The rise in affordable study programmes taught in English has led to a growing influx of foreign students to Germany. German higher education institutions currently offer about 800 English study programmes, more than 700 at the Master's level.
Germany needs skilled workers - which is why there's a law for the recognition of foreign qualifications. Michelle Ange Monteu is one example: the medical doctor from Cameroon has received her German license and now works in a hospital.
As of 2013, the BMBF funds out-of-school cultural education programmes for disadvantaged children and young people under the motto "Culture is Strength." This includes music and theatre performances as well as mentoring programmes.
We're making strong progress in establishing a new scholarship culture in Germany. The Germany Scholarship is designed to encourage and support young people in their decision to pursue a higher level of education.
Centres of Islamic Theology have been established at four German universities: Tübingen, Münster/Osnabrück, Frankfurt/Giessen and Erlangen/Nuremberg. The BMBF is funding training programmes for Islamic religion teachers with around 20 million euros.