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11-20-2015

Clarkson University Renews Global Partnership in Germany

When a group of visitors from Potsdam, Germany, came to Potsdam, N.Y., in the early 1990s, they helped plant a seed of friendship that blossomed into a vibrant academic and cultural exchange with Clarkson University.

Kathryn B. JohnsonKathryn B. Johnson, vice president for Student Affairs & International Relations at Clarkson, recently returned from a visit to the University of Potsdam, where administrators there renewed an agreement to exchange undergraduate and graduate students in business, IT, and the sciences. The original agreement was established in 1993, making the German institution one of Clarkson's oldest partner universities.

"We've had a long relationship and very close one. This was the chance to celebrate, catch up, and renew our agreement for future years," Johnson said. "The University of Potsdam is one of more than 40 international partners that we have in 22 countries that provide opportunities for our students and their students to go on a study or research exchange for a semester or year in their field of study. These agreements also provide opportunities for our faculty to make connections for joint research and projects. While I was there, I met with faculty and staff to explore further ways we could collaborate."

As leaders in their various fields, Clarkson students are likely to work on a global level, and the university is very committed to international collaborations. In addition, Johnson is delighted to see new personal connections flourish.

"I just met with a group of students who are going abroad, and the excitement in their faces is wonderful. They will have life-changing experiences that open their minds and change their perspectives," she said. "I've communicated with former students who studied abroad years ago.  They have kept the friendships they made, and many of them have had global assignments in their careers.

"We try to create multifaceted partnerships abroad, and look to strengthen and deepen our collaborations," she added.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Regina Neum-Flux, head of International Relations Office at the University of Potsdam; Kathryn B. Johnson, vice president for Student Affairs & International Relations at Clarkson University; and Ulrike Demske, vice president for International Affairs at the University of Potsdam.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/kjohnson-germany.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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