Germany Today 2014
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Applied Science in Germany – Institutions of Higher Education, Research Institutes, and their Internationalization Strategies

June 16 through June 21, 2014 (Bonn/Cologne, Trier, Munich)

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 2014.

On this tour, we will focus on Applied Science in Germany-- where it “takes place,” who co-operates with whom, where the money comes from, how students and graduates are involved, and what the interface with industry looks like. We will focus on universities of applied science, but also look at research institutions and research universities where applied research is conducted, and learn about aspects of internationalization in this area as well. For example, we will discuss student mobility schemes and research co-operations at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, a member of the consortium of Germany’s largest and most research-intensive universities of applied science, the UAS7. In Trier, we will visit the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, which has recently been awarded a DAAD internationalization prize. Munich is home to a number of recognized institutions active in applied science, one of which is a technical university (TUM), the Munich University of Applied Science (also a UAS7 member) and the headquarters of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

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.

In case you are hoping to meet specific individuals in the towns we are going to visit, you will have the opportunity leading up to our tour to “request” a German guest of your choice for dinners in Cologne and Munich, and we will contact them for you and invite them.

Information provided during this week will include:

  • Introduction to Germany’s (applied) research landscape
  • Details about certain areas of applied research and funding mechanisms
  • Details about the consortium of seven major, research-intensive universities of applied science (UAS 7)
  • Institutional internationalization strategies
  • Details about select BA and MA programs at recognized universities of applied science
  • Accreditation of courses taken abroad in BA/MA programs
  • PhD programs/training, especially in relation to applied science, and transatlantic mobility

  • 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.

    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 Monday morning, June 16, 2014 (optional: informal dinner on the previous night, Sunday, June 15) and ends with a dinner on Friday evening, June 20, in Munich. The night from Friday, June 20, through Saturday, June 21, is still booked and covered by DAAD in our hotel in Munich (including breakfast).

    Intercontinental travel is at the participant’s expense. Applicants must have U.S./Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, a special interest in Germany and transatlantic co-operation, and a relevant professional position. Applicants should not have recently participated in another information trip to Germany.
    Applications – ideally as one pdf-document - must be received by Sunday, March 2, 2014.
    Please contact Uta Gaedeke at the DAAD New York Office at 212-758 3223 x209 or at for further information.