Emerging Countries Programme - Bi-National Master's Degrees

DAAD/Volker Lannert

Under the Emerging Countries Programme, international master’s degrees and higher education cooperation projects are being supported at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and Ain Shams University Cairo (Egypt). The cooperation projects focus on the environment, climate protection, resource management, and ecosystem research.


The Emerging Countries Programme supports international master’s degree programmes and higher education cooperation projects with developing and newly industrialised countries that are of economic and political significance. The programme is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with financial participation on the part of the respective country (Mexico: Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia; Egypt: Ministry of Higher Education).

In terms of the subject matter, the cooperation projects are largely in the fields of environment, climate protection, resource management, and ecosystem research, which are at the interface of BMZ and BMBF funding objectives. This offers the chance for the German higher education sector to create synergies to approach global problems in endangered regions in the world much better. For German scientists and researchers, who are well positioned internationally, it is a possibility to share and mutually enhance the state of knowledge and understanding. Networking with internationally competitive universities in these countries to train and exchange professionals and integrate them into regional research networks as much as possible is in line with the internationalisation strategies of German higher education institutions.

Programme objectives

The Emerging Countries Programme is intended to contribute not only to the development of the partner country, but also to the internationalisation of Germany as a location for science. Based on a demand analysis, master’s programmes in English are being developed in the priority areas of Germany’s development cooperation. The aim of the programme is to establish these high-quality, bi-national master’s degree courses at the participating universities in the long term. In addition to teaching specialist knowledge, special emphasis is placed on teaching regional knowledge and cross-cultural skills by spending study periods at the participating institutions.

Funded measures and partners involved

The following bi-national master’s degree programmes are being supported under this special programme:

  • Environment and Resources Management (ENREM) at the Technical University of Cologne and Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) at the University of Stuttgart and Ain Shams University Cairo, Egypt


The bi-national master's programmes have been successfully established. By August 2015, more than 180 participants from 20 countries have completed their studies successfully. The percentage of women is 65 per cent on average. The graduation rate for the degree courses is an excellent 95 per cent; continued and new employment rates after graduation are above 70 per cent. The majority of graduates work either in the region (MENA or Latin America) or in international organisations with a strong regional focus (around one third). In this way, the programme makes a valuable contribution to the development of the partner countries.


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Department ST42 Scholarships for Development Cooperation

Andreas Böhler
Tel.: +49 228 882-589
Email: boehler@daad.de

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