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Indo-German Youth University Programme
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Diewald, Vice President, University of Hanover, Germany, delivers keynote address during the Youth University Programme. Pic © Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities

BANGALORE23 Jun 2012 to 30 Jun 2012

Venue Cultural Pavilion - Indo-German Urban Mela, Grounds next to Bangalore Palace
Entry Free entry; For people aged between 13-24; Timings: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm-3:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

As part of the Indo German Urban Mela, the Goethe-Institut Bangalore has organised a platter of activities related to the language and culture of Germany. One of the activities is the presentation of an exciting and far reaching project, “The Urban Mela Youth University” – a series of lectures and talks - with the motto “Discover science and economy’’.

The project wishes to arouse curiosity and a thirst for knowledge among the young people through attractive and fascinating offers, promises to be a fun learning experience through various experiments and trigger an interest in unfamiliar areas of education, research and German enterprises based in Bangalore.

Above all, the event aims to provide the youngsters an opportunity to be familiarised with the German educational establishment which would help them visualise their dream to study in a German university. The young aspiring students aged between 13 and 24 can get acquainted with Germany as the land of infinite opportunities and know the various facets of the country.

The Goethe-Institut Bangalore is giving the students an opportunity to meet with reputed professors from well-known universities and research institutes as well as CEOs from German companies. They are expecting youngsters from various backgrounds like technical, medical, management and business to flock this event .   

The Youth University programme would take place from Saturday, June 23 to Saturday, June 30 at the Cultural Pavilion of the Indo-German Urban Mela, at the Grounds next to Bangalore Palace. It would happen in three interactive sessions, the first would be from 12 in the noon till 1:00pm, the second from 2:00pm-3:00pm and the third and last session would be held from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm.

The focus would not be specifically on any particular university or course. The Youth University has been divided into three sections: The first section would be study and research. Here one can discover compelling reasons to study in Germany, get information on German universities and how to join them, grasp the fundamentals of the academic structure, learn about international degree programmes and also gain insights into the variety of lectures on offer.

At the second session one can meet and learn from top CEOs from German companies, listen to their experiences, come face-to-face with German entrepreneurs, profit from their in-depth expertise, experience the dynamism of these leaders and also participate in Q&A sessions.

The third section would talk about exploring science and research in Germany. Here one can meet high-level researchers from path-breaking German & Indian institutions, discover the rich and exciting German research landscape, attend lectures and presentations, interactive sessions, Q&A, participate in quizzes, demos, experiments etc. and take inspiration from world-class experts in wide-ranging fields.

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, has also been invited to give career counselling sessions and their Indian alumni will share their experiences.

Another part of the Youth University is the Science Slam. Here the youth will be challenged to prove their knowledge in just ten minutes. The winner will get an internship at the renowned Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany.

The Youth University will round up each day with a Science Quiz where one can learn a lot about the German and Indian research.

Some of the names included in the list of speakers for the programme are:
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Diewald, Vice President Leibnitz University Hannover
Prof. Dr. Venu Ittekkot, University of Bremen
Dr. Felix Nitz, CIM Expert
Mr. Gerd Höfner, MD & CEO, Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited
Hr. Guenter Zwickl, CEO, Nokia Siemens
Dr. Enrico Rühle, MD, CEO TÜV
Mr. Amit Chatterjee, CEO, Sartorius
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwarz, University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde (HNE)
Ms. Denise Kaske, Business Development Manager Asia, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Dr. Jürgen Porst, Senior Advisor GIZ
Prof. Dr. Uta Pottgiesser , Vice-President, University of Applied Sciences, Ostwestfalen-Lippe
Prof. B. S. Satyanarayana, Ph. D., Principal, R.V. College of Engineering