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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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30 April 2015 the DAAD Cairo Office organized in cooperation with Dr. Mostafa Hunter, DAAD Alumnus and Chairman of the Board of the Healthcare Governance and Transparency Association (HeGTA) the peer expert symposium "Governance and Management of Public Hospitals”. Representatives from several Egyptian universities, public hospitals, the Ministry of Health and the National Authority of Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education took part in the one-day event.

After a welcome speech of Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, director of the DAAD Cairo Office, two Egyptian and two German experts shed light onto the different aspects of the topic during their input speeches and compared the latest developments in Germany and Egypt.

Professor Wilfried von Eiff from the Institute for Hospital Management of the University of Münster gave insights into "Governance, Management and Funding of German Public Hospitals”. His input was followed by the contribution of Dr. Mostafa Hunter from HeGTA, who spoke on "Balancing Public Health and Public Asset Management, the Case of Egypt”.

Dr. Monther Bajbouj from the Technical University Munich, Kinikum rechts der Isar added a practical view in his contribution on "Treatment, Education and Research, How to Handle Three Functions Simultaneously”. Afterwards Prof. Abdel Meguid Kassem from Cairo University talked about "Health Related Research in Public Facilities” in Egypt.

The input speeches were followed by interactive working groups in which the participants and speakers discussed further details that are key to governance and management of public hospitals such as governing structures, clinical governance, governing medical research, funding mechanisms for research, setting boards of directors and boards of trustees, building institutional capacity for research in health management , developing knowledge transfer platforms between Egypt and Germany and integration with the private sector.

The event was closed by the presentation of the results the working groups achieved and by defining steps that need to taken in order to improve the governance and management of public hospitals. The DAAD Cairo Office would like to thank all speakers and participants for their valuable contributions.

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4th scientific conference of the Ain Shams University "Towards a National Innovation System – Current Indicators and Future Prospects” 

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On the 28th of April 2015, the DWZ, DAAD and the Technische Universität München took part in 4th scientific conference of the Ain Shams University "Towards a National Innovation System – Current Indicators and Future Prospects”. The Conference was organized by the Ain Shams University under the auspices of The Prime Minister, Minister of Higher Education, and State Minister for Scientific Research.

The goal of the conference was to provide an evaluation for the national march of higher education, academic research, technological development, and innovation from 2000 to 2015 and to present initiatives to build scientific and technological capacities nationally and internationally through bringing together stakeholders from the fields of science, research, industry and politics to explore how the comparison and exchange of disciplinary approaches can offer fresh insights and spark new lines of thought.

The DAAD Director, Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, explained the importance of academic exchange in order to achieve the scientific innovation. "Students and researchers who have gained experience in international research collaborations are more creative and productive in their research. Therefore we have to support them as we are doing it through our mobility programs GERLS and GERSS, co-financed by the MoHE and the DAAD, or by offering training courses at DAAD Kairo Akademie", said Dr. Luckscheiter.  

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Egyptian-German Master Programs meet representatives of the Labour Market


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Cairo has successfully organized the event "Study programs for the Labour Market” which took place under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education at the Conrad Hotel Cairo on 23rd April . The event took place in the presence of H.E. the Minister, Prof.Dr. Sayed Abdel Khalek and Mr. Christoph Retzlaff, the Deput y Head of Mission of the German Embassy . Valuable contributions were made by stakeholders from the academia and the labour market, represented by the GIZ, EU Erasmus+, the Supreme Council of Universities, the KfW Development Bank and a representative of the REMENA program.

The DAAD, together with its Egyptian partners, which has supported Egyptian - German University partnerships for many years, could present an imp ressive number of collaborative master-programs in the fields of 

  • Energy Engineering
  • Water
  • Urban Development
  • Medicine and Health
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Diplomacy
  • Management
  • Education

The program coordinators explained in very to-the point statements how their graduates are trained to be experts for the labour market in Egypt and the MENA region and gave examples of aims and strategies behind this high-class education for Egyptian, German and international students. Their presentations indeed proved, that they have already paved the way for a new kind of interdisciplinary and innovative curricula and learning methods and as such being role-models for interdisciplinary and intercultural learning.

190 out of a total of 500 students, enrolled in these Egyptian-German programs have already graduated and have mastered their studies either to become members of the scientific community or play a significant role in the labour market.

Following the presentations of the study programs, an lively discussion with the invited firms, governmental organizations, foundations and other representatives of the labour market created a good networking atmosphere and was substantial for further trust to be built among all participants. The conference ended with a discussion about the further needs for more cooperation, moderated b y Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, head of DAAD Cairo office. The DAAD was glad having successfully initiated a more sustainable future of the study programs and will continue to encourage investments and participation in its efforts of bridging the gap between academia and the labour market.

