Europe

Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Centers, and Initiatives in Europe

University of Freiburg

Freiburg, Germany
http://www.uni-freiburg.de/ 
Penn State Engagement Champion: Nikki Brown  

History

Penn State and the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg have had linkages since 1998, which have grown into a strong strategic partnership.  The first Memorandum of Understanding between the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Freiburg was signed in 2011, laying the foundation for a multidisciplinary undergraduate student exchange. The following year, the partner universities engaged in faculty exchange activities. An agreement between the Schreyer Honors College and the University College Freiburg signed in 2013 established student exchange opportunities on a prominent level. In 2014, the memorandum was renewed and the collaboration was expanded towards a strategic partnership. From 2016 on, a new Collaboration Development Program was providing seed monies for long-term programs integrating faculty and junior researchers from both universities. In July 2018, the universities cooperatively launched the Penn State - Freiburg Joint Collaboration Center. One of the Center’s goals is to enable stakeholders on all levels to benefit from a strong, successful and mutually beneficial partnership. This includes the highly esteemed ​alumni from both universities.

Opportunities

The Collaboration Development Fund Program, a jointly financed Seed-fund program, was launched to facilitate collaborative research and teaching projects to become sustainable, self-supporting, long-term activities. Penn State and the University of Freiburg have committed these Seed funds for a third year in 2019.

Key Activities

The partnership with Freiburg is broad, spanning a number of Colleges and Departments at Penn State, both at University Park and Commonwealth campuses.  In 2018, these include the Colleges of Medicine, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Liberal Arts, and the School of International Affairs.  These projects involve both faculty and students and address the missions of the respective universities: research, education and service. 

Project Name

Contact

Insomnia Phenotypes – Treatment and Health Consequences

Alexandros Vgontzas: axv3@psu.edu

Julio Fernandez-Mendoza: jjf19@psu.edu

Statistics for Geometric Data and Applications to Anthropology

Matthew Reimherr: mlr36@psu.edu 

Contacting Crystals and People: A Research Project and Plan to Develop a Self-Sustaining Student Exchange Program

Suzanne Mohney: sem2@psu.edu

Philosophy in the Age of the New Wars

Nicolas de Warren:

njd15@psu.edu

 

Penn State and the University of Freiburg have recently released a joint Request for Proposals for the 2019 Collaboration Development Fund Program.

Highlights of the Partnership

  • Penn State and the University of Freiburg collaborate often on a wide variety of initiatives. Some examples can be seen in this video outlining the partnership.
  • In the summer of 2018, Penn State and the University of Freiburg each appointed a strategic initiatives coordinator, whose function it is to identify, foster and support new initiatives.
  • The universities are jointly focusing on long-term, strategic initiatives.
  • The Albert Ludwigs University has successfully been granted two Clusters of Excellence in Germany’s Excellence Strategy.

 For more information about Penn State's strategic initiatives in Europe, contact Alexandra Persiko, strategic initiatives coordinator, Global Engagement: 1-814-867-5941, axp1225@psu.edu

University of Split

Split, Croatia
http://eng.unist.hr/
Penn State Engagement Champion: Mitch Holland  

History

Penn State and the University of Split have had connections since the early 1990s. The current partnership began in 2011 when the Eberly College of Science, in conjunction with its Forensic Science Program, established a partnership program with the University of Split in Croatia.  The stated mission was to expand educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and to encourage relationships between the faculties of the two universities.  The relationship has prospered and has grown to more than 20 projects since the inception of the Collaboration Development Fund Program in 2017. 

Opportunities

The Collaboration Development Fund Program, a jointly financed Seed-fund program, was launched to facilitate collaborative research and teaching projects to become sustainable, self-supporting, long-term activities. Penn State and the University of Split have committed these Seed funds for a second year in 2018.

Key Activities

The partnership with Split is broad, spanning numerous Colleges and Departments at Penn State, both at University Park and Commonwealth campuses.  In 2018, these include the Colleges of Medicine, Science, Liberal Arts, Agricultural Science, Education, and Health and Human Development, as well as the University Libraries.  These projects involve both faculty and students and address the missions of the respective universities: research, education and service. 

Project Name

Contact

Coastal Biology in Croatia

Renee E. Bishop Pierce: reb20@psu.edu

Penn State/Split EDGE 2: Towards Interdisciplinarity and Interlocationality

Jennifer Cushman: jsc310@psu.edu 

Library Based Instruction Workshop

Mark Mattson: mam1196@psu.edu

Management and Control of Invasive Fruit Fly Pests of Cherries

Greg Krawczyk:

gxk13@psu.edu

Investigate and Reconstruct Aspects of Past Lifeways in Southern Europe

Timothy Ryan:

tmr21@psu.edu

Building a Personalized Kidney: Approach from Kidney Development to Disease

Nasrollah Ghahramani:

nug1@psu.edu

Developing Science and Practice in Teacher Education

James DiPerna

jcd12@psu.edu

Microplastics in Food

Renee E. Bishop Pierce: reb20@psu.edu

 

Highlights of the Partnership

  • The Penn State-Split connection goes back to the post-war era in Croatia. Read about the origins of the partnership here: Penn State and Croatia's University of Split deepen partnership.
  • In 2016, Professor Dragan Primorac was named Penn State’s first global ambassador: Penn State launches Global Ambassador Program
  • In 2017, Penn State Professor Mitchell Holland received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Split. (Video)
  • In 2018, Penn State Vice Provost Michael Adewumi received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Split. (Video)
  • In the summer of 2018, Penn State and the University of Split each appointed a strategic initiatives coordinator, whose function it is to identify, foster and support new initiatives.

 For more information about Penn State's strategic initiatives in Europe, contact Alexandra Persiko, strategic initiatives coordinator, Global Engagement: 1-814-867-5941, axp1225@psu.edu