For many years, Egypt has been an important partner for Germany owing to its geographical location. A special highlight of our partnership was the opening of a branch of the German University in Cairo (GUC) in Berlin in 2012.
Scientific and technological cooperation with Egypt is based on the intergovernmental S&T agreements signed in 1979 and 1981 as well as on further individual and project agreements concluded between 1980 and 1985. In 2007, the two science ministries signed an agreement on the establishment of a German-Egyptian Research Fund (GERF) on the occasion of the closing event of the German-Egyptian Year of Science and Technology.
North African and German researchers have been cooperating even more closely in an increasingly diverse range of activities since Germany and Egypt organized their first, highly successful Science Year in 2007: A jointly financed research fund enables mainly young research teams to carry out innovative, application-oriented and industry-related research projects. The delivered research results will be translated into practical applications even more quickly than in the past. The GERF also supports scientific networks which apply for funding from the HORIZON 2020 European framework programme and from national funding programmes. The German Federal Research Ministry and the Egyptian funding agency have so far launched more than 50 joint research projects particularly in the areas of biotechnology, medicine, materials research, water, renewable energy, the humanities and social sciences.
The first "German" private university abroad (established as a private institution under Egyptian law with the German name "Deutsche Universität in Kairo") is of great political importance in the longstanding tradition of German-Egyptian education cooperation, which started more than a hundred years ago when German parochial schools were established in Cairo and Alexandria. Since 2003, the German University in Cairo has been offering training in English based on German standards not only in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, economics and administration but also in multimedia design, communications and media science, management and life sciences. A German campus was established in Berlin in 2012.
The German-Arab Master programme "Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design" of Stuttgart University and Ain Shams University in Cairo is a good example of successful cooperation. The German Research Ministry has been funding this programme since 2011 together with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Egyptian Higher Education Ministry. This bicultural Master programme targets German and Egyptian graduates as well as graduates from other Arab countries who have experience in the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscaping, regional planning and civil engineering.
German research and innovation centres around the world are campaigning for research in Germany. The German Science Centre Cairo was opened in 2013. This centre brings together German research and intermediary organizations such as Fraunhofer, Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Orient-Institut Beirut as well as higher education institutions including the technical universities in Berlin and Munich, Freie Universität Berlin and Philipps Universität Marburg.
In addition to the numerous possibilities for exchange and cooperation in science, research and technology, the German Science Centre Cairo supports existing synergy between science, research and industry or between government and the private sector. In particular young researchers in Egypt benefit from the various networking opportunities offered by events, fairs, seminars and training courses. The Centre also provides information about current developments in the German research sector and advises on national as well as German-Egyptian funding opportunities.
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