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DHIK and IGCHE merge

Germany's largest consortium of Universities of Applied Sciences for international cooperations DHIK and IGCHE decided to merge. IGCHE will become the Indian pillar of the DHIK consortium, just like CDHAW for China and mdhk for Mexico.

For Indian students, this means more university options in Germany, as the DHIK currently comprises 37 universities. Student exchanges, guest lectures and research collaborations can be expanded and intensified.

The merger was agreed at the IGCHE consortium meeting in May and at the DHIK consortium meeting on June 10th.

DAAD Award Goes to India

Sanchary Biswas receives DAAD prize

The prize of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) goes to IGCHE student Sanchary Biswas from PSG Institute of Advanced Studies / Westphalian University of Applied Sciences.

The award is a sign of special appreciation for foreign students in Germany and intents to make their achievements visible. The award-winning students demonstrate their skills and commitment not only through outstanding academic achievements, but also by promoting more internationality and intercultural understanding at their university. See the pictures and read more about it here (German language).

Cooperation between DHIK and IGCHE confirmed in both consortium meetings

Gratifying news in the first quarter of 2021: DHIK and IGCHE decide to cooperate

A new cooperation has been established with the international consortium DHIK, which is primarily concerned with double degrees in engineering with strong partners in China and Mexico, and the Indo-German network IGCHE, which brings Indian students to Germany for double degrees. Both consortia have voted in favour of this cooperation by a majority in the respective consortium meeting.

A brief portrait of the DHIK:

The double degree program with Tongji University in Shanghai started with its foundation in 2004. Ten years later, the consortium expanded its range of countries to include Mexico and agreed on a double degree program with the university Tecnológico de Monterrey. The focus of the exchange program is on engineering degree programs. The consortium now counts 34 universities from Germany and Switzerland among its members and has already paved the way for more than 2,000 students to earn a double degree.

A brief portrait of the IGCHE:

The Indo-German Center for Higher Education started in 2010 as a cooperation between four German universities and two Indian partners. Eight German and three Indian partners are now involved, jointly offering four engineering degree programs for Indian students and quality-assured semesters abroad for German students. With German Language Centers on site in India, the IGCHE ensures a high level of language proficiency for more than 250 active students.

The chairmen of both consortia, Prof. Fröhling and Prof. Leonhard, are looking forward to a successful and forward-looking cooperation.

Visa Situation for IGCHE Students

It seems most German consulates in India lifted covid-19-related visa appointment restrictions for language course and exchange students.

So for those of you who already passed TestDaF, you should apply for an appointment in the category "Student Exchange Program". You do not need an "aggregate score 90% in 12th Standard" for that anymore. For those of you who intend to do a course at IIK, please select the category "Language course/internship in preparation for a study (course)".

Here is the link for visa appointments: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/deu/book-an-appointment

Select "For National visa application (stay in Schengen is for more than 90 days) submission at the VAC or at the Embassy/Consulate please click here" from there.

Good luck!

Prof. Dr. Dirk Fröhling
IGCHE Chairman

Visa Situation for IGCHE Students

As you know if you are currently applying for a Germany Visa, it is very hard to get an appointment at the consulate, due to the Corona situation. The IGCHE is aware of this, and we have been in contact with the consulates and the embassy since the beginning of the month. Unfortunately, so far we have only received suspensive answers, the special situation of IGCHE students is not recognized.

I have also contacted the Ministry of Economics of North Rhine-Westphalia, and they have drawn the ambassador's attention to the importance of the IGCHE program for the German-Indian economic relations. So far nothing came out of this, but the ministry and we are sticking to it.

We will continue our efforts to bring you to Germany as soon as possible. If we achieve anything, we will let you know immediately. Hope to see you soon!

Best regards, stay save

Prof. Dr. Dirk Fröhling
IGCHE Chairman

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