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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships.

The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. Its budget is derived mainly from the federal funding of various ministries, primarily the German Federal Foreign Office, but also from the European Union and a number of enterprises, organisations and foreign governments. Its head office is in Bonn, but the DAAD also has an office in the German capital, Berlin, to which the famous Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme (Berliner Künstlerprogramm) is closely affiliated. It maintains contact with and provides advice to its main partner countries on every continent via a network of 15 regional offices and more than 50 information centres.

The regional office for Subsahara Africa is situated in Nairobi. Information centres are found in Accra, Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Yaoundé. Besides this, the DAAD is also represented through DAAD lecturers in the following African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The DAAD's aims and objectives in Ethiopia are:

  • To advance international academic exchange and establish networks
  • To provide information and counselling
  • To promote the German higher education area through
    - print and electronic publications
    - special events (alumni meetings etc.)
    - participation in higher education fairs
  • To grant organizational and (limited) financial support to universities
  • To award scholarships and grants

In 2015, 708 Ethiopian and German postgraduate students, lecturers, researchers and higher education administrators were supported through DAAD.

With regard to the funding of institutional cooperations, the DAAD fosters 16 partnerships between Ethiopian and German institutions of higher education. 

Over and above its regular activities, the DAAD is a close partner of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education with regard to the Engineering Education Capacity Building Programme (EECBP) which is managed and funded by the Ministry. Within this framework and based on two cooperation agreements, the DAAD administers a Sandwich Ph.D. Scholarship Programme for 38 Ethiopian engineering graduates at German universities (2009-2014). Furthermore, the DAAD recruited international long-term experts (university presidents, deans, guest professors, scientific directors and managing directors) for the EECBP (2006-2015). Currently, 13 experts from Germany, South Korea, USA, Turkey and Pakistan are working at higher education institutions in Addis Ababa, Adama, and Mekelle.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Education and the DAAD also signed a cooperation agreement which will run from 2014 to 2019. The new Ethio-German Home Grown Ph.D. Scholarship Programme is jointly funded and run by both partners. Up to 40 Ethiopian Ph.D. candidates shall be awarded a scholarship annualy. The programme aims at developing staff capacities in engineering and technology. Its beneficiaries will be the staff of the two Science and Technology Universities and ten Institutes of Technology in Ethiopia. The scholarships will enable them to do research in Germany for a period of 6 months per year.