The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is expanding its global network. A new DAAD regional office is being opened in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. This office will cover Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as Georgia.
‘Today’s inauguration ceremony for the new regional office is a great occasion to look to the future together and to reaffirm our commitment to shared values in academia and beyond. Especially in these times of an invasion in Europe, we want to use the tools of academic diplomacy to strengthen multilateral relations and make them sustainable for future generations of students, researchers and leaders from the South Caucasus. Georgia is an ideal location to do just that, and we are looking forward to expanding our work locally and in the region’, said DAAD President Professor Joybrato Mukherjee on the occasion of the opening.
‘The formation of this DAAD regional office will strengthen academic cooperation in the region, and with Germany. Greater exchange in academia, education and culture can contribute to resolving conflicts in the South Caucasus. This is particularly important in light of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. Because the impacts of this war are also clearly felt in the South Caucasus, not least because of the many refugees from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. This expansion of the DAAD Network means we are jointly underpinning academic diplomacy and international cooperation’, stated Katja Keul, Minister of State in the Federal Foreign Office.
The Federal Republic of Germany has maintained diplomatic relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in the South Caucasus for 30 years, with other ties dating back to the 19th century. Germany is a significant partner for these countries, especially when it comes to academic education and scientific development. The DAAD has therefore also been actively involved in the region for around 30 years; bringing together students, academics and researchers from Germany and all three countries. Students in the region consider Germany to be among the major international destinations.
Georgia as a DAAD location
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been represented in Georgia since 1988, and in Armenia and Azerbaijan since 2004. The DAAD regional office based in Tbilisi is now responsible for providing information and counselling to students and researchers from all three countries. The team at the DAAD regional office can provide this information and counselling in Georgian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, German and English.
The global DAAD Network
The DAAD operates a global network of regional offices, information centres and so-called ‘information points’. The current 19 regional offices are often in charge of academic exchange with several countries in the region, in addition to the country they are based in. The DAAD’s global network of regional offices covers around 80 countries on all continents.