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University to host welcome reception for Leipzig University as part of OHIO-Leipzig Symposium


Ohio University will welcome the president of Leipzig University, along with several representatives of the German institution, to campus with a special reception on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Leipzig delegation is visiting Ohio University to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the two institutions and to take part in the OHIO-Leipzig Symposium. The symposium will feature German experts from around the U.S., along with experts from Leipzig University and OHIO.

The welcome reception will be held from 9 until 11 a.m. on Nov. 16 in the Baker University Center Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room. The event is free, and all students, faculty, staff and area residents are encouraged to attend.

The reception will include presentations from OHIO and Leipzig officials, and a discussion on the past, present and future of the collaboration between the two institutions.

Ohio University President Dr. M. Duane Nellis will take part in the reception, as will Leipzig President Prof. Dr. med Beate. A. Schücking.

Consul General Herbert Quelle, who serves as the German Consul General in Chicago, will also speak at the welcome reception and will take part in the OHIO-Leipzig Symposium. The symposium will also feature the following experts:

  • Dr. Andreas Ströhl, director of the Goethe-Institut Washington and the regional director for the Goethe-Institut North America
  • Dr. Nina Lemmens, executive director of the German Center for Research and Innovation
  • Dr. Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College at Ohio University
  • John Sabraw, art professor at Ohio University
  • Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds, vice provost for global affairs and international studies at Ohio University

The keynote luncheon for the OHIO-Leipzig Symposium will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 16, and is free and open to the public. The keynote luncheon remarks will be delivered by Ströhl, who will present on “The Contribution of International Partnerships to the University’s Culture to Education and Innovation.” 

While the luncheon is free, those attending are asked to RSVP at this link in order to assist with planning for the event.

After the luncheon, breakout discussions will be held in Baker University Center from 1:30 until 3 p.m. 

From 4 until 5 p.m., a special panel discussion will focus on “Strategies for Profiling the Value and Impact of U.S. – German Partnerships for Research and Innovation.” The panel will include President Schücking, Shields and Lemmens, and will be open to the public. The event will be held in the Baker University Center Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room.

Also on Nov. 16, an OHIO-Leipzig Alumni and Friends Reunion and Reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Honors Collegium, located on the fourth floor of Baker University Center. 

On Friday, Nov. 17, a keynote breakfast will be held from 8 until 9:30 a.m. in Nelson Commons. This event is also open to the public, but those who would like to attend are encouraged to RSVP at this link

The Leipzig delegation is visiting Ohio University to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the two institutions and to take part in the OHIO-Leipzig Symposium.

The OHIO-Leipzig Symposium is being held as part of OHIO’s International Education Week celebration, which will include a wide range of events throughout the week of Nov. 13-17. For additional information on International Education Week, please visit www.ohio.edu/iew

For additional information on the OHIO-Leipzig Symposium, please call the Office of Global Affairs at 740-593-1840 or visit the Symposium website.  

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.