The liaison office in Cairo aims to increase academic cooperation between Freie Universität and universities and research centers in Egypt and the Middle East. It highlights the university’s outstanding research in many fields including Middle Eastern Studies.
News from Jul 01, 2015
The Cairo liaison office of Freie Universität Berlin works to increase the visibility of Freie Universität in Egypt and the region. It informs students and scholars from the region about possibilities of funding from German and European institutions. At the same time it is open to researchers and students at Freie Universität.
With close involvement of Freie Universität Berlin, the German Science Centre (DWZ) was opened in 2012 in Cairo. The DWZ was set up as a platform for German educational and academic institutions and universities to join forces in intensifying their contacts with Egyptian researchers and the business community. It currently functions as the umbrella organization for nine German academic organizations and universities.
In 2015 the DWZ published the first issue of the Egyptian German Science Monitor, which gives a broad overview of current developments in research cooperation with Egypt.
Freie Universität has numerous cooperative arrangements with universities in Egypt. For many years it has cooperated closely with Cairo University, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Egypt and the region. In 2010 a direct exchange program was initiated with the American University in Cairo (AUC) that enables students at Freie Universität to spend up to two semesters at AUC. A similar program has been in place since 2014 with the American University of Beirut (AUB), which was founded in 1866.
The office in Cairo acts in an advisory capacity in numerous research collaborations between Freie Universität and Egyptian universities, for example, in veterinary medicine, political science, or meteorology with regard to climate change in mega-cities. Since 2013, Freie Universität has been maintaining a network with seven communication studies institutes in the Middle East.
A network with the universities of Alexandria, Cairo, Sohag, and South Valley addresses the issue of gender equality. The project is being funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Egyptian student representatives have traveled to Berlin several times since 2012 to get information about various forms of student participation.
Young researchers benefit from the presence of Freie Universität in the region. Since 2011, the office in Cairo in conjunction with the branch of the Orient Institute Beirut has been offering a tutorial for graduate students in the social sciences and humanities who are working on themes relating to the Middle East. Each year the Cairo Office holds a fair for Egyptian Ph.D. students and postdocs to inform them about vacant positions at Freie Universität.
The liaison office in Cairo took up its work in 2010. It is headed by the political scientist Dr. Florian Kohstall, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on higher education reforms in Egypt and Morocco.
Freie Universität’s international network comprises seven liaison offices that support the university’s researchers by providing access to regional expertise and local contacts. The focus of the offices varies according to location.