Germany Today

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 system, an update on current developments, innovative projects and structural reforms, details about BA and MA programs as well as PhD training at a spectrum of institutions, insights into universities’ institutional internationalization strategies, information on the institutions’ cooperation within strategic networks and with corporate partners, and information on funding opportunities for academic exchange and institutional cooperation.

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 2022 from June 19-24, 2022. This year’s tour will focus on the involvement of German Institutions in European University Alliances.

This year’s tour will focus on the involvement of German Institutions in European University Alliances.

The objective of European University Alliances is to promote European values and identity, and to further increase the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. The alliances include partners from all types of higher education institution and cover a broad geographic scope across Europe. They are based upon a deep level of inter-university cooperation with a co-envisioned long-term strategy focused on sustainability, excellence, and common values. The university alliances offer student-centered, flexible curricula which are jointly delivered across inter-university campuses, and they adopt a challenge-based approach, enabling students, academics, and external partners to cooperate in inter-disciplinary teams.
https://education.ec.europa.eu/education-levels/higher-education/european-universities 

The Germany Today 2022 tour offers participants the opportunity to exchange best practices, effective methodologies, and lessons learned between the German hosts and the North American guests.

The tour includes on-site visits to a variety of higher education institutions with the common feature that all of them have been successful in the EU pilot call for “European Universities.” Additional DAAD funding is provided to the German institutions by DAAD.

The 2022 tour will visit institutions in Freiburg, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Darmstadt, and Mainz and introduce the participants to a broad spectrum of European university alliances.

The program will be interactive: our hosts will provide valuable insights into their activities, and you will be asked to share your perspectives and expertise. North American participants in this program are typically senior administrators at leading universities in the U.S. and Canada (such as provosts, deans, vice-presidents, or heads of international offices), policy makers in federal and state/provincial governments, or associations and other experts in the field of higher education or in respective research topics.

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 Freiburg, Germany on Sunday afternoon, June 19, 2022 and ends with a dinner on Friday evening, June 24, 2022, in Darmstadt, Germany. The night of Friday, June 24 is also booked and covered by DAAD. Intercontinental travel is at the participant’s expense.

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, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination plus booster shot. They should have a demonstrated interest in Germany and transatlantic cooperation and a relevant professional position. They should not have recently participated in another information trip to Germany.

Contact and Information

Applications – ideally as one PDF-document – must be received by Sunday, March 27, 2022. Please contact Ms. Uta Gaedeke at DAAD’s New York Office at gaedeke(at)daad.de for further information.

Note: The application form and full program description can be downloaded in the box on the right.

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