Opening Event of German-Estonian Academic Week to Focus on Possible Exit Strategies from Economic Crisis
The 13th German-Estonian academic week Academica will open on Tuesday, November 3. In its opening event, Professor Harmen Lehment, Director of the Institute for World Economics of the University of Kiel, will give a public lecture on “The global economy and the financial crisis“.
The lecture will be followed by a discussion on the topic “The price of crisis – which sacrifices can we afford in the name of coming out of the crisis?”, in which a panel of academics will discuss the consequences of the crisis and the options for overcoming it. Panelists from Estonia will include, from the University of Tartu, Professor Marju Lauristin, Professor Urmas Varblane and Professor Raul Eamets, as well as Mr Allar Jõks, Estonia’s former Chancellor of Justice. Germany will be represented, from the University of Kiel, by Professor Harmen Lehment, Professor Sönke Albers and Professor Joachim Krause, and by His Excellency Mr Martin Hanz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Estonia. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Jüri Sepp.
At the opening event, welcome addresses will be delivered by Mr Tõnis Lukas, Minister for Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia, and His Excellency Mr Martin Hanz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Estonia. Simultaneous intepretation into German and Estonian will be provided during the entire event.
According to Ms Lea Kivi, Senior Specialist of UT International Relations Office, during its 13 years of history Academica has brought numerous eminent academics from a range of German universities to Estonia. “The aim of the week is to facilitate close contacts between German and Estonian academics, to provide opportunities for Estonian researchers to contact their speciality counterparts and to attend lectures offered by reputed German academics and education experts,” said Lea Kivi.
The 13th Academica will continue on Tuesday, November 3, with a series of lectures in various UT faculties. A German-Estonian student night will also be held in the evening of the same day.
Since 2007, each year Academica has selected one of UT’s partner universities in Germany as its principal focus. The third guest, invited to Tartu for the 2009 Academica is the University of Kiel, which has sent a delegation of 14, headed by Professor Gerhard Fouquet, the university’s president. The University of Kiel, with whom the University of Tartu concluded a cooperation agreement in 1989, has been an active partner of UT in Germany. The two universities have enjoyed frequent exchanges of academic staff and they have also pursued numerous joint activities in different areas. The University of Kiel has been an enthusiastic supporter of student exchange projects, offering several scholarships to our students as part of the cooperation agreement.
The 13th Academica is supported by the Employers’ Association of the federal state North Rhine–Westphalia (Land Nordrhein-Westfalen) and the German Embassy in Tallinn.
The organisers would like to invite everybody to participate in the opening ceremony of this year’s Academica, to be held on November 3 at 10 a.m. in the UT Assembly Hall, to attend the lectures held in the afternoon at various UT faculties, and to show up for the German-Estonian student night in the evening.
For a detailed programme of the 2009 Academica, direct your browser to the website www.academica.ut.ee.
Additional information: Ms Lea Kivi, Senior Specialist of UT International Relations Office, telephone +372 737 6114, lea.kivi [ät] ut.ee
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