News ID: 1438
Published: 1248 GMT September 13, 2014

Germany aims to boost university exchange program with Iran

Germany aims to boost university exchange program with Iran

A German delegation will head to Iran later in the day for talks with Iranian officials aimed at deepening bilateral academic ties.

The head of the Bonn-based German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Margret Wintermantel said in an exclusive interview with IRNA that as part of her visit, DAAD will open an official bureau in Tehran, IRNA reported on Saturday.

The largest of its kind in the world, DAAD is the German national agency for supporting international academic cooperation by offering scholarships and grants to qualified foreign students.

According to Wintermantel, the visit is aimed at "initiating new contacts between German and Iranian universities and deepening existing (academic) contacts."

The German delegation, comprising several German university presidents, will visit universities and research centers in the Tehran and Isfahan provinces.

The delegation will also donate a substantial amount of German literature books to Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran province), said Wintermantel.

Germany is a top academic destination for Iranian students, ranked fourth after the US, Malaysia and the UK.

There are currently some 6,118 Iranians studying in Germany, based on official statistics, including 2,833 female and 3,248 male students.

Five German universities preferred mainly by Iranian students are Aachen Institute of Technology, Berlin Technical University, Darmstadt Technical University, University of Stuttgart and University of Bochum.

Some 36 percent of Iranian students choose to study in the field of engineering, followed by 28.8 percent in mathematics and natural science and 11.7 percent in economics and social science.

The first-year enrollment of Iranian students at German universities has surged from around 400 students in 2002 to over 1400 in 2012.

DAAD is presently providing schalorships and grants to 551 Iranian students.

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