German-Saudi relations in the cultural field are also
intensifying, especially after Germany’s participation as guest country at the
30th Janadriyah Festival in February 2016.
The German cultural institute, the Goethe Institute, has
been offering German courses since May 2014. It has now opened up a second
branch in Umm Al Hamam in June 2016. Students can now learn German in a
spacious villa with the latest technology in small classes with qualified
teachers, many of them German native speakers.
Courses are being offered at all levels, beginners to
advanced, and students have the chance to get their knowledge of German as a
foreign language certified by internationally recognized exams. These will also
be accepted in the visa process if students wish to pursue their higher
education at a German university.
Those who want to find out more about options to study in
Germany can contact the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD is now
being represented by Michael Alszer who is, since September 2016, teaching
German at King Saud University. He is regularly offering information sessions
on how to study in Germany in cooperation with the Goethe Institute.
The German Embassy is also proud that the German
International School Riyadh is growing. Parents and kids alike enjoy education
“made in Germany” for children aged 3 to 16. For the first time in the more
than 40 years of history in the Kingdom, the German International School had to
open two first grades to meet the demand. Currently, more than 160 students are
being educated at the German International School Riyadh.
The German Embassy and the German cultural institutions are
working hard together with our valued Saudi partners to deepen our cultural
relations and thus contribute to mutual understanding. The Saudi “Vision 2030”
will offer more opportunities to interact closely in the cultural field, and we
are looking forward to being part of it. — SG