May 2, 2016
DAAD mourns loss of former DAAD New York Director, Dr. Rolf Hoffmann
DAAD North America remembers its former director, Dr. Rolf Hoffmann, who passed away in Berlin on April 21, 2016.
From 1991 until 2004, Dr. Hoffmann worked for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn. He first served as DAAD´s head of the Northern Hemisphere programs and later became the director of DAAD´s U.S. office in New York where he formed and managed DAAD´s strategies for the internationalization of German universities. Back in Germany, he directed DAAD´s world-wide initiative for promoting German higher education excellence, and he co-founded and directed GATE Germany, a university consortium of the DAAD and the German Rectors´ Conference for international higher education marketing.
Dr. Hoffmann went on to serve as the Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Program for 12 years and inspired it with important new initiatives and ideas. He was deeply committed to the German-American friendship and the balance of interests between the two governments. His expert advice and his dynamic creativity will be sorely missed both in the greater transatlantic academic community. We will remember him with high esteem and gratitude.
Dr. Hoffmann is survived by his wife, Dr. Renate Foerg, and two sons.
DAAD improves access to education for refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt
Before the outbreak of Syrian crisis, twenty percent of 18 to 24-year-olds in Syria completed a college degree. That figure is now below five percent. In light of this development, DAAD and its European partner organizations British Council, Campus France and EP-Nuffic are participating in the HOPES initiative (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians), aimed at improving access to higher education for Syrians in the main host countries of the Middle East. To this end, an initial 12 million euros have been earmarked by the EUs Madad Fund for Syria.
In addition to language courses and short-term study options, more than 300 full scholarships will be awarded in the region. Counseling will also be offered to prospective students. The academic potential of the applicant as well as social aspects will play a role in the placement process. This way applicants from disadvantaged families will also get a chance to study.
For more information on the Madad Fund, visit http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/countries/syria/madad/index_en.htm.
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Review of DAAD's Press Tour 2015: City of the Future
In light of the rapidly increasing urbanization of the worlds population, Germanys Science Year 2015 took the City of the Future as its focus to highlight the pressing questions about how to make cities livable in the future − not only in the natural and technological sciences, but also in the humanities and social sciences. In response to this subject, DAAD invited international journalists to Germany last June for a one-week press tour to visit institutes, universities, and companies that are developing ideas for the cities of tomorrow. The tour received coverage in media from all over the world, which is now available in this press review.
The press tour was part of the initiative to Promote Innovation and Research in Germany, which was launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to strengthen and expand research collaboration between Germany and its international partners. For more information about the City of the Future and Research in Germany, please visit: www.wissenschaftsjahr-zukunftsstadt.de and www.research-in-germany.org.
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Call for Abstracts for the 2017 International Conference of German Teachers (IDT)
The 16th International Conference of German Teachers (IDT), the biggest conference in the field of German as a foreign language, will take place in Freiburg (Switzerland) from July 31 to August 4, 2017. Every 4 years, IDT brings together German teachers, linguists and students for a week-long exchange on didactic and methodological questions related to the field. The theme for 2017 is Bruecken gestalten mit Deutsch verbinden.
Please forward this call for papers to anyone you know who may be interested. Early bird registration has already begun, and abstract submissions will be accepted until September 30th. For more information on the conference, please visit www.idt-2017.ch.