HALBAN The German Unit of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has conducted a special Thanksgiving-Fun-Activity in the new ‘German Activity Room’ launched this semester at GUtech. During the German activity, students were competing with each other in German word-games. They were also preparing a dish along with their German lecturers and Mrs. Claudia Schmidt, the Representative of the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD and German lecturer at GUtech. “At the end of the third semester the students are able to pass the A1 exam of the Goethe Institute, which certifies them the first language level. The number of students studying German has increased continuously, we are very happy that DAAD is supporting our German Unit with a Teaching Asssistant this year,” said Mrs Claudia Schmidt. The DAAD has been supporting the German Unit since the establishment of the university in 2007. To learn the basics of the language, GUtech students study German for three semesters. “I like to learn German. German is one of my favourite subjects and we like our German teachers. Whenever I have time, I open the German textbook and I read German,” said Shamim Al Ismaili, 3rd year student in Process Engineering at GUtech, while adding that she would like to apply for an internship in Germany next year.
DAAD has been funding annual study-trips to RWTH Aachen University in Germany for GUtech students since 2009. The three-week course conducted by The Language Center of the University aims at introducing the students to the German language and to a classroom situation at RWTH Aachen University. In addition, the students visit different faculties at RWTH Aachen University. DAAD is also funding a number of study-excursions to Germany and to RWTH Aachen University. For example, recently Logistics students and Engineering students travelled to Germany to participate in specific courses or workshops.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The DAAD offers programmes and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education. The DAAD granted academic and research funding to almost 140,000 Germans and foreigners in 2017, making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind. Based in Bonn, DAAD also represents the German higher education system abroad and plays important roles in furthering the internationalization of German academic, cultural, and science policies; supporting the international relations of German colleges and universities through international exchange and programmes. DAAD maintains a worldwide network of offices, guest professors, and alumni.