Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German higher education institutions, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective higher education institutions and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.
Our scholarships are the primary instrument for promoting and professionally qualifying young academic talent. They offer german and international candidates access to excellent education and research opportunities.
We help universities strategically position themselves in a global context and participate in the international campus. We strengthen international partnerships and thereby contribute to solving global challenges.
We provide our partners access to our unique, in-depth knowledge of higher education systems worldwide. We actively participate in discourse on the internationalisation of higher education institutions and advocate for the freedom of science.
It is this network which provides the DAAD with a comprehensive view of the political, economic, social and higher-educational circumstances in each respective country. Thanks to this network, the DAAD is able to gain expertise for developing suitable programmes and ensuring that funding is put to the best possible use on location. Furthermore, the regional offices and numerous information centres and information points offer academic advice to students and researchers around the world who are interested in studying abroad or becoming better acquainted with the German research sector.
Exchange promotes understanding between countries and individuals and helps secure the peace. New scientific findings enable us to meet global challenges. Cooperation contributes to political and social progress. The DAAD stimulates internationalisation and global responsibility. It acts as an independent intermediary between various partners and their interests. The real motors of change, however, are students and researchers who cross borders every day through their work, and the institutions of higher education which support them in their commitment.