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News from DAAD: Benefits of transnational education to Germany and its foreign partners

Students are not the only ones interested in going abroad. More and more German institutions of higher education are offering cross-border study programmes in foreign countries. Transnational education – be it in the form of individual degree programmes, a campus or binational university – produce positive effects on the higher education sector in the partner countries. This is according to a study conducted on behalf of the DAAD and the British Council. The results of the study show that transnational education promotes access to global research and helps further the development of the academic infrastructure. Particularly students in developing and emerging countries improve their career perspectives. “Transnational education benefits all participants,” explains DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel. “Students receive high-quality education in their home countries in a simple way and German universities strengthen their international profile. These are important components for the global knowledge society.” 

However, there are still many people in host countries who are not familiar with the transnational education programmes. Participants of this year’s DAAD conference on “Transnational Education – Goals and Impacts” discussed possible ways to improve the situation.

The study “Impacts of transnational education on host countries“ was the focus of a podium discussion, at which DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel, General Director of the British Council Sir Martin Davidson, and university and ministry representatives examined which conclusions of the study can contribute to the development of transnational education measures.

More information about transnational education can be found here