Freie Universität Berlin has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with several excellent institutions of higher education and research in India. Underlying each partnership is a strong mutual interest in joint activities ranging from research projects, joint supervision of PhD students to exchange of students, faculty and administrators. Freie Universität Berlin is actively seeking to deepen its networks in India and to establish relations with leading institutions in the country.
As of 2018, MoUs exist with the following institutions:
In addition to these formal partnerships, lively academic relationships with various excellent institutions and departments all over India exist. Typically, they have been established through contacts between individual faculty members of Freie Universität Berlin and their Indian counterparts or by alumni or by the liaison office via joint events or institutional visits. Such contacts exist – among others – with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Rourkee, IISc Bangalore, IIIT Bangalore, Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, Jadavpur University in Kolkata, IISER Pune, IISER Tirupati and NISER Bhubaneswar.
Created as one of the Federal Foreign Office’s strategic initiatives to internationalise science and research, the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) encourages and facilitates academic exchange, scientific collaboration, and research & development projects, acting as an active link between government officials, policy makers and representatives of leading German institutions. In 2012, Freie Universität Berlin became part of the DWIH New Delhi. Due to its permanent presence in New Delhi in form of a liaison office, Freie Universität Berlin can play an active role in contributing to DWIH’s strategic goals. In cooperation with the members of DWIH, numerous events and projects have been conducted to inform prospective students and scholars about Germany as a place to study and research.
The DAAD supports the international relations of German higher education institutions with those in other countries 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. Freie Universität Berlin is proud to have obtained additional DAAD-funding under the Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education (2016-2020). Freie Universität Berlin’s liaison office in New Delhi frequently takes part in joint events with the DAAD India such as information sessions, science outreach events and institutional visits.
The DFG, through its office in New Delhi, provides funding for a series of joint research projects of Freie Universität and its Indian partners. It also maintains and expands contacts with the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), amongst others. Freie Universität Berlin’s liaison office works closely together with the DFG in India to provide information on funding opportunities to foster Indo-German research collaborations.
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. In New Delhi, the liaison office works closely together with the science section of the German Embassy and takes part in several events and activities organized by the German Embassy.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. There is an ever-growing network of former and present Humboldtians from India at Freie Universität Berlin. The liaison office regularly attends AvH-events and spreads information about its programs.
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.
Freie Universität Berlin’s liaison office regularly attends joint events with the Research & Innovation Sector Delegation of the European Union to India as well as with EURAXESS India. Being the recipient of various EU-grants, such as under the Horizon2020 framework, grants by the European Research Council, or under the Erasmus+ program, Freie Universität Berlin is an example for a particularly attractive destination for Indian researchers.
Freie Universität Berlin, Liaison Office New Delhi