27 November 2017

Germany and India – Partners in Education and Research

Scientists and scholars meet at the latest Humboldt Colloquium in India for an interdisciplinary exchange.

The German Ambassador to India, Martin Ney, and Helmut Schwarz, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Factory Events & Promotion)

Young scientists and scholars, Humboldt alumni and invited guests met at a Humboldt Colloquium held in Bengaluru, India, from 23 to 25 November under the motto "Germany and India – Partners in Education and Research". The attending scientists and scholars presented their research to a broad specialist audience and, in the process, generated and received new impetus for specialised and interdisciplinary networks. Humboldtians reported about their experiences in Germany and advised young researchers.

The colloquium in Bengaluru also focused on issues pertaining to international cooperation and internationalisation with a view to Indo-German research collaboration: how do Indo-German research relations shape the international knowledge and innovation market? How are young talents identified and fostered? Where do India and Germany stand today? What challenges are they facing when it comes to placing their collaboration in higher education and research at the service of future generations of researchers?

Guests at the colloquium included the German Ambassador to India, Martin Ney, Humboldt Professor Elisabeth Décultot from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz.

Today, approximately 1,300 Humboldtians live in India. Many of them hold key positions at universities, research institutes and other institutions throughout the country. The aim of the Humboldt Colloquium is to enable Humboldtians to make contact with one another as well as with German specialist colleagues. It also provide an opportunity to draw the attention of junior researchers to the Humboldt Foundation’s sponsorship portfolio and to Germany as a location for conducting research.

Every year, the Humboldt Foundation organises two major colloquia abroad to which all the alumni from the respective country or region are invited. The first colloquium this year was held in the USA in March 2017. The second was held in India in cooperation with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the German Consulate General in Bengaluru.

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