Research Projects

AGYA brings together excellent Arab and German scholars to face shared challenges and develop solutions through research cooperation.

Tandem Project


Tunisia at the Crossroads: Media and Politics in a Changing Region

The Tandem Project "Tunisia at the Crossroads" aims to analyze the relations between politics, media, and socio-economic factors in order to define the role of media and public sphere in emerging transformation processes. The study scrutinizes the media agenda building effects from 2008-2011.

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Idea Competition


Are we ready for emotional interaction with social robots?

If social robots are becoming our pets and even our caregivers, we need to determine the technological, societal and ethical potentials and limitations of their usage. With a pilot study the project is aiming to define potentials and limitations of social robots in Arab and German societies.

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Working Group Project


Workshop on “Health in All Policies" in collaboration with WHO/EMRO

The AGYA Working Group Health and Society in collaboration with the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO/EMRO) conducted a workshop in Cairo on ‘Applying Health in All Policies (HiAP) Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals’.

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Meet our members

Kalman Graffi

Computer Sciences
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Faculty of Computer Science Technology of Social Networks

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Bashar Ibrahim

Biology, Computer Sciences
Friedrich Schiller University Jena Institute of Bioinformatics Bio Systems Analysis Group

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Andreas Thiel

Environmental Studies
University of Kassel Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences

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Ronny Vollandt

Oriental Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten

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Working Paper Series


The Damage Done: the “Arab Spring”, Cultural Heritage and at-Risk Archaeologists

In his article, AGYA member Ammar Abdulrahman argues that the preservation of the cultural heritage in Middle Eastern and North African countries is much more than a local issue – as a global matter, cultural heritage concerns all of humanity.

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About AGYA


Federal Minister 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”, says Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka.

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AGYA Recommendations on Migration and Higher Education

The recently published migration report gives 26 recommendations and presents best practices and strategies for integrating migrants and refugees into higher education systems from a distinct Arab and German perspective.

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