Nearly600GuestsatKielUniversity'sJubileeReception

Theuniversityinvitedandtheguestscame:almost600individualsfromsociety,politics,business,mediaandsciencemetonThursday,29January,fortheReceptiononaccountofthe350thanniversaryofKielUniversity.AfterUniversityPresidentProfessorLutzKippwelcomedgueststoKielUniversity'sAudimax,Schleswig-Holstein'sMinister-PresidentTorstenAlbigalsogaveawelcomeaddress.Thiswasthenfollowedbyalectureonthetopic"LocationFactorUniversity-ChristianaAlbertinafromabusinessperspective"byKlaus-HinrichVater,PresidentoftheChamberofCommerceandIndustryinKiel(IHKKiel).Musicalentertainmentwasprovidedby"PianomeetsVibes"andthemusicgroup"dasleisetrio".

Minister-PresidentTorstenAlbigpaidtributetoSchleswig-Holstein'sonlyfully-fledgeduniversityinhisspeech:"KielUniversityhasbeenateachingandresearchinstitutionforthreeandahalfcenturies.Awholerangeofnationwide,selectedprogrammesofexcellenceclearlyproveitsstrengthinthefieldofresearch",hesaid.TheFederalStateGovernmentiscommittedtoKielUniversityinitsentirescopeanddiversity.ThisiswhytheStateisensuringplanningsecurityandmakingEUR165millionavailablefortherestorationofuniversitybuildings.

Inhispresentation,PresidentLutzKippcampaignedforanincreasedperceptionandacknowledgementofthepositivepowerofsciencefortheStateandsociety.Kipp:"InacountrylikeGermany,whichisnotrichinrawmaterials,theneducation,knowledgeandtechnologyaresomeofthemostimportantgoodsthatcanbeproduced.ScienceisthereforeasignificantfactorforSchleswig-Holsteinintermsofbothbusinessandimage.Anditcanalsobecomeabrilliantsignforthetruenorth.Theprerequisitesforthisare,ontheonehand,scientificfreedomandontheother,supportintheformofideasandmaterialassistancebytheState,theeconomyandsociety."

Inhislectureon"LocationFactorUniversity-ChristianaAlbertinafromabusinessperspective",Klaus-HinrichVater,IHKPresident,emphasisedtheimportantroleoftheStateuniversityasanengineforinnovationandprosperity.Vatersaid:"Theliving,learningandworkingworldsareafocalpointinthe'Schleswig-Holstein2030'strategypaperbythethreeChambersofCommerceandIndustryinSchleswig-Holstein.Andthereishardlyanotherplaceinwhichthehighlevelofnetworkingbetweenandwithinthesethreeworldsissosignificantasinauniversitylocation!ItisobviousthatthisespeciallyappliestoKielUniversity.KielUniversityhasenormouseconomicrelevancewithitsownactivities-whichisunfortunatelystillunder-appreciated-butalsowithitsspill-overeffectsonskilledpersonnel,technologyandknowledgetransfer,businessstart-upsandculturallife.Forthefuture,Ihopeforevenmorecooperationbetweenscience,businessandadministration-thisishowKielUniversitywillprofit,wewillprofit,ourlocationwillprofit-whichallbenefitstheentireState."