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Jacobs University Bremen participates in International Education Week in China


July 18, 2019

International orientation of science and teaching is a significant and important topic in China. The first International Education Week of the China University of Petroleum (UPC), one of the country's most renowned universities, took place from 30 June to 6 July 2019 under the motto "innovating training pattern, building an international campus, broadening an international perspective, cultivating top talents". Five professors from Jacobs University Bremen gave lectures as experts and pointed out international perspectives.

"Chinese universities are becoming increasingly interested in internationalization," states Prof. Dr. Werner Nau, who, as Dean of Jacobs University, initiated the cooperation together with the UPC in Qingdao. "We are delighted that five colleagues from Jacobs University have contributed to the new summer program with lectures from a wide variety of fields," Nau says. The chemistry professor, who in addition to his work at Jacobs University, is also a high-end foreign expert and foreign professor at the UPC.

The UPC is a research-oriented university with excellent teaching, originally famous for petroleum research and nowadays focusing on the natural sciences and engineering. The International Education Week of UPC is a training event which is open to Bachelor students from all over China. With around 10,000 participants, it is one of the largest international education events in the country. Jacobs University's participation is linked to the goal of promoting and strengthening international scientific exchange. The Director of the Office for International Affairs at the UPC, Fang Huang, is very pleased about the support from Germany. "In an international comparison, Jacobs University has delivered most of the contributions," he sums up.

The academic representatives of Jacobs University Bremen on the UPC campus in Qingdao, China - with Dr. Keivan Mallahi-Karai (4th from left), Prof. Francesco Maurelli (2nd from right) and Prof. Vikram Unnithan (1st from right). (Source: Jacobs University)

The five representatives of Jacobs University conduct research on a wide variety of topics. Prof. Vikram Unnithan is a geoscientist and doing research in the field of global climate change, Prof. Francesco Maurelli is an expert in marine robotics, Dr. Keivan Mallahi-Karai a mathematician, Dr. Julia Timpe is University Lecturer of Contemporary History, and Prof. Steffen Eickemeyer is professor of lean management in the Department of Business & Economics.

The institutional partnership between the UPC in Qingdao and Jacobs University was established in 2015. It will create synergies for Jacobs University's international orientation towards China, which will also be pursued by Jacobs University’s China Global Center and, in the medium term, lead to new programs for exchange and guest students from China.

With students from more than 110 countries, Jacobs University is among the 300 best universities worldwide according to THE Ranking 2019 and is the most international university in Germany with top ratings in the areas of teaching, research, internationality and third-party funding.