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2016 Green Talents Competition kicks off!

Media response to recent DAAD panel on the refugee crisis and higher education

Heidelberg University's HAUS Scholarship


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April 15, 2016

2016 Green Talents competition kicks off!

Every year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) invites young researchers from all over the world to take part in the "Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development." The winners are awarded for their creative and intelligent solutions to the pressing questions of our time. The 2016 Green Talents competition will address the effects of climate change, pollution and overfishing on the earth’s biggest natural resources, the oceans, in line with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Science Year 2016/2017, which is devoted to the “Seas and Oceans.” These issues, as well as the challenges facing our environment in general, demand international research cooperation.

The 2016 Green Talents award includes:
- an invitation to the fully funded two-week Science Forum 2016, consisting of a visit to leading German science and research facilities with unique insights from experts at these institutions; individual appointments with German experts of the winner’s choice to discuss opportunities for research and cooperation; and networking opportunities at the 2nd and largest Green Talents Alumni conference to date, taking place in Berlin on October 27-28, 2016

- a fully funded research stay of up to three months at an institution of the award-winner´s choice in 2017

- exclusive access to the Green Talents alumni network.

The platform “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” was established in 2009 to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas from various fields of research. Every year, BMBF honors 25 young researchers with the “Green Talents” award. Since its inception, the award has recognized 157 young researchers and scientists from 46 different countries for their outstanding achievements and contributions to making their communities, countries and societies more sustainable.

For more information please refer to or watch this video. Deadline for submission: May 24, 2016, 6 p.m. EDT.

Media response to recent DAAD panel on the refugee crisis and higher education

Several media outlets have reported on DAAD's April 7th panel discussion on the threat to Syria’s students and scholars. Martin Hall of Times Higher Education echoed DAAD Secretary General Dorothea Rueland's comments during the panel which describe a "four-stage process that starts with asylum formalities and the assessment of preparedness for university, and follows through with monitoring and mentoring as a refugee student is integrated into the German university system. In other countries, a growing number of universities are providing bursaries for refugee students who meet asylum conditions." See the full article here.

Simliarly, Michael Gardner covered the event for University World News and wrote that "DAAD is administering a range of programmes focusing on assessing the skills and qualifications of refugees, ensuring that refugees possess the required academic qualifications and supporting their long-term integration at universities."

International Education News Network's Jenny Abamu was also on location for the discussion and conducted video interviews with some of the panelists.

We are pleased to see a strong interest among media in this difficult, cross-cutting issue which all panelists agreed will require a multi-sector approach and long-term commitment in order to be resolved. For more information on DAAD's initatives to help refugees access the German higher education system, click here.

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Heidelberg University's HAUS Scholarship


Heidelberg Alumni U.S. (HAUS) is currently accepting applications for its HAUS Scholarship. The stipend is available to one qualified student from a United States university planning to study at Universität Heidelberg. The scholarship award is $5,000 for Master’s program students and $3,000 for Bachelor’s program students for the winter semester 2016/2017. The HAUS Scholarship is funded by Heidelberg alumni residing in the U.S.

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The application deadline is June 15, 2016. For more information, click here.

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