Education in Germany


Consistency, patience, hard work and high-quality engineers and engineering goods are what Germany as a brand stands for an Indian. As a tribute to this very culture, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Max Planck Society (MPS) of Germany and the Department of Science and Technology, India recently during the visit of the German Chancellor, Mr. Gerhard Schroeder to India. Under this MoU 15 fellowships will be awarded to Indian scientists to pursue post-doctoral studies in about. 78 Max Planck Institutes (MPT) in Germany.

For 'anglophone' students such as those from India there are over 300 international degree programs, which offer mainly master's courses in addition to the bachelor's and Ph.D. programs. In Germany, the tuition fees are not charged, even for international students in most varsities, as they are publicly funded. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with its offices in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai offer scholarships to deserving students. As Europe is generally expensive, the living costs could amount to between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 30,000 per month.

The technical university at Munich offers many dual-degrees, which can be procured even in Singapore. It offers those degrees jointly with the National University of Singapore. These include masters in financial mathematics and risk control; master's in intelligent transportation systems and one in industrial chemistry. GRE or GMAT scores are required in addition to TOEFL or IELTS for English.

The University of Bonn's Center for Development Research offers the international doctoral studies program in development research, for which Indians can apply.

The Berlin School of Economics, which is like a university of applied sciences or a polytechnic, has a multi-disciplinary approach to studies. The school's study is conducted in association with business and industrial partners at their faculty of company-linked programs. It's famous for its MBA, engineering and IT studies, apart from gender and environment studies. The school has courses in English at several levels.

Berlin's largest university called University of Applied Sciences offers all kinds of courses including Master's of Business Administration, Master's of International Management, courses in engineering and IT as well as design and arts. These courses are tailor-made for international students.

The Software Applications in Data Processing (SAP) headquarters, near Heidelerg, has enough technical and research expertise, to offer not only financial solutions to companies but solutions in any area in which their know-how may be required. They have an internal system of learning called SAP University, which offers '16 globalising curricula', that are now offered to schools around Germany. They have made contacts with XLRI, Jamshedpur and Manipal Institute, Karnataka as well.

The South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelerg deals with history, political science, classical and modern Indolegy as does the Department ofIndian Studies at the University of Bonn. To study in Germany, a student has to prove that he has a good command over the German languages, unless he is doing an international program, which is taught in English.

Now, with die new immigration law' corning into effect, it can be possible for foreign students to remain in Germany for up to one year (for the purpose of seeking employment) after successfully completing their studies. If" students are able to find a job during this period, their residence permit can be extended, and after a. five-year stay they will be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

The law provides for highly qualified persons to be granted permanent residence right after their studies. Regulations regarding student jobs are on the way to being made more flexible. As soon as this happens, a job at a university or research institution could well be taken up for the entire period of a student's study. And on the language front more and more courses are being formulated where the medium of instruction is English.

The country has also decided to award B.A. and M.A. degrees, comparable to their European counterparts, enabling students to have a greater degree of mobility in Europe. The system will be fully in place around 2008-10.

At the Technical University of Munich (TUM) practical training is part of the school system. The university offers 14 special research modules and its strength lies not only in the traditional courses like engineering but also in its programs in cell medicine, molecular medicine and bio-medical engineering.

TUM has exchange programs with several countries. With India it has a sandwich program with IIT; with France there is a double diploma program and on the anvil are similar modules with Italy and Spain. In Singapore, the German Institute of Science and Technology, which is an alliance between TUM and NUS, offers an M.Sc. in industrial chemistry and industry ecology, as well as an M.Sc. in industrial and financial mathematics' with specializations in financial mathematics and risk control, information and cryptography.

TUM's applied algorithmic math’s, program, offered by their Department of Mathematics, boasts of being one of the best on offer internationally. The course, which is designed for 15-25 Ph.D. students, claims an impressive student teacher ratio.

A popular option with international students is the Humboldt University, Berlin. Founded in 1810 by Wilhelm von Humboldt, the institution boasts of 29 Nobel laureates who have been associated with it in the course of their teaching and research careers, contributing to the university's excellent academic reputation.

With special emphasis on the Humanities, the university offers a total of 170 subjects and 130 courses of study.

In Germany, since tuition fees—other than in private universities—are borne by the State, students only have to worry about their living expenses. It would be wise to contact DA AD or any of its partner organizations in India like the UGC, CSIR, etc. in India, as there are plenty of scholarships for those who are looking to do advanced studies or research.