UMass campuses hosted institutions of Hessen Germany, with UMass Dartmouth being the lead coordinating campus

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The five UMass campuses recently hosted a visiting delegation representing the institutions of Hessen Germany March 30 to April 5.   The system-wide state to state partnership was signed in 2004. Since then,  approximately 250 UMass students have studied at Hessen institutions in Germany and UMass campuses have hosted a combined 160 students from Germany.  There has been periodic faculty collaboration throughout that time, however the objective of the delegation visit was to significantly expand faculty contacts in hopes of developing joint research projects, faculty exchange and other opportunities.

UMass Dartmouth is the lead campus coordinating the partnership. The partnership was initiated in the late 1990’s by Professor Emeritus Dr. Joseph Bronstad.  Dartmouth hosted the opening day of the delegation visit with 40 persons faculty to faculty discussing potential points of collaboration. The delegation visit also included a luncheon that included current Hessen students at Dartmouth and some past participants in summer programs at Hessen.  Participants had the choice of tours at either SMAST,  ATMC, CVPA, and some department meetings.  The Welcome reception was held at the Star Store gallery where visitors saw the 2011 MFA show followed by a dinner on the New Bedford waterfront hosted by Chancellor McCormick.  The following day featured brief tours of UMass Medical Center facilities and UMass Amherst with substantive faculty discussions both places.  At UMass Lowell, the group was treated to tours of several engineering labs, meetings with faculty and administrators and a formal luncheon.  The final day consisted of meetings with faculty and staff at UMass Boston followed by dinner and closing remarks at the UMass Club in downtown Boston.  That dinner was hosted by President Jack Wilson who had signed the initial partnership agreement and wished the group continued and growing collaboration of mutual benefit to both faculty and students.

For further information on the Hessen partnership, contact Kristen Kalbrener, Director of International Programs, UMass Dartmouth, at kkalbrener@umassd.edu.



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