By Mohamed Fathi and Ahmed Hijab
The high school seniors on Monday concluded their tour of Germany. They began their day with a visit to Lake Tegel, which is the second largest lake in Berlin.
It is located in the northwest of the Reinickdorf area. Its depth is 16 metres and its width is 1.6 kilometres.
The lake is an ideal destination for tourists from all over the world.
The students enjoyed the picturesque nature, breathing the fresh air, and taking photos.
Then, the students headed to the German University to attend a concert.
They were received by the Egyptian Ambassador to Germany Khaled Galal and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German University, Dr Ashraf Mansour.
The ceremony began with a speech by Dr Ashraf Mansour, who welcomed the Egyptian ambassador, the top students, and the journalists of Al-Gomhouria newspaper, and expressed his happiness with the students and their excellence.
Mansour said the university is a place where culture and science meet, and that as president of the German University, he is keen to ensure that the university’s activities include all the people of our beloved Egypt.
He added that the university organised Design that Connects Us events, in which one hundred and six young people from all over the world participated, in cooperation with the embassy and the Egyptian community.
For his part, Ambassador Galal expressed his happiness at meeting the students and the social role played by the German University, as 52 per cent of the students receive support and grants from the university.
He said Egypt is an important country and has a cultural and political contribution, and that scientific and cultural cooperation between the two countries is important.
After that, the students asked the Egyptian ambassador questions, including a question for the student, Saif Alaa, about his impressions of Germany, its relationship with Egypt, and the extent of benefiting from it.
The ambassador responded, praising the development of relations between the two countries and that the German side understands the value of Egypt and the extent of its contributions to the region.
He said the most prominent aspect of joint cooperation is the high-speed train project, which Germany considers a strategic project and is keen to implement.
Another question was about the latest developments in railways in Egypt. The ambassador replied that planning and design are always in Egyptian hands, and Germany is technologically advanced in this field, especially control and safety systems, noting that railway projects will completely change the face of Egypt.
He referred to the Green Line from the east of Ain Sokhna, New Alamein, then West of the Nile, then 6 October City, then to the north.
Therefore, it connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, which helps in reconstruction, development, and transportation of goods, and the second line from Cairo to Aswan, which reduces the distance between them by four hours.
In the end, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German University was keen to have the top graduates of the German University present to communicate with the top high school graduates and transfer their scientific and practical experience to them.
Head of the students’ mission Khaled Salah conveyed the greetings of Board Chairman Eyad Abo El Haggag and Al Gomhuria Editor in Chief Abdelrazek Tawfik to the officials in Germany .