German Ambassador, Matthias Meyer, takes part in the foundation ceremony of the German Alumni Association of Nepal
On 20 March 2015 the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Matthias Meyer, participated in the foundation of the German Alumni Association of Nepal (GAAN).
GAAN, as Alumni umbrella organization, unites and represents from now on seven German-Nepalese Alumni Organizations with 51 members. With this concentration of knowledge and experience, GAAN provides new opportunities in the fields of cultural and scientific cooperation. GAAN supports furthermore Nepalese students that return from their studies in Germany and forms the cooperation contact for the work of the German Embassy with Alumni.
The idea of GAAN goes back to a meeting between the German Embassy in Kathmandu, the GIZ and eight Alumni Organizations. This meeting in 2013 initiated the foundation process of GAAN. Since then, the GIZ Nepal and the German Embassy accompanied and supported this foundation.
The newly elected President of GAAN, Prof. Dr. Joshi , expressed his gratitude for the active support by the Embassy and underlined the importance of GAAN for the German-Nepalese relations as well as for the Nepalese society.
In his speech, the Ambassador described GAAN as a bridge between Germany and Nepal, which enables the development of new activities. He assured, that the Embassy will be also in future contact and support for GAAN.
In 2014 alone, about 300 Nepalese students started their studies in Germany. After their return to Nepal, they form an important pool of knowledge and have a unique connection to Germany. With the help of the newly founded umbrella organization GAAN a concentration of this can be achieved.