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A very warm welcome to 2018 and to our revived newsletter of the DAAD Information Centre Kuala Lumpur. 

Please allow me to start this newsletter by introducing myself as the new DAAD representative and director of the Information Centre KL.

This is now my second time in Malaysia after having prepared students for their undergraduate studies in Germany at INTEC Education College from 2006 to 2011.

In the following years, I was allowed to contribute to the development of three Double-Degree Programmes at Universiti Malaysia Pahang as the director of the German Academic & Career Centre before returning to Germany in 2014.

While holding an exciting position as director of the Centre of Competence at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Malaysia also kept a strong hold on me due to the many close friends and fond memories which I dearly treasure.

I feel very honoured to have been given the chance to return to Malaysia in this new function as a Visiting Lecturer at University of Malaya and director of DAAD Kuala Lumpur. 

I have always been very impressed by Malaysia’s well-grounded strategies in Higher Education together with the impressive substantial funding of its education system.

 I am convinced that the country's current Education Blueprint will also contribute significantly to the high pace of Malaysia’s general development like the previous visions & missions of MoE.

Though I have returned to a familiar country, I am delighted to recognise a substantial shift in the local awareness of Germany as an attractive destination for pursuing a degree or to further one’s research.

Rising tuition fees and an emerging xenophobic populism in Anglo-Saxon countries cause students to look for alternative destinations demonstrate that high education standards don’t necessarily have to drive generations of graduates into severe debts.  

The current 16 well established double degree programmes between Malaysian and German universities indicate the thriving interest of academia in both regions. In creating a win-win situation, I believe that double degree programmes, especially those including flying faculties, provide the best foundation for sustainable and lively cooperation.

Should you also like to venture into a (further) double degree programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at DAAD Kuala Lumpur. 

Despite this rather long prologue you will find this and future newsletters of DAAD KL reduced to mere teasers. Keeping your constantly overflowing email inbox in mind we want you to quickly pick only the content relevant to you. 

And whenever you feel sharing activities or news linked to Germany with us we’d be more than happy to include your posts in this newsletter.

Brian Trenaman

Director DAAD Information Centre Kuala Lumpur