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Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Research visit to Germany

 Minister visit to Germany

Upon DAAD invitation extended to H.E. Prof. El Shihy, Egyptian Minister of Egyptian Higher Education Minister from 10 to 12 July in Berlin, the visit was aiming at exploring the German experience in establishing Science Parks and at getting more acquainted with the German model of University of Applied Sciences.

Background of the visit derives from the enormous demand of Egypt for innovation on the one hand and the need of developing educational curricula that qualify students to fulfill the requirements needed the business world on the other hand.

During his visit to the Science Park Potsdam Golm the Minister spoke with researchers from the Max Planck Society and the Fraunhofer Society about methods of technology transfer and then discussed with the Brandenburg Minister of Science and President of the University of Potsdam about possible mutual cooperation opportunities. The Minister expressed Egypt’s willingness to establish a huge scientific campus in the new capital east of Cairo in which several foreign universities with their own study programmes shall be represented.

Furthermore, H.E Prof. El-Shihy has hold a meeting with DAAD President Professor Wintermantel and both sides stressed on the success of the traditional cooperation between both countries, as H.E Prof. El-Shihy mentioned that "Germany belongs to the most popular destinations for Egyptian students and scholars”. To intensify the existing technical cooperation and make it more visible and accessible, both parties agreed on deepen the bilateral thematic clusters cooperation along the lines of the existing "German-Egyptian water cluster" and consider further options for co-financed programmes .

Adequate occasion for joint internationalization was seen during the visit to the HTW Berlin, where already collaborations with the German University in Cairo in the field of design and power engineering exist, in addition to further potential factors were given also in the field of museum education or health sciences.

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D AAD Alumni Lecture about Entrepreneurial Thinking, June 2016


The DAAD Cairo Office periodically organizes alumni seminars in different fields and disciplines. The most recent alumni event took place under the title "Entrepreneurial Thinking” on June 2, 2016.

 During the last year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Cairo has organized multiple interdisciplinary seminars for its alumni. Besides lectures in specific academic fields relevant for the alumni's background, the DAAD offered general events that discussed current challenges.

With high numbers of youth unemployment looming over Egypt's economy, entrepreneurship has become a highly praised solution to the challenge. Therefore, on June 2, 2016, the DAAD Cairo office invited five young entrepreneurs from different fields and five experts from universities and start-up incubators to talk about "Entrepreneurial Thinking”.   The evening was moderated by DAAD-alumnus Dr. Khaled Ismail, Chairman of Kiangel and an introductory speech was given by Mr. Sherif El-Diwany, Founder and CEO of "Solutions x Design”.

Around 65 alumni, of which many were specialized in the fields of entrepreneurship, attended the event and joined in a fruitful discussion. Remarkably, all of the young entrepreneurs who presented their successful start-ups are graduates from the German school in Cairo DEO (Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule). They praised their education towards critical thinking as a main pillar for not accepting status quo in their respective fields, which led them to start something on their own. All experts agreed that entrepreneurship in Egypt is on the rise, but emphasized the importance of strengthening entrepreneurial thinking in universities through seminars, start-up hubs and incubators, in Cairo and beyond. They also pointed out the importance of basic economic knowledge for the entrepreneurial trend to persevere, as well as the need to establish structures of further support for young entrepreneurs at university level.  

The attending start-up representatives were Amira Azzouz (Foustany), Hossam Taher (Cairo Sitters), Sherif Hosny (Schaduf), Mostafa Mubarak (Solera) and Amir Allam (Elmenues).

The DAAD Cairo office is planning to organize further seminars in the future, to discuss similar topics in cooperation with Egyptian universities to provide its alumni's with insights into currently relevant issues in Egypt.

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DIES Workshop: Strengthening University-Business Cooperation in Egypt and the Arab Region

Cairo, 19th & 20th of April 2016


The DAAD Cairo Office has held a DIES workshop on 19th and 20th of April at Conrad Hotel, Cairo under the title " Strengthening University-Business Cooperation in Egypt and the Arab Region” .

