German Science Centre opens in Cairo
Foreign Minister Westerwelle opening the German Science Centre in Cairo
© photothek / Th. Köhler
Foreign Minister Westerwelle opened the German Science Centre in Cairo on 13 November. He called the Centre a beacon of support for the democratic transition in Egypt and the surrounding region.
The Science Centre is intended to serve as a bridge to Arab countries, offering interdisciplinary workshops and conferences and advising German and Egyptian research institutes and companies. It also demonstrates German achievements in science and technology. The Centre focuses on the natural sciences, environmental studies, the social sciences and the humanities. In 2012 the Science Centre has presented a travelling exhibition on renewable energy and an exhibition on German inventions that have changed the world.
Supporting the democratic transition in Egypt
At the opening of the Science Centre, Westerwelle underscored its significance for supporting the transition in Egypt and the surrounding region:
The success of the transition in Egypt is of key importance for the entire region. Germany sees itself as a close partner to Egypt and would like to support this change. Education is an area crucial to the success of the transition process, because young people especially need good future prospects. That is why we are making support for education, science and research an area of focus. The German Science Centre in Cairo is a beacon project that is to shine its light upon the entire region.
Westerwelle at the opening of the German Science Centre in Cairo
© photothek / Th. Köhler
While in Cairo, the German Foreign Minister also spoke with Egyptian students. Among those he met were two students who are taking part in a project on the development of student participation in decision-making at Egyptian universities. The project is part of the transformation partnership through which Germany is supporting the democratic transition in Egypt. The Science Centre’s projects have included the “Cairo Talks on Transformation and Change” discussion series and the Cairo Climate Talks (CCT), both realized in collaboration with the German Embassy and other significant German and Egyptian actors.
Egypt and Germany have long maintained close academic contacts. The German-Egyptian Year of Science and Technology in 2007 created broad-ranging momentum for bilateral scientific cooperation.
By promoting the Science Centres, Germany hopes to help further the internationalization of science and research. The new German Science Centre in Cairo joins the existing German Science and Innovation Forums in New York, São Paulo, Tokyo, Moscow and New Delhi.
Last updated 14.11.2012