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On 28.03.2019, the Indian Consul General Madan Lal Raigar from Hamburg took an afternoon to meet with students of the Hochschule Bremen in an interactive and intimate circle.
On 28.03.2019, the Indian Consul General Madan Lal Raigar from Hamburg took an afternoon to meet with students of the Hochschule Bremen in an interactive and intimate circle.

According to the motto, "Ask me anything", the ambassador originating from Northern India answered the questions of the young people. A dozen students from, among others, the study courses B.A. Public Health, M.A. Politics and Sustainability, B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, B.Eng. Electrical Engineering and B.A. International Management took the opportunity to exchange ideas with the diplomat over coffee and snacks. The topics discussed included the integration of foreign students, language barriers and how to overcome them, various exchanges of experience and the impact of the media in the reporting on the India-Pakistan conflict. The lively, informal discussion was largely made up of both German students who had already studied in India and Indian students who are currently in their semester abroad at Bremen University of Applied Sciences.

Madan Lal Raigar convinced with diplomatic and professional expertise on the one hand, and with personal stories of his family and his children studying in Germany on the other. The lively exchange of experiences created valuable comparisons and networking opportunities for students. Those who consider India as a target country for their future semester abroad benefited in particular.
27th February 2019: German Indian Business Summit 2019 in Bremen
Cooperation between German and Indian companies - from the necessary overcoming of cultural differences to joint responsibility for shaping a sustainable world
On 27.02.2019 the India Study Centre of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, the Indian Consulate General, the Global Indian Network Community, the Bremen Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Business Forum invited to the German Indian Business Summit for the second time. Nearly 80 representatives from the private sector, universities, Bremen's city administration, India experts and students discussed the challenges and opportunities of cooperation between German and Indian companies. The strong interest and the high response clearly show that there is a great interest in networking on the topic of Indo-German economic cooperation and a high demand for future cooperation.

Dr. Shazia Aziz Wülbers, German-Indian lecturer at Bremen University of Applied Sciences, and Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey, the Rector, opened the business summit on the top floor of Bremen University of Applied Sciences with warm welcoming words. Both emphasized thereby with passion the importance of the existence of the India Study center of the university Bremen only far Germany. The center contributes for years a large part to the fact that students can use renowned study exchange programs in India and Germany and helps graduates and enterprises to interlace. Beyond that it creates formats in the form of multi-perspective meetings, which create a lively exchange. However, despite the seriousness of the topic, the Rector does not lose sight of the pleasure: "Because exchange students should not see themselves only as ambassadors. It is close to our hearts that they can also enjoy the great experience," says Prof. Dr. Luckey.
The Guest of Honour and Indian Consul General of Germany in Hamburg, Madan-Lal Raigar, referred in his lecture to the importance of Germany for India from an economic point of view and the "Make in India Mittelstand" support programme. He reaffirmed his confidence in the future rising numbers of German companies expanding to India.

After an exciting and critical discussion about the potential of Indian economic growth, initiated by the lecture of Dr. Betz (GIGA), Christian Gutschmidt of the Senator for Economics, Labour and Ports presented the advantages of Bremen as a business location to the participants. Bremen is particularly attractive for foreign investors for a variety of reasons. Not least because of the density of qualified specialists thanks to the large number of universities.

In a further contribution, Purvi Shah-Paulini, a graduate in business administration and owner of the consulting firm "Living India", reported in an exciting lecture on typical mistakes made by her German clients when they enter the Indian market. From the underestimation of India's size and the associated diversity, over too strong confidence in the negative media coverage of India's security status for e.g. women, to cultural misunderstandings about collectivism and existing hierarchies, "all kinds of beginner's mistakes happen to German entrepreneurs", says Ms. Shah-Paulini. She also addressed the urgent responsibility of companies to work together for sustainable economic growth.

In the course of a lively panel discussion moderated by Dr. Shazia Wülbers, the participants shared amusing anecdotes and stories from their working lives. They exchanged experiences and did not only name linguistic challenges that German and Indian colleagues had to face when working together. It became clear that each culture can learn something from the other.

The eventful day ended with Indian music and classical dances. After the cultural programme, the business summit ended with a sumptuous dinner, to the delight of lovers of Indian food, inviting them to continue networking and exchange ideas.

