Sustainability and the DAAD

The DAAD makes important contributions to the global Sustainable Development Goals with German universities and their international partners. It also regards sustainability as a holistic responsibility for its own organisation.

Sustainability issues have been an integral part of the DAAD programme portfolio for many years. They continuie to gain in importance and they are  increasingly becoming a focus of attention for universities and their partners. The DAAD is working hard to document, support and – in close coordination with donors – further increase this commitment. It isguided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability and the DAAD

The contribution DAAD programmes are making to the 2030 Agenda 

The DAAD is enabling the development of sustainable solutions in key areas such as food security, education, health and climate protection with numerous funding programmes. The portfolio ranges from the training of highly qualified professionals and leaders to the development of study programmes and competence centres and the funding of applied research in internationally networked teams. Through its cooperation with universities and non-university partners worldwide the DAAD supports the development of strong “Partnerships for the Goals” (SDG 17) that will continue working long after funding ends.

Knowledge for development: sustainable solutions for international cooperation

At the same time, DAAD is using its expertise and its extensive international network to make knowledge available for sustainable development and further advance the discourse on sustainable development in dialogue with universities, donors and partner organisations. In cooperation with the universities it is developing innovative problem-solving approaches to further improve the ecological and social sustainability balance of international partnerships and secure long-term effects.

Furthermore, the DAAD is strengthening its own operational sustainability management in an internal project. The goal is to further reduce the ecological footprint of its own organisation.
Sustainability issues are the focus of cooperation in numerous DAAD-funded projects. Study programmes on sustainability topics are also very popular within the broad range of scholarships available. In addition, the DAAD uses thematic funding initiatives to provide targeted incentives that foster international cooperation on core topics of the 2030 Agenda. An overview of how the DAAD and universities contribute to the individual SDGs can be found .

DAAD programmes on sustainability issues (selection)

  • Student - EPOS

    The EPOS programme offers individual scholarships to participants from developing countries so that they may study development-related postgraduate courses.


  • Wind turbines standing on green fields. - MOPGA-GRI

    The clock is ticking–the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement have made clear what needs to change. But many aspects of the climate change are still unexplored.


  • workshop different nationalities - Alumni Programme AA and BMZ

    The programme supports German universities with activities that serve professional training, cooperation and networking with international alumni.


  • Two students in the library - University-Business-Partnerships

    The "University-Business-Partnerships" programme promotes the development of courses of study that are relevant to the labour market and practice-oriented.


  • Fünf Forscher in einem Labor - Partnerships with Sub-Saharan Africa

    Integrated approach to interlinking work on research topics and the implementation of that work in practice with postgraduate education and further training.


  • Network Meeting SDG Graduate Schools 2019 - SDG

    The programme seeks to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations.


  • Gruppenarbeit - Exzellenzzentren

    Supported by the DAAD, five Centres carry out top-level interdisciplinary research and train scientists for tomorrow in Chile, Colombia, Russia and Thailand.


  • A nurse is talking to a doctor. - PAGEL

    The Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries (PAGEL) programme supports high-quality training and continuing education opportunities.


  • Two poeple wearing white lab coats are studying plants in a lab. - CoCiBio

    German and Ecuadorian partners should be enabled to carry out joint research at a high level and to develop application-oriented results.