"Both in his own right and as President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Ignatz Bubis' commitment to assuring the development and status of the Institute of Jewish Studies was far-reaching in its effects." This was the central reason the Rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Siebke, gave for the decision to confer the title of Honorary Senator of the University on Ignatz Bubis. "With this commitment he also made an indirect contribution to research and teaching at the University of Heidelberg," Siebke continued. "Sadly, he was no longer able to attend the festive ceremony at which he was to be presented with the insignia of an Honorary Senator."
The Rector expressed his "profound gratitude" to Ignatz Bubis' widow for agreeing to be present at the ceremony on 21 October to receive the documents and the medal in her husband's stead: "In this way the official award of the title can take place posthumously in an appropriately dignified setting."
Siebke emphasized that the development of the Institute of Jewish Studies "is also very much in the interests of the University and the intellectual life of this city." University and Institute are "linked by ties of friendship" and by close cooperation both academically and administratively.
From the outset the University supported the establishment of the Institute of Jewish Studies in a variety of ways, being represented both on its Board of Governors and in the Senate of the Institute. The Friends of the Institute, a society founded by former Heidelberg Rector Prof. Dr. Gisbert zu Putlitz and at present operating under the chairmanship of his successor in office Prof. Dr. Volker Sellin, does everything it can to further the development of the Institute.
For students at the Institute the choice of a second main subject or at least a subsidiary subject from the courses offered by the University is obligatory. Doctorates are awarded jointly by the Institute and the relevant Faculties of the University. "In return," says Siebke, "the Institute of Jewish Studies is a valuable addition to the academic spectrum of the University. For students working for a Magister degree the course of Jewish Studies offered by the Institute is unequalled anywhere else in Germany for breadth and intensity." The various forms of scholarly cooperation have generated especially close ties with disciplines like theology, religious studies, philosophy and history.
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary the Rector wished the Institute of Jewish Studies "continuing success".
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