The numerous good conversations and lively discussions at the German Indian Business Summit 2019 in Bremen underline that the topic of Indo-German economic cooperation will continue to be of great importance and that this year's summit will not be the last of its kind.
7th September 2018: Indo-German cooperation and exchange of knowledge
7th September 2018: Indo-German cooperation and exchange of knowledge
To establish new contacts and to analyse the potentials and challenges of Indo-German cooperations, the India Study Centre of the Hochschule Bremen and the consul general of India organised an event at the Hochschule Bremen (HSB) on the 7th September. More than 60 Indian students from all over northern Germany followed the invitation. The following guests were invited to have discussions with the students: consul general Mr. Raigar, Prof. Dr. Vikram Unnithan (Jacobs University), Prof. Dr. Mayank Golpelwar (HSB), Dr. Bala Ramani (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Prof. Dr. Friedrich Lehmann, Prof. Dr. Christiane Trüe, Dr. Monika Blaschke (all HSB) and Dr. Shazia Wülbers, head of the India Study Centre of the Hochschule Bremen. In his talk, Prof. Dr. Vikram Unnithan emphasised the possibilities that derive from the Indo-German relations for both countries and young academics.

In the following panel discussion the guests reported their personal experiences with India and Germany. All participants appreciated the pleasant atmosphere, the casual conversations and were also pleased by Indian music and snacks.
Lecture from Dr. Michael Gottlob on 12th June 2018
The conflict over human rights in India (the example of violence against women)
Indian Business Breakfast on 11th June 2018
Indian Business Breakfast on 11th June 2018
Mr. Peter Laser, Senior expert and head of Dr. Wamser + Batra GmbH, explained possibilities, strong points and pitfalls for businesses in India. Dr. Rajnish Tiwari, head of the German-Indian Round Table Hamburg (GIRT) commented on the talk.

Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey, rector of the Hochschule Bremen and Dr. Shazia Aziz Wülbers, head of the India Study Centre guided the discussion. During a breakfast, the participants had the chance to meet the representatives of the Hochschule Bremen, who work with Indian universities and companies and to create new ways for cooperation.
Delegation trip of the HSB to India – February 2018
On their eleven-day journey to India in the second half of February, the delegation of the HSB had an extensive program to cover. Stops on the journey included New Delhi, Jaipur, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai. During the delegation trip two new declarations of cooperation have been signed with the `Manipal University Jaipur` and the `Manipal Academy of Higher Education` which will expand the long-lasting partnership. The cooperation with the internationally renowned `Indian Institute of Technology Madras` was extended for five more years. The cooperations focus mainly on the mutual exchange of tutors and students, joint research projects and the development of summer school programs. The development of a `Indo-German Center for Applied Research and Academic Exchange` is an explicit objective of the cooperation with the ,Manipal Academy of Higher Education’. More specifically it focuses on the extension of the cooperation to new academic fields, with regard to mobility and possibilities for cooperation in teaching and research at the Master´s level. Contacts to companies and the German Chamber of Commerce in New Delhi and Chennai have been utilized to gather informations about the Indian labour market for academics with experience abroad, profile of requirements for graduates of the HSB and possible places for internships for the students. Furthermore, the practice-oriented approach of the HSB in teaching and learning, especially in technical subjects, has been highlighted in many conversations.

Besides rector Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey the following persons were part of the delegation:
Dr. Shazia Aziz Wülbers and Corinne Ghorbani (both India Study Centre),
Prof. Dr. Tim Goydke (International Graduate Center),
Dr. Heike Tauerschmidt (International Office),
Dr. Monika Blaschke (Career Service),
Prof. Dr. Mechthild Schrooten and Prof. Christiane Trüe (both Faculty of Economics),
Prof. Clemens Bonnen (Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering),
Prof. Dr. Rainer Hartmann (Faculty of Social Sciences),
Prof. Dr. Helmut Eirund and Dr. Birgit Zich (both Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences ),
Capt. MSc. Willi Wittig (Faculty of Nature and Engineering).
Lecture series: Bremen – City of human rights
Welcoming speech by State Council Hiller
On 22nd January 2018 the launch event of the lecture series `Bremen – City of human rights 2018` was opened by a welcoming speech by State Council Hiller. The lecture series was about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was announced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 as a shared vision. That act happened in a time where, according to the preamble of the declaration, "disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts".
Inauguration of NISARG on 5th September 2017
The event was organized by the Consulate General of India in Hamburg in collaboration with the Technische Universität Hamburg Harburg (TUHH) & Indian Students in Germany (ISG) and is inaugurated on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. The NISARG comprises Indian origin academics, scientists and researchers in Germany and provides a platform to come together and share experience.
Activities winter semester 2017
5th September 2017, 16:00-17:00
Panel discussion with Indian scientists
Dr. Shazia Aziz Wülbers and other participants
Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg

