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Interested in taking an International programme in Germany?

the Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) may have exactly what you’re looking for.

Information Centre Kuala Lumpur
Newsletter 4 / 2010

Topics of this Issue:

FAQs: What are the requirements for taking an international programme in Germany?
Number of Malaysian students in Germany reaches an all-time high
Prof. Sabine Kunst elected new DAAD President
German Day at Universiti Malaysia Pahang a big success
DAAD Academy: The Ins and Outs of International University Marketing
DAAD PhD scholarships
PhD fellowships in climate research
Call for German Alumni: Register now!
Postdoc Fellowships in Philology
Receive scholarship updates via facebook
DAAD Calender
International Degree Programmes

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FAQs: What are the requirements for taking an international programme in Germany?

Many German universities offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes which are run partly or entirely in the English language (International Programmes). These programmes, which generally attract no or only very moderate tuition fees, have become increasingly popular with students from all over the world and there are now several hundred courses covering all fields to choose from. In order to be eligible for direct admission to an undergraduate programme Malaysians need to have either

(a) SPM + STPM (min. 5 subjects in total, 2 subjects STPM level, graded A-E, 3 Subjects SPM level graded 1-6; among the 5 subjects need to be 2 languages and a natural science or mathematics).
(b) A-Levels (min. 4 subjects, 3 AL and 1 AS Level; among the 4 subjects need to be a language and mathematics or a natural science)

Some courses also require a basic level of German. International Master’s programmes generally require a relevant Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, TOEFL or IELTS should be provided as proof of a satisfactory level of English. For subject-specific requirements please enquire at the Information Centre:

Check out our online database for International Degree Programmes (Bachelor, Master, PhD):

Number of Malaysian students in Germany reaches an all-time high

As recent statistics reveal, the number of Malaysian students in Germany reached an all-time high in 2009. According to the 2010 data reports of “Wissenschaft Weltoffen”, in 2009 925 students with Malaysian citizenship were enrolled in courses at German universities and university of applied sciences. The majority of Malaysian students, many of whom get sponsored by the Malaysian government, take advantage of the high-quality but inexpensive engineering courses offered by universities of applied sciences. The current figures represent an increase of over 1000% percent as compared to the numbers of Malaysian students in Germany ten years ago.

For more statistical information log onto:

Prof. Sabine Kunst elected new DAAD President

On July 1, Professor Sabine Kunst assumed office as the president of DAAD. The representatives of the 232 DAAD member universities and 123 member student bodies elected Sabine Kunst the organisation’s new President by a large majority at their Members’ Meeting in Bonn. Fifty-five-year-old Prof. Kunst succeeds Professor Stefan Hormuth, who died in February. She is the first woman to head DAAD.
Before being elected President of the University of Potsdam in January 2007, Prof. Kunst had been working as Vice-president for Teaching, Studies, Further Education and International Affairs at the University of Hanover for two years. Sabine Kunst has already been supporting international co-operation in research and higher education for more than two decades. She has been a member of the DAAD Board since 2008 and is also a member of numerous national and international bodies.

Further information can be found here:

German Day at Universiti Malaysia Pahang a big success

On 15. July University Malaysia Pahang in cooperation with the German embassy hosted a “German Day”, which was attended by close to 1000 UMP students. The programme was part of UMP’s internationalisation policy and agenda in developing strategic partners across the globe. Six German-based companies, BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd, Elektrisola (M) Sdn Bhd, SGL Group, Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Q-Cells Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd also took part in the programme and showcased German high-tech products. Information on study and research opportunities in Germany was provided by DAAD KL, while the German cultural centre, Goethe-Institute, entertained visitors with successful German movies.

Read more about the event here:

DAAD Academy: The Ins and Outs of International University Marketing

Marketing is a crucial aspect of the internationalisation strategy of universities. However, marketing structures which support higher education institutions do not yet exist in many countries. Using the German international university marketing as an example to explain and discuss structures, measures and instruments for the recruitment of international students and researchers the International DAAD Academy offers a two-day seminar “The Ins and Outs of International University Marketing”. The seminar takes place from September 23-24, 2010 at the WissenschaftsForum Berlin. It covers topics from the development of the consortium for Higher Education Marketing GATE Germany to marketing initiatives and activities on the federal state and the institutional level.

To gain more information about the seminar and to register for it, please have a look at our website:

DAAD PhD scholarships

Graduates holding a good Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree are encouraged to contact the DAAD Information Centre Kuala Lumpur to discuss options of applying for DAAD PhD scholarships: There is no specific age limit but applicants should have obtained their Master’s degree no more than 6 years ago. The submission deadline is 15th October and potential applicants are advised to contact Information Centre staff as soon as possible to find out about application requirements and procedures.

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PhD fellowships in climate research

The International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), located in Hamburg, Germany, offers PhD fellowships to outstanding students interested in interdisciplinary climate research. The PhD Program is open to applicants holding a Master’s degree (with written thesis) in physics, geophysical sciences(incl. meteorology and oceanography), chemistry, ecology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, or political science. Students currently still working on their MSc thesis are also encouraged to apply. The selection procedure includes an interview of short-listed candidates. Application deadline is the 15. September 2010.

For more information and online registration go to:

Call for German Alumni: Register now!

Are you a Malaysian who has graduated from a German University or done part of your training in Germany? If so, register with the DAAD Information Centre in Kuala Lumpur so that we can keep you updated on our events for you. In October 2010, the Information Centre in cooperation with the German Embassy will be organising a forum bringing together Malaysians educated in Germany and German companies. Don’t miss this important networking opportunity. Register with us today and make you sure you receive your invitation card.

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Postdoc Fellowships in Philology

3 Postdoctoral Fellowships for the Project “Zukunftsphilologie”: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship. The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Persian, Sanskrit, Syriac, Turkish, and other linguistic and philological traditions from Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as for scholars of intellectual and literary history, of comparative linguistics, philology, religion and the history of science from outside Berlin, who wish to carry out their research projects in the framework of the initiative Zukunftsphilologie in Berlin. Fellowships may start anytime in the period between October 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011 and will end on July 31, 2011. Shorter fellowship terms can be considered.

Download the call for applications here:

Receive scholarship updates via facebook

As scholarships sometimes get announced at very short notice, we have set up a Facebook page so that any scholarship information we receive can be distributed instantly to those interested. Add our page and be notified straight away of current scholarship calls and our events. Never miss a call for applications again!

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Past Events

26.05. Participation in First International Seminar on Germany and Islamic Culture, IAIS, Kuala Lumpur
27.05. University-Industry Forum, UMP, Pahang
15.07. German Day, UMP
17.07. Particpation in UTAR Workshop on postgraduate studies

Coming up

04.08. Presentation, Methodist College KL
27.09. Presentation, Universiti Malaya
08.10-10.10. Postgraduate Education Fair, Midvalley Mega Mall

International Degree Programmes

Kiel University of Applied Sciences, MSc (Information Technology)
Duisburg-Essen University, Bachelor/Master (International Studies in Engineering)
Darmstadt University, BSc (Mathematics with Computer Science)
Nürtingen University, BA (International Financial Management)
Wuppertal University, MSc (Computer Simulation in Science)
European University Viadrina Frankfurt, MA (Intercultural Communication Studies)
Dresden University, PhD (Molecular Cell Development Biology, Regenerative Medicine and Nanobiotechnology)

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Dr. Harald Olk
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Information Centre Kuala Lumpur


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