Networks in India

Blick vom Charminar-Denkmal auf die Innenstadt von Hyderabad, der Hauptstadt des Bundesstaates Andhra Pradesh im Süden des Landes.
View from the Charminar Monument overlooking the city of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh in the southern part of India. Image Credit: Eva Tiemann
Indische Studentinnen informieren sich über die Freie Universität.
Students in India are interested in getting information about Freie Universität. Image Credit: Eva Tiemann

Freie Universität’s liaison office in New Delhi supports and facilitates academic exchange with its Indian partners. Its doors are open to students and scholars in India who are interested in the excellent teaching and research opportunities at Freie Universität.

News from Nov 21, 2013

The liaison office in New Delhi maintains partnerships with selected universities in India. It recruits Indian graduate students interested in working on a doctorate in Germany, and it supports members of Freie Universität in planning and implementing conferences and other events on the subcontinent.

The main areas of cooperation with the University of Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi are in the humanities, political science, and cultural studies. With the University of Delhi there are also several joint projects in chemistry.

An international research training group, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) was set up in collaboration with the University of Hyderabad to study Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology. The group investigates, for example, factors responsible for the occurrence and spread of infectious diseases such as malaria.

Joint Projects for Sustainable Development

Education for sustainable development is the goal of cooperation between Freie Universität and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. The joint project German-Indian Sustainability and Climate Change Dialogue was initiated in 2008 by the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU). It serves as a platform for decision-makers, scholars, and environmental leaders from Germany and India, as well as for student exchange.

The Indian-European Multi-Level Climate Governance Research Network was set up in 2012. It serves as a platform for researchers from Freie Universität Berlin, the TERI University, Jadavpur University, Pondicherry University, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to work jointly on climate change policy in India and Europe.

In 2012 an agreement was reached with Pondicherry University that Freie Universität would provide support in developing a graduate program in European Studies and in providing German instruction for students.

There are also collaboration projects with other research institutes, in particular with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee and the IITs in Delhi, Chennai, and Bombay, as well as with the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Bangalore, all related to current research in computer science.

Exchange Programs

Since July 2013, Freie Universität Berlin has been involved in two Erasmus Mundus projects with India: the two projects, EMINTE and EUPHRATES, both have 18 participating partner institutions including the University of Pune, the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the IIT Bombay, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Through GATE, an Erasmus Mundus Mobility Project with Asia that was approved in 2012, Freie Universität partners with the IIT Madras and is setting up a student exchange program that will begin in 2014.

The liaison office in New Delhi is headed by Ulrich Podewils. It was set up in 2008 in the German House, which in 2012 became the German House for Research and Innovation (GHRI).

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Last Update: Nov 21, 2013

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