Now in Arabic: Information brochures about studying in Germany for parents and international students
The brochure "Study in Germany: A good choice for your child. 15 Questions and Answers for parents" used to be available only in German and English. An Arabic version has come out recently; it offers a diversity of information about advantages, opportunities and chances of studies at a German University. In addition parents can get an idea about the costs, necessary preparations and living conditions that are related to a stay abroad and may find answers to a couple of questions parents naturally would worry about when sending their child to another country.
In order to reach more parents of prospective students in the Arab World, DAAD Cairo initiated the brochure’s translation into Arabic. The so far international oriented brochure has been adjusted to the region by replacing the previous testimonials by ones of Egyptians who used to or are currently studying in Germany and are speaking from their own experience. Parents like Mona El Tobgui, Senior Advisor of the Fraunhofer-Foundation, whose son and daughter both studied in Germany explain why they supported their children on this way.
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Also, the brochure "Studying in Germany: A practical Guide for International Students” is available now in Arabic. The brochure shows the international students a clearer image about the studying conditions in Germany. Moreover, it covers many points that can come to an international student’s mind, for example: Selecting degree Programme and university, meeting the admission requirements, financing the studies, applying for a degree programme, finding accommodation and other interesting topics.
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Cairo Climate Talks successfully launched by the Nile
In the heart of Cairo the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany initiated the "Cairo Climate Talks” on the 3rd November 2011 in the Culture Wheel just beside the River Nile. Due to the upcoming UN Conference of Parties in Durban the talks were launched by a panel discussion "International Climate Change Negotiations in Durban (COP17) - expectations and perspectives”. The panellists included experts from the German and Egyptian side. The launching event took place in a talk show atmosphere, moderated by Cornelia Wegerhoff, the WDR correspondent.
"Cairo Climate Talks” is a series of events meant to provide a platform to exchange experience, raise awareness and foster cooperation between policymakers, the business community, the scientific community as well as civil society. It is held in cooperation between the German Embassy in Cairo, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Egyptian German High Level Joint Committee for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection (JCEE).
First H.E. Mr. Michael Bock, the ambassador made the opening speech. He pointed out the tremendous potential for Egypt to expand in the field of new and renewable energy. This would not only result in clean energy friendly to the environment, but also create new jobs and contribute to sustainable development. Then the opening speech by H.E. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, was held by Mr. Hossam ElDin Ali Hegazi, Chief Executive Officer of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA). He confirmed the excellent bilateral relations between Germany and Egypt, especially in the field of technology and science. "Cairo Climate Talks” are a symbol of this intensive cooperation to face the climate change and its risks.
Both panellists Mr. Stefan Auer, Deputy Director General for Energy and Environment at the German Federal Foreign Office , and H.E. Ambassador Ehab Gamal ElDin, Minister Plenipotentiary for Environmental Affairs and Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, concurred that both Egypt and Germany want to find a constructive agreement in the Conference of Parties (COP 17) in Durban. The benefits from the Kyoyo Protocol should not stop, because the future of humanity depends on how it faces climate change. Cairo Climate Talks is definitely one positive step towards intensifying the cooperation. Mr. Auer confirmed that climate change is not a secondary issue, but all will suffer from its consequences. Africa belongs to the regions that will suffer severe impacts.
Dr. Ezzat Lewis, Head of Climate Change Central Department, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency , highlighted how Egypt can enhance its investments in clean and renewable energy with the support of the German expertise. Successful projects in wind and solar energy exist already. Ms. Silvia Kreibiehl, Vice President at Deutsche Bank Group, stated how German investors are interested in the Egyptian market. She mentioned how the guarantees of certainty are necessary for German investors to enter the Egyptian market that is promising. The launching event of Cairo Climate Talks ended after a discussion session.
Summer School:The New Urban Revolution in Greater Cairo
From September 30th to October 9th 2011, the Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin) together with its Egyptian partner, Ain Shams University, carried out the “New Urban Revolution in Greater Cairo”summer school, under the sponsorship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Urbanization is considered one of the most critical challenges facing Egypt. The population of Greater Cairo is currently estimated to comprise around 20 million inhabitants, which represents almost one quarter of Egypt’s 82 million inhabitants and almost half of the country’s urban population. Unfortunately the consequences of this problem are very clear in the high populated informal settlements, which suffer dangerous building conditions and often lack public infrastructure and services.
The ongoing transformation phase in Egypt is a very good opportunity to call for the involvement of community organizations and active participation of inhabitants to upgrade and regenerate the existing informal areas in in Greater Cairo.
Therefore, the “New Urban Revolution in Greater Cairo”summer school was seeking to develop the knowledge and skills of the 25 selected Egyptian students as future experts and urban managers in this transition phase.
Many relevant topics were discussed during the summer school, such as: technical infrastructure, transportation and communication, social infrastructure, waste and resource management, social segregation, gentrification, employment creation, public participation, design of architecture, integrated planning instruments and institutions.
Summer School for Cultural Science at Al Azhar University
The Summer School project between the universities of Al-Azhar and Vechta ended with a celebration of all participants at the premises of the DAAD branch office on October 6th 2011. Students and teachers of both universities had been working together in workshops and scientific discussions for one week. In the course of the workshops, they arranged information-days concerning regional studies where topics such as cultural science and sociology were addressed with regard to the cultural dialogue. In this regard, the comprehension of democracy, linguistic experience and the idea of identity as well as its localization in daily life were discussed. All in all, 14 students and staff members arrived from Lower Saxony’s universities in order to discuss those matters with their fellow Egyptian students and colleagues. Next to an intensive work schedule, their agenda included touristic activities and leisure time which presented a compensation for the studies and provided an opportunity to get to know each other. This was the second time for a study tour in Cairo and it is part of the Ahlan-Project, which has been going on successfully between the two universities for two years now, and which is sponsored by the German-Arabic/ Iranian College-Dialogue by the DAAD. For the future, the implementation of a mutual course of studies in cultural-science is planned, the conception of which was prompted by the Summer School.
GERSS - Spring Call 2011-2012
The German Egyptian Research Short term Scholarship GERSS is a program jointly funded by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn (DAAD) in order to finance short term scholarships for young Egyptian scientists to travel to Germany. The target groups of the program are researchers enrolled in MSc, PhD programs and young Post Doctoral candidates. The scholarships may be awarded for a period from three to six months.
Among the young scientists who applied for the scholarship in the Spring Call 2011-12, twelve candidates successfully passed the pre- and final selections and were by that qualified to be granted the GERSS scholarship in it 8th round.
• There are two calls for application annually:
Autumn Call: Electronic application forms can be filled out as of 1st of September till 15th of October
Spring Call: Electronic application forms can be filled out as of 15th of March till 30th of April.
• The online application form is available on the GERSS website: http://www.mhesr-initiatives.org/gerss/ as soon as the call starts.
• In order to apply for the GERSS scholarship, you have to register yourself on the GERSS website.
For inquiries, please contact Ms. Heba Afifi:
Tel. +20 2 2735 27 26 Ext. 119
"INEMA” Summer School at Helwan University
From 11-15 September 2011, Helwan University’s International Center of Excellence in Education Management "ICEEM” hosted the "INEMA” summer school. Several important topics related to the German-Arab Master's Program "International Education Management (INEMA)”, were discussed during the program’s sessions. IMENA is a blended learning program, targeting professionals from Germany and the MENA region, who want to develop their managerial skills in the education sector. A joint degree from Helwan University and the German partner University of Ludwigsburg will be awarded.