GIAN ( Global Initiative of Academic Networks ) is a Government of India program for guest lectures by internationally and nationally renowned experts to encourage their engagement with the institute of Higher education in India. GIAN aims to connect scientists, academicians and students.

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VAJRA ( Visting Advanced Joint Research ) is a Government of India faculty scheme dedicated exclusively for overseas scientists and academicians ( including Non-resdient Indians , and Persons of Indian Origin/ Overseas Citizen of India ) to work as adjunct/visiting faculty for a specific period of time in Indian public funded academic and research institutions. The scheme recognises the value of collaborative research as crucial element for information sharing among researchers for updating and acquiring knowledge and skills, and also to draw different perspectives to solve a shared problem. Accomplished overseas scientists are welcome to take up challenging research problems in the Indian setting.

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Dr Amisha Jain from University of Cologne Regional Office New Delhi was invited as a speaker by Symbiosis International (Deemed University) in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in an international conference on Internationalisation at Home (IaH): Strategies for building global, international and intercultural (GII) competencies from 5th to 7th April 2018, Symbiosis International University in Pune, India. Dr Jain talked about the internationalisation strategy followed in University of Cologne and the compiled catalogue of measures defining 16 concrete tasks as internationalization concept. Her deliberations and information was well received amongst the audience.

From the 1st to the 10th of June 2018, Cologne will be particularly colourful again, because the 10th Cologne India Week 2018 will again make the cathedral city the center of cultural and bilateral exchange between India and Germany. The event is jointly organised by Consulate General of the Republic of India from Frankfurt am Main, der Deutsch-Indischen Gesellschaft e.V. (DIG), Osborne Clarke, City of Cologne and University of Cologne.


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The Institute for South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies University of Cologne is organising Summer schools in the months of August and September.

The Summer school on the "History and Culture of Cambodia" is being organised from the 06.8.-26.8.2018. Numerous excursions will take place to illustrate the pre-Angkor and Angkor period of the History of Cambodia as well as ecological and economic aspects of the great lake Tonle Sap. Contents of the summer school are history, religions, society, ecological, political and economic aspects of pre-modern and modern Cambodia with a special focus on Angkor.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Niklas, Head of the Institute of South Asian and South East Asian studies, Department of Indology and Tamil Studies at University of Cologne, is felicitated with a Grammar Award by the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Sangam Madurai Award on April 5th, 2018. This is certainly a proud moment for University of Cologne. Congratulations!

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The joint project under the auspices of the University of Bonn and participation of the University of Cologne and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) investigates changes in land use in rural Africa. The regional research focus of the new Collaborative Research Center is on the Kenyan Rift Valley, the Agricultural Growth Corridor in southern Tanzania, and the transboundary Kavango Zambezi Park in southern Africa. The scientists are investigating how the seemingly contradictory processes of agricultural intensification on the one hand and the expansion of nature conservation areas on the other affect the future change in land use.

The Bronze Age Mycenean palaces in Greece were not destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake, as previously widely accepted. No one knows exactly why the Mycenaean palaces ended around 1200 BC; also a mega-earthquake or an "earthquake storm" at the end of the Bronze Age were accepted. "We could not find any evidence for this hypothesis in the Mycenaean cities of Tiryns and Midea," explains geophysicist Professor dr. Klaus-Günter Hinzen from the University of Cologne and the archaeologist Professor dr. Joseph Maran from the University of Heidelberg.

The Center for Modern Indian Studies (CMIS) and the German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz from the University of Cologne (UoC) were hosting a conference about vocational education and skill formation on the 24th and 25th of October in Delhi. The hosts were more than happy to welcome numerous highly- respected researchers from several Indian and German research facilities. The researchers presented their various projects about Vocational Education and Skill Development. Those projects were arranged with the help of the CMIS and the German funding agency DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). The projects had a wide range within the field of Vocational education like e.g.

The summer school targets at facilitating exchange of scientific and methodical knowledge on urban transformation processes and assemblages in South and Southeast Asia. The social, environmental, economic and political consequences of rapid urban growth in the region are tremendous and often challenge existing governance systems. The summer school focuses on four areas in the broad field of urban development :