12.11.2020 - Multifaceted Opening Ceremony officially introduced the Project
The SDGnexus Network, a global community of universities, research centers, and non-academic stakeholders, held its Opening Ceremony on the 12th of November 2020. In a pleasant digital atmosphere, hosted by the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), the event was attended by 50 participants from partner universities and research centers in Central Asia, Latin America, and Germany.
In addition, more than 250 viewers worldwide were able to follow the YouTube Livestream of this event.In his inaugural address, Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the JLU Giessen and President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), described the SDGnexus Network as a “best practice” example of a strategic partnership between universities.
Namely, the SDGnexus Network brings together two well-established networks of the JLU with the Latin American and Central Asian region committed to a shared long-term research project, as voiced by the President. The viewers and participants were more closely introduced to the objectives and upcoming activities of the SDGnexus Network by the Project Leader Prof. Dr. Lutz Breuer, followed by Prof. Dr. Ramona Teuber who reported briefly on the first fully digital master program at the JLU whose modules will be developed and offered jointly by the SDGnexus Network team.
|After brief institutional presentations, the representatives of the partner universities from the Latin American region: Universidad de Cuenca and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar from Ecuador, as well as Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad de los Andes from Colombia, emphasized their intention to draw on the existing cooperation and common research foci in the region to solidify the SDGnexus Network as a global network of research and teaching. The representatives of the core partners from the Central American region: University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan; University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan and Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers, Uzbekistan, reiterated in same vain their readiness to cooperate and exchange with the Latin American partners and actively pursue research related to the synergies and conflicts between SDGs as a solution to real-world problems.
The Opening Ceremony ended with two brief sessions on the Latin American and Central Asian region, putting into the spotlight the respective research foci of the two regions. Researchers from both regions presented initial research findings and promising research proposals, offering the viewers and participants a glimpse of the scientific rigor and enthusiasm with which the SDGnexus Network starts its journey.