№ 108/2010 from Apr 26, 2010
Freie Universität Berlin, one of the largest universities in Germany and one of nine universities selected in the German Excellence Initiative, has taken another step in extending its worldwide networking. Besides its liaison offices in New York, Moscow, Beijing, New Delhi, and Brussels, another has been set up in Cairo. The offices abroad are part of the development strategy “International Network University” that was selected for funding in the German Excellence Initiative. The Cairo Office will be responsible for Egypt and the entire Middle East and North Africa. It will serve as the first point of contact for students and scholars from this region, thus supporting and coordinating exchange between Freie Universität and its partner universities in the region.
At the official opening ceremony, the director of the Center for International Cooperation of Freie Universität, Dr. Dorothea Rüland, welcomed senior representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, the German ambassador in Cairo, Michael Bock, and the director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Office in Cairo, Dr. Christian Hülshörster. In addition, well-known representatives of Egyptian universities and research institutes as well as German institutions in the region attended. The keynote address was given by Professor Dr. Gudrun Krämer, director of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies.
The Cairo Office is headed by Dr. Florian Kohstall, a graduate of Freie Universität Berlin in the Department of Political Science. Kohstall, 36, completed his doctorate on the educational system in Egypt and Morocco and extended his knowledge through several years of residence in different Arab countries. Kohstall’s office is located in the premises of the DAAD building in the Cairo district of Zamalek. The DAAD building also houses representative offices of Philipps-Universität Marburg’s Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, the Orient Institut Beirut, Fraunhofer, and the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad.