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Awards for strategic internationalisation go to seven German universities
The Geisenheim University, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, the University of Bayreuth, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Heidelberg University of Education, Reutlingen University and htw Saar - University of Applied Sciences have received certificates for their strategic internationalisation on 9 October 2019 in Berlin. The certificates attest that the universities have implemented their internationalisation process systematically and have made commitments to self-defined internationalisation objectives.
The certificates were awarded under the project “HRK EXPERTISE Internationalisation”, initiated by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). The project supports the systematic strengthening of internationalisation at German universities. It started 2017 and is due to run through to 2020. It is being funded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Nobel Prize Winners for Literature 2018 and 2019 are DAAD Alumni
The Nobel Prize Winners for Literature of the years 2018 and 2019, who have been jointly announced this month by the Swedish Academy of Sciences, happen to be DAAD Alumni. Both, Olga Tokarczuk (2018) and Peter Handke (2019) were fellows of the DAAD Artists‘ Programme (Berliner Künstlerprogramm), which supports artists from the visual arts, literature, music and film. Since 1963 20 fellowships for a 12 month-stay in Berlin have been awarded per year to artists from around the world.
Franco-German Fellowship Program on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research
The Franco-German Initiative "Make our Planet great again" (MOPGA) wants to support the Paris Climate Agreement objectives. It has attracted a great deal of international attention and an overwhelming response to the first call in 2018. Now 55 international fellows have met in Paris under the auspices of the French and the German Science Ministers, Frédérique Vidal and Anja Karliczek, to discuss how their respective scientific disciplines can meet the challenges of climate change. They concluded the conference with a joint statement calling for more international cooperation to engage with these global tasks and to raise awareness of the urgency to act.
On the German side, the programme is run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in service for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a budget of EUR 15 million.