The workshop aimed at presenting examples of the university-business cooperation in the Arab region, exchanging the knowledge and experiences and identifying its common challenges and possible solutions in the presence of many Egyptian policy makers and practitioners.

The workshop started with welcome notes given by Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Director of DAAD Cairo, H.E Amb. Julius Georg Luy, German Ambassador in Egypt, who has emphasised on the importance of the workshop topic for Egypt as in Germany affirming on the successful models conducted in several German higher education institutes.  

The floor was given to Prof. Ashraf Hatem, head of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities, who tackled in his speech the willingness of many Egyptian universities to cooperate with the business sector in order to create a win-win situation for both partners by having dual and labour market oriented study programs at the Egyptian Universities.

Three case studies were presented among the two day workshop; the Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian case study. The speakers were representing the business and the University partners and demonstrated the cooperation from each perspective.

Furthermore, a panel discussion titled "Embedding University-Business Cooperation in the Institution: Adapting Management Structures and Addressing QA Challenges” took place on the second day chaired by Mr. Christoph Hansert, Head of the Development Cooperation Section at DAAD Bonn. The panellists were representing Universities from the Arab region and Quality Assurance and Accreditation experts from Germany, Egypt as well as the Arab Region.

By the end of the second day it was evident that the willingness of such cooperation should be coming from both universities and business sectors on national, regional and international levels. As for Egypt, there are plans investigated by the government to enhance such models by encouraging the collaborative programs among the business sector and the higher educational institutions.  

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The German Egyptian Research Long Term Scholarship (GERLS) Final Selection for the Call 2016/17


The final selection interviews of the GERLS 8th Call for the academic year 2016/17 took place from the 18th till 20th March 2016 at the premises of the DAAD Cairo Office.

76 candidates have been interviewed by distinguished independent bi-national selection committee and 27 candidates have been finally accepted.

The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are jointly calling for the long term PhD program "German Egyptian Research Long term Scholarship” (GERLS) for 8th time. This collaboration is a continuation of the academic and scientific cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Republic of Germany which has lasted for decades. The GERLS program is a successful outcome of the German-Egyptian Year of Science & Technology in 2007, reaching a success rate of 98%.

The GERLS program is offered for candidates, who desire to obtain or complete their PHD at one of the German Universities under the supervision of German professors. The program offers scholarships for young motivated doctoral candidates and researchers.

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Peer Expert Symposium "Resource Management and Health Technology Assessment”

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Accelerating developments in technology and increasing numbers of patient are challenging the public healthcare sector in Egypt. The most affected service providers are public hospitals. Constituting the first contact point for patients, public hospitals provide a hub for curative and preventive healthcare services. Moreover, a large number of university hospitals work at the very intersection between patient care, industry and science. Their pivotal role thus requires the adoption of an interdisciplinary framework facilitating their steady advancement.

Acknowledging the crucial role that public hospitals play, the DAAD Cairo Office, in cooperation with Dr. Mostafa Hunter, DAAD Alumnus and Chairman of the Healthcare Governance and Transparency Association (HeGTA) organized the second German-Egyptian peer expert symposium on "Resource Management and Health Technology Assessment”. With the support of the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) the symposium aimed to shed light on the benefits of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and viable means of its implementation.

Welcome notes were given by Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Cairo Office and Prof. Dr. Ashraf Hatem, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities. Thereafter two Egyptian and two German experts shed light on the different aspects of the topic and compared the latest developments in Germany and Egypt.

Professor Kolominsky-Rabas from the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Technology Assessment and Public Health at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg gave insights into HTA in Germany. His input was followed by a contribution from Dr. Mostafa Hunter, who spoke on "Health Sector Governance” and the responsibilities and accountabilities that are inherent in responsible management. Prof. Dr. Michael Friebe, from the Otto von Guericke University Marburg, approached the issue from a rather practical and entrepreneurial angle relating to "Unique Egyptian Healthcare Needs”. Finally, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Morsy from Cairo University elaborated on the problems of "Information Management Technologies and the Promise of Improved Healthcare Delivery” in Egypt.

