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Education, Research and Science

Education, Research and Science

Education, Research and Science
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We have quite varied contacts and cooperation with our partner regions across the entire world in the areas of education, research and science.

In addition to teacher exchanges and further education and school partnerships with Brittany, Alberta and Slovakia, there are also numerous types of cooperation between universities. Trainees are regularly exchanged as part of the cooperation in the hotel industry. The Kindervereinigung Sachsen e.V. (association for children in Saxony) has been working with the MJC in Brittany (Maisons des Jeunes et de la Culture, a federation of youth and cultural clubs) since 2003. Joint projects are regularly undertaken, such as Saxon-Breton climbing camps in the mountains of the Saxon Switzerland.

Kindergartens and child day centres

Since 1992, there have been visits between staff at the Sorbian child day centres and schools and their counterparts in the Diwan kindergartens and schools in Brittany. Both »minorities« compare notes regularly on teaching approaches and the immersion method.

Since 2000, a Dresden primary school has taken all year four pupils for two weeks in June to Brittany. They are joined there in the Centre Bon Vent by pupils from a French primary school as part of the so-called »classes de mer«, which are financed by the DFJW (the German-French Youth Office).

Cooperation at school level

As part of the support for languages in Saxony and her partner regions, pupil exchange is particularly popular. For example, from 29th September to 6th October 2008, the Herder grammar school in Pirna had a visit by ten pupils and three teachers from Hefei in Anhui province, in the eastern part of the People's Republic of China.
However, school partnerships are also crucial to the efforts. For example, from 11th September 2007, a new partnership was formed between the Saxon state grammar school St. Afra in Meissen and the foreign language school in Wuhan, China.

Summer language courses

Every year, for more than 15 years now, the Saxon Ministry for Culture offers summer language courses. Breton German teachers regularly take part in the courses, which are held in Meissen in Castle Siebeneichen. German teachers from all over the world come together not just to refresh their knowledge of the language but also to exchange ideas on how to get their pupils to talk – not always an easy task.

Hungary also sends ten selected students for summer courses in German as a foreign language held at the Herder Institute of Leipzig University. The State Ministry for Science and the Arts provides nearly 11,000 euros a year to fund these courses. The German courses are intended to support the exchange of knowledge between the universities and to give the participants an interest in working in Saxony in the future or in pursuing contacts with Saxon establishments after their studies.

Cooperation between universities

A Dresden student of dentistry treats a patient in High Level, Alberta.

A Dresden student of dentistry treats a patient in High Level, Alberta.
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The universities of the partner regions are closely linked and have regular exchanges. Examples include cooperation in the areas of thermodynamics and heat technology, environmental science, mining and veterinary medicine with institutions in the Canadian province of Alberta, mainly the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

Since 2002, the dental department of the Faculty of Medicine in the Technical University of Dresden has had an exchange programme with the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Alberta. The programme enables Canadian and Saxon students to train in Dresden and Edmonton respectively. Dresden students work in so-called Satellite Dental Clinics in Edmonton: these provide dental care in the under-served northern areas of Canada.

There are also exchange programmes and various joint research projects of the Universities of Leipzig, Dresden, Chemnitz, Freiberg and Zittau with Breton institutions.

The Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST) and the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg have designed joint international Master’s degree courses in the fields of materials science and business management. A further agreement created a double diploma in the field of iron and steel technology, which enables the students to stay for an extended period in the partner country. The possibility of a semester abroad at a partner university is also foreseen in the Master of International Business in Developing and Emerging Markets course, for which the examinations and curriculum have already been approved. Both WUST and Wuhan University have agreed to be partners for this course. An international Master’s degree has also been designed for ceramic, glass and building material technology, the core area of previous cooperation with the WUST. Opportunities continue to be sought for the exchange of individuals in both directions.

Forming and strengthening partnerships

In recent years, various delegations of Breton and Saxon university staff have visited Saxony and Brittany with the aim of strengthening the existing contacts, e.g. with the Technical Universities of Dresden, Chemnitz and the University of Leipzig, and to identify new fields for future cooperation. These Saxon universities are currently working with the European University of Brittany to prepare a Saxon-Breton scientific conference and a number of workshops on specific topics. There is also a regular exchange of students, between the Technical University of Dresden and the High School for Politics in Rennes, France.

In spring 2008, State Minister Dr. Stange travelled with a delegation of representatives of Saxon cultural, university and research institutions to the Chinese partner region of Hubei. The Free State stressed its interest in deeper cooperation in numerous discussions with the provincial government and senior representatives of cultural institutions and universities, as well as the German Embassy and the Goethe Institute. The visit cleared the path to strengthen the relationships and build up new partnerships.



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