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Russian-German Scientific and Educational Partnership Year Results

Russian-German Scientific and Educational Partnership Year Results

September 17, 2020

National University of Science and Technology MISIS hosted an online closing ceremony for the Russian-German Scientific and Educational Partnerships Year 2018-2020, to sum up the results of interaction between academic institutions of the two countries and give awards to winners of the open contest “Russia and Germany: Scientific and Educational Bridges.” The partnership year was supported by the Russian Education and Science Ministry and the Russian and German foreign ministers. MISIS and the German House for Research and Innovation were the Bilateral Year operators.

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Throughout the whole partnership year, Project 5-100 universities took part in Russian-German research projects strengthening the existing ties between the academic communities and developing new ones at forums, conferences, symposia etc. The jury of the “Russia and Germany: Scientific and Educational Bridges” contest selected more than 120 projects in four areas (academic partnership, advanced research, support of young scientists and innovations); diplomas were awarded to 25 of them. The winners include five Project 5-100 universities: Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Ural Federal University, South Ural State University, Siberian Federal University and National University of Science and Technology MISIS.

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“Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has a ramified network of partners among leading German universities and is an active Bilateral Year participant,” said Dmitry Arsenyev, SPbPU Vice-Rector for International Cooperation. “Our University organised and joined various events.” “SpbPU Days in Berlin” in February 2020 was a benchmark project organised by SPbPU and Technical University of Berlin. Research and innovation projects in nanotechnology, power engineering, biomedicine, radiophysics and electronics were presented to visitors from 15 countries. Successful cooperation between SPbPU and Technical University of Berlin earned an award at the contest “Russia and Germany: Scientific and Educational Bridges.”

An Academic Partnership diploma was awarded to Ural Federal University and Technical University Dortmund for holding a Russian-German summer school. Russian and German participants were introduced to current solutions for smart energy, energy efficiency and environmental protection. “Germany is the most proactive research partner of Ural Federal University: over the past three years, UrFU scientists published more than 600 articles jointly with their German colleagues; we cooperate with 23 German universities,” UrFU Rector Viktor Koksharov said. The second diploma was awarded to UrFU for the joint project “Nanomaterials and Megascience Centres” with University of Bayreuth.

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Summer culture and language exchange schools designed jointly with Freiberg Mining Academy were among SUSU’s key research and education partnerships events. Tatyana Vasilyeva, head of the SUSU Centre of International Academic Programmes said that “After completing the summer schools, students get lots of positive impressions, German language skills and Freiberg Summer School completion certificate; a group of Freiberg Mining Academy students visited the SUSU Russian language summer school in August. Russian students are active participants in the welcoming party for German friends.” This project received an award at the contest too.

“The Russian-German year of research and education partnerships inspired Siberian Federal University to arrange local events which provided a shining example of Russian-German partnership and received a well-deserved award at the contest. Partnership events include conferences, seminars, academic mobility on DAAD programmes, project activity, joint publications and membership in field-specific German associations. SibFU partners are German universities of Munich, Trier, Heidelberg, Passau and Hamburg,” said Lyumila Kulikova, director of the SibFU School of Philology and Language Communication. “In humanities, the key tracks in both long-standing and emerging partnerships are collaborations in language and law programmes. SibFU’s Law School gained much fruitful experience in partnership with University of Passau which enabled it to launch a double degree master’s programme.” SibFU and University of Passau are implementing a unique education project “German law in the German Language” which provides an opportunity for Russian students to study various branches of law and improve their knowledge of German. SibFU has trained more than 200 specialists in scientific and practical jurisprudence since the programme was launched 15 years ago.

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National University of Science and Technology MISIS was the operator of the partnership year for Russia. MISIS “Biomedical Materials” Laboratory scientists, together with their colleagues from University of Duisburg-Essen studied the forming process of iron-gold magnetic nanoparticles as precursors in developing anti-cancer medicines. The fundamental research “Nanohybrids for Theranostics” received an award from the Russia and Germany: Scientific and Educational Bridges” contest.

Andrey Yakovlev, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University Acting Rector, said that TPU cooperated with 125 German organisations. “We take an active part in German and European programmes. TPU launched an international laboratory jointly with Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing. The university also operates the Hydrogen Energy Technologies Laboratory, set up jointly with Saarland University. Our scientists conduct joint research with their German colleagues in the fields of astrochemistry and astrobiology, accelerators, and plasma and electron beam technology,” Yakovlev said. He noted the importance of holding a series of events for young researchers. For example, TPU and the German House for Research and Innovation held an information webinar in May 2020 for Siberian universities and research centres. “At that point, it could only be held online, but this made it more open,” the TPU acting rector said. “Some 250 people, mostly young scientists from Siberian towns, took part in the webinar. It provided them with first-hand detailed information about support programmes for internships and joint research open to Russian students and scientists.”

“The Federal Republic of Germany is a one of the strategic partners of our country in cooperation across various fields including science and technology,” Russian Federation Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov said during a video conference with German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr. The COVID-19 pandemic was a test for partnership which both sides successfully passed. Despite coronavirus infection lockdown measures, Russia and Germany organised more than 100 joint events within the Year of Partnership. It made a good basis for further development of new forms of cooperation between our countries.