Professor Reiner Finkeldey has been the new President of Kassel University since October. At the start of his term of office, the professor of forest genetics visited the WINGAS headquarters at the invitation of the natural gas trader's Management. On his tour of the new company building, Finkeldey was especially impressed by the trading floor, as well as the dynamic and international nature of the company.
There has long been a connection between WINGAS and the university. "The University of Kassel is extremely important for knowledge transfer in the region," as WINGAS Chairman Gerhard König explained during the visit of the new University President to the WINGAS headquarters.
Many of the more than 500 WINGAS employees also studied at the University of Kassel. Numerous students also work at the company as student workers or spend an internship there getting acquainted with the work of the natural gas trader.
“Universität Kassel's close collaboration with the regional community is both a strength of the university and something it deems essential. That also includes companies like WINGAS, so my visit here was something I was really interested in, and I was really glad to be invited,” Finkeldey said.
Gerhard König wished Professor Finkeldey much success in his new position at the head of the university. "I am certain that you will successfully shape the course and future challenges of the University of Kassel." The new President wants to further sharpen the university's profile in the future: "I think it's necessary to make a mark in research in a few focal areas of research which then have an impact at least at national, but also international level." The 52-year-old Finkeldey has taken over the six-year Presidency at a time when the university is booming: More than 24,000 are registered for the current semester – more than ever before.