The partnership between the University of Heidelberg and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem dates back to 1983 and has involved a regular exchange of students and scholars from the two universities. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of this partnership, a number of high-ranking guests (including the former and the present President, the Rector and various professors from Jerusalem) have come to Heidelberg to take part in the Annual Ceremony of the University of Heidelberg this coming Sunday (19 October, 11 a.m., Great Hall of the Old University). The ceremonial address will be held by Professor Fania Oz-Salzberger, who has close associations with both cities and universities.
At 11 a.m. on Monday, October 20, an exhibition entitled "Albert EinsteinMan of the Century", assembling extensive picture material and documents, will open at the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics on the Neuenheimer Feld campus. The opening address will be delivered by Professor Hanuch Gutfreund, physicist and former President of the Hebrew University. Prof. Gutfreund has had a major hand in organizing and master-minding the exhibition, which will be on show until 6 February 2004 (Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), admission free (www.uni-heidelberg.de/ausstellungen/einstein).
Albert Einstein was one of the founders of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which has existed at its site on Mount Scopus since 1918. From very early on, he was a committed advocate of the foundation of a university of the Jewish people and gave the very first lecture there. In the first few decades of its existence, many professors educated in Germany contributed to its development. This is one reason why, for Germans, the Hebrew University is not just another foreign university. The Friends of the Hebrew University, represented in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and elsewhere, have made international support for the Hebrew University one of their main aims. At present, the partnership spokesman at the University of Heidelberg is Prof. Klaus Unsicker (http://izn.uni-hd.de).
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