November 28, 2013: In 1991 Taganrog signed a sister city agreement with the German city Lüdenscheid
in North Rhine-Westphalia. Both sides have been very active in mutual projects and programs, such as Days of Germany in Taganrog
, International Youth Camp JUGENCAMP-2006
, Photo contest "Passion for Sports", "Foreign Collection" of the Chekhov Public Library, etc. But the educational exchanges between Bergstadt Gymnasium visited the Taganrog Management and Economics College are to be mentioned separately.
The cooperation between the college in Taganrog and Lüdenscheid
's gymnasium started in 1996 within the framework of various Robert Bosch grant foundation's programs and has been continuous ever since. In this period of time, the two colleges have realized several two-way exchange projects that received a high appraisal in Europe: "The Youth and Unpaid Labor", "Sports and Sponsorships", "Migrants in Taganrog and Lüdenscheid". The project managers on both ends - Mrs. Lyudmila Sveshnikova, Vice-President of the Taganrog Management and Economics College (International Relations Officer) and Bernd May received a grant and an invitation to a 5-day seminar "Junge Wege in Europa" in Berlin held by Bosch Foundation.
Lüdenscheid local authorities also highly appraised the contribution by Lyudmila Sveshnikova into promotion and strengthening of friendships between Russian and German peoples and awarded the Vice-President of Taganrog Management and Economics College with "Golden Needle" and "Saint Medardus Medal" awards. On the other hand, Mayor of Taganrog Vladimir Prasolov awarded Lüdenscheid citizens Mr. Bernd May, Mrs. Ulla Altmann and Mrs. Charlotte Weber with mayor's letters of commendation.
It should be highlighted that mutual projects involving youth exchanges help young people of the two countries to better understand each other, and to learn art, culture and mentalities of each other.
The Taganrog-based college is 20 years old, and it's been 17 years since the start of cooperation with Lüdenscheid
's Bergstadt gymnasium. Bürgermeister Dieter Dzewas sent a letter on the occasion of the 20 years foundation anniversary that the college celebrated in October 2013: "To ensure peaceful coexistence, it is essential to develop cooperation with different nations. Especially for the German-Russian partnership it is noteworthy that both countries, even though very different in language and writing, but still have a common history".