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“Germany – In The Heart Of Europe”: The 2017 Summer Academy in Leipzig for U.S.-American Faculty in German Studies

So German! Si Allemand ! Photo Contest for Our Canadian Readers

New DAAD scholarship opportunities for joint Master’s degree from University of Bonn and United Nations University

The International DAAD Academy Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary



December 19, 2016

“Germany – In The Heart Of Europe”: The 2017 Summer Academy in Leipzig for U.S.-American Faculty in German Studies

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DAAD and the German-American Fulbright Commission are co-organizing the 2017 Summer Academy in Leipzig to offer a closer view into Germany´s current education, society and culture. Academy participants will have a unique chance to witness the build-up of the 2017 elections in Germany and the political reactions to recent waves of migration, and to years marked by economic success, academic reforms, and changes in education. Secondary and higher education are key to the future success of a competitive Germany in a European setting.

The seminar is based at interDaF at Leipzig University’s Herder Institute from May 27 to June 10, 2017. The program language will be German. The Academy will give an introduction to current Germany with its varied high school scheme, its sought-after vocational training, the infamous Bologna process, demographic developments and ethnic diversity. An additional focus will be placed on teaching German as a Foreign Language. Participants will become acquainted with latest didactical methods in this field as developed and implemented at interDaF in Leipzig.

The Academy will offer classroom visits and opportunities to meet colleagues from other academic fields, experts, students and administrators. An excursion program includes a day trip to Berlin. The program will present some Leipzig and regional highlights and explain current developments in this booming part of Germany. The “Luther-Jahr”, with its 500th anniversary events, will be an opportunity to look into the formative history of reformation, and its consequences felt to this day.

For more information on this program, please click here. The application form can be downloaded here.

So German! Si Allemand ! Photo Contest for Our Canadian Readers

What's "So German!" about your town or city? Take a look around at your surroundings and document in a photo an example of where Germany is found in your environment. Submit this along with a short explanation of how you see Germany in the image (in German, English or French) and you could win a great prize (iPad, gift card for Goethe Books). Winning photos will appear on the So German! Si Allemand ! website at:

This contest is open to current students at Canadian high schools, colleges/CEGEPs and universities.

For full contest rules, click here.
Entries may be submitted via email by writing:
The contest will run from 9:00am (EST) December 13, 2016 to 5:00pm (EST) January 20, 2017.

Entries should include:

- Applicant's name, email address along with the name of his/her high school, college, CEGEP or university;
- one (1) photo of a maximum size of 5 MB;
- a short explanatory text of no more than 500 characters (written in English, French or German)

Good luck!

The So German! Si Allemand ! Photo Contest is presented by: 

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Advertisement: International Staff Training Week at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is inviting staff who are involved with international issues at their home institutions to its third International Staff Training Week which is going to take place from 12th to 16th June 2017.

This event aims to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practices regarding the internationalisation of institutions of higher education. There will be plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues working in similar fields, and we will be offering five Specialist Groups focusing on the following subjects:
• Career Service: “Occupational Orientation and Career Entry Support – The Challenges for Career Services Facing Internationalisation”
• DRESDEN-concept (DDc): “Welcome Services for International Researchers”
• European Project Center, Transfer Office, Project Scouts: “Administrative Services for International Research Collaboration, Knowledge and Technology Transfer”
• International Office: “Administrative Services for Academic Exchange on the Level of Schools, Means to Increase Student Outgoing Mobility as well as Guided Tour of Student Halls“
• Staff Unit Diversity Management: “Diversity Management – a New Challenge for Universities”

Please refer to our website ( ) for detailed information about the programme and the application process as well as everything around your stay in the beautiful City of Dresden. The deadline for application is 17th February 2017.

New DAAD scholarship opportunities for joint Master’s degree from University of Bonn and United Nations University

DAAD is sponsoring up to eight fully funded scholarships to students from developing countries for the Joint Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” at the University of Bonn and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

The scholarship scheme will run for the next eight years and is targeted at students from developing countries. Successful applicants will be able to cover all expenses directly related to the study programme as well as their cost of living in Bonn. “We are glad to offer the new master’s course with strong partners such as the United Nations University and the University of Bonn,” says Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, President of DAAD. “The course broadens the range of opportunities we offer for young specialists from developing and newly industrialising countries at German institutions of higher education.”

The joint M.Sc. programme provides postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. It is the third study programme in Bonn to be admitted to the DAAD funding scheme, in addition to the ZEF Doctoral Studies programme and the ARTS study programme offered by the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn.

The ultimate goal of the scholarship is to foster intercultural exchange and enable the students to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries by applying the knowledge they acquired during the study program. UNU-EHS, the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn together with the support of DAAD look forward to welcoming students from all over the world to Bonn.

For more information on the joint M.S.c. “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security,” please visit:

For more information on the scholarship programme, please visit:

The International DAAD Academy Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Over the past ten years, DAAD’s International iDA Academy has been promoting the internationalization of German universities. Since its inception, more than 10,000 representatives from universities have expanded their skills in internationalization, exchanged experiences and established professional networks. The iDA celebrated its anniversary on December 7-8 with a conference opened by DAAD Secretary General Dorothea Rüland at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bonn.

The Academy hosts seminars on regional expertise, current policy issues in academia and legal topics. Language courses and intercultural training complete the iDA portfolio. Last year the Academy developed a new field of activity in the form of special programs for refugee students.

Just as the DAAD shares its multifaceted knowledge about the global scientific landscape at the iDA seminars, so do representatives of universities. In this way, the Academy is both a forum for exchange and dialogue as well as for knowledge sharing.

View the full press release here (German only).
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