March 15, 2009 12:04:30 am
Knowledge of German language is no longer necessary to study and live in the country,said Dr Christina Heiss,programme design and development head of Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (FSFM).
Speaking to the media on Saturday,she said,There is a belief among Indian students that to study in Germany,they should know German. This is a myth. Ever since Germany switched to the bachelors-masters educational framework about five years ago,English has widely taken over.
Heiss was in Pune to announce a tie-up between FSFM and city-based Audyogik Shikshan Mandal (ASM) which runs seven management and computer institutes six in the city and one in Mumbai.
According to Heiss,there are only 4,000 Indian students in Germany in various faculties as against 94,000 students from the US and 50,000 from UK. The total cost of staying in Germany is much less than that in USA, she said.
Speaking about the tie-up,Sumit Rai,India representative of FSFM,said that the two institutes will jointly conduct corporate training courses for industries in Pune and Mumbai. The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce,Industries and Agriculture has also expressed their willingness to support corporate training programmes, he said. S B Mathur,director,Institute of International Business and Research said,We are considering programmes in leadership,communication skills,hard and soft skills in management,finance management,risk management certifications like certified finance analyst, he said. The first corporate training session will begin in mid-June followed by the second one during Diwali and the third towards year-end.
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