Country-Specific Scholarship Programme

Christina Pfänder

The DAAD supports the new academic generation in newly industrialised countries in Latin America and Southern Asia with special scholarship programmes. The main focus is on engineering, natural sciences, as well as economics and business administration.

Background

As part of their own development agenda, a growing number of developing countries are investing considerable funds in the development of their universities and in the education and further training of future managerial staff abroad. Newly industrialised countries, in particular, are willing and able to bear part of the costs for such exchange programmes themselves. The DAAD supports the new academic generation in advanced developing countries in Latin America and Southern Asia with a special scholarship programme.

It is especially in these areas that many developing and newly industrialised countries continue to lack modern and practice-oriented training programmes and international networking necessary to access the global knowledge economy. Technological innovations are of paramount importance for sustainable development, especially in more advanced developing and newly industrialised countries. It is crucial that innovations are cutting-edge and that access to these innovations is granted and sustained for the new generations of engineers.

Programme objectives

The programme focuses on training professionals and managerial staff in engineering, natural sciences, as well as economics and business administration. The support provided benefits the students and, indirectly, the universities and the labour market (industry and public administration) in developing and newly industrialised countries.

Funded projects/measures

The DAAD supports academic studies and work placements for young students in Germany, especially for those from engineering and natural science disciplines. The programme comprises regional lines of funding in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and India. Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and India are partner countries of German development cooperation, while Argentina and Chile are relevant newly industrialised countries.

A smaller line of the programme offers support for law students from Brazil and young economists from India. In 2014 and 2015, the DAAD also supported a small group of students from Mexico enrolled in courses on economics and administrative sciences.

Depending on their country of origin, the stay in Germany may contain different components. For example, the programme for young engineers from Mexico, Columbia, and Argentina combines a one-semester stay with a company placement of several months, while young engineers from Chile generally spend two semesters at a German higher education institution. Scholarship holders from India complete their master's thesis during their six-months stay.

Results

Academic studies and work placements in Germany are beneficial for all actors involved. They improve the relevance and practical orientation of training for students with regards to application in professional life. This benefits industry and administration in the students' home countries. In the long term, the practice-oriented learning phase for young engineering students from Latin America contributes to enabling highly qualified experts advance the development of their countries of origin in key areas such as renewable energies, waste treatment, and waste prevention.

With financial support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development​.

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