Seven students of the Symbiosis International University accompanied by their Professor Ms. Khushbu Thadani came to Cologne from April 17th to 30th 2016. A vivid program was offered including excursions to neighboring towns, site visits, company visits and interesting lectures.
Our Indian friends experienced the typical German April weather – from sun via rain through to snow. But this could not stop anyone's vigor or excitement about the visit.
The Indian guests explored the University of Cologne and gathered basic knowledge of the German language, history and educational system. They also visited the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training in Bonn and got a lecture on the role of the German Chamber of Commerce in Cologne.
Moreover, we implemented company visits at Bayer AG, the chemical park in Leverkusen, and at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne. A special highlight was the lecture on "Indian IT migration to Germany" by Dr. Sumeet Mhaskar who is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen.
Cultural highlights were the excursion to the Duisburg inner harbor, the Zeche Zollverein in Essen and the traditional German Castle Augustusburg in Brühl. Furthermore, there were guided walking tours through Bonn and Cologne. Regardless of the wind and weather conditions, we climbed the Cologne cathedral with its 533 steps as part of our tandem day. From the top the Indian and German students got a wonderful view over the city. The participants were curious about typical German food so a dinner in a traditional brewery was obligatory.
Finally, the German-Indian friendship was demonstrated in the joint elaboration and presentation of a case study which was a fun and nice way to conclude the summer school program.
We want to thank all participants and involved persons for a successful Summer School 2016. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again – either in India or in Germany.