2013/10/14 Dresden, Germany
On the first day of the visit of Rector of the United Nations University, Dr. David M. Malone, to Dresden, the met with the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (SMWK), Prof. Sabine von Schorlemer, and the Rector of Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen.
At the meeting at TUD, Dr. Malone and the Director of the Dresden-based UNU-FLORES institute, Reza Ardakanian, discussed with TUD colleagues the framework of cooperation between the two institutions and the plans for future joint Ph.D. programs.
TUD, represented also by Vice-Rector for Research, the Vice-Rector for Academic and International Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, the Director of the Institute of Urban and Industrial Water Management and the Professor for Urban Development at TUD and Deputy Director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), also took the opportunity to present their areas of expertise to the Rector and highlight the potential for future and the scope of the already existing cooperation with UNU-FLORES.
At the second meeting, Dr. Malone was welcomed by Prof. Sabine von Schorlemer, the State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts of the Free State of Saxony. As one of two donors of UNU-FLORES (along with the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF), the Minister of SMWK welcomed Dr. Malone to Dresden and discussed possible future interaction with the Rector.
This was followed by a meeting between the Rector and the newly recruited Academic Officers of UNU-FLORES. The researchers at the newly established institute were able to present their research plans to Dr. Malone and discuss with him how to enhance the role of UNU-FLORES as a think tank on the sustainable management of environmental resources.