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Press Release 000/2009

Goethe-Institut and Leading Institutes of Technology (TU9) sign a Cooperation Agreement

Germany suffers from a shortage of engineers. The Goethe-Institut and the Association of the Leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (TU9) are therefore working together to recruit international students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of the Goethe-Institut and Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, TU9 Vice-President and President of TU Darmstadt, signed a cooperation agreement to this effect in Berlin on 30th October.

Within the initiative started by the German Foreign Office "Schools: Partners of the Future" (PASCH), the Goethe-Institut caters for those schools worldwide where German as a foreign language has a particularly high standing. Many of the school leavers are ideal candidates for studying at technical universities due to their schools’ specialisation in mathematics and science. Entering the German university system should thus be made easier for them. The cooperation, for three years in the first instance, is starting in India, the third largest education market in the world.

Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of the Goethe-Institut, confirmed: "Cooperation with TU9 opens up new opportunities to link the work of the Goethe-Institut abroad to the universities in Germany. The Goethe-Institut’s contribution is the quality of its network and its long years of expertise in language teaching – in this case in preparation for studying in Germany." TU9 Vice-President, Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, explained: "the TU9 universities offer top-quality degree courses in engineering Made in Germany; up to 20% of our students come from abroad. To make sure this stays so, we seek out international STEM talents all over the world and invite them to study at TU9 universities."

The cooperation agreement between the Goethe-Institut and TU9 provides for a six-month trial course, which will prepare Indian school leavers for studying in Germany. This is being developed jointly by Leibniz Universität Hannover, the Niedersächsische Studienkolleg Hannover and the Goethe-Institut.


The TU9 Association
TU9 is the association of the leading Institutes of Technology in Germany: RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TU München, Universität Stuttgart. More than 240,000 students, or ten percent of all German students, are registered at TU9 universities.

In Germany every second engineer with a university degree comes from TU9 universities; two thirds of the doctorates in engineering are awarded at TU9 universities.

Initiative "Schools: Partners of the Future" (PASCH)
PASCH is an initiative of the German Foreign Office in cooperation with the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad, the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Educational Exchange Service of the Education Minister’s Conference. Within the initiative, the Goethe-Institut caters for those schools worldwide where German as a foreign language has a particularly high standing.

The Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut operates worldwide as the cultural institute of the German Federal Republic. It promotes the study of the German language abroad, encourages international cultural cooperation and provides an in-depth picture of Germany. In times of new global challenges, the work of the Goethe-Institut aims to promote deeper understanding between different cultures and to enhance the reputation of Germany in the world.

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