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New DAAD office in Tunis

On 8 March 2013, the secretary-general of the DAAD, Dorothea Rüland, has opened the new DAAD office in Tunis. The office informs about scholarships, studying and doing research in Germany and supports Tunisian higher education institutions in finding German partners. Since the beginning of the German-Arab transformation partnership in 2012, DAAD has reinforced its commitment in the region.

More (in German) Record of ERASMUS student mobility from Germany

In the academic year 2011-12, over 33 000 students from Germany have received an ERASMUS scholarship to study or follow an internship abroad. These are 3 000 students more than in the previous year and more than ever before. Additionally, nearly 4 000 scientists and higher education staff members went abroad and more than 30 000 individuals from other countries came to study at German higher education institutions (HEI). The most active HEIs in Germany are the Technische Universität München, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

More (in German) German year of science 2013 on demographic change

On 27 February, the new German minister for education and research, Johanna Wanka, has opened the German year of science 2013, dedicated to the topic of demographic change. Already in 2013, more than half of the German citizens will be older than 65 years. The year of science aims to include citizens in the discussion of this topic of high relevance to the German society, and to encourage them to engage in it and to see possibilities and changes in this big societal challenge.

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High research investments in Germany

In its report on research, innovation and technological capacity 2013, the commission of experts for research and innovation (EFI) has attested German research and innovation politics successes which are recognized internationally. The experts consider the research and innovation of German enterprises as especially important, as they have made significant contributions to the stability of the German employment market and to continuing export successes.

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Conference on Dutch-German student mobility: more Dutch students to Germany

On 25th of February, the Dutch ministry of education and the DAAD invited to a conference on Dutch-German student mobility. At the Radboud University in Nijmegen, about 130 representatives of education ministries and higher education institutions discussed ways to more mobility between the two neighbor countries. At the time being, much more German students study in the Netherlands than Dutch students in Germany.

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The Turkish-German University progresses

At the end of February, the general assembly of the consortium of the Turkish-German University has confirmed the acting President Rita Süssmuth for 3 more years. Moreover, by admitting Technische Universität Cottbus, Hochschule für Bildende Künste  Braunschweig and SRH Hochschule Berlin, the German consortium now consists of 30 members. TDU is planned as a public research university, which will start in the semester of 2013-14 with study courses in engineering, law, business studies, cultural sciences and a language learning center.

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