Papyri from Karanis. Voices from a Multi-Cultural Society of Ancient Fayum


On February 10 the exhibition Papyri from Karanis. Voices from a Multi-Cultural Society of Ancient Fayum was opened in the Egyptian Museum at Cairo, in the presence of his excellency the Minister for Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr. Mamdouh El-Damaty, and his Excellency the Ambassador of the Federal Republik of Germany, Mr. Hansjörg Haber. Organizers of the exhibition were Cornelia E. Römer (DAAD, Cairo), Mohamed G. El-Maghrabi (University of Alexandria), and students of Ain Shams University, Cairo. All possible support for the exhibition was granted by the staff of the Egyptian Museum and by the German Archaeological Institute Cairo.

The exhibition is based on the volume Papyri Cairo Michigan, an edition of papyri that were excavated in Karanis in the last century by scholars of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and now housed in the Egyptian Museum. In collaboration with Egyptian Universities C. Römer and M. El-Maghrabi edited more than 30 texts from those excavations. The volume highlights the progress of young Egyptian scholars in the field of Papyrology which deals with the history of Egypt over 1000 years, when Greek was the main language in the country from 300 BC to AD 700.

In the focus of the newly edited texts is a man called Socrates, who served as a tax collector in the village of Karanis in the 2nd century AD. By the papyrus texts we learn to know members of his family, and get a close look into his activities as tax collector. Other papyri shed light on the daily life of everybody in Karanis, which was a village in north-western Fayum that flourished between the 3rd century BC and the 7th century AD.

The exhibition will be on show till the middle of March this year, if not longer.

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Visit to SEKEM Farm   

Visit to SEKEM Farm 

On Thursday, 5th of March 2015 the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) organi zed a visit to SEKEM Farm for 20 German Wafedin- and DAAD-Scholars. SEKEM Farm is located on Cairo-Belbis desert road and has developed into an established international organization since 1977. It was founded with the idea of sustainable development and giving back to the community.

Awarded with recognitions like the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2003 or the Business for Peace Award in 2012 , SEKEM has helped around 700 farmers to shift from conventional to organic agriculture selling their products in several companies ranging from Phytopharmaceuticals, Organic textiles and clothes and organic food and beverages. Furthermore, SEKEM established the independent SEKEM Development Foundation ( SDF ), which is running various schools, a kindergarten, a vocational training center, a medical center and a lot of projects. The latest achievement was the establishment of the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, which successfully started its operations in the year 2012.

Mrs. Yvonne Floride, a member of SEKEM since its early beginnings, welcomed the students and arranged an inside tour through the factories, the kindergarden, the schools and the medical center. She also invited the group to attend the weekly school celebration with impressive music performances of all classes. After lunch in the canteen of SEKEM, the group had the chance to take a tour through SEKEM’s factory for children’s clothes and hand fitted dolls, of which some are exported to German drugstore chains.

More information on SEKEM can be found here

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Lab Equipment for the Pharmaceutical Biology Lab at GUC  

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On 27 November 2014, the DAAD visited the Department of Pharmaceutical Biology of the German University in Cairo (GUC). After being welcomed by Professor Abadi, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, and Assistant Professor Dr. Iman Gomaa, Group Leader of the "Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Laboratory”, presented two new devices, a "Laminar Air Flow Safety Cabinet” and a "Bio-spectrophotometer” which had been granted through the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Dr. Iman Gomaa, received a PhD scholarship from DAAD in 2000 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to work in the field of "Cancer Gene Therapy”. After finalizing her Ph.D. in 2003, and although Dr. Gomaa, spent three years (2004 – 2007) of postdoctoral fellowship between Mount Sinai School of Medicine – NY - USA and L’Hopital Salpetriere – Paris – France, she has been always in a continuous contact with her former advisors in Munich, as well as an active TUM and DAAD alumni member. Upon her return back home in September 2007, she joined the Biotechnology sector – Pharmaceutical Biology department, at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology in GUC. As mentioned by Dr. Gomaa, the DAAD has always played a key role in building up her academic career at home. As in 2012, Dr. Gomaa was awarded a short-term postdoctoral DAAD scholarship for 2.5 months at her former lab in TUM, where she started a new research project that represented an extension to her PhD project. Dr. Gomaa was strongly supported by her advisors in TUM to successfully apply for an "equipment grant” through the alumni program of DAAD. She chose two devices for her lab in GUC, to improve research techniques and safety working conditions for her postgraduate students and undergraduate interns. After receiving and installing the two appliances, which were ordered in Germany and are worth 20.000 Euros, Dr. Gomaa was glad to receive the official equipment award certificate by the program coordinator "Mrs. Irene el-Khorazaty” from DAAD. Mrs. el-Khorazaty emphasized that it is due to the great initiative and follow up of Dr. Gomaa as well as the 10% financial contribution of GUC, that this grant was realized.

