15 years ago in September 2001 Jacobs University (then called IUB) celebrated its Opening. The keynote address was given by Helmut Schmidt - highlighting why we need “institutions of higher learning that are modem, performance-oriented,[...] interdisciplinary, and, at the same time, international”.
Sadly we lost Helmut Schmidt in 2015 - his vision, courage and his words of advice will be missed, especially facing the global political and cultural challenges of the 21st century.
- Cornelia Scheitz
Keynote Address IUB Opening Ceremony
When Professor Lust, Chairman of the Board of this university, invited me months ago for today's occasion, I had three good reasons to accept his invitation. First, there was my friendship with Reimar Lust. Second, from the time of my youth, I have felt a special sympathy for the partner city of Bremen – m particular for this very town Grohn-Vegesack, where I spent two years in basic training: face-left, face-right, running, pushups. All pretty senseless, but I still cherish the memory of the Strandlust, the Havenhaus, and the brewer's agent Take. Incidentally, does the "Grauer Esel" still exist?