German-American Institute Saxony opened

The logo of the German-American Institute Saxony. Photo: DAIS
Strengthening German-American relations in Saxony on a cultural, social and political level - this is the goal of the German-American Institute Saxony (DAIS) in Leipzig, which was opened on February 5th with the participation of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

"As an international university, we are naturally particularly interested in an exchange of students and young scientists. We want to expand this exchange with the USA and work together to find solutions for existing bureaucratic hurdles, such as the recognition of academic achievements. To achieve this, it is important to bring together many actors from different areas of science, business and politics. With the establishment of the DAIS, we have created the basis for this," explains Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht. The German-Russian Raw Materials Forum, in which the TU Bergakademie Freiberg is also a founding member, shows how well such an association works.

The DAIS is the first German-American centre in the new federal states. As an independent binational cultural and educational institution, it will be active in the areas of transatlantic cultural education, US information, political education and language teaching. It is the result of many years of work by "American Space Leipzig", founded in 2013, and is part of a network of 11 other German-American Institutes and America Houses throughout Germany.

In addition to its numerous local private and public partners, the DAIS is supported by the US Embassy in Berlin and the US Consulates in Germany. In addition to Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Third Board), the board includes Prof. Dr. Katja Kanzler from the University of Leipzig (Chairwoman) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch from the State Ethnographic Collections (Deputy Chairwoman).

The chairwoman, Prof. Kanzler, is looking forward to exciting projects in 2020: "German-American relations should not only be a topic of discussion at the university. It is important to talk about the USA in Saxony and to create opportunities to come into contact with American culture and society, to learn about it and to think about it".

The DAIS also receives broad support in Saxony. This is shown by the participation in the opening, which is attended by Prime Minister Kretschmer, Leipzig's Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung, US Consul General for Central Germany Timothy Eydelnant and the Rector of the University of Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking.

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