Tongji Partnership: Tongji Days 2013

Tongji Days 2013 in Darmstadt

Group photo: The Chinese delegation and the TU Darmstadt at Tongji Days 2013. Picture: Chris Hartung
Group photo: The Chinese delegation and the TU Darmstadt at Tongji Days 2013. Picture: Chris Hartung

TU Darmstadt organized on 19th and 20th June the Tongji Days 2013 in Darmstadt. Around 30 professors and approximately 50 students of Tongji University came to Darmstadt and met their cooperation partners from the Technische Universität. In scientific workshops they discussed their existing collaborations, identified new cooperation opportunities and the scientists of TU Darmstadt and Tongji University visited the research and teaching environment in Darmstadt. On June 20th the two universities celebrated their partnership during a ceremony. Professor Margret Wintermantel, the president of the German Academic Exchange Service, gave the keynote lecture during this ceremony.

The Tongji Days 2013 consisted of four major parts. At June 19th the scientists of both unversities met for presentations about doctoral education and interdisciplinary teaching and research. Afterwards they have held three workshops about Urban Research, Energy Research and joint Double Degree Programmes. In the afternoon there happened the second part of the Tongji Days and the guests from the Chinese university had the chance to visit some research facilities of TU Darmstadt.

Ceremony on June 20th

On the second day of the Tongji Days 2013 the two universities held a ceremony. They looked back at their over 30 year long partnership, but also looked forward to new joint projects and initiatives. Professor Margret Wintermantel, the president of the German Academic Exchange Service, held the keynote lecture about “Perspectives of Internationalization in German Higher Education Institutions”.

Around 50 students of Tongji University came to Darmstadt with the “Tongji on Tracks” project. They traveled through Russia and Scandinavia to Darmstadt. During their approximately one week long journey they conducted projects and prepared themselves for their time in Europe.

Photo exhibition about professor Li Guohao

In the context of the Tongji Days the presidents of the two universities also opened a photo exhibition about Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. e.H. Li Guohao (1913-2005) to the public. Professor Li wrote from 1938 to 1946 his PhD dissertation and postdoctoral thesis (“Habilitation”) at then TH Darmstadt and conducted research there. He became rector of Tongji University in 1977. As rector he was responsible for the renewal of the partnership between then TH Darmstadt and Tongji University in the 1980s. Professor Li has also been one of the premier engineers for bridge construction in China.

The photo exhibition has been shown from June 20th to 30th in the lecture room (“Vortragssaal”) of the University and State Library (“Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek”).

The pictures of Tongji Days 2013 [Please click the first picture to start the slideshow]
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The pictures of Tongji Days 2013 [Please click the first picture to start the slideshow]

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