Citing the Institute’s recent presentation at UNESCO in Paris, the Chair of the UNU- FLORES International Advisory Committee (IAC), Prof. Rattan Lal (USA), praised the Institute for its “tremendous contribution in the global sphere”. He said this in his opening remarks at the 3rd annual session of the UNU-FLORES IAC.
Prof. Lal was joined by IAC members Prof. Karl-Heinz Feger (Germany), Prof. Ana Mondjana (Mozambique), Prof. Adelaide Cassia Nardocci (Brazil), and Prof. Wim van Vierssen (Netherlands). The IAC members had an opportunity to meet with UNU Rector David Malone, all UNU-FLORES staff, and representatives of the German Federal and Saxon State governments.
Over the course of two days (30 June – 1 July 2016), the IAC members met with academic and support staff to discuss and provide guidance on the work and strategic plans of the Institute.
As well as the reporting on the Institute’s activities, budget implementation, and staffing developments, this year UNU-FLORES also presented a new fundraising strategy, outlining plans for soliciting funds from third-party sources to achieve a more diverse funding base. The session also saw the unveiling of the UNU-FLORES quality assurance framework, which was adopted by the advisory committee.
After the session, IAC members met with representatives from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (SMWK) to discuss future strategic plans for the Institute. The committee visited SMWK, where it was welcomed by State Minister Dr Eva-Maria Stange for a briefing session.
Acknowledging the importance of the Dresden Nexus Conference, Dr Stange emphasised that UNU-FLORES’s role as a hub has positively increased international recognition of Dresden and its potential. She encouraged the Institute to expand collaboration with other Saxon-based institutes, and indicated the intention of the Saxon Government to continue funding the Institute on a long-term basis.
On the final day, the IAC heard reports on the developments of UNU-FLORES on both the academic and research fronts. Key accomplishments and projects undertaken were also highlighted, in a review of the four-year-old Institute.
In concluding remarks, IAC members praised the considerable achievements of UNU-FLORES in the short period of three years, and expressed their support for the strategic plans and ongoing activities of the Institute.
For more, see the news story on the UNU-FLORES website.