GERMANY, Hannover. 240 years ago, the foundation Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (TiHo) was founded as the “Roßarzney Schule” on the instructions of King George III. 20 years ago, it was the first university in Germany to introduce the international doctor, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and for 15 years it has been sponsored by a foundation under public law.
TiHo honoured these and other events at a ceremony with invited guests, including Lower Saxony's Minister for Science and Culture, Björn Thümler, and the President of the Hildesheim University Foundation, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich.
TiHo President Dr. Gerhard Greif opened the ceremony: "Today we celebrate many milestones in the history of TiHo. I keep the goals of the university in mind and can say: The TiHo is also well positioned for the future".
In a welcoming address, the Lower Saxony Minister for Science and Culture also praised the positive development of the university: "This year, the TiHo proudly looks back on 240 years of history. Above all, it can be proud of how far it has come in these 240 years and what it has contributed to the innovative capacity of our country during this time. Since it was founded in 1778, the TiHo has continued to develop and today is an internationally renowned university with excellent veterinary sciences. As Germany's oldest independent veterinary educational institution, it still occupies an exceptional position nationwide. The future-oriented attitude of the TiHo is particularly proven by innovative developments in teaching", says Thümler.
15 years ago, the TiHo was transferred to the sponsorship of a foundation under public law. The state of Lower Saxony thus granted the university greater personal responsibility and more creative freedom. "The foundation model ensures independence," said Prof. Dr. Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich. In a lecture he reported on his experiences as president of a foundation university. He also discussed what the TiHo has achieved as a foundation university: "At the TiHo, international and structural developments stand out in particular".
The lawyer Dr. Günther Paul always stood up for the interests of the TiHo in the transition phase to the foundation university and chaired the foundation board from the beginning. His term of office ends on 31 December after 15 years. The TiHo dismissed him therefore during the ceremonial act. The university awarded him honorary senator status for his services to the university and his social commitment, for example as former president of the Hessian State Court and as chairman of various charitable committees.
The TiHo was the first German university to introduce a PhD course. For 20 years, TiHo doctoral students have been able to write their dissertations in this structured programme. "This and all other events that we celebrate today show that we are always anxious to advance veterinary medicine," said Greif. Only recently, the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) positively assessed and accredited the TiHo. Prof. Stéphane Martinot, PhD, President of EAEVE, said in his welcoming address: "The TiHo plays a very important role in improving the quality of veterinary education - not only in Germany, but throughout Europe".
During the ceremony, the TiHo awarded honorary doctorates to Prof. Dr. José Antonio Visintin, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences at the University of São Paulo, and Prof. Dr. Aart de Kruif, former Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Ghent. Both have a high level of expertise in the field of reproductive medicine for farm animals. Prof. Visintin has always been very committed to scientific exchange between Brazil and Germany, and Prof. de Kruif has worked beyond his field of expertise to further develop and improve veterinary teaching. The honorary doctorate also underlines the achievements of the two veterinarians and the international connections of TiHo.