Several times a month, Anja Pfeiffer, the mayor of Weilerbach, drives to “her” construction site, she likes to say with a laugh. At the outer edge of her municipality, directly across from the US air base in Ramstein, the Americans are building a new hospital. The diminutive mayor is a welcome guest at these site consultation meetings. She knows her stuff. Since 2011, when she first learned of the project, she organized a trip to the United States. She wanted to know what an American military hospital looks like. “A hospital is better than a shooting range,” thought the energetic mayor back then, and she thinks the same today. Only: “I believe it’s not clear to the people here how big this UFO is that’s landing in our back yard.”
India’s market potential is impressive: Be it cars, furniture, or shoes –the nation of 1.4 billion is listed in the global top 5 in all of these segments. Small wonder then that a company like BASF, which counts the development of new, innovative materials among its core competencies, is showing interest in the economic area.
At their meeting in June 2019 in Bonn representatives of the 241 member universities and 104 student bodies in the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) voted by a large majority to appoint Professor Joybrato Mukherjee, President of Giessen’s Justus Liebig University as their new President. At the beginning of 2020 he will replace Professor Margret Wintermantel. New Vice President will be Dr. Muriel Helbig, President of Lübeck University of Applied Sciences.
For a long time the so-called “children of the occupation” – the result of relationships between American GIs and German women – were a taboo topic. According to estimates by the German Federal Statistical Office, there are around 100,000 of them, but the real figure might be much higher. We present a selection of prominent “children of the Cold War”.
“Education is even more important to them than food”, reported Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on the conversations he has had with refugees worldwide over the course of more than three decades. In Berlin, two days before World Refugee Day 2019, German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Grandi opened the conference “The Other 1 Percent – Refugee Students at Higher Education Institutions Worldwide”, organised by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). University education in the first receiving countries is not only an opportunity for individuals to be perceived as human beings, said German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, for “it offers hope for entire families of refugees and communities. Refugees who study are role models, enrichen their host country, and can one day possibly help rebuild their home country”.
Since the end of the Second World War, members of the U.S. forces have been stationed at various locations in Germany. Having numbered 246,875 soldiers in total in 1985 (in other words six years before the end of the Cold War), by December 2018 the figure had fallen to 35,220. Alongside the active servicemen and women, there are now also 440 members of the reserves and the National Guard, as well as 11,096 civilian employees of the U.S. Army in the country. Germany therefore hosts by far the biggest contingent of American troops in Europe.
Which is the best uni in Germany? How do I apply for a student visa? Which scholarships are there in Germany? And which requirements do I have to meet to study in Germany? This is where you’ll find the answers to all these questions – and many more besides.
“After focussing on theory at university I was keen to finally gain some practical experience,” says Hagai Mirkin, who will shortly complete his degree in Psychology and Political Science. In 2019 the student of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev applied for a place on the Bavaria Israel Partnership Accelerator (BIPA) programme and was invited to Munich this spring. What then followed exceeded Mirkin’s expectations: “It is no exaggeration to say that BIPA changed my life.”
The National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) aims to ensure by 2020 that at least half of all companies in Germany that have more than 500 employees respect human rights throughout their supply and value chains. This group comprises around 7,100 businesses.