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Last Thursday, a delegation from the University of Turin (UNITO) visited the TUM Campus Straubing (TUMCS). TUMCS Rector Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber welcomed the scientists led by Prof. Dr. Cristina Prandi (Department of Chemistry at UNITO) at the Campus for Biotechnology and Sustainability and emphasized the unique focus of TUMCS on bioeconomy. Prof. Sieber presented the interdisciplinary research areas and the research centers at TUMCS and went into more detail about the degree programs at TUMCS, which are unique in Germany. In addition, Prof. Sieber gave an introduction to the internationalization strategy of the Straubing campus, especially with regard to the Global Bioeconomy Alliance (GBA).

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The delegation of University Turin in Straubing (Foto: S. Boxberger/TUMCS).

Prof. Prandi presented the “Butterfly Area” – a new campus currently under construction at the University of Turin, which will be inspired by the “company on campus” model. The focus of the cooperation between academia and industry will be on the topics of green technologies, sustainability and circular economy. For the delegation, TUMCS represents a positive example of a successful establishment of an interdisciplinary campus.

In addition to Prof. Sieber, other scientists from various professorships and chairs of TUMCS attended the meeting. During a joint lunch, various possibilities for cooperation were discussed.

The history of the University of Turin goes back more than 600 years. Around 80,000 men and women study at UNITO. The University of Turin is one of the largest Italian universities. Research and degree programs cover all disciplines except engineering and architecture.