Digital transformation 

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Thanks to digitalisation, global cooperation in teaching and research is less attached to geographic location and time restraints than ever before. Students, instructors, and researchers can now collaborate on topics and projects over great distances. The DAAD is convinced that, despite these changing times, the personal experience of living, studying, and researching abroad will retain its special value in the future. However, virtual exchange can certainly enhance the impact of a visit abroad. It also allows new target groups access to international experiences. Digitalisation offers opportunities to collect and utilise data for customising and personalising information, orientation and advice schemes for various target groups. And digitalisation offers completely new possibilities for using science communication effectively and cultivating dialogue between the academic, political, and social spheres. Systematically integrating digital elements into DAAD programmes creates opportunity for more participation, efficiency, and sustainability. However, not all science nations have the same views on data security, the protection of intellectual property, or safeguarding the privacy of those who use digital services. Therefore, the DAAD intends to effectively support German higher education institutions in assessing the opportunities and risks of digitalisation at the international level.