City Twinning with Xuzhou
The Chinese city of Xuzhou has been twinned with Leoben since 1994. Located in the eastern part of China, Xuzhou, with just under 9 million inhabitants, is much larger than Leoben. But despite the difference in size, many synergies could be generated in an intensive partnership between Leoben and Xuzhou.
Education, Science and the Economy
The universities benefit from this close collaboration: Many students from China are attending the University of Leoben and vice versa.
Within the framework of the “Asia Urbs” project, a very lively exchange exists in the field of education: Experts from Leoben and Mannheim established a public music school system in Xuzhou. There children are taught music with a focus on Western instrumental music. In addition, Chinese music teachers are trained in Leoben and Mannheim.
The partnership with Xuzhou is also visible in the cityscape of Leoben: Much Chinese know-how has gone into the Asia Spa wellness facilities, which have been designed in Asian style. A large Chinese archway, Leoben’s “Gateway to China” in the park area of the Asia Spa, was a gift from the twin city Xuzhou.
For the first major ethnological exhibition “China – Hidden Treasures” at Leoben Art Gallery, Xuzhou provided many of the exhibits to the city of Leoben.
There is an excellent economic exchange between companies located in Leoben and the emerging region of Xuzhou. They both profit from similar resources, which are on hand and processed in both Leoben and Xuzhou.
Expo 2010 in Shanghai
Thanks to the excellent collaboration between the two locations, Leoben was the only Austrian city to take part in the World Exhibition Expo 2010 and present itself together with Xuzhou. As one of only two European cities, Leoben was awarded with a prize at the fair for its partnership with Xuzhou.
Anniversary in 2014
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary in 2014, a delegation from the city of Leoben visited Xuzhou. During this visit, representatives of both cities signed a contract for the renewal of the partnership. In addition, economic and scientific relations were strengthened and expanded.