The input speeches were followed by an interactive discussion. Among the debated topics were structures of clinical governance, managing medical research, accountability for efficient utilization of medical resources, building institutional capacities and the necessity of HTA and resource management. In addition to these vital discussions, the symposium resulted in in the burgeoning cooperation between the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Technology Assessment and Public Health, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University as well as HeGTA. The long term goal of this cooperation is to establish a center for HTA at the Cairo University and thus build an institutional foundation furnishing and anchoring important developments in HTA and hospital management.

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Kickoff meeting for the GeneFINDER project

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GeneFINDER (GENETICS OF Familial Inherited Neurodegenerative Diseases in Egyptian Regions) is a new collaborative research between the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Mansoura University which reflects the continued collaboration between the two universities.

Within the framework of this DAAD funded project, researchers from Germany and Egypt are trying to explore genetic causes of familial neurodegenerative diseases in Egypt. 

During the kickoff meeting which took place on 5th of May 2016 at the DAAD Cairo premises, Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Cairo Office and Prof. Ashraf Swelam, Vice President of Mansoura University held a greeting word in which they praised the German-Egyptian cooperation.  

This meeting was attended by a German delegation consisting of Prof. Guenter Hoeglinger (TUM), Dr. Thomas Roesler (TUM), Prof. Gregor Kulenbaumer (KIEL), Dr. Franzisca Hopfner (KIEL) and Dr. Pierre Kolber (Luxembourg center of bioscience systems), Dr. Mohamed Salama, the Egyptian coordinator of the project as well as the members of the Egyptian Network for Neurodegenerative Disorder (ENND)  

Furthermore, achievements of the previous DAAD funded project EGI-PD were discussed and future steps for "GeneFINDER" were tackled.  

The German guests had a short trip to Mansoura University where they met the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and Dean of School of Medicine.  

Possible future steps to strengthen cooperation between Mansoura University and Technical University of Munich (TUM) during this visit.

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Meeting of German Departments in Cairo

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The DAAD Cairo Office invited professors and multipliers of the German departments at Egyptian Universities to a special meeting on Monday, 14th of March 2016.

Under the impression of the increasing numbers of German Studies students in Egypt, which is a quite unique occurrence in the region, and questions of employability of these students, their whereabouts and the current challenges of teaching in higher education, it was the aim to bring together decision makers and junior scientists as well as German departments and language centers.

In a first panel Prof. Dr. Dalia Salama and Dr. Lobna Fouad presented the BA and MA programs at the Cairo University and the Helwan University. Dr. Wolfram Full, DAAD lecturer in Sudan, added a perspective from the neighbouring country. In a second panel Prof. Dr. Tarek Bary and Dr. Midhat Suleiman gave information on the special MA courses at their departments at the Ain Shams University, which are unique programs for German as a Foreign Language and Translation Studies. Students of the MA programs seem to have good chances on the job market, as they are highly qualified and are much needed. Especially well trained German teachers are rare.

In two very productive working groups the participants discussed the potential of national and regional cooperations with other departments of German Studies. Although there have been individual iniatives over the last years, e.g. the representation of the Egyptian departments of German Studies at the Gesellschaft für interkulturelle Germanistik and the Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik, there is still a need for further cooperation. The participants agreed in a final panel, that establishing an Egyptian Germanstikverband would be a great opportunity to combine forces in dealing with the mentioned chanllanges.

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Farewell-Evening for German and Yemeni students

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On 9th of May the DAAD Cairo Office hosted an intercultural exchange evening. German and Yemeni students, supported b y DAAD, were invited to an end-of semester farewell event before they either continue their studies in Egypt or, as in the case of most German students, returned back to Germany.

After a welcoming address by the office director Dr. Roman Luckscheiter the 24 participants were divided into smaller groups to have the chance of interacting and discussing questions raised as: "What were your expectations before coming to Egypt?” "How did these expectations realize?” and "What would you like to recommend to future students?”

