Egypt, Germany have close cooperation in educational, scientific domains - minister

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 - 12:59 GMT

FILE – Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar

FILE – Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar

CAIRO - 19 July 2018: Egypt and Germany have close and good cooperation in the educational and scientific domains, said Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar.

He highlighted the important role played by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in boosting educational and scientific cooperation between Germany and Egypt.

Abdel Ghaffar was speaking at a closing ceremony of activities marking the German Science Day that was organized by DAAD under the sponsorship of German Ambassador here Julius Georg Luy and DAAD head Roman Luckscheiter.

Egypt and Germany have a deeply-rooted cooperation in jointly financing long and short-term scholarships, he said.

Some 350 Egyptian researchers attended the ceremony to get acquainted with different scholarships at German universities, steps to be taken to get a scholarship and the nature of study at German universities.

Abdel Ghaffar said German universities are favored by Egyptian researchers because they offer many facilities, noting that 112 Egyptian researchers are currently studying in Germany.

Luckscheiter said Germany encourages Egyptian researchers to apply for scholarships to study at its universities, saying the German strategy for science is based on addressing international challenges, including climate change, food security, renewable energy and development in developing nations.

He lauded constructive cooperation between Egypt and the DAAD in fostering cooperation in the scientific and educational domains.

Founded in Heidelberg in 1925 on the initiative of a single student, the DAAD has since become one of the most important funding organisations worldwide for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. It supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

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