Consul-General’s visit strengthens UNE’s German links

Published 06 November 2009

h-ggnodtkeThe Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Hans G. Gnodtke (pictured here), is visiting the University of New England today to discuss the benefits of academic links between Australia and Germany.

UNE’s Chancellor, Dr Richard Torbay, said UNE had much to gain from expanding its international links with Europe through the German Academic Exchange Service.

Mr Gnodtke’s visit coincides with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November, 1989.

“It is a great honour to welcome the German Consul-General to the University, and to strengthen our international ties and explore collaborations with the European Community,” Dr Torbay said.

“Mr Gnodtke has a distinguished record of diplomatic service – particularly in the area of international relations, where his efforts in his role as the Commissioner for Dialogue with the Muslim World have won him appreciation,” he said.

To mark this historic anniversary, Mr Gnodtke is presenting the Armidale community with a special lecture titled “20 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall – Implications for Europe’s Political Landscape”.

In addition to the lecture, he is discussing with students the opportunities presented by academic exchanges with Germany.

The Head of UNE’s School of Law, Professor Juergen Brohmer, said that students from across Australia and New Zealand were involved in the German exchange, but that UNE had the largest contingent of students in the program. “This speaks volumes about UNE’s willingness to get engaged on the global stage,” Professor Brohmer said.

Dr Torbay commended Professor Brohmer for his efforts to expand the University’s international links. “Professor Brohmer’s initiative and his tireless work in promoting such international links will position UNE well to take advantage of further collaborative opportunities as they emerge,” Dr Torbay said.

THE PHOTOGRAPH of Mr Gnodtke displayed here expands to include Ms Louisa Bock (left) and Dr Julia Petzl-Berney from UNE’s German discipline.