Syed Abidi and H.E. Bernhard Schlagheck at German-Pakistan Alumni Network meeting

The First German-Pakistan Alumni Network meeting held

The German Embassy in Pakistan held its first Alumni Network meeting on Saturday 16th Nov 2019 at the resident of the German Ambassador, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad. The event spear headed by Christine Rosenberger, the Press and Cultural Attaché was well organized and well attended by those who had the opportunity of studying in Germany through different programmes, Scholarship schemes. It was a colourful afternoon and alumni of all ages from across all subject areas and specialisms participated getting an opportunity to interact under one platform.

The Ambassador H.E. Bernhard Schlagheck in his welcoming address thanked the alumni and guests and was pleased to see that more than expected people turned up. He appreciated the efforts of his Cultural Wing under the leadership of Christine Rosenberger and said that this event will set the pace for this community to get together on a regular basis. He added that this will provide an opportunity for German alumni in Pakistan to come together and share their views, exploiting their potential and contributing in the development of their particular specialized area in Pakistan.

The programme included talks from alumni hailing from various schemes such as DAAD, CrossCulture, Alexander von Humboldt, Themenreisen and Goethe-Institute etc. The Alumni shared their experiences and gave useful and vital information on such scholarship programmes including German language.

The experts from GIZ in Pakistan provided an insight for the work being done in the renewable energy sector for climate change with respect to German Pakistani cooperation. Alumni from different provinces like Punjab, KPK and the Federal Capitol were asked to gather on their specified desks so that they can meet their colleagues and fellow alumni from the same area apart from inter-provincial meetings between alumni was also facilitated. The participants were highly pleased to meet their friends and fellow alumni and thought that this event has given them an opportunity to interact and meet with people belonging to different professions and walks of life and will help them to connect in their professional areas going forward. The event included cultural performance, and ended with a sumptuous dinner.

(Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi is a renowned educationist in Pakistan, with more than 25 years of experience as provider of education counselling services. He has represented Pakistan in over 100 national and international seminars, conferences and fora. He is the recipient of the most coveted civil award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz).

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