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    Cooperation Agreement with Moscow University

    09/16/2013

    The Julius-Maximilian's University of Würzburg and Lomonosov Moscow State University have signed a cooperation agreement. On the basis of an already well-established collaboration in physics and in the humanities, the academic exchange is going to be intensified in future.

    Der Vize-Rektor der Lomonossov Universität in Moskau, Prof. Dr. Alexei R. Khokhlov  (l.), und Unipräsident Prof. Dr. Alfred Forchel haben eine Kooperationsvereinbarung unterzeichnet. (Foto: Uni Würzburg)
    Der Vize-Rektor der Lomonossov Universität in Moskau, Prof. Dr. Alexei R. Khokhlov (l.), und Unipräsident Prof. Dr. Alfred Forchel haben eine Kooperationsvereinbarung unterzeichnet. (Foto: Uni Würzburg)

    Moscow State University MSU, also known as Lomonosov University, is the largest University in Russia with the longest tradition. It was founded in 1755 on the initiative of Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov (1711-1765), the first member of the Russian Academy. Today it includes over 27 faculties, 15 research institutes, more than 350 departments and a broad range of other facilities, such as 49 museums, a botanical garden, a university press with an associated print shop and a boarding school, accommodating about 300 gifted children from all over Russia.

    More than 40,000 students, doctoral candidates and candidates for a postdoctoral degree are currently enrolled at MSU. They are instructed by about 1000 professors, 2000 lecturers, some 2500 private lecturers and almost 6000 postdocs. MSU performs very well in international rankings. In the current Shanghai-Ranking, for instance, it takes the top spot among Russian universities and ranks 79th at an international level.

    The cooperation agreement

    In the cooperation agreement, the Julius-Maximilian's University and MSU provide for the exchange of professors, researchers and students, agree to undertake joint research projects and set the stage for joint academic events.

    "I am delighted that we were able to conclude an agreement with the internationally renowned Lomonosov University," says University President Alfred Forchel. He points out that the Moscow University has an excellent reputation across the world and offers interesting topics to which the Würzburg scientists can relate. Furthermore, this cooperation gives students and young researchers at the University of Würzburg an excellent opportunity to network and make international contacts.

    Cooperation in physics

    Previous to this agreement, a close collaboration was already established in selected fields of the two universities: At the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Professor Karl Mannheim, who is head of the Department for Astronomy, works closely together with colleagues from Moscow State University in the area of high-energy astrophysics, for example, in the exploration of solar particles.

    Professor Vladimir Dyakonov, the head of the Department for Experimental Physics VI (energy research), also maintains close contact with Moscow scientists. Dyakonov collaborates with MSU physicists and chemists in the field of organic photovoltaics and electronics.

    Cooperation in Slavic studies

    The Faculty of Philosophy I of the University of Würzburg maintains a lively exchange of students with the Faculty of Foreign Languages at MSU under the Russian-German language program. In Würzburg, the responsibility for the project lies with Professor Andreas Ebbinghaus and Dr. Ursula Kolat at the Department of Slavic Philology. Since 2006, about ten students per semester have switched to their respective partner university under this program.

    Numerous partnerships worldwide

    At university level, the University of Würzburg maintains partnerships with altogether 65 universities – Moscow State University included – from all around the world. These partnerships usually provide for an exchange of students and instructors in addition to the envisioned joint research projects. At the level of faculties and departments, there are 60 further partnerships and exchange programs.

    An overview of the partnerships of the University of Würzburg is provided here 

     

    By Gunnar Bartsch

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