Ta’ziz Partnership

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The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) is awarding funds provided by the Federal Foreign Office to support the Ta’ziz Partnership programme with partner universities in the following countries in the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa): primarily Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Libya and Morocco.

The Arabic word ‘Ta’ziz’ means ‘strengthening/ consolidation’ and has been chosen to clearly express the intended outcome of the programme. The programme provides spaces for dialogue on reform efforts at higher education institutions in North Africa/Middle East and enables the involvement of non-university partners – since higher education and academic cooperation play an important role in times of social and political transformation.

The programme comprises three programme lines and is open to all disciplines:

The target groups of the Ta’ziz programme lines are lecturers at higher education institutions, (junior) researchers, professors, higher education management staff, doctoral candidates, graduates and students from Germany and the partner countries – with special attention to aspects of gender equality and diversity. In addition, the involvement of non-university partners from Germany and the partner countries (public sector, business, science and civil society) should be pursued and is mandatory for the Ta'ziz Networking programme line. The inclusion of Germany alumnae and alumni is welcomed.

The call for applications for the Ta‘ziz programme lines was announced in early October 2022, with funding starting in March 2023. Project funding is limited until the end of 2025.


The DAAD has been following social and political developments in the North Africa/Middle East region since 2012. However, more than 10 years after the "Arab Spring", the hopes, wishes and expectations associated with the uprisings and protests have largely not been fulfilled for the people in the MENA region. There were occasional awakenings of democracy, but also a strengthening of authoritarian regimes, and even open armed conflict and state collapse. Against this background, the Federal Foreign Office reviewed its funding programme called ‘Science Partnerships in Transformational Countries North Africa/Middle East’ and has realigned its cultural and educational policy activities with countries in the region under the name ‘Ta'ziz Partnership for Democracy’.

The DAAD programme ‘Ta’ziz Partnership’ is integrated into this concept and, with its three programme lines, builds on the positive results of the last decade of academic cooperation between German higher education institutions and their partners in the region: strengthening of academic freedom, supporting reform efforts at foreign partner universities, strengthening participatory approaches as well as communication and exchange between academia and society.

Programme objectives

The programme relates to the Ta’ziz concept of the Federal Foreign Office. This concept supports processes aimed at more democracy and the rule of law in the region as well as the promotion of civil society participation. As a cultural and education-policy pillar of the Ta’ziz Partnership, the sub-objectives of the Ta’ziz Science Partnership that are relevant to the work of the DAAD include strengthening of academic freedom, supporting reform efforts at foreign partner universities, strengthening participatory approaches, knowledge transfer between non-university partners out of and into academia, and increasing participation of women and young adults.

All three programme lines share the long-term focus on a sustainable strengthening of academic freedom in the participating partner countries and the support for reform efforts in the higher education sectors and in the societies of the participating partner countries.

Ta’ziz Short-Term Measures and Ta’ziz Science Cooperations aim to bring about additional changes in the establishment/ expansion of cooperation structures and/or knowledge transfer between the participating higher education institutions and non-university partners, as well as raising the quality of teaching, research and/or higher education management. On the other hand, Ta’ziz Networking creates participatory spaces for dialogue with non-university partners. In addition to serving as a multiplier, it also contributes to knowledge transfer and science communication between the network partners.

The DAAD regional offices in Tunis/Tunisia, Amman/Jordan and Cairo/Egypt support the Ta´ziz Partnership programme in the target region through advisory services, public relations activities or the organization of events and further training opportunities.


DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service