Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks

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The Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks programme ended in 2021 and will not be recalled.

How does the DAAD define a "strategic partnership"?

Whereas in the past, university partnerships were often based on personal contacts between individual scholars only, they today are increasingly considered a strategic component of larger internationalisation concepts. Given the large number of partnerships, university management tends to select a few of them on which to focus while, at the same time, being careful not to limit the collaboration interests of individual researchers.
This is in keeping with the global trend. The focus on quality rather than quantity has helped institutions achieve more effective, higher-quality international partnerships. Universities are encouraging long-term, synergistic collaboration, establishing joint frameworks and degree programmes, and initiating research associations together with renowned partner universities – all of which serves to increase the international visibility of universities and sharpen their profiles. As a way to foster this process, the DAAD launched a funding programme called "Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks" in 2012.

What are the goals of the programme?

In recent years German universities have been striving to enhance their international profile by building strategic partnerships and thematic networks with one or several universities abroad. In most cases, their partner universities have an excellent reputation or possess a specific profile which matches or compliments their own very well.

This programme pursues two lines of action and supports partnerships of various types:

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DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service