Country head , ZfAIndia (Central Agency for German Schools Abroad)
Dr Ulrike Schmidt is Country Head of ZfA India (Central Agency for German Schools Abroad). She is formally trained as a teacher in Germany. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Birmingham University, UK. Dr. Schmidt has been part of the teaching faculty at University of Birmingham and at the Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand, engaging both in teaching & research work during her tenure at these Universities. Since 2011, she has been with ZfA, with her first assignment being in Moscow and subsequently, since 2014 as ZFA’s country head in New Delhi. Dr. Schmidt is passionate about espousing the cause of making German language popular globally amongst young people, which she feels will help today’s youth globally, better understand modern day Germany.
Currently she lives in New Delhi with her three school going sons, thus being a hands on mother in addition to her professional commitments. In her free time, she enjoys reading philosophy and cooking.
What is ZFA: ZfA is under the directorate of the Federal Office of Administration in Germany. In India, ZfA is attached to the Cultural Department of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in New Delhi. ZfA is partner of the German PASCH Initiative. The initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future“ (PASCH) was started in 2008 by the then German Foreign Minister, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with the objective of establishing a worldwide network of 1500 partner schools, and of further developing young people’s interest in modern day Germany – its culture and society. Since then, the PASCH initiative has been coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office and jointly implemented by the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institute (GI), the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).