CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and Otto-Friedrich- Universität Bamberg (OFUB) entered into a strategic partnership on June 6. Both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding and a student mobility agreement which will allow for the development of academic and research collaborations and student, faculty and staff exchanges.
OFUB is a public university in Bavaria, in the south of Germany, with approximately 12,300 students. Founded in 1647, it's one of the oldest universities in Germany and is located in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site. OFUB has four faculties: information systems and applied computer sciences; social sciences, economics and business administration; humanities and cultural studies; and human sciences and education. Research and studies in Bamberg have a strong European and international component.
The partnership will explore joint degree programs as well as national sources of funding for joint research projects. "This is an exciting partnership," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI international programs. "Our faculty and students will benefit in terms of intellectual development, our staff will benefit by learning about different business practices, and our entire university community will gain from exposure to a different social and cultural environment." Andreas Weihe, director of the International Office at OFUB, said, "The United States has always been a very popular destination among our students to spend a semester or even a year abroad, and I am convinced that our new partner, the University of Northern Iowa, will soon become one of their top choices." UNI students will also have the opportunity to learn German through OFUB and German students will be able to learn English through UNI.