Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks
Enlarge image Flags of the United States and Germany (© dpa-Zentralbild) Germany and the United States are two of the world's strongest democracies and leading economies in the 21st century. The United States is Germany's closest ally outside Europe. Our longstanding partnership is solidly built on mutual values that range from democracy and freedom, commitment to the rule of law and individual rights, to a free market economy. At the same time, new centers of power rise that alter the international world order.
In the fourth campaign of its kind, more than 6,000 students at 30 colleges and universities across the United States discussed the current state and possible future roles of the close and vital relationship between the United States and Germany as well as Germany within Europe during the fall 2012 semester in the "Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks."
Where does the German-American partnership stand, where should it go? Enlarge image (© Auswärtiges Amt)
Initiated by the German Information Center USA, the center for public diplomacy at the German Embassy in Washington, the Think Transatlantic campaign aims to stimulate discussion about the historic importance and stability of the German-American partnership and its relevance for the future.
Aptly entitled "Think Transatlantic: The United States & Germany in the 21st Century," this campaign seeks to promote dialogue among students and to exchange the knowledge of best practices on building upon past transatlantic successes with new initiatives.
In a set of different events related to the German-American partnership including campus conferences, roundtable discussions with transatlantic guest speakers, essay contests, accompanying cultural festivities and many other projects, the students at participating universities debated the different facets of our friendship and provided suggestions for the future.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach
The German Information Center USA provided printed material, giveaways and financially supported the Campus Weeks. Moreover, the "Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks" brought together students from different academic departments, including Political Science, International Relations, German Language or European Studies departments.
Final conference to be held in Washington next year
In addition to the Campus Weeks that took place at universities and colleges during the fall 2012 semester, the German Information Center USA will hold a nationwide conference and final competition for the university winners, which will be held in Washington, DC, in March 2013.