25th September 2017, 9:00-12:00
Business Breakfast at the chamber of commerce Bremen regarding the cooperation of the India Study Centre with corporations
Dr. Shazia Aziz Wülbers

5th October 2017, 9:00-17:00
Dialogue between German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German university representatives, who already have experience with the cooperation with Asia and people who are interested in making such experiences.
Dr. Shazia Wülbers and Prof. Dr. Friedrich Lehmann
in the Historischer Speicherboden,
(Kehrwieder 2-3, Block D, 20457) in Hamburg.

10th October 2017, 18:00-20:00
`Limited Spaces of citizenship: case of Tibetan Refugees in India`
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Sonika Gupta, IIT Madras
Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen

December 2017
Uwe Skoda, Aarhus University Denmark
Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen
Lecture series summer semester 2017
16th March 2017
`India´s foreign policy`
Speaker: Dr. habil. Christian Wagner, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin

25th April 2017
`Dalits - Alles, was Recht ist`
Speaker: Manuela Ott, Dalit Solidarität in Deutschland, Hamburg

15th May 2017
`India´s social policy`
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Neff, GIGA Institut für Asien-Studien, Hamburg

All lectures took place at 6.00 pm at Haus der Wissenschaft
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen
Lecture series winter semester 2016/17
14th November 2016
`India´s climate policy`

22nd November 2016
`How different is India? Meat consumption between religious tradition and political present`

January 2017
`India´s foreign policy`
Asian-European Meeting (ASEM)
University of Applied Sciences Bremen (HSB) takes the lead in the international network for implementing a new teaching module for universities.
A unified teaching module, which covers the relations between Asia and Europe will be implemented in different courses of study at five international universities, including the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. For this cause, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) allocated 5.000 Euro for preparatory work, including a first network meeting in Bremen – probably already this year. Besides the HSB, the University Aarhus (Denmark), the University of Latvia in Riga, the Manipal University (India) and the Dalian Technical University (China) participate.
At the HSB teaching contents regarding the relations between Asia and Europe are already part of the master programmes `Politics and Sustainability` (Faculty of Social Sciences) and “European Studies” (Faculty of Economics). But the responsible persons at the HSB want to optimise the contents and connect them with the partner universities. For this cause, Dr. Shazia Aziz Wülbers, the representative from Bremen in the network “Asia-Europe-Meeting” (ASEM) travelled to Riga in April 2015 to the ASEM conference to present the plans for a unified teaching module in master programmes at the five partner universities, which covers the relations between Asia and Europe, to the Ministers of Education and Science of the 38 member states of ASEM in Asia and Europe. Following the conference, additional financial support of 10.000 € was granted for planning and conducting the teaching module.
Development of an International Office at the Manipal University – Visit of Shantala R. Pai
On the 5th and 6th October 2015 Ms. Shantala R. Pai, staff member of the newly established International Office at the Manipal University visited the University of Applied Sciences Bremen to obtain information about the functions of an International Office. Ms. Pai was able to observe the work of the decentralised International Office in Faculty III and had talks with staff members from the centralised International Office.
The India Study centre will continue to support Ms. Pai with the development of an International Office at the Manipal University and with the implementation of strategies for further internationalisation of the institution.
Summer semester 2015
DAAD guest professorship in the international study programme Journalism (Faculty III)
Ms. Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha, dean of the School of Communication, Manipal University, held a guest professorship in the international study programme Journalism from 01.05.2015 to 11.07.2015. Besides teaching, she helped the students to prepare for their stay in India.
Selection of Erasmus-Mundus scholarship holders for the academic year 2015-2016
From 26.02 to 27.02.2015 Corinne Ghorbani participated as representative for the India Study Centre of the University of Applied Sciences Bremen in the meeting of the selection committee of the Erasmus-Mundus consortium “IBIES” (Interdisciplinary Bridges for Indo-European Studies) in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu/India.

