Accompanying a doctor on morning rounds in a hospital, processing wooden workpieces in a carpenter's shop, learning how to use sourdough at a bakery, simultaneously acquiring language skills and making contacts with people and companies in the neighbouring country: the German-Polish Youth Organization (Deutsch-Polnische Jugendwerk / DPJW) has already helped many young people find cross-border work placements.
Daniela Roşescu already has her bachelor’s degree in German and English Studies. The Romanian student has come to Bayreuth from the University of Bucharest on an Erasmus scholarship and is gearing herself up for a new start in the Bavarian town. In this interview, she reveals why Germany has become her new home.
When Jean-Claude Juncker assumed leadership of the European Commission in Brussels in autumn 2014, the world was more or less united; Washington and London issued good tidings, not stink bombs. And Juncker could rely on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was at that time riding the height of her power.
Ambassador Wagener, the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has brought Ethiopia to the world’s attention. How do you view the country’s development? In the past year and a half Ethiopia has undergone an astonishing transformation, which was largely initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Political freedoms have notably expanded: Thousands of political prisoners have been released and the opposition has been decriminalized and invited to take part in the political process. On top of this, Ethiopia has also seen diplomatic successes. Shortly after taking office, Abiy Ahmed launched a peace process with Eritrea, which was previously unimaginable. It is for this that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The latest interventions between the military and demonstrators in Sudan are also among the diplomatic successes.
Gathering ideas, developing a shared vision, shaping the future of German-Israeli exchange – these are the aims of the German-Israeli Youth Conference in Berlin. From 10-13 November, at the invitation of the German Youth Ministry around 180 young people from youth, school and volunteer exchange programs will share ideas about the planned German-Israeli Youth Office. What issues really concern young people in both countries? Which topics should form the focus of their exchange?
One way of training for your future occupation in Germany is by pursuing a dual vocational training programme. Such programmes offer plenty of opportunity for on-the-job training and work experience. Programmes usually last between two and three and a half years and comprise theoretical as well as practical elements. You will spend one or two days a week, or several weeks at once, at a vocational school (called Berufsschule) where you will acquire the theoretical knowledge that you will need in your future occupation. The rest of the time will be spent at a company. There you get to apply your newly acquired knowledge in practice, for example by learning to operate machinery. You will get to know what your company does, learn how it operates and find out if you can see yourself working there after completing your training.
BIBB is currently involved in different projects under Key Action 3 “Support for policy reform”. Under this, grants are provided "for a wide variety of actions aimed at stimulating innovative policy development, policy dialogue and implementation, and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth.
The EU Commission’s European Universities Initiative is designed to promote excellence, innovation and inclusion in higher education across Europe. 15 German universities are partners in the higher education networks selected in the first pilot call for proposals, among them Freie Universität Berlin and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The DAAD is moreover supporting the German higher education institutions with an accompanying national programme in the pilot phase.
Dr Kercher, how attractive is Germany to international students?