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Educational cooperation with developing countries - Programmes for developing and transformation countries

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Country Code: P160
Name of Programme: Educational cooperation with developing countries - Programmes for developing and transformation countries
Organisation responsible for the programme: German Academic Exchange Service/ Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Type of organisation: Other
Country: Germany
Web Link: http://www.daad.de/portrait/en/1.2.5.html
Starting Date 1950
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
The DAAD is a joint organisation of Germany’s higher education institutions and is responsible for promoting international academic relations, primarily through the exchange of students, academics and researchers. The DAAD is the agency responsible for raising the international profile of Germany’s higher education institutions and simultaneously serves as a “mediating organisation” in the government’s foreign, European, development and higher education policies. One of DAAD’s 5 main objectives is to promote higher education development in developing countries and in the transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe as a means of supporting their economic and democratic reform processes. (Goal 5)

Programmes for developing and transformation countries pursue two central policy goals: to provide initial and continuing education and training for young university teachers and key experts and executives (staff development) and to support the construction of appropriate structures (institution building). Various study programmes are available in Germany and in the home country or home region ("sur-place" and "third country" scholarships).

 
Priority actions
To promote academic, scientific, economic and democratic development in developing countries and transition countries:
- Promotion of postgraduate courses relating to developing countries
- University partnerships, Southern Hemisphere partnerships
- Academic networks and alumni networks in developing countries
- Scholarships and lectureships to support staff development within
academic structures
- Equipment donations programme
- Scholarship and grant programmes for experts, specialists and leaders from individual countries (with cost sharing)

Other new programmes for German universities include:
– “African Good Governance Network” (AGGN): This programme aims to establish
a network of excellent experts and leaders in Africa, who are especially
suited to boosting the development of their home countries.
 
Management and coordination
As an association under private law, the DAAD is governed by the DAAD Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly (members: 229 higher education institutions and 123 student bodies). Their tasks include supporting, monitoring and being involved in the development of the strategic plans and new programme concepts. The self-governing nature of the DAAD includes a policy of all funding decisions being made by independent academic Selection Committees.

The DAAD’s German Head Office in Bonn is the the home and registered office of the executive management, where the majority of its staff work, and the hub for all of its national and international activities. The DAAD also maintains an office in the German capital Berlin and 14 Regional Offices around the world. At the end of 2007, the number of permanent, project and external staff in Germany and abroad was approximately 600 altogether.
 
Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
The programmes for developing and transformation countries focus primarily on providing continuing education and training for young academic staff and for important experts and executives (staff development) as well as on supporting the construction of appropriate structures (institution building). This is why the instruments, above all, involve various study programmes in Germany and in the home country or respectively the home region (sur-place and "third country" scholarships). The DAAD receives substantial funds for its programmes from the BMZ, although in some cases Federal Foreign Office (scholarship) programmes also take effect here.
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