As of August (for online classes) and September (for on-ground classes) SIU will start rolling out electronic textbooks instead of hardcopies. Students acquire access to the textbook automatically with registration for a class. We will use the VitalSource Technologies platform, which allows download and print during course availability dates onto 4 different devices: Desktop, laptop, tablet (Kindle, not Nook), smartphone. All books will be enriched with interactive media and allow highlighting, writing notes, sharing, search online, etc. The books will be accessible through our online learning platform Blackboard. In Blackboard, you will have to click on the e-book link on the left side to open your e-book by clicking on the book cover. At that point you will have to create a one-time only account with VitalSource Bookshelf by entering your Schiller email and a password so you may access the books for up to 2 years after the class has ended. Students and faculty get all access details sent to their Schiller email account. Access and distribution will be organized centrally by the Largo campus. All campuses will be using U.S. editions, textbook lists and syllabi will be standardized for all campuses. For local support you can contact the library staff. Through the introduction of e-textbooks and the standardization of processes the school aspires to provide the same educational excellence and experience for all of our students worldwide. Tags: [e-textbooks](http://paris.schiller.edu/tag/e-textbooks/)
## Memorandum of Understanding with Chandigarh University During their recent visit to India the SIU team has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with one of the leading Indian Universities, [Chandigarh University](http://www.chandigarhuniversity.ac.in/) in Punjab. This new cooperation will enable students from Chandigarh and SIU to **spend semester abroad** and will allow **faculty exchange programs** that will strengthen academic value for both universities. In the famous New Delhi Taj Mahal Hotel the MOU was signed by the Chandigarh University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. R.S. Bawa and our European Director of Admissions, Branislav Lujic (see photo).
We are happy to invite you to the Heidelberg reunion weekend which will take place from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Friday evening at 5:00 pm we will kick off the weekend at Vetter´s, a famous brewery and restaurant in the heart of Heidelberg, which many of you already know!
Saturday, June 21st will be the official reunion, with a campus tour, guest speakers/lecture, lunch, and a few hours break afterwards to do whatever you like. We will then meet for the formal dinner at 7pm, Saturday evening at Zum Seppl. It´s the most famous, oldest student restaurant in Heidelberg, full of history and culture.
Sunday, the 22nd will be an opportunity for an optional hiking tour to Philosophenweg or Heidelberg Castle and we will also offer trips to former campuses (Kleiningersheim, Boennigheim, etc.) upon request.
Just to clarify, the ticket price of €85 is NOT obligatory! It is intended for those who would like to donate to our newly established Scholarship Fund and all proceeds would go to this. However, for those who do not wish to do this there is of course no obligation. Therefore, those who prefer to come for one night, and not the entire weekend, would only pay for their meal, drinks, etc. Again, if you have any questions or need any assistance with travel arrangements, visas and/or accommodations, we are happy to help in any way we can. Special group rates would also be available for hotel and travel, pending feedback, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible!
Please RSVP by March 15, 2014 so that we can make necessary arrangements to make this a success!
## First Humanitarian Club meeting of the year Schiller’s ‘Humanitarian Society’ joined heads today for their first meeting of the academic year 2015-2016. Aimed at students interested in human rights, supporting communities in need or addressing social issues, they discussed projects they could embark on. And a great turn-out it was! More news on this coming soon…