ISLAMABAD, Jan 29 (APP):Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan Mr Martin Kobler Tuesday said that his government was ready to support and cooperate in various areas of development in order to empower Pakistani youth and make them leap forward in the 21st century.

He made these remarks during his visit to Air University, Islamabad. On the occasion, the German envoy was warmly welcomed by the Vice Chancellor, Deans, Directors, HoDs, faculty members and a large number of students, a press release said.

Speaking on the occasion, the German ambassador showed a strong desire to further strengthen bilateral relations by enhancing cooperation especially in the areas of youth development, education, climate change, energy, and modern economy.

He said that he is deeply impressed with and is in love with Pakistan due to the warm hospitality he always received from the local people and the heritage-rich beautiful landscape of the country.

The ambassador, during his visit, admired the state-of-the-art building and an overall aura of modernity by labeling it as a “modern”, “friendly” and “green” University which is right way headed into the future.

Advising the students intending to apply for Masters and PhD admissions in German Universities and subsequently for a German visa, he said that they should apply for admissions and then for visa as early as possible.

He also advised that after booking a visa appointment students must show up for visa interview and make sure that they brought with them all required documents. “Otherwise, a new visa appointment may take as long as six weeks,” Kobler said.

While answering a question, the ambassador regretted that Pakistan’s present input to research and education was not adequate enough as it relies heavily on imports from other countries.

The reason for such deficiency, according to him, was definitely not a lack of potential, but a lack of serious and focused approach.

On the occasion, Ms. Inge Iqbal, Director German Academic Exchange (DAAD) in Pakistan also explained different opportunities available for academic and research collaboration between Pakistan and German universities.