Press releases from the German Oriental Society for Higher Education

International university exchange with leading universities in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Iran and India
German Oriental Society for Higher Education founded
Founding Board of Directors elected

Frankfurt am Main, 31 March 2009.- Leading states in the Persian Gulf have recognised the growing significance of education for their young countries and are investing in the setup and development of international universities in their states. The German Oriental Society for Higher Education came to life in the Frankfurt Museum of World Cultures to actively support university exchange with this region.

The seven-strong Board of Directors is made up of Frank Höselbarth (Chairman), Necati Benli (Deputy), Professor Konrad Meisig (Mainz), Thomas Müller, Marwan Abou Taam, Mehtap Genctürk and Michael Hacker-Heller. The founding meeting took place in the presence of the Diplomatic Attaché of the General Consulate of the State of Kuwait in Frankfurt, Bader M Al-Keraidis.

Ulrike Krasberg of the Museum of World Cultures guided the founding members through the exhibition of an artistic and diplomatic family from the Armenian diaspora of Teheran: ‘Sevrugian. Images of the Orient in Photography and Painting 1880-1980’ (6 December 2008 – 12 July 2009).

The primary focus of the German Oriental Society for Higher Education is education and knowledge transfer between renowned German universities and research institutes on the one hand and select universities in the Gulf States and countries of the Arab Peninsula, Turkey and the traditional education nations Iran and India on the other hand.

Projects have currently been initiated by the non-profit society in cooperation with the largest university in the United Arab Emirates.