Newcastle Welcomes International Guests

Newcastle’s international relations have been boosted following visits from His Excellency Georg Boomgaarden, the German ambassador to the United Kingdom and from one of our twin cities, Nancy in France.

Each of the visits which took place this week gave the city the chance to showcase initiatives like Science City and the Ouseburn Valley Regeneration, discuss economic and cultural cooperation, develop closer ties with our universities and look at some of Newcastle’s European projects which include our city’s young people.

As part of his visit to Newcastle, His Excellency went to the site of Science Central to learn about its plans to become a new science-focused city quarter, providing accommodation for new and growing science companies.

He also heard about the strong university presence with leading academics who spoke about sustainable technology including the geothermal borehole which will provide ultra low-carbon heat generation across the site and surrounding area.

During their visit to Newcastle the delegation from Nancy, led by Jean-Michel Berlemont, Deputy Mayor in Charge of International Relations, met Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, and spoke about expanding the twinning relationship between the two cities.

They also heard about developing exchange programmes with Newcastle University and some of the city’s schools as well as looking at potential economic opportunities between North East and French businesses.

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said:  “Newcastle enjoys close relationships with our international partners and I was delighted to welcome our colleagues from Nancy to our city.  Europe and our contacts in France and Germany are some of our most important business partners so visits to our city will build on the commercial and cultural links we already enjoy.

“Our partnership with Nancy is strong and growing, they are only four hours away and have much in common with us, a strong industrial heritage, vibrant universities, high tech industries and a wish to work together to secure European investment.”

Simon Green, Newcastle Science City’s business support manager, said: “The German ambassador’s visit provided an ideal opportunity to showcase to our European neighbours the innovative approach the city council and Newcastle University are taking to sustainable urban regeneration.

“The city regularly welcomes delegations from as far afield as Asia and Latin America, as well as Europe, who are keen to learn from our innovative approach to harnessing and nurturing the city’s scientific potential. The ambassador’s visit further demonstrates Newcastle’s reputation as a world leader in this field and it was a pleasure to share our expertise.”