RWTH Delegation Visits Partners in China and Japan


From March 26 to April 2, 2015, RWTH Aachen will be a model of academic and cultural exchange. A delegation from the Aachen university is currently visiting partner universities in China and Japan. Additionally, RWTH has invited its graduates there to attend various events.

  A RWTH delegation recently visited Tsinghua University in Beijing: Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg (3rd from left) and Präsident Yong QIU (right of the rector) strengthened their cooperation. © RWTH Aachen

The capital, Beijing, and its renowned Tsinghua University were the first stops of the trip led by Rector Schmachtenberg. During this stage of the trip, he was accompanied by the deans and professors Georg Jacobs and Professor Dirk Vallée, and professors Heinz Pitsch and Markus Oeser, as well as other members of RWTH. The group was welcomed on March 27, by the new president of Tsinghua University, professor Yong QIU. His appointment as head of the university had only been announced just a few days before. Topics of the rector and president's conversation included digital teaching, the importance of research funding and technology transfer, and student exchange. Schmachtenberg presented RWTH has an attractive place to study and research within the framework of the "Tsinghua Global Vision Lecture," where public officials and business executives typically hold presentations. The rector promoted studies at the Aachen university and described its strengths, above all in engineering.

Afterwards, a meeting with RWTH's Chinese graduates took place at the University of Science and Technology Bejing. Over 80 alumni celebrated their connection with each other and their alma mater, RWTH.

Japan Additional Country of Focus

After the stay in China, the program included visits to the Japanese partner universities, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University, Osaka University, and Kyoto University, which all included meetings with their respective presidents. As a strategically selected country of focus as part of RWTH's internationalization concept, the further development of general exchange, the expanstion of research cooperations, and the recruitment of talented students and researchers here are of particular importance.

Additionally, the entire trip includes numerous conversations with other university, industry, and press representatives. The rector will also meet with RWTH's Japanese graduates in Tokyo at the residence of the German ambassador.

The trip was organized by the RWTH Aachen International Office and supported by the University's alumni team.


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