Interestingly the expectations of the German and Yemeni students were quite different based on their cultural background and the situation in their respective home countries, however, with respect to their experiences in Egypt and evaluations of these, many similarities were identified. Although the Yemeni students reported some difficulties in daily life, the great value of their experiences made in Egypt was mainly confirmed. German students mostly met high interest and curiosity towards their nationality and enjoyed the diversity of lifestyles in Egypt and its people. Some recommendations were given to new students such as learning the (3meya) local Egyptian dialect early on for good communication skills and mingle with all people standards to get a better and complete picture of the Egyptian society.

The evening was highlighted by announcing the winners of a photo contest themed around the motto "Egypt – my daily life” which will be displayed in the DAAD Cairo Office.

A fusion dinner from the German, Yemeni and Egyptian cuisine rounded up this very intercultural evening with its traditionally cheerful atmosphere.

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Misr Higher Institute of Engineering & Technology Study Trip in Germany

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Study trips are part of the DAAD Funded Scholarship "Study Seminars and Practical” which aims to exchange knowledge and experience between Egyptian and German students. During the last call a group of 15 graduate and undergraduate students from the Architectural Engineering Department at "Misr Higher Institute of Engineering and Technology” in Mansoura leaded by architect Alaa El-Manzalawi and under supervision of Dr. Mohamed A. Khalil had visited there universities in Germany for 12 days from 13th to 24th of April 2016.

The group visited three German Universities in three cities; Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus (BTU) in Cottbus, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS) in Frankfurt am Main and Technische Universität Berlin - Zentralinstitut El Gouna in Berlin.

During the visit the group presented their project "A Future Vision for a Better Life in the Heart of Mansoura: Achieving Medley Integration between Urbanism and Quality of Life” and a series of lectures and seminars were conducted by both sides to discuss urban planning and urban regeneration practices in Germany and Egypt.  

Furthermore, the trip had a cultural part as students visited different museums, galleries, monuments and city sightseeing oriented to architecture and planning to connect the academic experience with culture and leisure.

The study trip was a great opportunity for both Egyptian and German sides to share the experience and exchange information concerning the urban planning activities, education system and more important the cultural exchange.

The trip as whole was a story to be told by all participants and it already paved the way for most of them for future research activities. 

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GUC’s entrepreneurship program wins 2nd prize in international competition


The German University in Cairo’s (GUC) entrepreneurship program "IMAGINE”, which is part of the DAAD-funded cooperation project "Developing Entrepreneurial and Management Skills among University Students” between GUC and Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany) was awarded the second place in the "Innovative Youth Incubator Award” competing with more than 40 incubators from all over the world. The competition was organized within the "4th International Conference for Innovation and Entrepreneurship” in Toronto, Canada to showcase novel and innovative institutional incubators and similar initiatives that focus on the development of young entrepreneurs. A special book will be published including the cases of all top 10 incubators. The winners in order are: CSE Lab (Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, Copenhagen University, Denmark), IMAGINE (German University in Cairo, Egypt), IDEA (Northeastern University, USA). The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is currently supporting more than 40 cooperation projects between higher education institutions in Egypt and Germany.

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Master Program International Business Consulting

at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

The MBA "International Business Consulting” (IBC) is a compact, hands-on, international program preparing you in 15 months for a leading position in In-house Consulting as well as in External Consulting.

Interactive teaching, class discussion and case studies are an important part of the program. The faculty is comprised of experienced university professors and German, British and American external guest lecturers from companies and consulting agencies.

  Admission requirements:

- bachelor degree

- minimum two years of professional experience

- an English Language Certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL)

- APS certificate (only for applicants from China and Vietnam)

Application deadline : June 30th

Total fees : EUR 10400

Language of instruction : English

For more information : or contact us at:


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Cairo, Egypt, 20th March 2016


In recognition of the increasing role of entrepreneurs in the world’s economy and the role of competition laws in enabling the investment climate, the Center for Institutions, Economics and Law in Egypt (CIELE) at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University, in collaboration with its business partners; the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI) and the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), organized a workshop on "Enhancing Business Environment” on March 20th 2016. The workshop was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and hosted by FEPS.

The workshop aimed at examining two crucial matters to enhance the business environment in Egypt; access to finance and compliance with competition laws.

