Germany mulls setting up higher education facility in Qatar
November 19 2018 10:11 PM
German ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel speaks as deputy head of mission Daniel Schemske looks on. PICTURE:
German ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel speaks as deputy head of mission Daniel Schemske looks on. PICTURE: Ram Chand


Germany is exploring the chances of setting up a higher level educational institute or university in Qatar, ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel said on Monday.

He was addressing a press conference about the celebrations to be held in Doha on Tuesday as part of the 'Day of German Unity.'

Replying to a query from Gulf Times, ambassador Muzel and deputy head of mission Daniel Schemske recalled that there were some deliberations between officials of the two countries a couple of months ago and they are expected to have further engagements on the matter in the coming months.

While Muzel highlighted the recognition the courses and programmes at German universities are receiving at the global level, especially in the technical side, Schemske said there is considerable demand from students across the world for higher level engineering and research programmes at some of the major German universities. "We are also accelerating our efforts to attract more students from the Gulf region, including Qatar, to our universities," said Schemske.

Schemske also pointed out that almost one-fourth of the students at German International School Doha are Qatari.

Later the ambassador said a lot of efforts are being made to boost cultural relations between the two countries and lauded the efforts of Qatar's ambassador to Germany Sheikh Saud bin Abdurahman al-Thani in initiating some major steps in this direction.

Muzel said the opening of the Arab Cultural House “Al Diwan” in the German capital of Berlin in November last year aimed at spreading the Arab culture in the framework of the Qatar-Germany Year of Culture (2017) .

He also hoped the Arab Cultural House would be a platform for vital cultural exchanges and development, and a testament to Qatar’s commitment to building bridges with nations around the world.

Al Diwan, he hoped, will contribute to the strengthening of the Arab-German relations and the establishment of a broad strategic dialogue in the cultural field, which will contribute to mutual understanding of cultures and strengthen bilateral institutional relations through partnership with other cultural institutions in Germany.

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