Qatar Foundation’s Academic Bridge Programme (ABP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany.
Jacobs University will accept ABP graduates meeting the required criteria, directly into the first year of their degree programmes. This is the ninth such agreement ABP has entered into with foreign universities, including the University of Portsmouth, East Anglia University, Northumbria University and the University of Surrey.
Jacobs University is a federally recognised private, American-style independent university in northern Germany, located between the larger cities of Amsterdam and Berlin. The language of instruction is English and most students at Jacobs University are from countries other than Germany.
The university awards Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in the natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Among the majors covered by the MoU are electrical engineering, computer science, biochemistry, cell biology, biotechnology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, international politics, history, global economics and management, and information management.
Approximately 1,200 students from over 100 countries are pursuing their studies at the university’s 80 acre tree-lined campus in northern Bremen. Over the past 11 years, the ABP has developed a strong academic programme that, together with its Student Services Department, prepares students well for English speaking universities.
ABP also developed a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) for tutoring students in math, science, computers and English. Courses are organised to help students on the IELTS, SAT and ACT. ABP has created ‘The English Room’ to help students develop their English language skills. Students are assisted in their college preparations by a full-time college counsellor, Ellenore Hibon.
ABP director Dr Miles Lovelace, assistant director for academic affairs Dr Newmark, Hibon, Jacobs University vice president Dr Thorsten Thiel, and chief representative for the Middle East, Can Ikram participated in the signing ceremony.
Dr Newmark stated that the MoU with Jacobs University “illustrates the high regard that universities have for ABP graduates.” Hibon explained that such MoUs ‘provide a great opportunity for ABP students to further their studies and expand their horizons at reputable universities abroad.’
The ABP is fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation, US, which makes it easier to fast-track ABP graduates into world-class universities.