On the 23rd of June 2019, six graduates from German schools received their DAAD/ Sawiris Foundation SFSD Scholarship Certificates at the premises of the DAAD Regional Office Cairo. This DAAD Scholarship Programme is fully funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. The selected recipients had to compete with hundreds of other German schools graduates abroad in 60 countries. They will be enrolling at German universities for their undergraduate studies starting this fall.

The DAAD Scholarship Programme “Deutsche Auslandsschulen“ (“German Schools Abroad”) has been carried out by the DAAD since 2001. It is fully funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. This undergraduate studies programme grants scholarships for exceptional graduates from German schools abroad. It aims at establishing long term relations between the gifted scholarship holders and Germany as location of university education, science and economy. Therefore, this DAAD programme contributes to the cooperation and mutual understanding between both countries and includes cultural and social aspects.

Since 2005 the „Sawiris Foundation for Social Development“ (SFSD) cooperates successfully with the DAAD Regional Office Cairo on this scholarship programme for graduates from German Schools in Egypt. In addition to the DAAD scholarships the SFSD grants 1-2 further scholarships every year.

On 23rd June, the Awarding Ceremony started with words of greetings by Ms. Isabell Mering (Director of the DAAD Regional Office Cairo), followed by Ms. Ing. Noura Selim (Executive Director, SFSD), Mr. Carsten Treuber (Advisor/Coordinator German Language, German Central Agency for Schools Abroad) as well as Mr. Georg Leber (Headmaster, DSB Kairo, Spokesman of the Headmasters of German Schools in Egypt).

Afterwards, Ms. Ohoude Khadr, DAAD-Sawiris alumna, shared with the audience and fresh scholars her experiences gained during her studies in Germany. Beyond the academic benefit she appreciated the opportunity to participate in the cultural and social life in Germany. She advised the future scholarship holders to make use of this opportunity to broaden their mind and to deepen their intercultural competence.

 

This was followed by the speech of the scholarship recipients: Ms. Farah Fawzy (Europa Schule), Ms. Malak Farhoud (DSB Alexandria), Ms. Farida Amr Mohamed Sedky Abdelfattah (DEO), Ms. Layla Ebeid (DEO), Ms. Mariam Fahmy (DSB Kairo) and virtually Mr. Yehia Soliman, (DEO).

The scholarship holders presenting summarized that the achieved goal was worth all efforts. It was underlined that their personal goal of graduating from university after a few years from a long-term perspective will be useful for society too. In this regard and because they have chosen quite different fields of study, they specified:

„[…] This diversity of professional careers and interests is essential for meeting the needs of society in all respects. Therefore, it was irrelevant for the DAAD /SFSD-Scholarship Committee which field of study we have chosen but what we want to make of it.”

At the end of the ceremony Ms. Isabell Mering and Ms. Ing. Noura Selim handed over the DAAD/SFSD Scholarship Certificates to the recipients and the event was concluded with a networking dinner.