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Unanimous vote for sustainable partnership: the Chemnitz City Council confirms continuation of the cooperation agreement with TU Chemnitz

  • A look at the Council Hall of Chemnitz. Here, all the councilors present, agreed on the continuation of the successful and close cooperation between the city and university. Photo: Press Office Photo Archive/Ulf Dahl

The cooperation agreement signed in 2007 between the City of Chemnitz and the Technische Universität Chemnitz is confirmed and further developed with its continuation. This was decided unanimously by the City Council on 25 February 2015. The Rector of TU Chemnitz, Prof. Dr. Arnold van Zyl, highlighted the value of the cooperation for the city’s sustainable development: "We are initiators and knowledge partners for value creation in every sector", said the Rector, "therefore the contract provides an appropriate framework." The aim of the partnership is to strengthen the Chemnitz area with common impulses in the field of education, science, economy, urban development, culture and sports. “The City of Chemnitz and TU Chemnitz benefit from the cooperation – the city is doing so very well", says the Mayor Barbara Ludwig. “The university is the engine for networks, the partnership will further give impetus and strengthen the Chemnitz region.“

Among other things, the municipalities and the university want to collaborate enhanced on the aim of attracting young people to the City of Chemnitz as a centre of life and a place for study and work within the communication campaign “Die Stadt bin Ich“. Examples of good cooperation are already evident in the city development, at the Brühl or even on the Smart Systems Campus or in the establishment of the Centre for Teacher Training. An outstanding project of cooperation for sustainable development of the city is the Morgenstadt-Initiative in collaboration with the Fraunhofer-Institutes, which is currently in the start-up phase.

In the years since 2007 emerged an abundance of small and larger blocks of cooperation with the city, all of them documented in a catalog of measures, which is constantly being updated and is a part of the cooperation agreement. On March 7th, as part of TU Chemnitz Spring-Gala, the Mayor of the City of Chemnitz and the Rector of Technische Universität Chemnitz will sign the update of the agreement.

(Author: Mario Steinebach, Translation: Nataliia Boiko)

Katharina Thehos

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