BTU professor receives honorary professorship

Professor Sven Michel, Chair of Therapy Sciences II at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), has been honored with distinction by the American University of Cyprus (AUCY).

He was awarded the honorary professorship during a working meeting at the AUCY with representatives from Cypriot, Greek and Lebanese academia, politics and business. Among other things, it was decided to establish a German Language School and an International Graduate School of Therapy and Rehabilitation.

The award ceremony took place during an academic ceremony to which Marc Antoine Zabbal PhD, President of AUCY, invited all participants as a surprise. "By decision of the Academic Senate, we are honoring our good friend from Germany with the honorary professorship," explained the President. "In particular, we would like to recognize his outstanding achievements in the field of medicine and sports science as well as his contributions to international cooperation."

The American University of Cyprus is located at two sites in the part of Cyprus that belongs to the EU. The AUCY is also establishing a campus in Ayia Napa for the training of doctors and medical professionals.

Professor Michel initiated a cooperation between BTU and AUCY in 2023. Together with this partner university, he is working on the outskirts of Europe to develop international study programs, in particular for students from Central Arabia who have been affected by war and displacement.

"I see very good opportunities here to do something about our shortage of skilled workers and at the same time to equalize qualification levels," emphasizes Professor Michel. "We all know the problems of professional recognition when foreign specialists want to gain a foothold in Germany."

About Prof. Prof. h. c. (AUCY, CY) Dr. habil. Sven Michel
The university lecturer is one of the nationally and internationally sought-after experts in the performance-diagnostic management of training and therapy processes. This area is of particular relevance to the medical sciences, as a large proportion of prescribed therapeutic interventions can be assigned to the "exercise as medicine" spectrum.
The habilitated training scientist and didactician moved from Friedrich Schiller University Jena to Lusatia in 2008 and, in addition to his professorship in physiotherapy at the former Lausitz University of Applied Sciences, headed the Medical Education Center of WAD gGmbH in Dresden. Here he also acted as head of the integrated vocational schools.
Professor Michel played a key role in establishing the health focus on the Campus Senftenberg of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, which was founded in 2013, with new health-related study programmes and a highly innovatively equipped laboratory building for Therapy Sciences.

The head of the BTU's Therapy Sciences II chair has been involved as an examiner and volunteer for many years. He also passes on his experience and expertise to cooperation partners at BTU. For example, he was an externally appointed member of the Senate of the University of Applied Pedagogy in Berlin for over eight years and has been a member of the scientific committee of the International Disabled People's Day in Poland, a world congress dedicated to the interests of disabled and sick people, for 15 years. His commitment there has been honored twice with the "Crimson Heart" of the Polish Society for Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities. This was followed in 2019 by the "Mayor's Honorary Award" from the European City of Zgorzelec and the "Certificate of Honor and Gratitude" from the Medical University of Lublin.

Prof. Prof. h. c. (AUCY, CY) Dr. habil. Sven Michel
Chair of Therapy Sciences II
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Appointment of Prof. Michel as honorary professor (from left): Marc Antoine Zabbal PhD, President of AUCY, Prof. Sven Michel, Chair of Therapy Sciences II at BTU, Rafic Hijazi, Manager of European Affairs at AUCY. Photo: BTU, Titus Martin