International Academics and Scientists

Globally Networked

That international academics and scientists enjoy coming to Goethe University for re - search or study or to take up a tenured post at the university and quickly grow accus - tomed to life at the university is due in no small measure to the work of the Goethe Wel - come Centre ( GWC ), which supports them in administrative matters and during their stay.

The GWC provides a professional and often customised service in all matters relating to travelling to Germany, accommodation, childcare and social and cultural integration. Due to the high demand for this broad range of services from the Faculty of Science in particu - lar, a separate and permanently staffed office was set up on Campus Riedberg. This office was formally opened in June 2014. The GWC was first set up in 2013 and its operation is currently funded by Santander Bank.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

2014 also saw further expansion of the university’s partnerships with other universities. Important sociopolitical ideas were generated in the third conference in the series, The University and the City . This conference series came out of the strategic partnerships be - tween the University of Toronto in Canada and Goethe University. The conference was held in Frankfurt in 2014 in honour of the centenary of Goethe University. Current issues in the interaction between universities, government, the private sector and society at large were discussed.

The city of Frankfurt and Goethe University invited high-ranking representatives from partner universities and the respective city administrations from Birmingham, Cracow, Osaka, Philadelphia, Prague, Toronto, Lyon, Tel Aviv and Vilnius to attend the conference. Together with experts from the Santander universities and representatives from industry, they discussed relevant issues in specialist forums on university autonomy in the interplay of municipal, national and international policy.

Discussions also focused on the education policy and economic interactions between universities and their host cities and on the op - portunities and challenges for universities in further developing their social commitment and responsibilities towards society. The lively debate demonstrated once more how cur - rent social issues can be analysed on an international level in a global network of commit - ted partners and how the resulting analyses can then be used as a basis for recommenda - tions for future actions for the benefit of all involved.