At the end of the "German-Russian Theme Year of University Cooperation and Science" organised by the German Academic Exchange Service, the Federal Foreign Office awarded prizes to two projects of TU Ilmenau: the German-Russian Insititute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) and the cooperation between Ilmenau University of Technology and the National Research University "Moscow Energy Institute" (MEI).
International cooperation: Award from the Federal Foreign Office
Projects with Moscow MEI and GRIAT honoured in Kazan
German-Russian Insititute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) counts the German-Russian Insititute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) among seven so-called "lighthouse" projects of German-Russian academic cooperation. The first German-Russian university and at the same time the world's first two-state teaching and research institution in a modern industrialised country was established in 2014 in Kazan, the capital of the Russian autonomous republic of Tatarstan. The project is led by TU Ilmenau on the German side and the renowned Kazan State Technical Research University on the Russian side. The consortium of German universities (TU Ilmenau, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, TU Kaiserslautern) offers English-language engineering master's degree courses in Kazan, which offer a German-Russian double degree. To date, more than 150 students have successfully graduated and a large number of joint scientific publications have been produced. The DAAD praises GRIAT as "the largest binational science and education project between Germany and Russia". It is "a new form of higher education that fully implements German educational standards at a Russian university."
Cooperation TU Ilmenau with Moscow Energy Institute
The cooperation between the TU Ilmenau and the National Research University "Moscow Energetic Institute" (MEI) has existed since 1967. In the now awarded program, which offers courses at the TU Ilmenau and the MEI, up to ten master's students in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology, computer science and automation, and mechanical engineering receive a double degree each year.
German-Russian thematic year of university cooperation and science
The aim of the German-Russian Theme Year of Higher Education Cooperation and Science was to present the long-standing and multifaceted relations in research and teaching between universities, research institutions and educational institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation to a broader public. The President of the DAAD, Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee, paid tribute to the award-winning projects:
Intergovernmental relations with the Russian Federation are currently not easy. At the same time, Russian universities, research institutes and educational institutions have been reliable and excellent partners for German science for years or even decades. At the end of the German-Russian Year, I am therefore very pleased to congratulate the 25 award-winning projects for their consistent and committed efforts in academic exchange and cooperation with Russia.