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Ambassador for the Year of Science

Science Network

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since being refounded in 1950, the DAAD has fostered the internationalisation of German universities, promoted German studies and the German language abroad, assisted developing countries in establishing effective universities and advised decision-makers on cultural, education and development policy. The head office of the DAAD is in Bonn but it also has an office in the German capital of Berlin. It maintains contact with and provides advice to its main partner countries on every continent via a network of 14 regional offices and 50 information centres. The DAAD has maintained an information centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, since 1997.

The DAAD has an annual budget of EUR 384 million (2010), which is used to provide funding to more than 74,000 German and foreign scholars through the DAAD's more than 250 programmes every year around the globe. Its programmes range from undergraduate semesters abroad to doctoral programmes, from internships to visiting lectureships and from fact-finding visits to helping set up new universities abroad. The DAAD supports the international activities of German institutions of higher education with marketing services, publications, events and training courses.

DAAD-sponsored guest professors and lecturers teach at universities in more than 90 countries.

The DAAD’s programmes have the following five strategic goals:

  • encouraging outstanding young academics from abroad to come study and carry out research in Germany and, if possible, maintaining contact with them as partners throughout their lives
  • helping the next generation of German researchers and leaders to acquire skills and qualifications at the very best institutions around the world in the spirit of tolerance and global openness
  • promoting the internationality and appeal of Germany’s institutes of higher education
  • intensifying German language, literature and cultural studies at foreign universities
  • helping developing countries in the southern hemisphere and the former countries of the former Eastern Bloc to set up effective higher education systems