Programmes for University Cooperations

Exchange and Cooperation

There is a great need to shape international collaborations within university partnerships. Therefore, the DAAD offers special funding programmes.

The funding includes:

  • Contributions to the modernization of teaching and university structures#
  • Development of specialized training measures
  • Professionalization of the management of resources and structures
  • Extension and raising of the mobility of students, graduates and university teachers

The measures shall strengthen contacts to Germany and the interest in German language.

The DAAD supports higher education institutions in their process of internationalization.

More information regarding the creation of cosmopolitan structures


German-Arab Transformation Partnership: Cooperation with Higher Education Institutions in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Libya and Morocco 

Since 2011, Germany accompanies the political changes in the ‘Arab region through the transformation partnership programme. University education as well as academic cooperation play an important role in times of social and political change. It is the task of universities to create academic training possibilities and capabilities of scientific innovation of these countries, and furthermore, to be a space of negotiation and positioning. The programme of the German-Arab Transformation Partnership created additional chances for the development of reforms in Arabic universities and the cooperation with German partners. Within the collaboration between German and Arabic university modernization in teaching, structural development in scientific research and management as well as the improvement of graduate employability play a crucial role at the Arabic partner institutions and are the center of the cooperation projects.

More details: German-Arab Transformation Partnership PROGRAMMES

Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World

Programme objective:

Our understanding of dialogue the primary aim of the programme is to promote cultural dialogue and intercultural understanding. The programme is also pursuing four other secondary objectives: promoting junior and female academics, modernizing courses of  study, creating regional networks in and between the partner regions and with Germany, and making  a contribution to the  development of society and  the formation of a knowledge society in the region.

Who can apply? 

German universities in cooperation with foreign academic partners (every possible discipline is open).

Group Study & Information Visits

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funds Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals in the Federal Republic of Germany, financed by the Federal Foreign Office, for groups of foreign students under the direction of university teachers.

Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals should last no less than 7 days. Funding is available for a maximum of 12 days (including travel days), although the stays may last longer.

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Praxis-orientated partnerships between higher education institutions and companies in Germany and developing countries

The competitiveness of the global economy depends on the availability of employees with appropriate qualifications. In many developing countries and emerging economies exist heavy mismatches between the capabilities of graduates and the level of qualification that is demanded by the economy. The lack of praxis-related studies leads to difficulties for graduates in finding appropriate employment opportunities. As a result, the economic development is inhibited, on the one hand, by brain drain; and, on the other hand, by the employment of foreign professionals. Therefore, the interaction of higher education institutions with the economy is required. The program of “Praxis-Orientated Partnerships” between universities and companies shall strengthen the linkage of higher education institutions and the economy through knowledge transfer, which builds bridges between graduates and companies by fostering dialog between universities and the economy. This shall ease the way to meet the needs of the developing labor market.

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PAGEL – partnerships for the health sector of developing countries

The DAAD-program PAGEL – partnerships for the health sector of developing countries – funds projects concerning human and dental medicine next to projects related to other subject areas of the health sector. The program picks up the systematic requirements of this sector in developing countries.

The program provides various opportunities for German institutions of higher education to cooperate with universities in developing countries within the disciplines of medicine and health. Countries considered developing countries are listed in the DAC-Liste.  

The partners can use the funds to jointly conduct measures to advance education and trainings, especially in the developing countries. They can offer training sessions, such as expert-seminars, alumni-summer academies, and weekend seminars in Germany in relation to clinical electives and traineeships.

PAGEL offers the opportunity to fund activities with a promotional volume of up to 1200.000,- per year and per set of measures. It is funded by means of the federal ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ).

Application deadline: 29.06.2018

Funding period2019 - 2022


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DIES Partnerships facilitate the establishment of basic and advanced training programmes on topics of higher education management or offer corresponding advanced training programmes and opportunities for scientific exchange between lecturers and researchers. Scarce resources are to be employed more efficiently by trained management staff and incentives to improve quality are to be created.

Possible topics for DIES partnerships are

  • The establishment and expansion of academic cross-disciplinary institutions such as international offices, graduate schools or career centres
  • Innovations in the field of quality management in academic institutions - for example, human resources, infrastructure, budget or organisation
  • Cooperation with interested external parties for the development of universities or faculties (tracer studies, alumni networks, fundraising, etc.)
  • The development of basic and advanced training programmes related to higher education management.

A prerequisite for being sponsored by DIES Partnerships is a joint application of a German university and at least one foreign university - a cooperation agreement must be submitted. We are particularly open to partnerships projects with one or several universities from countries with varying levels of development. Countries eligible for sponsorship can be found on the DAC-Liste.

Application deadline: 29.06.2018

Funding period2019 - 2022

For more information please consult the fact sheet and attachements on: 

Subject-related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education

The programme ''Subject-related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries'' provides an opportunity for German institutions of higher education to collaborate with one or several higher education institutions in developing countries. The core of the programme is the structural development at the foreign higher education institutions, which can be promoted through curriculum or module development as well as through initiating international study programmes, and the mutual recognition of academic degrees. The establishment of networks between the German higher education institutions and their partner institutions, as well as the South-South networking of the foreign higher education institutions among each other, will enhance and broaden the profile of the foreign, as well as the German institutions of higher education.

This Development Programme is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Target groups are institutions of higher education in developing countries. Please consult the DAC List for countries that are eligible.

DAAD – International Study and Training Partnerships (ISAP)

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) finances the “International Study and Training Partnerships (ISAP)” programme at Germany universities in order to help promote further internationalisation of the German higher education sector and strengthen instructor and student exchange.

This programme is targeted at German universities which intend to establish or continue international academic and training partnerships between individual departments/faculties and foreign universities. On the basis of cooperative university agreements, the programme funds groups of highly qualified German and international students who wish to complete part of their degree programme at the partner university and receive full recognition of their academic achievement abroad.

German universities, their respective departments or institutes in all disciplines may apply for funding. The responsible coordinator of the proposed ISAP project must be a professor employed by the applying institution. The respective cooperative agreement with the foreign university must be related to a specific subject.

The ISAP programme does not fund partnerships with universities in EU countries (as other EU mobility programmes work to achieve similar goals), Brazil (which are exclusively funded by the DAAD programme “UNIBRAL”) and dual-degree projects (which are exclusively funded through the DAAD programme “Integrated International Dual Degree Programmes”).

The programme is open to all disciplines and subject areas.  Please apply via the online portal.

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