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Whether a faculty member of a Malaysian university, a scientist at a Malaysian research institute or a future PhD student makes the decision to come to Germany for research work - if he or she is highly qualified, Germany will turn out to be a good choice. To hold a PhD from Germany, to spend some time there as a guest researcher, to publish in highly recognized international journals or even to get a permanent faculty position at a German university counts all over the world.

Foreign researchers will experience a warm welcome in Germany’s scientific community. Thanks to an open-minded atmosphere they will get integrated in the institutes, research groups and seminars very quickly.

In literally every field of science there are outstanding German scientists and excellent supervisors, from A (like astrophysics) to Z (like zoogeography). If you choose the “right place”, there might even be the opportunity to work in the same laboratory as Nobel Laureates. In physics for example scientists originating from Germany won the Nobel Prizes consecutively for four years. As recently as 2007, two German scientists were awarded Nobel prizes in Physics (Peter Gruenberg) and Chemistry (Gerhard Ertl). They serve as a shining example that the promotion slogan of the DAAD ‘International careers made in Germany’ can become reality at the highest level.

An example for “International Careers made in Germany” of a completely different kind is that of the managing director Norio Ohga of the Sony company, who decided to locate Sony’s European headquarters in Germany’s capital Berlin. One of the reasons for his decision was to express his reverence to his host town where he laid the foundation of his career as an opera singer (after graduating from the music college of Berlin and before joining Sony).

When mentioning Sony one should stress that Germany offers rich research opportunities in all disciplines of applied sciences, making Germany one of the frontrunners in advanced technologies and engineering in general along with USA and Japan. A symbiosis of academic research and practical output that works: All important engineering disciplines find their direct practical application in corresponding companies which often belong to the world leaders in their field of activity, e. g. automotive engineering (Mercedes Benz, BMW), chemical engineering and chemistry (Bayer, BASF), electrical and communication engineering (Siemens, ABB) and in particular numerous SME`s in the field of mechanical engineering.

But by spending some time in the country a foreign scholar, post doc or future PhD student will discover that Germany has much more to offer than fully equipped laboratories and workshops, data banks, computer facilities etc. A first impression of Germany beyond science and technology may be obtained by visiting the German Cultural Institute (Goethe Institute) in Kuala Lumpur (only two minutes away from the DAAD KL Office). The high standard of Germany in the humanities, arts, music, fine arts etc. is reflected here by a well assorted library covering all the non-technical aspects. The rich cultural environment typical for Germany (of which the Cultural Institute can only give a first impression) makes a big difference from many other countries, which are important in science and technology. To work in a high tech laboratory during daytime and to listen to one of the world’s finest orchestras at night is an experience foreign scholars dream about even after they have returned to their home countries for many years. Or you may spend your day studying sources at university libraries where philosophers as Heidegger, Adorno and Habermas once worked and develop new ideas at night, together with department colleagues and supported by excellent German white wine. Such informal gathering often results in long term scientific co-operations - and lifelong friendships.