About us

Mission & Goals

Graphic by: AGYA/Amr El-Geddawy

Bilateral and Transdisciplinary Academy

 

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) has been established in 2013 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain as the first bilateral young academy worldwide.

Following two public Calls for Membership more than 600 early-career scholars from 22 different countries and from various fields submitted their applications. 25 Arab and 25 German applicants were selected as the first members.

 

 

Photo by: AGYA/Judith Affolter

Network of Excellence

 

The AGYA aims to establish a community of outstanding researchers, who are at an early stage in their academic career. The potential members of the AGYA are distinguished young researchers from Germany and the Arab countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen).

The goal of the AGYA is the effective strengthening of the international cooperation between excellent Arab and German early-career researchers. In the light of the present global challenges this mission is more relevant than ever. Arab and German researchers must intensify their contacts and establish new forms of cooperation.

The AGYA supports innovative collaborative projects and cooperative initiatives from different areas of scientific research, science policy and education. The concept of the AGYA is to maintain the practical application of interdisciplinarity. In relation to the format and content of its academic activities, the AGYA is independent.

The AGYA offers its members a unique opportunity to develop and implement their ideas, visions and projects in the framework of Arab-German research cooperation. Moreover, the AGYA fosters the intercultural experience of its members and promotes them as ambassadors of science and culture.

Goals of the AGYA

  • Support of innovative interdisciplinary research projects
  • Implementation of transnational initiatives on questions of education, science and academic management
  • Initiation of projects on the boundary between science and society
  • Promoting active engagement of early career researchers in academia and society


© Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

 

Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka on the mission of AGYA: "It is our duty to intensify the scientific dialogue between Germany and the Arab world given the current political developments and challenges in North Africa and the Middle East which have a direct impact on Germany and Europe”.


The AGYA-Logo explained

The logo was designed by a team of designers from Egypt and Germany. The Arabic letter on top of the G brings verve into AGYA corporate identity: It can be read as both the Arabic letter 'ayn (stands for arabi = Arabic) and the letter alif with hamza (stands for almani = German).

Thus the dynamic Arabic element of the logo symbolizes the two partners in cooperation of this first bilateral young academy worldwide: the Arab world and Germany.

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