Michael Kretschmer, Minister-President of Saxony, during his keynote at King's College

King’s College London has celebrated 10 years of the transCampus partnership with the University of Dresden at an event in London today.

King’s welcomed Minister President of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, who honored the partnership and its success during his keynote speech. With his visit to the transCampus, Minister President Kretschmer also paid special tribute to this important development of the bridge in culture and science in order to address global challenges. Michael Kretschmer, Minister President of Saxony said: “Saxony is proud to be part of such a dynamic and important academic partnership that uniquely bridges science, education and translation to society. The length and depth of the collaboration is in itself a testament of the determination and dedication of both Universities and the entire team involved”. 

At the event, Minister Kretchemer spoke alongside, Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President for International, Engagement & Service at King’s who highlighted that “Part of the core ambition of our new strategy for King’s, Vision 2029, is to deploy our assets in service to society, to help make the world a better place. The knowledge exchange between King’s and the University of Dresden, which is the essence of this partnership, is a reflection of our commitment to delivering this ambition. We hope the next moment for this collaboration is defined by expansion and pushing the frontiers of innovation.”

Also Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Senior Vice-President of Research & Innovation at King’s honored the transCampus partnership: “We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of the transCampus collaboration between our two universities. Through this complimentary partnership we are driving forward innovation in research to address pressing global challenges and we look forward to continuing to do this over the coming years.” 

The other speakers – Chief Officer for Technology Transfer and Internationalisation at TUD, Professor Ronald Tetzlaff, Mike Saw, Director IP & Licensing at King’s, Professor Stefan Bornstein, transCampus Dean; and Professor Toktam Mahmoodi, Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s – outlined the opportunities to expand the transCampus initiative. Given the importance of complementarity in research and training, both partners see high potential in medical engineering, including 6G telecommunication, neuroscience and AI.

The Minister President and Richard Trembath, Senior Vice President (Health & Life Sciences) remembered the common history of both countries, reffering to the anniversary of Dresden’s destruction on 13 February 1945. They highlighted the importance of assuming one’s own responsibility, building bridges, and fostering friendship.