Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein

Full Professor of Society and Transformation in Asia and Africa at the Institute of Area Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin


The Cultural Bridge program constitutes a unique initiative to foster academic and professional exchanges between India and Germany. It was founded by Dr. Vishnu Ramdeo in cooperation with the Institute of Area Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin. From the very beginning, I have supported the program as I am convinced that it will enable young Indian and German students to broaden their horizons and thus it will contribute substantially to their academic and personal development. In this manner, the Cultural Bridge program serves the goal of bringing India and Germany closer together.

The initiative is sustained by the voluntary work and commitment of a multifaceted team including both young people from India and Germany from various backgrounds. It is this blend of people from both countries that sets the Cultural Bridge program apart from other projects: Right from the outset, the program was geared towards achieving Indo-German cooperation on equal and inclusive terms. I am glad to see with how much vigour, diligence and creativity the team of Cultural Bridge works for their shared aim of supporting Indian and German students and strengthening the ties between India and Germany. I therefore wish to lend my fullest support to the Cultural Bridge program and its team.