India and Germany are top trading partners and often German and Indian companies develop and produce products hand in hand. Mutual understanding is the key if engineers work in an international environment, and this requires cultural experience and language proficiency. Understanding the importance of having professionals that can work in sync with each other, Indo-German Center for Higher Education (IGCHE) was established. IGCHE is a consortium of German universities of applied sciences which is driven by the motives of establishing premium quality bilingual bachelor programs, substantial German language training incorporated into the regular teaching schedule, and the collaboration with German companies for internship in India and in Germany. The institute strives to teach Indian students about German culture and engineering along with obtaining an internationally recognized degree with an industrial background and later work in the industry for the mutual benefit of both nations.
Molding Students into First-Rate Engineers
IGCHE offers practical training to engineers in well-equipped laboratories to develop interdisciplinary knowledge, international qualifications and the ability to find solutions for problems in the industry and economy of both countries. By combining engineering studies with German language training, IGCHE offers its students a bachelor?s degree that distinguishes them from others. Furthermore, all German IGCHE partner universities are state universities of applied sciences and IGCHE abides by a strict non-profit approach. These universities focus on industry-centered programs and are known for producing engineers who are tailored to the demand of the industry. An internship in a German company for at least three months is a compulsory part of the program, and this helps the students to get to know the German way of life.
Together with their Indian partners, IGCHE offers mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and mechatronics programs. The first three years of the bachelor?s program will take place at the Indian institution, with German language classes from day one. Also, German guest lecturers will visit the institutions and give technical lessons in English and German language. ?Through intensive German language training as part of the curriculum, candidates are enabled to complete their 4th year in Germany. Before coming to Germany, students must pass the standard German university level test. As part of the German study program, the students will be attending engineering classes in German language and do their internship in a German company, which is preferably combined with a bachelor thesis of practical orientation. Fluency in German opens excellent opportunities with respect to employability at leading German companies with business interests in India, as well as Indian companies with business interests in Germany. Also, a bachelor?s degree from one of the IGCHE universities turns you into an educational resident?, speaks Prof. Dr. Dirk Fr?hling, Chairman of IGCHE and Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical, Environmental and Facilities Engineering, Westphalian University.
To Pursue Education in Germany
Higher education in Germany is of excellent quality. Most universities are state-run and well-funded. Their job is to produce an academic output that is of benefit for the society, and not to make money from students. It is great that higher education in Germany is highly subsidized, which is paid by German taxpayers. This opens chances to everybody with enough talent, regardless of their financial situation. ?There is no tuition fee in Germany in most cases except a small social fee for cheaper student dining, sports, cultural events and free public transport. In addition, there is an IGCHE admin fee to cover the support we give in India. All in all, the fees for the last year in Germany are about one fifth or tenth of what you can expect to pay in the UK or US?, adds Prof. Dr. Dirk. IGCHE has tie-ups with some of the top names across India including PSG College of Technology, and Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology. The institute is also planning to partner up with the Techno India Group as part of its future expansion.
"OFFERING THE BEST FOR THE STUDENTS IS THE AIM OF IGCHE AND THE GERMAN LANGUAGE TRAINING AT THE INDIAN PARTNER UNIVERSITIES IS CARRIED OUT BY NATIVE GERMAN LANGUAGE TEACHERS"
Offering the best for the students is the aim of IGCHE and the German language training at the Indian partner universities is carried out by native German language teachers. They are always on the premise, helping and guiding students. Also, IGCHE and IIK, IGCHE?s partner for German language training, developed an online support program that helps students to learn whenever it is convenient for them. During the first three years in India, summer schools are organized by IIK (Institute for International Communication, D?sseldorf) which the students can attend during semester breaks. The stay in Germany boosts both motivation and language proficiency. By focusing on quality rather than quantity, IGCHE has been able to see a steady incline in student enrollment in their eight universities since inception in 2010. Working to improve on their current operations, IGCHE has its eyes set on becoming a pioneering educational institution in the Indo-German education sector.
PROF. DR. DIRK FR?HLING, CHAIRMAN OF IGCHE AND DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF MECHANICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND FACILITIES ENGINEERING
PROF. DR. DIRK IS A MECHANICAL ENGINEER BY PROFESSION AND HE HAS ALSO GOT A PH.D. IN ENGINEERING MECHANICS. HE HAS AN INDUSTRY BACKGROUND IN DEVELOPING SCIENTIFIC COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR PIPELINE, GAS AND STEEL INDUSTRY. DIRK HAS ALSO CO-AUTHORED A BILINGUAL TEXTBOOK ON ENGINEERING MECHANICS.