Indo-German Winter Academy
Current information about the Indo-German Winter Academy is provided by Department of Computer Science 10 "System Simulation":
The annual Indo-German Winter Academy of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), which was established in 2002, is the basis of an outstanding network of cooperation. The partners of this network have recognized that sustained efforts for cooperation between Germany and India will be successful only if extensive mutual interest in the industry of the partner country can be created among the upcoming generations of engineers in both countries. This makes it necessary to establish contacts between German universities and Indian educational institutions. Being the elite institutions for engineering education in India, the IITs are the perfect partners for the FAU, which meanwhile cooperates with all seven IITs. In all cases, cooperation contracts have been signed or are on the way to underpin the importance of the benefits created by the Winter Academy. The Winter Academies have always been financially supported by different organizations and companies which have also recognized the value of the connection of German universities to the IITs.
There is a common interest of the FAU and the IITs to inform IIT students about modern fields of research where there is a foreseeable high need for future engineers. Furthermore, Indian students often have insufficient knowledge about the possibilities and excellence of engineering education and research at German universities as they are usually very much oriented towards education in the United States. To remedy this situation, the FAU in Erlangen has set up − jointly with the IITs of Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee − the Indo-German Winter Academies in order to inform IIT students about interesting fields of research with industrial need for engineers and also to inform them about education in Germany as a whole.