Welcome note was delivered by Prof. Sherine Al-Shawarby, FEPS vice dean for community affairs and environment development and the director of CIELE Prof. Abla El Khawaga, in which they outlined the objectives and perspectives of the workshop. Prof. Mona El Garf, chairman of the ECA and the director of the EBI Prof. Mona El Baradie, opened the workshop by outlining some of the challenges and potential opportunities of empowering entrepreneurs and competition authorities on the Egyptian economy.

The first session was chaired by Prof. Ola El Khawaga, Director of the Research and Awareness Department at EBI, and compromised of two presentations conducted by Ms. Nevine El Tahri, Chairperson of Delta Shield for Investment, and Mr. Sherif Yassin, Branch Manager specialized corporate at QNB AlAhli. The session aimed at examining the role of financial institutions in financing entrepreneurs especially after the Central Bank of Egypt’s initiative to encourage very small, small and medium enterprises. It also addressed the potential challenges that entrepreneurs face while starting their business and how to overcome them.

The second session was chaired by Dr. Asmaa Ezzat, assistant professor of Economics at FEPS, and compromised of two presentations that were delivered by Prof. Mona El Garf, Chairman of ECA, and Dr. Kurt Stockmann, former vice president of the German Competition Authority. Professor El Garf’s presentation highlighted the relationship between enhancing competition and increasing investments and the challenges that ECA has to address. Dr. Stockman, on the other hand, shed light on his experience with the German Competition Authority and how it was able to overcome the challenges facing the investment climate.


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Master of Economics of the Middle East (EMEA) - April 2016 call


The M.Sc. Economics of the Middle East (EMEA) is a two years joint degree Master’s programme which combines a thorough education in economic analysis with applications to the economies of the MENA region. The programme’s explicit focus on institutional economics allows students to acquire detailed knowledge pertaining to the analysis and the design of economic reform processes. The programme is jointly offered by Philipps-Universität Marburg and Lebanese American University (LAU).


Call for application starts on 1 April 2016 on Official deadline is on 15 July 2016 (all papers handed in); early applications before 10 May can be assisted with finding university campus housing in Marburg.


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Visits of the Wafedin Scholars to different places in Egypt

Within the framework of the Wafedin Scholarship program which is funded by the Egyptian government and administrated by the DAAD, among the last 3 months the German Students has visited the following places, the German Archeological Institute (DAI), the Arab League premises and Tunis Village in Fayoum. 


1. The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) Visit  

On Monday, 29th of February 2016 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organized a visit to in Cairo for the German Wafedin to the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). The DAI is a research institution under the auspices of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. In Egypt it works in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities on archaeological projects concerning the Egyptian history of all eras, from prehistory to modernity.  The DAI Cairo maintains the second-largest archaeology library in Egypt as well as important archives and its own editorial office.

Ms. Isolde Lehnert, qualified diploma librarian at the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, welcomed the participants with an informative introduction about the history of the institute. The inventory is founded on the collection of Egyptologist Ludwig Keimer (1892-1957), which the DAI acquired in 1957.

Ms Lehnert then took the students on a tour through the different sections of the library, explaining their organizational structure with labels as well as the DAI‘s online search system. The ZENON catalogue facilitate  not only the process of searching a book among the currently 20.000 available books in Cairo but also provides access to all DAI-library books worldwide.

 2. The Arab League Visit

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On 16th February 2016, a group of German students had the chance to visit the League of Arab States and get an inside view of the mechanisms and tasks of this institution. An introduction was given by Mrs. Samia Bibars, head of the Department for Culture and Dialogue at the Arab League.

The Arab League was established in 1945, the long floors and high ceilings, decorated with colorful mosaic, impressed its visitors by its elegance. As was mentioned in the introductory session, the Arab League aims to promote the relations between the 22 member states and to enhance their common interests and welfare. Decisions were used to be decided by consensus; this process was changed to two-thirds majority.

Mrs. Samia Bibars gave additional information about her Department of Culture Dialogue. One of the topics they are working on is to spread a positive image of the Arab World. Within this goal they are following several strategies.   Emphasizing the importance of multiculturalism and pointing out that it is enriching the societies and especially preventing conflicts. Mrs. Bibars also mentioned the aim of guaranteeing freedom of opinions and therefore the importance of interfacing a dialogue with different religions, cultures etc. She summed up her introduction with the words that her department’s work aims to "build bridges between civilizations”.