Dr. Gomaa explained that with the help of the Laminator Air Flow Safety Cabinet, the lab is now able to work under safe conditions on production of gene-modified organisms (GMOs). The Bio-photometer, allows the precise detection of nucleic acids and proteins concentrations of the GMOs in very small volumes which is required during the preparation of different types of gene delivery vectors required for cancer gene therapy purposes. In addition, Dr. Gomaa highlighted that she is now able to continue and expand her cooperation with her lab in Munich, and to teach her students the international research standards that would enable the establishment of strongly based and independent future researchers.

As a future vision, Dr. Gomaa with her team at the "Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Laboratory - MCB”, are planning to continue working in the filed of Molecular Oncology for early detection and therapy of cancer, with a major interest to deeply understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the incidence as well as the possible treatment of oncological tumors. A long-term target of Dr. Gomaa is to find out a new ray of hope in the horizon of cancer therapy.

More information about the Pharmaceutical Biology Department and Dr. Gomaa’s lab activities can be found under: .

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DAAD Kairo Akademie Special Event "Face the Challenge: How to Strengthen the Employability of Egyptian Students” 

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On 30 and 31 March 2015 the DAAD Kairo Akademie (DKA) special event "Face the Challenge: How to Strengthen the Employability of Egyptian Students” took place at the Helwan University Campus in Zamalek. The content of the two-day seminar has been defined in close cooperation between the DAAD Cairo Office and the two trainers Mr. Andreas Eimer, founder and head of the University of Münster Careers Service and Dr. Jan Knauer, manager of the project "Employability” at the University of Münster Careers Service.

The trainers worked on up-to-date questions in the field of employability of university students such as how to strengthen employability in higher education programmes or building up a Careers Service with participants of 15 Egyptian universities and research institutes and representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education and the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE).

Other topics that are key in the current development of the system of Higher Education in Egypt that were discussed during the highly interactive workshop are the dealing with qualification mismatches the integration of company needs and alumni experiences into higher education teaching in learning. Participants analysed the current situation of employability in Egypt in general and at their home institution in particular and developed specific measures to strengthen employability at their higher education institutions.

The workshop took place in the framework of the DKA which, since its establishment 2011, has shown tremendous success by offering till date over 550 modules ranging from "Proposal Writing”, "International Networking”, "How to Present Scientific Data” to soft skills like "Effective Time Management” or "Teambuilding”. With about a dozen trainers modules were offered to almost 10.000 scholars in Egypt till date. Besides these regular trainings the DKA organizes various special events throughout the year, most of them targeting the management staff of Egyptian universities. For more information on the DKA and its training opportunities please visit the DAAD Kairo Akademie at

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Visiting ARD broadcast studio in Cairo  

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On November 30, 2014 a group of German students and interns of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) had the unique opportunity to visit the ARD broadcasting station in Cairo and catch a glimpse "behind the scenes”.

The head of ARD Cairo, Volker Schwenk, and his team did welcome the group with a tour through the studio. Subsequently, the members of the team introduced themselves and the work they are doing. Thereby, they did provide an interesting insight into the work of the ARD in Cairo, not leaving aside the dangers of working and filming in a mega city like Cairo.   This has left a lasting impression on the participants of the group.

The German students have been very interested in the stories of the team of ARD Cairo. Moreover, the students and the journalists have discussed the authentication of pictures. Which images seen in television or newspapers can be taken as "real” or as "the truth” and which not?

The trip to the ARD broadcasting studio was a great experience for both, the German students and the members of the DAAD.   Sincere thanks are given to all! 

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2nd IWaTec Winter school in El Gouna

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"Sustainable Use of Resources: Water and Energy for Egypt” was the topic of this year´s IWaTec Winter school held at the premises of the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna from Feb, 16th till 20th. In a 5 days comprehensive program more than 50 participants with diverse backgrounds discussed about new developments in the water sector as well as the possibilities of combining water with new energy technologies. German and Egyptian experts gave lectures on the past and future developments in water management, membrane applications, different water treatment and re-use methods and the impact of water on ecology and health as well as the experiences with e.g. solar cell or thermal technologies for desalination processes.

Beside the lectures and discussions the participants had the chance the visit the water treatment facilities and industrial sides in El Gouna and some research installations of the TU Berlin. A Poster exhibition allowed the participating students to present their own research results. As the quality of all posters was very good the scientific committee had a hard task to choose the best poster. Finally the work of Mohamed ElQuelish on "Ammonium Removal using Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidation” was awarded. It was an interesting and fascinating week with many fruitful discussions and all participants agreed that this event should be repeated next year, maybe also taking into account the amazing and endangered coral reefs right on the doorstep of El Gouna.

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