Wrocław and Oxford twinned

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The city of Oxford, home to the world-famous university, and the western Polish Wrocław become twin cities on Wednesday.

It was the Oxford city delegation that approached the Wrocław authorities in spring 2018 with an offer to establish a partnership, an idea which the Wrocław city council officially and unanimously endorsed on September 13.

“I am very glad that we are establishing relations between Oxford, a city rich in academic tradition, and Wrocław, which has one of the most dynamically developing universities in Europe,” Jacek Ossowski, chairman of Wrocław’s city council, said during his visit to Oxford.

World famous figures such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Morus, Emma Watson and Bill Clinton graduated from the University of Oxford. The former Polish foreign minister Radosław Sikorski is also one of its graduates, as was the late philosopher Leszek Kołakowski, who used to give lectures at the university’s postgraduate All Souls College.

While Oxford University is best recognised for bringing up men of letters, world leaders and prolific thinkers, the University of Wrocław is more active in the field of mathematics, sciences and astrophysics, and counts among its historical ranks such names as Erwin Schrödinger of Schrödinger’s cat fame, and Paul Ehrlich who created a cure for syphilis in 1909.

Today, Wrocław’s academics are renowned for their work on the construction of martian rovers and martian landers which have garnered multiple awards and much praise from international bodies such as NASA and the European Space Agency.