UC Riverside and Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nüremberg Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The memorandum of understanding provides a platform for the two universities from sister cities to work toward shared academic goals

Timothy P. White, chancellor of the University of California, Riverside and Karl-Dieter Grüske, president, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nüremberg, at the UCR – FAU ceremony. The two university leaders signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 5, 2012 at UCR’s Alumni and Visitor’s Center. PHOTO BY MICHAEL ELDERMAN

On Oct. 5, Timothy P. White, chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, and Karl-Dieter Grüske, president of Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen-Nüremberg, signed a memorandum of understanding at UCR’s Alumni and Visitors Center.

The memorandum of understanding provides a platform that allows FAU and UCR to work together toward shared academic goals.

The agreement is also based on the two university’s common goals: to ensure that we provide provide a global perspective to our students and thus to our next generation of leaders; generate research and technology that will stimulate the economy; and engage communities to address some of society’s most pressing problems.

A few examples of the kinds of activities that it will help to promote include:

  • Visits and informal exchanges of faculty, scholars and administrators in specific areas of education, research and outreach
  • Cooperation in postgraduate education and training
  • Joint conferences, symposia, or other scientific meetings on subjects of mutual interest
  • Exchange of academic information and materials
  • New avenues for undergraduate student exchange during the academic year or summer terms
  • Joint research programs and collaborations.

According to Chancellor White, UCR and FAU are exploring the possibility of developing a 3 + 2 program, whereby FAU students will study for three years at their home institution, then transfer to UCR for their remaining two years. At the end of five years, they will receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering from FAU and a master’s degree from UCR – thus saving a full year, as well as gaining  international experience.

Engineering students from the Bourns College of Engineering gave demonstrations of human-powered vehicles, wind turbine and robotic projects at the Long Night of Arts and Innovation, held on Oct. 4. PHOTO BY CARLOS PUMA

The university leaders signed the memorandum a day after the “Long Night of Arts & Innovation” was held at downtown Riverside. The inaugural Oct. 4 event, which was modeled after the “Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” (Long Night of Science) in Erlangen, Germany, showcased the region’s accomplishments in arts and sciences. UCR’s faculty, staff and students played key roles at the inaugural “Long Night,” presenting research, exhibiting art and presiding over discussions for the public.

Cheryl Hayashi gave a talk on spiders and spider silks at the Long Night of Arts and Innovation, held Oct. 4. PHOTO BY CARLOS PUMA

The event was spearheaded by Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR, School of Medicine Dean G. Richard Olds, and Riverside Mayor and UCR Professor Ron Loveridge, who attended the Erlangen open house in October of 2011. Upon returning home, Loveridge formed a task force to create a similar event in Riverside.


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