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Queens, Stuttgart to develop dual masters program

17.09.2014 - (idw) Universität Stuttgart

KINGSTON, ON Queens University and the University of Stuttgart, Germany, have agreed to work together on the development of a dual masters program in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and physics. The two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to begin the process. International research experience can be a significant benefit for many graduate students, both academically and in terms of setting them apart in the job market, says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Signing this MOU is an important step in advancing our existing relationship with the University of Stuttgart and providing a valuable international opportunity for Queens students.

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison signed the MOU on behalf of Principal Woolf, and Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart, was at Queens to sign on behalf of his institution.

The MoU provides optimal framework for the graduate students of both institutions. International exchange and sharing of knowledge is important for the young scientists, says Wolfram Ressel, The memorandum promotes a sustainable relationship between the University of Stuttgart and Queen´s University.

The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829 and today has an international reputation for excellence in a range of disciplines, including the physical sciences, engineering, and mobile and information technology. Around 26.500 students are enrolled in the courses of the university offered by 150 institutes in 10 different faculties. Queens has a long standing relationship with Stuttgart, both as a frequent research collaborator and as an exchange partner.

A growing number of Queens faculty members collaborate with colleagues overseas, including those at Stuttgart, on significant research projects. This MOU will lead to further opportunities to share expertise through our graduate students, says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), who hosted Rector Ressel and the Stuttgart delegation. The next step will involve both institutions working out the specific details of the academic program over the coming months.

Founded in 1841, Queen's University is one of Canadas leading research-intensive universities, renowned for fundamental advances in health care, the environment, materials and energy, as well as its contributions to public policy, economics, law and culture. Queens attracts students from across Canada and from more than 90 countries around the world.

Media inquiries:
Rosie Hales
Communications Officer
613-533-6000 ext. 77513
rosie.hales@queensu.ca
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