Moreover, Dr. Kamal Hassan, from Azhar University, gave the students information about the history of Al-Azhar and its’ role as the most ancient religious institution in the world. Dr. Kamal Hassan discussed one of the important topics worldwide which is the challenge of combating the ideology of extremest groups, such as Daesh. Here, He referred to the interfaith dialogue initiative made by Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar called "House of Egyptian Family”. It comprises Al-Azhar, the Coptic Church, Orthodox Church, the Coptic Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church and the Anglican Episcopal Church. The initiative pursue several aims, such as focusing on the common grounds between Muslims and Christians but also to understand differences and therefore respecting the right of having opposite opinions.

After these two rich informative lectures, the students got a guided tour through the huge building. They visited the plenary hall, had a look inside the internal library and had a last glance into the garden before being accompanied out, back to Tahrir Square’s soundscape.

   3. One day trip to Fayoum 


On 21st January 2016, the DAAD invited the German scholarship holders to a day trip to Fayoum. During the visit the students had the possibility to get to know more of the Hellenistic period in this area and to visit the Ptolemaic Temple.

On arrival in Tunis village, located in far western corner of Fayoum, the doors of Magdy Sidhom’s villa stood open to enjoy some tea and coffee in the garden. After taking a deep breath of fresh countryside air, Prof. Cornelia Römer, expert of papyrology and DAAD-lecturer at Ain Shams University, held a short presentation summing up the engineering capabilities of the Greeks who came to the Fayoum in the 1st century BC and laid the foundation of the still functioning irrigation system of this 70 x 60 km wide area. By analyzing excavation findings and reading ancient papyri, Prof. Römer also revealed a lot of interesting details about the formation of a multi-cultural society in the Fayoum were Greek and Egyptian Culture mixed together in private but also in business relations.

Carrying new knowledge and idea about the history of this place, the group visited the Ptolemaic Temple of the ancient village of Dion ysias, which had around 1000 tax-paying inhabitants at this time . Blue sky, oasis bordered by desert over the remains of the Ptolemaic and Roman settlement, the temple’s roof gave a stunning overview of the area. Walking through the temple, Prof. Cornelia Römer gave information about its architecture and religious meaning for the Greeks, who had built this temple honoring the rich Egyptian afterlife culture.

  After lunch in Tunis village, well satisfied, the group explored the village and visited the local pottery school, where a variety of handmade tableware is on display for sale. Well equipped with nice souvenirs the group set off back to crowded Cairo. This trip was a nice opportunity to get a new impression of Egypt’s diversity next to the metropolitan areas of Cairo.

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DAAD Project Support Meeting on 23rd of February 2016


The DAAD Cairo Office has hosted a meeting for projects coordinators’ of various DAAD funding programs on the 23rd of February 2016 at its premises in Zamalek.   The aim of this meeting was to explore projects from different study fields and disciplines and to exchange knowledge and experiences practiced in each project.

About 40 running projects within the framework of the Egyptian-German DAAD partnership were presented in the meeting.   Each program coordinator has showed the marketing tools for his project , e.g. through university or faculty websites, social media, conferences and the opportunity provided by DAAD to use its own marketing channels such as the newsletter, website, Facebook, etc. In addition, further DAAD and other funding sources were discussed and each program has presented its upcoming events and future plans.

From its side, DAAD will assured its continuous support for these projects throughout different levels; by visiting these projects where is possible, disseminate the information on a wider platform, furthermore, DAAD will provide these programs with capacity building through its "DAAD Kairo Akademie" in reserved modules on project marketing, project management and others as well as by active networking.

The event was followed by a podium discussion under the title "Cross Cultural Perceptions on scientific objects: considering the examples of Water and human Body.” The guest speakers were Prof. Dr. Abdel Meguid Kassem, Chief of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Department at Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and Dr. Markus Steinmayr from Centre for Higher Education Development and Quality Enhancement (CHEDQE) at Duisburg-Essen University. Dr. Rasha Sharaf from Helwan University moderated the discussion.