Indian students and professors have been chosen in Pondicherry for the academic year 2015-2016. Three bachelor students will be admitted to Faculty 1 and three master students will be admitted to the master programme “Politics and Sustainability” in Faculty 3 for ten month in each case. Furthermore, two PhD students will be doing research about the „Internet’s Role in Quality of Life of Bachelor Degree Students: An Exploratory Study“ and „Effectiveness of Corporate Social Responsibility Policies and Initiatives of Selected Company” for ten months in Faculty 3. A female professor from the Indian partner institution Manipal University will teach in the International Graduate Center (IGC) in the master programme “European Studies” and also in Faculty 3 in the master programme “Politics and Sustainability” for three months.

The nine scholarship holders at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen (HSB) will be mentored by the India Study Centre. With the number of nine scholarship holders, the HSB is the institution which accommodates the second-most scholarship holders in this third cohort.
Erasmus Mundus scholarship recipients 2015
From October 2015 four fellows will be expected from the IBIES / Erasmus Mundus funding in Bremen.
Three of the scholarship recipients will complete her Masters at the Hochschule and a candidate will do research at the Center for Intercultural Management.

Mr Mitrajit Biswas
Okt 2014-Juli 2015
Master "Politics and Sustainability"

Ms Leena Mathews
Okt 2014-Juli 2015
Master "European Studies"

Ms Pooja Nadageer
Okt 2014-Juli 2015
Master "European Studies"

Mr Praveen Shetty
Okt 2014-Juli5 2015
Research at the Center for Intercultural Management
24 to 30 November: "India Week Bremen 2014"
The India Study Centre at the Hochschule Bremen and the German-Indian Kulturforum eV had prepared for the "India Week Bremen 2014" from 24 to 30 November, a diverse and exciting program. A colorful mix of science, culture and cuisine was offered for for all interested in India.

Venues were the Hochschule Bremen, the Übersee Museum, the Swissôtel, the City-46 local cinema and the Bildungswerk des Deutschen Hausfrauenbundes.
The full program can be found at for future reference: The patronage held the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and the Indian General Consulate in Hamburg.

The full program is available for future reference: The patronage held the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and the Indian General Consulate in Hamburg.

The India Study Centre at Hochschule Bremen belongs to a group of six European India centers at the Universities of Aarhus, Leiden, Milan, Warsaw and universities in Reutlingen and Bremen.

These form the "European Association of India Study Centre’s", whose first chairman is Prof. Dr. Beate Zimpelmann of the Hochschule Bremen. This union aims at further expanding the network and developing synergies between the six EU members and the Indian members.

In the near future joint degree programs should be developed - concrete a joint Master in Contemporary Indian Studies is already planned - and research collaborations are initiated.

June 25, 2014
The adoption of Professor Dr. Hans Jansen
June 25, 2014 was a special day for the Hochschule Bremen, especially for the India Study Centre.
On this day the farewell ceremony for the longtime director of the India Study Centre, Prof. Dr. Hans G. Jansen took place in the premises of the HS.

Prof. Jansen said goodbye twelve years after his official retirement date and as he said after "100 semesters teaching research and India work" at the Hochschule Bremen.
That Prof. Jansen's extraordinary commitment to the Indian-German relations has left its mark was particularly evident when many of his Indian colleagues and companions came to Germany especially for this day from India.
The celebration was opened by the Head of the Hochschule Bremen, Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey.
Ms. Luckey emphasized her speech on the decades of work contributing to the international orientation of the Hochschule of Bremen.
Ulrich Podewils, Director of IESCProgramms and Dr. Uwe Skoda, head of the Erasmus Mundus project paid tribute to Prof. Jansen's work and contributed anecdotes from their shared cooperation.
Especially entertaining were the speeches of Dr. Vinod Bhat, vice-principal MANIPUL University and Prof. Anantha Subramanian, Professor Anantha Subramanian, Ocean Engineering IIT Madras,

Both described very humorous how they developed over decades with Prof Jansen academic and then quickly private relations between India and Germany.
Prof. Subramanian told several times of the role model, which Prof. Jansen has always had for him: "Be brave and do brave things".
The ceremony finally sounded out after a champagne reception, Indian buffet, drinks and good conversation.

Especially nice were the spontaneously expressed mutual invitations of the present Indian and German students for barbecue at the Weser or for a Mumbai tour.
This was certainly in Prof. Jansen sense.



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