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Academic Exchanges and Promotion of German Language

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23.02.2021 - Article

Academic exchanges between Uganda and Germany are an important focus of German-Ugandan cultural relations. Another focus of Germany’s commitment within the cultural field is the promotion of the German language in Uganda.

Academic Exchanges

Academic exchanges between Uganda and Germany are an important focus of German-Ugandan cultural relations. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grants scholarships to Ugandan students and academics to carry out their studies or research in Germany, Uganda or an African third-country and further promotes the cooperation between German and Ugandan universities through various programmes. Since 1967, a DAAD Representative supports its implementation who is as well a senior lecturer at Makerere University where German studies is taught since over 50 years.

Promotion of German Language

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and over 100 million people call it their native language. Nearly 15 million people speak and learn German as a foreign language worldwide.

Therefore another focus of Germany’s commitment within the cultural field is the promotion of the German language in Uganda. For more than 40 years German language has been part of the academic curriculum at Ugandan schools. Ever since, the number of Ugandan schools teaching German as a subject has risen to 9 schools and currently more than 5000 Ugandan students have the German language in their academic curriculum. Ugandan schools offering German language to their students benefit from a number of promotion programmes and individual measures funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

The Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society (GZK/UGCS) offers an extensive yearly language course program with a variety of courses at different levels and of different types that enables Ugandans and other interested people to learn German as a foreign language in Kampala.

Find out more about the promotion of the German language in Uganda and how you can be a part of it here: Deutsch lernen - Learn German

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