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Short guide to studying in Germany

Jan 31, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Ambassador Lindner with Captain Wunderlich of the POLARSTERN

German Research Vessel Day in South Africa

Dec 22, 2016 | German Embassy Pretoria

International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

Mar 8, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Young researcher at work in a laboratory

Many inspiring women such as Hildegard von Bingen, Maria Sibylla Merian or Marie Curie have shown the world what greatness lies within the supposedly weaker sex. However, women still today are often suppressed and do not have equal chances, rights or income as men. With the campaign theme #BeBoldForChange today’s (March 8) International Women’s Day encourages all to take action to help forge a better working environment and a more gender inclusive world.

Member of the German Bundestag Dr. Thomas Feist visits South Africa

Feb 28, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Meeting with students of the TVET College Ekurhuleni East College

Dr. Thomas Feist, Member of the German Bundestag (Parliament), visited Gauteng last week to gain personal insight into South Africa’s Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. Thanks to a programme spanning from a visit to the Ekurhuleni East College to BMW Rosslyn, Dr. Feist was able to receive a broad understanding of the higher education and TVET system in the country.

The Einstein Fellowship for out-of-the-box-thinkers

Feb 21, 2017 | Einstein Forum
A young thinker can spend time at Einstein's summer house

The Einstein Forum and the Daimler Benz Foundation are offering fellowships to support outstanding young thinkers who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialisation, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert Einstein. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2017.

SPACES Scholarships for research in the field of Earth System Management

Feb 15, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Waterberg landscape in Limpopo

The SPACES Programme is offering scholarships for graduates, PhD candidates and Postdocs from Namibia and South Africa concentrating on Earth System Research. The grantees will be able to conduct a short-time research stay in Germany this year. The bursaries can include both financial as well as scientific support for individual research projects.

Four South African academics go on Study Tour on Higher Education Financing to Germany

Feb 7, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Participants Adv. Mabuda and Prof. Habib with German Ambassador Lindner

The #FeesMustFall movement was one of the most significant matters in South Africa in 2016. Scholars were fighting for the fees of Higher Education to fall and therewith make education more accessible to the broader nation. Consequentially, many South Africans in the education sector reflected on what can be done to decrease study fees. The German Embassy therefore wanted to contribute to the discussion by adding an international perspective and send four of South Africa’s most honorable academics on a Study Tour, organized by the Goethe-Institut. The tour took place from November 13-19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

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Science, Technology and Innovation

Fuel rods emitting Cherenkov radiation

Germany is a land of ideas - Europe’s number 1 in terms of patent registrations - and among the most innovative countries worldwide. Internationally renowned institutions have made the country a hub of cutting-edge international science and research. Germany is also a partner in innovation to South Africa, developing research capacity and facilities jointly through exchange programs, research initiatives, academic conferences and high-level delegate visits.

The Higher Education System in Germany

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Higher Education plays a key role in German foreign policy, as it is still the basic resource for global development and wealth creation. In recognition of this, a lot has already been done to make Germany as a study location more attractive: Internationally-oriented bachelors or masters degrees are offered, study courses in English are more prevalent and systems are in place that allow for the accumulation and transfer of courses and exam results. Read more about how studying in Germany can boost your career and funding programmes.