In an initiative based on The Hindu 's website, Chennai Central @The Hindu in association with DAAD India, will host a Facebook chat on Tuesday, July 2 at 3 p.m., on higher education in Germany.

The chat has been open for questions since June 29 at facebook.com/chennaicentral. These will be answered by Padmavathi Chandramouli, Information Officer of the DAAD Information Centre Chennai, on Tuesday. Germany’s higher education institutions enjoy a good reputation. Teaching and research provide key impulses for innovation and progress.

German universities combine research and studies and have hosted ground-breaking discoveries such as the printing press, computer and mp3 that have become a part of our modern lives.

Every year, thousands of young overseas students are at German universities. Germany, one of the world’s most popular places to study, has witnessed a 70 per cent increase in enrolment of Indian students at universities since 2008.

The reasons include International degree Programmes (IDP) taught in English medium, the quality of education, low or no tuition fees, career opportunities after graduation, and social security.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), an association of higher education institutions in Germany, promotes global exchange of international students and research scholars in different programmes.