Economic and social development is one of the main focuses of German development policy cooperation with the Arab world. The goal of the “Economics of the Middle East” programme is to further qualify partner specialists in this field while also training a larger number of experts on the German side who are familiar with the economy, institutions, culture and language of the region.
In designing this new Master’s course as a “Twinning Programme“, two goals are being pursued. On the one hand, Arab economists are being trained in modern economics with special consideration of the economies of Middle Eastern countries including in particular the economic reform needs of the region. At the same time, German students with a first academic training in economic science are becoming qualified as regional experts and familiarized with the economic conditions in the Arab cultural area.
The course stretches over four semesters in which students spend one semester at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and two semesters at the Marburg University. Moreover, the first semester includes an intensive German or Arabic language course and modules in intercultural training.
English is the language of instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, the Philipps-Universität Marburg awards a Master’s degree. In addition to subject matter dealing with economic science, comprehensive political and socio-cultural connections are also components of the course. By working in small mixed groups, students are trained in intercultural communication and management skills that will enable them as graduates to cooperate on international projects, in the area of development cooperation or scientific-technological cooperation, for instance.
Who can participate?
The target group of this postgraduate course are young professionals from the field of economics, who preferably have some initial work experience in this field. The DAAD will award a limited number of scholarships for this course.
Who can apply for a scholarship?
Applications are open to participants from the following countries: Germany, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
The following supporting documents for scholarship applications are required (Please inquire about application documents required for admission into the programme directly at the University):
• DAAD application form ("Application for Research Grants and Study Scholarships")
• hand-signed CV (please use the europass specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
• hand-signed letter of motivation (with reference to current occupation) with precise description of the academic/professional and personal reasons for wishing to participate in this programme
• 2 recommendation letters (e.g. academic letter/s from your university or professional letters from your former or current employer; the letter must have a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date)
• confirmation of employment from the employer in your home country, and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon returning home
• proof of language abilities: English – TOEFL or IELTS (Note: Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted); German or Arabic - if available (costs will not be covered by the DAAD)
• certified copies of awarded academic degrees
• certified copies of academic transcripts
• certified copy of School Leaving Certificate
The application has to be in English. Applications that are not complete will be excluded from the selection procedure.
Where can I apply? Where do I find more information?
For further information regarding the course and application, please visit the programme website at (www.uni-marburg.de/emea).
For further questions, please contact: emea<at>wiwi.uni-marburg.de