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Chemnitz Rector voted to DAAD Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the German Academic Exchange Service was chosen for the 2016-2020 term, and Prof. Dr. Arnold van Zyl was among those elected

At their general meeting in Bonn on June 23rd, 2015, representatives of the 238 total member universities and 107 student bodies of the German Academic Exchange Service confirmed Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel and Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the Justus Liebig University in Gießen, for a second term with a large majority. In addition, the Executive Committee for the 2016-2020 term was also elected. Beginning on the 1st of next year, Prof. Dr. Arnold van Zyl, Rector of the TU Chemnitz, will be among the nine members of the committee.

Prof. van Zyl is delighted and honored to belong to this committee in the future, which is so important to international academic relationships among universities. During his time on the committee, he wants to be involved in DAAD’s objectives for transnational scientific cooperation and partnerships as well as cosmopolitan university structure. “I can contribute many experiences of the TU Chemnitz because in the last years of our university’s development, we achieved an enormous increase in the number of international students, who now make up 19% of the student population. The growth in the number of PhD candidates and TU employees from abroad has also been similarly positive,” according to the Rector. The increase in international student exchange, transnational research collaborations and rising mobility would advance these positive developments. Of particular advantage is the TU Chemnitz’s involvement in a network of more than 130 partner institutions on all continents, including the Academic Consortium 21. “For me, there’s no doubt that in the future, the innovation and potential of the TU Chemnitz and other universities in Germany will depend critically on a broad diversity of personalities and ideas,” added the Chemnitz Rector.

(Translation: Sarah Wilson)

Mario Steinebach

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