Saxony doubles funding for student exchange with Israel

© Ekaterine – stock.adobe.com

Saxony’s Ministry of Science is doubling the funding for an exchange programme with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In order to deepen bilateral relations between the Free State of Saxony and Israel, funding for the exchange programme will now be doubled from 15,000 euros to 30,000 euros.

Chemnitz University of Technology has been coordinating an exchange programme for Saxon students and academics with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1999. This goes back to a visit to Israel by former Minister President Kurt Biedenkopf, who was instrumental in initiating this cooperation.

Since then, around 4 to 8 students have been sponsored each year, enabling them to spend up to 3 months studying in Israel. To date, the Free State of Bavaria has subsidised the programme with 15,000 euros annually.

In order to deepen bilateral relations between the Free State of Saxony and Israel and as a sign of solidarity with Israel, the funding for the exchange programme has now been doubled from 15,000 euros to 30,000 euros. At the same time, the programme will be opened up in terms of content and participants, so that in future interested parties from all fields of study and universities of applied sciences will be able to apply to take part in the programme.

Saxon-Israeli mobility programme

Since 1999, more than 100 study and research visits have been realised with the help of the Saxon-Israeli mobility programme. Approximately 70 per cent of the funding has so far been used by Israeli students for their research stay in Saxony. Approximately 30 per cent of the mobility funds were used by Saxon students and academics to realise their academic stay in Israel.

Source and further information: Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Tourismus (in German)