NTU is proud to participate in the 50th anniversary celebrations of Nottingham’s twin city relations with Karlsruhe. We are a global university with international relationships and these help our students to broaden their horizons and expand their experiences.
Taking part in these celebrations allows us to demonstrate our long-term commitment to European mobility and engagement and to developing European networks and life-long friendships for NTU students.
We have strong links with a number of educational establishments in Karlsruhe. Since the start of the Erasmus+ programme in 2014, we have had student exchange agreements with Padagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe and Karlshochschule International University. We also have research and teaching links to Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Throughout this year, we hope to deepen these existing university partnerships and develop new academic, business, civic and cultural collaborations.
During this celebratory year, 56 students visited Karlsruhe in April to undertake research visits as part of the ‘European Creative and SMART Cities Challenge’. The visits looked at how cities and universities are working together to support creativity and innovation. Senior NTU colleagues took part as well as City Council representatives. We will provide Nottingham with a report that gives insights into how these European ‘future’ cities work with universities to support creativity and innovation.
Two students will also take part in an NTU summer internships to Karlsruhe and we are planning cultural exhibitions during October.
Stephen Williams, Director of NTU Global, said: “As an anchor institution with a commitment to civic responsibility and social mobility, place is central to NTU’s global engagement. We work in partnership with the City of Nottingham to develop a sustainable network of strategic international partnerships in a small number of key locations and territories including our twin city of Karlsruhe. The city-to-city links provide a framework for NTU to develop long-term sustainable academic, business, civic and cultural relationships of mutual benefit in Germany.”