CliMBinG project launches in Harz University of Applied Sciences

Monday, 21. May
A lack of professionals, climate change, and migration are topical issues that are common to both the Land of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) and the Baltic region. On 26 and 27 April, the project CliMBinG (Effects of Structural and Social Change on Municipalities in Germany and the Baltic States) with the aim of promoting solutions to the challenges of structural and social change in the regions of the countries represented in the project has started at the Harz University.

The conference was attended by academics from Harz University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), and Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), to work on interdisciplinary and transnational solutions for tourism, digitalisation, and preservation of culture, innovative governance and sustainability. Prof. Dr. Georg Westermann, Prorector for Research and Knowledge Transfer at Harz University says, “The Baltic countries are faced with the same problems as Saxony-Anhalt: people from rural areas migrate to the centers, and this poses a serious challenge to the state administration.” In turn, Prof. Dr. Louisa Klemmer, Prorector for Academic and International Affairs adds, “Thanks to already existing interdisciplinary research in the automation, informatics, administration, and economy sectors, we will be able to develop targeted solutions to enhance the attractiveness of small regions.”

During the meeting, discussions were organized and the future directions of development and cooperation were highlighted, both through the implementation of joint study programs and the preparation of new project applications.

At the first project meeting organized by Harz University of Applied Sciences Rezekne Academy of Technologies was represented by Lienīte Litavniece, Karīna Laganovska, and Inese Silicka. Sergejs Kodors joined the meeting online.

In September, the project conference at Rezekne Academy of Technologies is planned, to which local government representatives, business people, policy makers, and others will be invited.

CliMBinG project is funded by The Baltic-German University Liaison Office.

 

Karīne Laganovska,

Head of RTA Centre for Lifelong Learning

Photo by Harz University of Applied Sciences



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