History

The idea to establish the IGCHE occurred in January 2009 during a conference visit on Leadership in Higher Education organized by the IIM Bangalore. Throughout 2009 the initiators engaged in the necessary preparations in Germany and introduced a proposal to a selected number of colleges and universities in India. By December 2009 two partners in South India were found who were eagerly thrilled by the idea and decided to cooperate with IGCHE for mutual benefit: PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore and SRM University in Kattankulathur near Chennai. Working groups then started to work out curricula incorporating German language training and to draft the necessary legal basics.

In June 2010 the IGCHE Consortium was officially established by 4 founding members: Hochschule Bochum, Westfälische Hochschule (then called Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen), Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and Hochschule Zittau Görlitz.
Simultaneously memorandums of agreements were signed with both Indian partners. On this basis, the first IGCHE students were enrolled in the academic year 2010 and started their studies in Germany in 2013.

 

Zeichung Konsortialvertrag

This picture shows members of the executive boards of the first four German Universities of Applied Sciences signing the contract to found the IGCHE (from left to right):

Prof. Dr. Bernd Kriegesmann, president of Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Ihne, president of Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Prof. Dr. Roland Böttcher, chairman of Indo-German Center for Higher Education from Hochschule Bochum, Prof. Dr. Martin Sternberg, president of Hochschule Bochum and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Roland Giese, vice-rector for education of Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz.

Foto: Detlef Bremkens