The discussion was part of the series "Dialogue on Social Innovation” which is jointly organized by the Cairo offices of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Freie Universität Berlin, and the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB).

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Curriculum Development Workshop of the Interdisciplinary Master Program "Resource Efficient Cities” (IMaREC)


"The 3rd workshop on the Curriculum Development of the Interdisciplinary Master Program "Resource Efficient Cities” (IMaREC) was hosted by ASU in Cairo, Egypt during the period 29th Feb – 3rd March 2016. Three partner universities of the CNRD network have participated in the workshop: TH Köln, Germany; KU, Kenya; and UASLP, Mexico.

The opening public seminar introduced IMaREC - as a part of CNRD activities - to more than 80 students (undergraduate and postgraduate), staff members and a representative of the DAAD Cairo office. Three initial presentations by professors from TH Köln, KU, and UASLP invited discussion on sustainable urban development, urban system metabolism, and the resource efficient city.

The workshop took place in a very constructive and friendly atmosphere and concluded by an excursion to SEKEM organization for organic industries as a role model for sustainable development. With inputs on system theory, creative thinking methods and didactics, the group produced a full curricular structure and the requirements of the M.Sc. program in terms of study tracks, levels, modules, credits, and awards. The drafted setup is built from core modules, three major track lines, a set of tools and methods modules, aligned with an interdisciplinary project module. The full program description with all technical terms and the detailed module handbook are currently under development to apply for approval with the authorities before end of March 2016 and subsequent accreditation, with the target to launch the full program this fall at ASU in Cairo, and to later roll it out to the CNRD partners."

IMaREC is an Interdisciplinary Master Program on "Resource Efficient Cities” that is currently jointly being developed by a number of partners including Ain Shams University, Egypt; TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Kenyatta University, Kenya and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia under the umbrella of the global CNRD-Exceed Network of excellence of universities.

IMaREC targets to qualify graduates and professionals who are involved in planning, design and management of cities with competences and skills that enable them to deal with real life problems and respond to current pressing challenges in cities using an integrated approach, given the principle of city as a system of all sectors to provide the basic functions for its inhabitants.


For further information, kindly contact:

 Ain Shams University

 Dr. Marwa Khalifa:


TH Köln

 Prof. Dr. Johannes Hamhaber:


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EARN TWO MASTER CERTIFICATES in ONLY TWO YEARS from an Egyptian - GERMAN Double Degree Master Program in Urban Design.

The aim of the master program is to communicate urban rehabilitation and revitalization strategies and concepts for the different situations and challenges of historic city districts, especially of the cities and regions of the involved universities.

The program emphasis on: revitalization of historic city districts with an integrated approach on urban design, sustainability as a basic aspect of all modules, intensive practical experience, building up on the strength of each participating university.

Target group of the program are graduates who are interested to respond the urgent needs in Urban Design for the Revitalization of Historic City Districts. With successful completion of the double Master Program the participants are awarded with two degrees from each of the universities, one of the master thesis supervisors is coming from. "Master of Science” (M.Sc.).   The alumni of the program are qualified for a professional career in all institutions, which are involved in design and management processes for historic cities.

 Available Scholarships for FALL 2016:

 FIRST: SIX scholarships from ERASMUS +: for any graduate from Cairo University OR registered post graduate students in Cairo University.

COVERED EXPENSES: Travel costs and accommodation costs: 360 Euros + 5 months x 800 Euros (total 4360 Euros). For the holders of the scholarships BTU will not charge the tuition fee for the winter term 2016/ 2017.

SECOND: TWO scholarships from ZIZINIA ARDIC- El Asher For Real Estate Development & Investment; Tatweer Misr for Touristic Investment and Land Development for any graduate from any Egyptian university.

COVERED EXPENSES: 100,000 Egyptian pounds, mostly covering expenses of the two years.

THIRD: CAEDS: 1 Full scholarship for one TA from Cairo University.

COVERED EXPENSES: All tuition fees+ travel costs and accomodation in Germany for 5 months.

