Michael Steiner, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India, writes...
In today’s globalised world it’s not geographical nearness but mental nearness that counts. Geographical distance has lost its importance. Today, we have instant news. Global communication. Global mobility of persons and goods. Global science exchange. Global production.
The consequence for young people is that studying abroad is essential. Essential not to be the object of globalisation, but to be the subject of globalisation.
For this, modern Germany is an ideal destination as the yearly increase of Indian students in Germany by 20 per cent shows. At German universities there are no tuition fees. They offer Bachelor and Master degrees, also in English. Integrated academic/industry/innovation landscapes around universities e.g. in Berlin, Aachen, Munich or Dresden open up very attractive career perspectives in the economic powerhouse of Europe. Today, Germany has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates world-wide.
But Germany is not only about careers, technology and efficiency, it’s also about lifestyle. Take Berlin: With its art scene, entertainment and the special Berlin way of life it’s probably the most vibrant metropolis in Europe – also the most affordable.
You might say: How about the language? Of course you should learn some basic German. But learning the most widely spoken native tongue in Europe is not a burden but an asset. It enriches you and multiplies your opportunities.
In any case, today it’s much easier to study in Germany than it has been in the past. The newly set up German House for Research and Innovation in Delhi, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and my Embassy offer comprehensive information for eager young students. They might find out that modern Germany is not a bad place at all to shape their future and that they are welcome.