Her Excellency, Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany visited the University on Friday 14 November.
Elected to office in 2005, Chancellor Merkel is now the longest serving national leader in the European Union. She is not only the first former citizen of the German Democratic Republic to lead the reunited Germany, but also the first woman to lead Germany since it became a modern nation-state in 1871.
Preceding the address, the University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German research institute Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, further strengthening the strong research links between Germany and the University.
The MoU builds on ten years of collaboration in robotics between the University and German researchers, and outlines an intention to establish a partnership around joint technology platforms.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon says: “The MOU is testament to the world-class research undertaken here at the University. This ‘Bionic Joint’ project will combine University expertise in sensing and musculoskeletal modelling with IPA expertise in mechatronics.
“The aim is for the technology to be licensed and there is already considerable industry interest from industrial equipment medical device and sports industries.”