All details are enclosed in the poster.

For TOEFL OR IELTS, certificates can be submitted before end of April 2016, in case of acceptance.

Online form:

 For any enquiries, please contact:

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40 Egyptian researchers awarded the German Egyptian Long-term Scholarship for the academic year 2015 2016  in a festive event


In the context of the 7th call of the German Egyptian long-term Scholarship Program (GERLS), the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) celebrated the GERLS awarding ceremony at the premises of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Zamalek on 21st September 2015. The event took place in the presence of H.E. Mr. Julius Georg Luy, German Ambassador to Egypt, Prof. Hossam El Malehy, First Undersecretary of State, Head of Scientific and Culture Mission Abroad and Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, the Director of the DAAD Cairo Office.

During the ceremony H.E. Ambassador Julius Georg Luy, Prof. Hossam El Malehy and Dr. Roman Luckscheiter handed over the awarding certificates to 40 scholarship holders, who have been granted the GERLS scholarship out of 231 candidates applied for that competitive program. Scholars will spend up to 4 years at a University in Germany.

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The German Egyptian Research Long term Scholarship Final Selection of GERLS Call 2015/16 



The final selection interviews of the GERLS 7th call for the academic year 2015/16 took place from the 20th till 22nd March 2015 at the premises of the DAAD Cairo office.

96 candidates have been interviewed by distinguished independent bi-national selection committee and 45 candidates have been finally accepted.

The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are jointly calling for the long term PhD program "German Egyptian Research Long term Scholarship” (GERLS) for 7th time. This collaboration is a continuation of the academic and scientific cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Republic of Germany which has lasted for decades. The GERLS program is a successful outcome of the German-Egyptian Year of Science & Technology in 2007, which has resulted to four jointly financed programs between the Egyptian and the German side.

The GERLS program is offered for candidates, who desire to obtain or complete their PHD at one of the German Universities under the supervision of German professors. The program offers up to 81 scholarships for young motivated doctoral candidates and researchers.

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Seven graduates of the German Schools in Egypt receive a scholarship from the DAAD and the Sawiris Foundation  

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A reception was held on the 9th of June in the DAAD Cairo Office in which the DAAD and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development awarded seven graduates of the German Schools in Egypt with the stipends of their commonly conducted scholarship program. Only the best graduates of each year of the German schools in Egypt with an average grade of at least 1,5 are eligible to apply for the scholarship program.

"Our seven scholarship holders did not only show an outstanding school performance but also competed successfully with candidates from more than 50 countries in the final selections at the DAAD Bonn and won seven scholarships from 125 scholarships worldwide for Egypt.   Additionally they convinced us that they are willing to contribute to the development of the Egyptian society and to strengthen the ties between Egypt and Germany. We congratulate you wholeheartedly and wish you all the best for your studies in Germany ”, Ms. Mona Ayoub and Ms. Petra Bogenschneider passed the greetings of Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, director of the DAAD Cairo Office, to the scholarship holders.

This is the eleventh time that the international DAAD scholarship program "Deutsche Auslandsschulen” took place in cooperation with the Sawiris Foundation. The scholarship enables the graduates to conduct studies in a field of their choice at a German university. The program’s main objective is to foster the talent of young people who, after having studied at a German institution, will be able to contribute to the development of their country.

"I particularly remember from the talks with the scholarship holders during the preselection that many of them told us that they would like to show the Germans the whole picture of Egypt. And this is how we understand your role: you are ‘bridge-builders’ between Germany and Egypt” as Ramesh de Silva, head of the department for culture and education at the German Embassy in Cairo, pointed out during his speech.

The five scholarship holders of the DAAD are Bassel Katamish (DEO), Aisha Elfeky (DEO), Maria Labib (DEO), Mennathallah Balbaa (DSB Alexandria) and Mariam Sobhi (DSB Kairo). In addition the Sawiris Foundation awarded two scholarships to Hania Elkersh (DSB Kairo) and Nour Nasr (DSB Kairo).

The DAAD and the Sawiris Foundation congratulate all scholarship holders and wish them all the best for their studies in Germany.

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