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CDTF board of trustees further expands university cooperation with new ideas because of positive development

University management of both universities, Qingdao and Paderborn, convened for the tenth meeting of the CDTF board of trustees at the end of September in the partner city at the Yellow Sea; they were joined by representatives of those faculties involved in the university cooperation. Chinese and German coordinators reported to the board of directors about the exchange of students up to now. About 600 CDTF students, whose language skills have been evaluated better, particularly recently, have transfered to Paderborn over the past fourteen years for subsequent studies in Mechanical Engineering. This transfer is by no means a one-way street anylonger: around 200 German students of the same field of study chose an extended stay abroad at the partner faculty CDTF in Qingdao. Six years ago, the Master's program "Mechanical Engineering in China mb-cn" set a defined framework for studying in China. Prof. Dr. Birgit Riegraf, president of Paderborn University, perceived the CDTF which was co-founded in 2001 to have "outgrown childhood and puberty"; according to her, the international faculty of the QUST as an internationally recognized model of partnership has come of age. She explicitly welcomed the more recent developments for a close cooperation of the faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Cultural Studies. The joint instruction of the technical language Mechanical Engineering is intended to become an integral part of the German language classes in Qingdao. A cooperation agreement was signed for this purpose. Professor Dr. MA Lianxiang, president and party secretary of the QUST, thanked the participants for their hitherto very successful work. According to him, the status of university cooperation achieved by now with exchanges in both direction is an excellent foundation to include new fields of cooperation between the universities in Qingdao and Paderborn.

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