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News from Germany and the DAAD

Our ACA Member DAAD has come up with some interesting news on developments in higher education in and about Germany. Annual DAAD Report 2012 The DAAD’s annual report 2012 is now also available in English. It provides an overview of the most important projects and figures of the past year, as well as a broad spectrum of the DAAD’s tasks and goals, in an informative and likewise reader-friendly fashion. The report can be found here.   Prosperity and growth through education and research Germany has weathered the economic and financial crisis of the recent years rather well, and its prospects for the coming years also seem positive. In light of the sweeping changes taking place around the globe, however, there is increasing debate at the start of the 21st century about how our prosperity will develop in the future. The German Ministry for Education and Research presents on its website an overview of policies and projects that help to initiate qualitative growth through education and research.   

For more information, click here.More than 10 000 PROMOS scholarship holders in 2012

For the first time, the programme PROMOS that enhances the mobility of German students could send more than 10 000 students to universities in foreign countries. The programme which is financed by the Ministry of Education and Research gives higher education institutions the opportunity to set their own focus on the mobility of students.

More information on the PROMOS scholarship can be found
here. (in German) Turkey becomes partner in the international Year of Sciences 2014 The German minister for education and research, Johanna Wanka, and her Turkish colleague, Nihat Ergün, have proclaimed the year 2014 as the German-Turkish Year of research, education and innovation. Main goal is to underline the special friendship between both countries and to foster more cooperation. The press release is available here. (in German)  Nomination of Alexander von Humboldt professors

Six researches were nominated for the highest-paying international research award from Germany. A Swiss environmental engineer, a quantum physician from Austria and three physicists as well as one mathematician from the U.S. receive up to EUR 5 million in order to support their trend-setting research at German higher education institutions. 

Find out more about the Alexander von Humboldt professorhsip. (in German) Twice as much graduates in Germany in 2012 than in 2002 In the university year 2012 413 300 students graduated from a German higher education institution. In comparison to 2002 the number of graduates has doubled. At that time 208 606 students graduated successfully.

More information from the Federal Statistical Office can be found here. (in German)