Group picture of the Research Ambassadors 2016

DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists outside the scope of Greater Cairo and Alexandria who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are interested in promoting research in Germany at their home universities and among their peers and students.

In the fall of 2014, the DAAD Regional Office Cairo launched the DAAD Research Ambassadors Programme in Egypt. The programme is financed by the DAAD section for International Research Marketing (K22), with funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Aim of the programme is to extend the DAAD’s outreach beyond Cairo and Alexandria and to build trusted relations with peripheral universities for joint activities, capacity building events, and to pave the way for possible partnerships with German institutions and researchers.

The DAAD Research Ambassadors are experienced and well educated academics and scientists – who spent a minimum of ten months in Germany for academic purposes. They inform students, researchers, and faculty members at their universities about study and research opportunities in Germany. Their task is not only to inform about the DAAD’s programmes, but also about other German academic organizations, institutions, and funding schemes.

Since 2016 there are a total of 13 Research Ambassadors in Egypt, covering 13 universities in both the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt, those include: Fayoum University, Sohag University, South Valley University (Qena), Mansoura University, Assiut University, Zagazig University, Minia University, Kafrelsheikh University, Menofia University, Suez Canal University (Ismailia), Tanta University, Aswan University, Benha University. At bi-annual workshops, the Research Ambassadors are regularly updated and introduced to new programmes, changes, and opportunities provided by the DAAD Regional Office, the DAAD, and partner organizations.

Read about the last workshop here (pdf, 528.95 KB).


For further information, please contact:

Ms. Lilly von Stackelberg

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  • Fayoum University

    • Dr. Wessam Mohamed DAAD/Michael Asaad

      Wessam Abdel Moaty Mohamed, Dr.rer.nat.

      Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, Fayoum University

      Research Interests: Literacy, learning disabilities, cross cultural studies, Intelligence, Giftedness, Language learning, measurement, motivation, perfectionism

      Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Konstanz

      Wessam Mohamed is currently the executive director of the E-Center of Psychological Measurement Project (e-CPMP), being one of the competitive projects of Excellence in Higher Education Institutions. She is also the co-director of the Department for Development of Students & the Assessment System Center (DSASC). In 2005, she was awarded a full DAAD scholarship for a research visit at the University of Konstanz to finish her dissertation on the topic "Behavioral and Cortical Indices of Typical and Atypical Development of Reading and Spelling Skills in Children: Evidence from Different Orthographies".

      In December 2010, she gained one of the awards for "Distinguished Publications" from Fayoum University.  She received many training scholarships as Bioethics UNESCO training at Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2012; Research Ethics MERETI scholarship, Cairo, 2013 and the "Egyptian Ministry Education Staff capacity Enrichment Program (ESCEP)", 2012, Virginia Tech, USA. In addition, she is also a member of the Community & Environment Service committee through she is involved in environment–related topics as sustainable development. She also attended international projects referring to topics as Women Leadership in Higher Education.

  • Sohag University

    • Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahiem DAAD/Michael Asaad

      Mohamed Abdelrahiem

      Professor of Egyptology - Egyptological Department - Sohag University - Egypt

      Research Interests: Egyptology, ancient Egyptian music, culture, history and Egyptological field work

      University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg  (1996-1998, 2002, 2006); FU Berlin (2013, 2015)

      Professor Abdelrahiem is currently head of the department of Egyptology and the director of the German language center at Sohag University which he has established in 2012 in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Kairo. During his doctoral studies at the University of Hamburg from 1996 to 1998, supported by a DAAD fund, he studied "Harfner und Harfnerlieder im Alten Ägypten".

      His research focuses on music and musicians in Ancient Egypt. His work as Egyptologists and as field director of the joint Egyptian-German mission surveying the First Intermediate Period tombs at Asyut (Asyut Project 2003-2017) crosses the disciplines of ancient Egyptian history and culture, hieroglyphics and field work in Egyptological method and theory. He has also published on many monuments from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period. Abdelrahiem continues to publish in English and in German and has lectured at most Egyptian universities. Please feel free to contact him on questions concerning the study of Egyptology, ancient Egyptian music, culture, history and field work in Egyptological methodology and theory.

  • South Valley University

    • Dr. Mohamed Alsenbesy DAAD/Michael Asaad

      Mohamed Alsenbesy 

      Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology,  Qena Faculty of Medicine – South Valley University (SVU)

      Research Interests: Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology & Endoscopy

      University/Research Institution(s) in Germany: Mainz University, Klinikum der Stadt Ludwigshafen

      Mohamed Alsenbesy is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology at the Qena Faculty of Medicine, South Valley University (SVU). With the support of DAAD funding he spent two years at the academic teaching hospital in Ludwigshafen, Mainz University, to perform research for his dissertation. His research visit was not only an excellent opportunity to explore the latest advancements in his fields of interest but also to get in touch with the German culture which had a remarkable impact on his life.

      He is also a member of the German Society for Gastroenterology and Metabolism (DGVS) and regularly attends conferences and workshops offered. Thus he is remaining in contact with the German colleagues and professors he worked with during his stay in Germany and is maintaining a productive exchange of knowledge and innovations with them in his area of research.

      As a DAAD Research Ambassador at South Valley University (SVU) he is eager to facilitate the scientific cooperation between his university and its counterparts in Germany.