Embassy to launch German language courses.
GERMAN language courses for adults and children are being launched by the German Embassy this month.
The courses, at beginners or advanced levels, begin on or around April 19 and will be taught by native German teachers.
The initiative is supported by the German Foreign Affairs Ministry.
German Ambassador Dr Hubert Lang said the courses were being rolled out to complement the embassy's ongoing cultural outreach initiatives and activities.
He said the embassy had spoken to Bahrainis in the private and government sectors and they had highlighted a need for the language, especially for Bahrainis wishing to study in Germany or for business purposes.
"The real ignition came when His Majesty King Hamad visited Germany last year and told our president and chancellor that he wanted to see a good cultural institute and a German university established in Bahrain," Dr Lang told the GDN.
"When His Majesty says something we are keen to study this.
"The vision of having a good institute in Bahrain is ambitious because Bahrain is a small country but there is a possibility if we combine forces here - it should be a common effort.
"It's been conveyed to the Bahraini side and we are working on this.
"But we decided not to sit and wait but start with language classes, which is the most palpable activity any country can have."
The courses are made up of 48 units and will be held twice a week, for eight to 12 weeks, depending on the programme.
The fee for each course is BD240, plus BD20 for books.
Successful students will be awarded a German Language Certificate.
Courses will begin every year in January, April and September. They will take place in Umm Al Hassam, Area 333, Road 3306, Building 240, Second floor, Flat 31.
Registration forms can be downloaded from the embassy's website and submitted via e-mail to or faxed to 17536282.
For more information call 17530210, extension 23 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meanwhile, the embassy in co-operation with the Culture and Information Ministry is organising an exhibition for Bahraini and German artists at the Bahrain National Museum next week.
Eleven artists are participating in the exhibition, which will open on Wednesday, at 7.30pm, and run until April 25.
Entitled Bilateral Relations, it will be open from 8am to 8pm daily.
In addition to cultural events the embassy is planning for German experts in various fields to visit Bahrain in the coming months.
German Nobel laureate Professor Dr Peter Gr-nberg will visit Bahrain to speak at the International Conference on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, which is being organised and hosted by Bahrain University from May 4 to May 7.
Professor Gr-nberg's visit to Bahrain is being organised by the German Embassy, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Bahrain University.
German promoter of renewable energy Dr Franz Alt will also come in June to meet students, government officials and others interested in alternative energy.
Another initiative by the German Embassy is a visitor's programme, which every year sends four to five Bahrainis to Germany to learn more about their chosen field.
For more information about the embassy's activities and to get involved visit www.manama.diplo.de or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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