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Co-operation between Singapore and Germany in the field of education is one of the pillars of the relationship between our two countries. This is clearly demonstrated by the strong educational ties between Singapore and Germany, both at the federal and state levels, as well as between educational institutions – particularly those at the tertiary level.


Germany is home to many world-class universities. A great deal of cutting-edge research is done in German research institutions. A large number of tertiary institutions have also cultivated close links with industry to provide current and industry-relevant training to their students. The German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Singapore is an affiliation of the Technical University of Munich.


A number of educational agreements have been signed at various levels in recent years to further promote educational linkages between Singapore and Germany. They include a Joint Declaration on Enhanced Education Cooperation which was made jointly by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on 15 June 2000. Both leaders welcomed more student exchange and pledged to enhance education cooperation between the 2 countries. Minister for Education Teo Chee Hean visited Germany in May 2001 and witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Singapore Ministry of Education and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD) on exchanges of German and Singapore students and professors.


Probably the first, and very valid, concern many Singapore students will have about coming to Germany would be language. While several institutions of higher learning are beginning to offer programmes in English, it is nevertheless still important to have some knowledge of German if one intends to study in Germany. One good place to start might be the Goethe-Institut, which provides language courses both in Singapore and in Germany. Naturally, you should feel free to consider other German language course providers to see which school offers you the language course most suited to your needs. More details are available from the website of the German Embassy in Singapore.


For information on visa requirements, travelling to, and living in Germany, you may also wish to contact the German Embassy in Singapore.




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