19 February 2011
The University of Angers is invited to the annual University Day at Nicholas Copernicus University in Torùn.
The occasion of the birthday of Nicholas Copernicus on February 18th, will provide the opportunity to celebrate the University's impact on higher education in Poland, and the special relationship with its partner in Angers.
Exchanges between the two universities go back to the early 1980s or even before, according to some Professor Philippe Séjourné, the first head of International Relations and former President Geneviève Rivoire were among many to go to Torùn before the fall of the Wall and many Polish physicists, linguists and others came to Angers. And are still coming thirty years thence, as the cooperation has grown into full maturity, with regular Erasmus exchanges, research collaboration and now a dual Master's degree in International Management.
- The delegation from Angers will Include :
- John Webb, Vice President for International Relations,
- Laurent Garcia, International Coordinator for The Faculty of Sciences
- Bouchta Sahraoui, Professor of Physics
- and former student of Copernicus University.
The objectives include further deepening and broadening of the partnership, with a special accent on increasing cooperation in the Sciences. Prof. Andrej Tretyn, Vice Rector for International Relations and the staff at the international have organised meetings with representative of seven faculties of the University, ranging from Mathematics and Computer Sciences to Medecine and Languages and History.
This visit may have added significance as well. This longstanding university partnership was one factor that inspired the municipal governments of the two cities to launch plans of a twinning agreement that would make Angers and Torùn sister cities in the not too distant future.