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies BTS (supported by Freie Universität, Hertie School of Governance, and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin), and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) convened the "Global Order: Continuity or Change?" workshop in Jerusalem specifically for doctoral candidates. Similar events are now planned annually, offering young researchers an opportunity to discuss their work and network with scholars from a number of other countries.
In early November, an event for alumni and friends of Freie Universität was held for the first time in Jerusalem in front of an audience of around 70 guests. The event included a presentation of Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: European and American Strategies, a book jointly published by Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse and Prof. Dr. Tanja Börzel of Freie Universität and Prof. Amichai Magen from the Shalem Center research institute in Jerusalem. Speaking after the presentation, Shimon Stein, former Israeli ambassador to Germany, underscored the importance of such academic cooperation for international relations. The event was organized by the Shalem Center and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Matthias Kuder, Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universität Berlin
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