Indian Consul General visits Aalen UniversitySugandh Rajaram is impressed by the practical training

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The Consul General Sugandh Rajaram (2nd from the left) visited Aalen University and met with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Trost, Pascal Cromm from the International Relations Office, Rector Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider, Vibunanthan Muralidharan and Prof. Dr. Achim Frick (from left to right).

Tu, 07. March 2017

High visit at Aalen University: Sugandh Rajaram was a guest at the invitation of Rector Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider. The Consul General of the Republic of India learned about the courses of studies, research projects, and numerous cooperations that the university maintains with the South Asian country. The Consul General was especially impressed by the practical education of the students: "India can still learn a lot."

India is currently one of the most dynamic economic nations in the world - and is thus an interesting partner for both, companies and universities in Baden Württemberg.

"There is almost a spirit of optimism," said Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider, who recently returned from India from a delegation trip under the leadership of the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann. India will become an important partner country for the university; and a strategic exchange at a scientific level is of great importance. "It is a great honor for us to welcome you as a guest at the university," the Rector emphasized when he welcomed Sugandh Rajaram. The Indian Consul General, who has been in office since last November, is currently traveling to Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria to get to know the two German states better.

"Our country has great potential," said Sugandh Rajaram during his visit to Aalen University. "And we are very interested in continuing to expand our economic and university relations with Germany," said the internationally experienced diplomat, who has prior experience from Moscow, Jakarta and New York. The Indian Consul General praised the German education system, especially the universities of applied sciences, with their practical reference: "We intend to focus on this in India in the future."

The Indian Consul General was delighted about the many students from India at Aalen University - currently, 72 Master students are enrolled.

Also, numerous cooperations and relationships are upheld with the South Asian country. For example, there has been a cooperation with "Jawaharlal Nehru University of Technology" in Hyderabad since 2003; and last year a cooperation agreement was signed with the "Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences" in Indore. "And an agreement for a strategic partnership with the Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology in Kochi is about to be signed," says Prof. Dr. Jürgen Trost, who commits himself to the expansion of relations with India. The mechanical engineering professor has initiated an international student project, where students from Aalen University and the Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology are building a drone together. "This allows our students to develop intercultural skills," says Trost. India is a "huge market on which German companies must be present". "It is therefore a great concern for us to train our students so that they can work professionally with Indian colleagues," said Prof. Dr. Jürgen Trost.