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Welcome by the Host

Dear Colleagues, 

Stefan HormuthAs President of Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you who plan to visit our city and university in October 2009. A 400-year-old university and a medium-sized university town with the highest concentration of students in Germany will be your host for the European University Association’s Autumn Conference 2009 in the heart of Germany.

Four hundred years after university teaching first began in Giessen in October 1607 the university has all its degree programmes accredited and now awards the “traditional” degrees of Baccalaureus or Bachelor, and Magister or Master. JLU also offers many international study programmes. The Bologna process has been a success here. The number of students, national and international, has been rising ever since.

Hosting this year’s EUA Autumn Conference on Internationalisation beyond Europe’s Frontiers: Enhancing Attractiveness through Global Partnership and Cooperation is a clear sign of our commitment to Europe in education and research and to Europe’s role in the internationalisation of higher education. Internationalisation not only takes place in Europe’s metropoli and capitals, regional institutions of higher education, too, play an important role in enhancing the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area.  

Regional HEIs are characterised by a unique profile that makes the best use of their potential. In 2006 JLU approved an internationalisation strategy entitled Zukunft durch Internationalisierung (which could roughly be translated as Future through Internationalisation). But Justus Liebig University’s emphasis on global partnerships and cooperation, its commitment to European and international issues, in teaching and research, dates back much longer than 2006. Students and teachers from our university were among the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by ERASMUS, and continue to participate in large numbers. TEMPUS projects and Jean-Monnet-Professorships have strengthened the European dimension of the university and its students.

The university has successfully won a large share of the European framework programmes. JLU is host of a successful winner of one of the first ERC grants. Our Graduate Schools in the Life Sciences and in the Study of Culture are internationally recognised. The Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), the Giessen Centre for Eastern European Studies (GiZo), JLU’s participation in a large number of international networks (EUA, Santander Group, International Student Exchange Programmes, Vietnamese-German University Consortium, the PhD-Net of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture – funded by the German “excellence initiative”, JLU’s numerous partnership and cooperation agreements), JLU’s international Master, dual degree and short-term programmes, and JLU’s exceptionally broad course offer in the area of German as a foreign language which takes international university applicants gradually from the beginners’ level to university entrance level within one academic year – all contribute to JLU‘s efforts on an international level. Recently, JLU was awarded the E-Quality Label for excellence within the ERASMUS programme and is ranked no. 23 out of about 400 institutions of higher education in Germany in a nationwide comparison of funding by the DAAD.
    
Welcome to Giessen!

I am looking forward to hosting you at Justus Liebig University soon.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hormuth

European University Association (EUA)

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