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Germany sees 19% increase in Indian students

The opening up of the German job market will make Germany a much more popular choice for Indian students Germany is emerging as a higher education destination among Indian students with a 19 per cent increase in the number of Indian students in the academic year 2011-12 over the previous year. In the academic year 2011-12, the number of Indian students in Germany has gone up to 5,998 compared to 5,038 students in the previous academic year, and there has been a whopping 70.59 per cent increase in the number of Indian students since 2008. Opulentus GermanyGermany is gaining popularity as a study destination for various reasons including for its subsidised tuition fees, scholarships and for its post-study employment prospect. Every year, around 20 per cent of Indian students in Germany receive funding. In 2010, DAAD granted 1,300 scholarships to Indian students with high academic track records, Christiane Schlottmann, director of German Academic Exchange Service, said. “While other traditional study destinations are curbing post study work visa rules, the opening up of the German job market will make Germany a much more popular choice for Indian students,” she said. India ranks 11 in the list of the top countries of origin of international students in Germany from the earlier 15th ranking. “We expect rising trends in the coming years as well due to the welcoming visa regulations for foreign students, researchers and scientists,” she added. As per a British Council study (THES Survey 2010), Germany was voted the most internationalised country in higher education domain leaving behind Australia, UK and China. Source: Itishree Samal, Business Standard

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