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University Partners

University of Delhi (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

Focus areas of the cooperation with the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi are the Humanities as well as Political and Cultural Sciences. Furthermore, for over eight years, joint projects in Chemistry have been conducted with the University of Delhi.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Higher education for sustainable development is the aim of the cooperation between Freie Universität and TERI in New Delhi. In 2008, the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Uniersität initiated the German-Indian Sustainability and Climate Change Dialogue, which serves as platform for experts from academia, politics and environment protection as well as for a student exchange. In October 2012, the „Indian-European Multi-Level Climate Governance Research Network“ was initiated. It involves researchers of Freie Universität and TERI, as well as Jadavpur University, Pondicherry University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, who conduct research on climate policy in India and Europe.

University of Hyderabad (UOH)

The DFG-funded joint Research Training Group "Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology" between Freie Universität and UOH, conducts research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases such as Malaria. Furthermore, a student exchange program was established in June of 2014.

Anna University

Cooperation with Anna University exists primarlily in the field of Hydrology.

Pondicherry University (PU)

Since 2012, Freie Universität has been supporting PU in the development of the postgraduate program "European Studies" and German courses for students.

IIT Madras in Chennai

An exchange agreement with IIT Madras was signed in 2013.

Further cooperation, especially within the Erasmus Mundus framework

Informal cooperation exists with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Delhi, Roorkee and Bombay, as well as with the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Bangalore on current research in the field of Computer Sciences. Freie Universität is particularly active with its Erasmus Mundus partners, which include Anand Agricultural University, the IIT in Kanpur, Jadavpur University, the Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), University of Delhi, University of Kerala and University of Pune. Through the 2012 Eramus Mundus project "Asia Regional", further institutions have become partners: the IIT Madras and the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

German Partners

The German Embassy in New Delhi and the German Consulates-General in Bangaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai

The Embassy and Consulates-General of the Federal Republic of Germany are in charge of the necessary visa for study and research stays at Freie Universität Berlin.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD supports the international relations of German higher education institutions with those in other countires through the exchange of students and scholars as well as through international programs and projects. Most scholarships for a stay at Freie Universität Berlin are applied for via the DAAD in New Delhi.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG, through its offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad, provides funding for a series of joint research projects of Freie Universität and its Indian partners

Max Müller Bhavan

The Goethe Institutes in India are named after the German indologist Max Müller and provide German classes for study and research in Germany, even if the study program is entirely in English or if the working language in research laboratories is English.

German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH)

In 2012, the New Delhi Office of Freie Universität became part of the DWIH New Delhi. In cooperation with the members of DWIH, numerous events and projects are conducted to inform prospective students and scholars about Germany as a place to study and research. The recent "Excellence on Tour" events provide a good example for this joint effort of the 15 members.

Other Indian Institutions

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are important supporters of bilateral research projects in the sciences. Jointly with the DST, Freie Universität funds research internships in Berlin for so-called INSPIRE students. The DBT provides funding for the International Research Training Group "Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology". The Indian Council of Cultural Relations supports visiting professors from India at Freie Universität.