The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on a sunny day.

DAAD’s information tour “Germany Today” is designed to give participants a broader overview of Germany’s higher education landscape. This includes an overview of Germany’s higher education and research systems, insights into universities’ institutional internationalization strategies, details about select BA and MA programs at recognized universities and universities of applied science as well as information on PhD programs/training, and transatlantic mobility.

DAAD invites representatives from universities, research institutions, and funding agencies in the United States and Canada, as well as colleagues from the fields of education policy and politics to join us for our “Germany Today” Information Tour 2017:

Promoting Research and Cooperation in the University Scene: Germany’s Excellence Strategy and Cluster Policy, June 18 – June 24, 2017

Applications must be submitted and received by DAAD by Friday, March 17th, 2017.

Program Overview

The 2017 tour will focus on Germany’s Excellence Strategy and Cluster Policy:

Generous funding, new funding schemes and a comprehensive strategy have strengthened the position of Germany as a top destination of international students and researchers. The “Excellence Initiative” attracted a great deal of international attention and presently new cooperation is initiated by the follow-up program “Excellence Strategy”. In a parallel funding line, the government invites research institutions, universities, companies, and other actors to join forces in leading edge clusters and networks and provides additional funding to foster the internationalization of these clusters.

We will introduce the participants to these funding lines in order to impart the underlying concept, the results so far as well as the challenges and pitfalls. Additionally, we will discuss the funding opportunities for international partners, internationalization strategies, and the potential for co-operation between German and North American institutions.

Program Details

The program will be in English. Program-related costs in Germany (accommodation, domestic travel, most meals) will be covered by DAAD. The program officially starts in Bonn on Sunday afternoon, June 18, 2017 and ends with a dinner on Friday evening, June 24, in Hamburg. The night from Friday, June 24, through Saturday, June 25, is still booked and covered by DAAD in our hotel in Hamburg. Intercontinental travel is at the participant’s expense.

The program will be interactive: our hosts will provide valuable insights into their activities, and you will be asked to share your perspective and expertise with them.

The group will visit the following institutions in Bonn, Cologne, Bochum, Dortmund and Hamburg to meet with administrators, faculty/researchers and students:

  1. The institutions which are developing and implementing the funding lines in the Excellence Strategy: the German Research Foundation in Bonn ( and the German Council of Science and Humanities ( in Cologne.
  2. The University of Cologne ( which has been very successful in the Excellence Initiative and is now preparing the application for the Excellence Strategy to discuss the university’s perspective on these funding lines.
  3. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum ( and the TU Dortmund University ( which together with the University of Duisburg-Essen ( formed the University Alliance Ruhr ( cooperate closely and will join forces in the Excellence Strategy competition. Additionally, TU Dortmund University will provide insights into the research cluster EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr (, a network of 160 companies, twelve scientific institutions as well as numerous organizations and networks of experts.
  4. At the Universität Hamburg (, representatives will outline their use of DAAD funding to develop international strategic partnerships.
  5. With Hamburg Aviation ( a second leading edge cluster will be presented which obtained special funding for its internationalization strategy.
  6. Finally, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences ( ) – one of the members of the board of Hamburg-Aviation – will add the perspective of a university of applied sciences in the context of profiling and internationalization as a leader in the field of aeronautical engineering higher education and research.


North American participants in this program are typically senior administrators at leading universities in the U.S. and Canada (such as vice presidents for international affairs or heads of international offices), policy makers in federal and state/provincial governments or associations, and other experts in the higher education field.

Applicants must have U.S./Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, and have special interest in Germany and transatlantic co-operation, and a relevant professional position. They should not have recently participated in another information trip to Germany.

Contact and Information

Please contact Ms. Uta Gaedeke at DAAD’s New York Office at 212-758-3223 x209 or at for further information.

Note: The application form can be downloaded in the box on the right.