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LMU Munich seals cooperation agreement with University of California, Berkeley

Munich, 08/10/2007

The Rector of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, Professor Bernd Huber, and the Chancellor of the University of California (UC) Berkeley, Professor Robert J. Birgeneau, have signed a cooperation agreement in San Francisco. The collaboration is meant to facilitate the exchange of lecturers, scholars, and graduate students, and to strengthen academic cooperation. This new academic partnership will focus initially on the humanities.

The “LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities” program will support research projects in innovative areas that will be identified by a joint humanities commission. Both established and junior academics from both universities will work together to pursue these projects, also by holding international conferences and publishing the results in scientific publications. To this end, LMU is creating a research professorship for academics from Berkeley; in return, professors from LMU have the chance to conduct research and teach at UC.

“With UC Berkeley we are proud to have gained a partner that is recognized as one of the best state-run universities in the United States, as well as one of the most renowned universities worldwide,” Rector Huber said after signing the agreement. “One of the goals defined by our future concept LMUexcellent is to further develop our position as a leading German research university through key cooperations. This is an important step towards achieving that goal.”

Chancellor Birgeneau was equally delighted at the new partnership between UC Berkeley and LMU: “In our age of globalization, transnational research collaborations are more important than ever, and I very much look forward to deepening and strengthening the ties between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.”

LMU is financing its part of the cooperation program through funds from the Excellence Initiative. The competition was launched in the summer of 2005 by the federal and state governments with the goal of promoting top-level university research. LMU was the only non-technical, comprehensive university to be awarded all three of the Initiative’s funding lines: One graduate school program, three “clusters of excellence,” and LMU’s future concept LMUexcellent got the nod. Over the next five years, LMU Munich will receive additional funds of 190 million euros to support excellent junior academics, cutting-edge research groups, and a general strategy to further expand top-level university research.

With the “Research in the Humanities” program, LMU can now further hone its research profile in the humanities.



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