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Delegation from Darmstadt, Germany visits UTSA

Delegation from Darmstadt, Germany visits UTSA

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Darmstadt Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch, TU-Darmstadt Hans Jürgen Prömel and UTSA President Taylor Eighmy discuss partnership.

(Feb. 26, 2019) – UTSA welcomed a delegation of 25 people from Darmstadt, Germany to the Main Campus this week as part of a sister city visit and campus tour.

UTSA and Technische Universität Darmstadt signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017 as part of a greater mission between the City of San Antonio and the City of Darmstadt to build cultural and educational bridges through a sister cities agreement, signed the same year.

“The relationships we establish on a global scale advance our upward trajectory as a university,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “Our cooperative agreement with TU-Darmstadt is just another example of our momentum as a globally engaged university, and we value this important relationship between our institutions.” 

The universities have similar profiles in enrollment, academics and research. UTSA and TU-Darmstadt are home to the top cybersecurity programs in the U.S. and Germany, respectively. Likewise, the two cities have similar areas of interest. Darmstadt is a leading IT hub and recently received the digital city award. It is also a federally designated City of Science.

Members of the visiting delegation included Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch, mayor of the city of Darmstadt, and Hans Jürgen Prömel, president of TU-Darmstadt. Representatives from the City of San Antonio included Mayor Ron Nirenberg and staff from the International Relations office.

“It was a pleasure to meet with TU-Darmstadt, deepening our relationship with a strategic partner in a way that benefits both our universities,” said Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Lisa Montoya. “We look forward to continuing the conversation with TU-Darmstadt in the fall when a delegation from UTSA visits their campus.”

During the visit, UTSA faculty and staff led discussions on research, political and social affairs, international affairs, cybersecurity and data analytics, engineering, science and aerospace, music, urban and economic development and art and art history.  

Marissa Villa

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