The Coordination Office Bavaria-Malaysia (COBM) has been responsible for Malayan scholarship holders studying or planning to study at a Bavarian university since April 2011.
A 2002 cooperation contract between the Munich-based Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and two Malayan partners is the reason for the counselling programme that is currently responsible for around 250 students. The entire support services of these scholarship holders are rendered by the Deggendorf-based Coordination Office Bavaria-Malaysia, representing all Bavarian universities.
The approximately 40 scholarship holders sent from Malaysia by our partners in the middle of March have had intensive preparation courses for studying in Germany. The two-year course is managed by the German Malayan Institute (GMI). Participants learn German at a B1 level, sit their English A-levels and do an internship. Their monthly scholarship is paid by the governmental institution MARA. Over the past few years, many students who financially support the studies themselves joined the programme. These students are also looked after by the Coordination Office Bavaria-Malaysia.
After arriving in Germany, the prospective students are allocated to different preparation centres in Bavaria. During the summer semester, between March and July, applicants are technically and lingually prepared for German engineering courses in Germany. After only four months, they must sit and pass the TestDaF exam, which takes place every July.
The exam serves as proof of the language level needed to study in German and is therefore absolutely necessary. It certifies the required B2/C1 language level to the students.
During this first time in Bavaria, the COBM offers a comprehensive student counselling, supports the students in the application process, sends the applications out in close cooperation with the universities, organises appartments in student housing facilities and is in constant contact with the Malayan Consulate General in Frankfurt.
In addition to that, the Coordination Office offers various seminars, such as intercultural trainings, team building, successful studying (studying methods, time management, scientific work) at the different Bavarian universities. The Office is also a contact point for any kind of inquiries and problems, even if the students are then divided and study at the 14 Bavarian universities taking part in the programme.
During their studies, the Coordination Office, headed by Tanja Mertadana remains a contact point for the scholarship holders. The COBM permanently checks on the students' results and organises additional courses if necessary. In the last few years, some scholarship holders were awarded the DAAD prize for their extraordinary performance.
Most students graduate within the standard period of study and without any problems. Quite often, they stay in Germany to pursue a master's degree here.
In 1991, the German-Malaysian Institute (GMI) was founded as a training facility. The first student was enrolled at the GMI in 1992 - the growing number of students speaks for itself. The GMI strives for a comprehensive and balanced teaching of practical and theorectical technical content and offers many opportunities for personal development and specialization.
A wide range of training and bachelor programmes are offer; a technically oriented prep programme (Cambridge A-Levels), further technical training, training of trainers and business / service advice, whereby great importance is always attached to the quality of teaching. A bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering can be acquired at the GMI, for example.