Higher Education and Research in Bavaria
Bavaria, the largest of the sixteen German federal states has an excellent national and international reputation for its higher education, science and research. The state is the location for a great number of universities and non-university research institutions which work closely together. Altogether nine State Universities, seventeen Universities of Applied Sciences and six State Universities of Arts are located in Bavaria, as well as numerous non-university research institutions such as Max Planck or Fraunhofer.
Offering top facilities, excellent study conditions and moderate tuition fees, Bavarian universities increasingly attract international students. The numerous Master courses taught in English indicate the level of internationalisation. Approx. 10 % of the students at Bavarian universities are international students.
Bavaria is the first state in Germany to offer a special awards scheme for exceptionally talented students. The Elite Network of Bavaria consists of Elite Graduate Programmes, the Max Weber Programme, International Doctorate Programmes, research scholarships for graduate students and International Research Groups for graduate and postgraduate students. The network covers all fields of studies: natural sciences, engineering, computer sciences and life sciences, humanities and social sciences.
Apart from that, nine Bavarian Graduate Schools have been selected for funding from the German “Excellence Initiative” by the federal and state governments. They provide structured doctoral programmes with intensive supervision and mentoring.
BayIND has been set-up by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts in order to coordinate and promote the university cooperation between Bavaria and India. In addition, the centre has been designed as a central service institution for companies (SMEs). It acts as a service, competence and networking centre for Indo-Bavarian collaborations.
The Centre supports the exchange and cooperation in both directions. BayIND’s mobility funding scheme enables students at Bavarian universities to get monetary support for their internship, thesis or studies in India. Further, BayIND organises a yearly summer school for Bavarian students. Aim is to get insights into different aspects of India and to enthuse and engage them with India. Apart from that BayIND offers an internship database with regular updates for Bavarian students. Other priority fields of BayIND are to strengthen the research and university collaborations with Indian partners and to support the universities to recruit students from India.
In the field of business cooperation, BayIND organises at least three events per year at different locations in Bavaria to inform about topics from the Indo-Bavarian business and academia context.
In May 2013, the BayIND Science Office started its activities in India. It is set-up in Bangalore, the capital city of the Bavarian partner state Karnataka. The new Science Office enhances BayIND’s existing services and activities in India. It serves as a competence and network centre, and supports the university cooperation and marketing measures of Bavarian State Universities and State Universities of Applied Sciences. Apart from this, the Science Office acts as a contact and information centre for Indian students, PhD candidates and researchers. Information on English Bachelor and Master programmes at the various Bavarian universities, Summer Schools, Doctorates/PhD can be obtained here. Further first guidance is provided in regard of course and university selection, admission criteria, admission deadlines, funding possibilities and contact persons at the respective universities.
BayIND understands its tasks as a bridge builder between Bavaria and India. With the Science Office interested students, researchers, scientists as well as institutions can find a first contact point towards Bavaria. BayIND is looking forward to further deepen and expand a vivid cooperation and exchange of people, ideas and knowledge.