An exhibition by famous German photographer Stefan Koppelkamm entitled “Ortszeit Local Time” marks the official re-opening of EHU's Center for German Studies. Founded in Minsk, EHU's Center for German Studies was lost when the university was closed down by Belarusian authorities in 2004. The re-opening of the center represents a significant milestone in the reestablishment of EHU in Vilnius.
“The humanities and social sciences have deep traditions in German-speaking countries. I believe that our Center for German Studies will help us to better appreciate that heritage here in Lithuania,” said EHU Rector Anatoli Mikhailov, who spoke at an opening ceremony on February 14.
The ceremony was attended by Germany's Ambassador to Lithuania Matthias Mülmenstädt, Director of Goethe-Institut Vilnius Johanna Keller, and Head of the German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) Department for Middle and Eastern Europe Dr. Hans Golombek. Golombek was accompanied by a DAAD delegation that also took part in the opening ceremony.
Dr. Felix Ackerman, a lecturer at the Center whose position is supported by DAAD, expressed the hope that the Center will contribute to new cross-border and cross-cultural academic initiatives in the region.
EHU's Center for German Studies implements teaching and research projects on German thought and cultural heritage in a broad European context. The Center offers a German Studies Certificate Program which is designed to promote German language skills, active engagement in German academic discourse, and a general understanding of the most important German political, cultural and historical events. The German Studies Certificate Program was established with DAAD support.