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researchers is especially important for building up long-term research networks: “Many of our researcher alumni today are rectors or persons in comparable positions who still think back fondly to their time in Stuttgart. These persons are very

open for cooperative ventures with the University of Stuttgart,“ is Richter's observation. One example of this is a Researcher Alumni Network supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Continued on page 18

Chinese Researcher Alumni - and Enthusiasts for Stuttgart: When laying the groundwork of the Researcher Alumni Network, Dr. Heike Richter, Director of the Department of International Affairs, and Dr. Jianqing Cai of the University of Stuttgart's Geodesy Institute interviewed 20 Chinese researchers who were guests in Stuttgart and have now taken over high-level positions in their home countries. At the recommendation of his Germanophile doctoral advisor, Professor Deren Li Li did guest research in the 1980s at the Institute for Photogrammetry because its Director at that time, Professor Friedrich Ackermann, was “the most famous professor in the field of photogrammetry“. Professor Li ended by getting his doctoral degree in 1985 in Stuttgart. Today, Li is head of the Academic Committee of Wuhan University, a member of the Chinese Academy of the Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineers, and a member of the European-Asian International Academy of Sciences. “What especially impressed me in Germany were the carefully maintained academic atmosphere and attitude and the extraordinary ability to carry out research as a team“, reminisces Li, whose institution in China in the meantime now sends many more young Chinese to Germany for doctoral degrees as a Ed result of his guest stay. © Private

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One of them is Professor Haiyn Hu, who received his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering and studied as a guest under Professor Werner Schiehlen from 1992 to 1994 with a Humboldt stipendium at Mechanics Institute B, which today is the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Technical and Numeric Mechanics (ITM). Today, Hu is President of the Peking Institute of Technology and a member of the Chinese Academy of the Sciences. He thinks back fondly of Germany: “My experiences in Stuttgart made it possible for me to build up an excellent research group at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.“ The biggest surprise for this scientist, who was born in 1956 in the huge city of Shanghai, was how pleasant life can be in a small German town: “My German courses at the Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall were a wonderful experience which I wouldn't want to have missed for anything.“

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