More Practice-Oriented Higher Education 'Made in Germany'

DAAD supports the establishment of 17 courses of study at the new Egyptian University of Applied Sciences with funds from the BMBF.

A German success model on the Nile: The German International University of Applied Sciences (GIU-AS) in the new Egyptian administrative capital is based on the model of German Universities of Applied Sciences (HAW). Practice-oriented courses of study are designed to make graduates fit for the Egyptian job market. The programme starts with courses in engineering, business administration, computer science and design. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides funding of one million euros per year from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support the establishment of these courses of study in the "Transnational Education" programme. The GIU-AS is supported by a consortium of German universities of applied sciences, which are responsible for the technical design of the study courses in Egypt and for monitoring their introduction. 

Federal Minister Anja Karliczek said: "The German universities of applied sciences are unique. They combine science and practice in an impressive range and are an asset to Germany as a business location in every respect. I am delighted About the interest in this successful model shown by our Egyptian partners. The GIU-AS will enrich the German educational offer in Egypt with a further application and labour market-oriented variant, which will benefit the entire Egyptian society. The great reputation of German universities in Egypt is expected to attract highly motivated young people to study at GIU-AS. The GIU-Berlin, a state-recognised university in Berlin, which is financed by the Egyptian side, also stands for the intensive bilateral exchange with Germany. German International Universities' are thus opening up new opportunities for knowledge transfer and student exchange both in Germany and Egypt. They make an essential contribution to international cooperation.

DAAD former president Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel said: "Commitment to transnational educational opportunities has developed into a profile element of German universities - with a strong impetus for internationalisation and the worldwide positioning of higher education 'Made in Germany'. The GIU-AS is therefore an excellent extension of the good and close German-Egyptian cooperation in higher education and will ideally serve as a model for future GIU-AS worldwide".

The German International University of Applied Sciences (GIU-AS)

The initiative to found the GIU-AS originated in 2018 from Prof. Dr. Ashraf Mansour, who had already successfully founded the German University Cairo (GUC) in 2001. The GIU-AS in Germany is supported by a consortium of German universities, consisting of the HTW Berlin, the HWR Berlin, the universities of Ulm and Heilbronn as well as the UAS7. The Egyptian partner of GUC supports the project by providing buildings, classrooms, laboratories, IT and services. In February 2019, the foundation stone was laid for GIU-AS' own building in the new Egyptian administrative capital, and regular study activities on site are to begin in the summer semester of 2020.

Promotion of German study programmes worldwide

Since 2001, the DAAD has been promoting German study programmes abroad worldwide in its "Transnational Education" (TNB) programme. German universities are currently involved in transnational education programmes in 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. A total of 276 degree programmes are being offered in about 80 TNB projects that received or are currently receiving DAAD funding in an initial phase. The projects contribute significantly to the visibility of German universities on the international education market. A total of over 32,000 students worldwide are enrolled in German TNB programmes.

This article is an abridged version of a press release from the German Academic Exchange Service e.V. on new German courses of study and the GIU-AS in Egypt.

January 2020