Scott Coltrane (center), interim UO provost, welcomed Jürgen Walter ’85 back to campus in September. Bernd Engler, president of the University of Tuebingen, is on the right.
He first came to the UO as a German exchange student—and this summer, Jürgen Walter ’85 returned to mark the forty-fifth anniversary of the program that sponsored him.
Only now, he’s the state secretary of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts.
In that capacity, he led the VIP delegation from the southern German state to Oregon for a week of celebration focused on planning to make the program even better.
The group, which included high-ranking representatives from several German universities, met with UO faculty members to explore new opportunities such as dual certifications between institutions and graduate programs.
More than 1,500 students have studied and done research through the Baden-Württemberg program since its founding.
In the last five years alone, more than 150 UO students have participated in the program.
This year, UO cellist Chas Barnard is attending Musikhochschule Stuttgart through the program as the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.
“I plan to collaborate musically with students from around the world,” said Barnard, who attributes his success to his academic training and the mentorship of UO professor Steven Pologe.