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DUTCH ROYAL COUPLE AND PHOTONICS BUSINESS DELEGATION WERE GUESTS OF HONOR IN JENA AND AT THE BEUTENBERG CAMPUS


On February 8, 2017, a Dutch economic mission under the direction of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen visited the German Federal States Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. It as in all the German news: the Dutch royal couple were our guests of honor, likewise the Thuringian Minister of State Bodo Ramelow and the Minister for Science and Economy, Wolfgang Tiefensee. His Majesty, King Willem-Alexander himself, is a great admirer of German crafts and technology, and is supporting strong economic and scientific ties between The Netherlands and Germany since the very beginning of his royal mandate. He and Her Majesty Máxima visited an exhibition of leading-edge products from optical research and industry in the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP), the Fraunhofer Instiute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT). More than 100 Dutch businessmen and scientists joined the mission and seized the chance to link to the photonics scientists and entrepreneurs at the Beutenberg Campus.

Moreover, the rector and president of the Technical University Delft and of the Friedrich Schiller University, respectively, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify the relationships between both universities. Particularly, ACP embraces a closer connection to the Dutch higher education institutions and universities to seek for synergies in the education of international students and young-career researchers between both countries.

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Figure: Impressions from the visit of the Dutch economic trade mission, including the Dutch royal couple, at Jena's photonics highlights on the Beutenberg campus.

>> link to the press release issued by the Embassy of The Netherlands in Berlin

>> link to the media information issued by the State Chancellery of Thuringia

>> link to the press release issued by the Friedrich Schiller University

>> fotos for download - copyrights with the Friedrich Schiller University

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