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September 2017

The DAAD Tunis presents its funding programmes concerning the German-Maghrebian university cooperation

@ Those interested in cooperation came from Tunisia and Libya to participate in the information seminar on the 18/09/2017 in Tunis

As a matter of fact, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the worldwide largest academic organisation which offers individual scholarships. It supports the exchange and cooperation between international universities.

Since 2011, the DAAD accompanies - with the aid of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs -the Arab region and its’ countries throughout their political changes. In order to do so efficiently the German-Arab transformation partnership has been developed.  

The DAAD Tunis pronounces hereby that the German-Arab short-term measures - with partner universities in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq - can now be applied for.

However, on the 18th of September 2017 the DAAD Tunis invited several interested cooperating partners to come together in the Golden Tulip El Mechtel hotel in order to present various partner universities or possible scholarships. Besides, some project coordinators from Tunisia and Libya also talked about their various experiences with German partner universities. Additionally, questions regarding the manner of how to find German partners and which departments, groups and activities are eligible to apply, have been discussed as well. 

In fact, the focus of the cooperation between German and Arab universities lays first of all on the modernization of the apprenticeship and the development of the research structure and management. The improvement of the employability of the graduates also plays a great part within the cooperation projects of the Arab universities. 

@ Projectpartners and those who are interested in cooperation excgange about theirproject experience

Even if Tunisian and Libyan partners themselves cannot file an application for sponsorship of short-term measures, they are primarily the decisive impulse and thus the initiator of existing partnership and cooperation projects. Because of the collaboration with German universities various events, summer schools, workshops, specialized courses, initiation visits, seminars or conferences for study visits can be organized. The maximum subsidy amount per measure is 40.000 Euro. Even though the program is quite competitive, the low number of participating countries – Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq – raises the chances of being admitted.

The German-Arab transformation partnership and since its the implementation of its program in Tunisia 21 university partnerships, 12 research partnerships and 114 short-term measures were funded. Besides, the DAAD Tunis summarized its German-Maghrebian projects in a reader.

In order to file new applications for 2018, please follow the link provided: 

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Texte: Beate Schindler-Kovats (director of the DAAD office Tunis)

Photos: Anis Bouattour

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May 2017

Libyan higher education institutions lack basic necessities – and still, Libyan scientists dedicated themselves to education and internationalization

 

At the 3rd DAAD seminar for leaders and multipliers of Libyan higher education institutions, from the 5 th – 6 th of May 2017 in Hammamet/Tunisia, current issues, but also prospects for international cooperation were discussed.

 

@ Libyan participants at the 3rd DAAD seminar from the 5th – 6th of May 2017 in Hammamet/Tunisia

Eleven representatives of Libyan universities discussed openly the current situation of higher education policy in Libya, desires and challenges, as well as hopes and prospects for future international cooperation. Amongst them were directors of the international offices from Zawia, Misurata, Tripoli, Sabrata, Sabha and for the first time from the new establishments Al-Jabel Al Garby, Gharyan and Al-Mergib University as well as a representative of the Libyan ministry of higher education.The state is bankrupt due to the long lasting civil war and corruption, there is close to no financial support in the education department, appropriate equipment is missing and wages are not paid. However, there are still tutors and administrators who work to educate and qualify a new generation.

  
The DAAD Tunis invited the Libyan multipliers for the 3rd time since 2016 to Tunisia. DAAD programs – individual scholarships for doctorates and post-Docs and higher education cooperation programs – exist. Unfortunately, since years, there have not been many applicants. Funding’s possibilities for ‘Study and research in Germany’ are little known in Libya, the prospects of international English speaking programs are not discovered yet.  

 

One goal of the seminar was to get multipliers aquatint with programs and funds in Germany. And vice versa: to fill information gaps in Germany concerning Libyan universities. At the meeting, ten Libyan Universities presented themselves which highlighted remarkable facts: The University of Tripoli has more than 70.000 students and many new establishments grow quickly, while questions concerning the quality of the programs, teachers and diplomas rise.  Many universities build international partnerships and participate in ERASMUS + exchanges and research projects. 

‘We are striving to disengage young people from militia units and to bring them back to the universities, in order to offer them a peaceful and constructive future. Social integration is very important to accustom militia soldiers and devotees of DAESH back to a “normal” life. Furthermore, therapeutic aid is necessary to overcome traumata.’ States the advisor of the ministry of education who understands this as an important task of the universities. 

 

Exchange, discussion and understanding amongst each other is just as important as the networking with partners from Tunisia and Algeria. There were sufficient opportunities to do so: the training modules of the DAAD Kairo Academy trained mixed groups in ‘international networking’ or ‘leading in times of change’. A participants feedback: ‘I would like to thank you very much for a very successful two days training that was everything and more than I expected.’

@ University partners from Libya, Tunisia and Algeria exchange ideas

Libya is a partner country within the program of the German-Arabic transformation partnership – just like Tunisia. DAAD-funds can support exchange, university projects as well as short-term measures within bi- and multilateral cooperation’s with German partners.

Report: Beate Schindler-Kovats

Picture credit: Beate Schindler-Kovats und Syrine Mahjoubi

First co-operation on university teacher training between German and Libyan University to be initiated 

Libya has undergone radical changes since the start of the revolution and throughout the ongoing civil-war, and this situation has led to far-reaching consequences for higher education as well. Considering this difficult situation in Libya, universities will certainly play a substantial role in supporting the re-construction and development of the country in post-war periods, and the current process of transition needs effective higher education and well qualified university teachers. Building up capacities of university teachers can therefore be seen as a key priority to sustainably improve higher education at Sabratha University in particular, but also to improve education and training at universities country-wide.

Limited existing and accessible information about the current situation in Libya necessitated conducting an initial fact-finding workshop in order to effectively support Sabratha University in its efforts with regard to teacher training improvement. For this purpose, the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Cologne and Sabratha University held a workshop in Tunis/Tunisia from 04-08 December 2016. Fifteen university teachers from Sabratha University with different academic levels coming from a wide range of different technical disciplines discussed relevant issues regarding effective teacher training at Sabratha and Libya with experts from Germany. The fact-finding and situational analysis revealed important findings on the main limitations of effective teacher training on university, system and individual levels. These findings were then transformed into the design of priority projects as basis for the development of an overall future strategy and co-operation between the two universities.

Source: Capacity Building Partnership

December 2016

Network of maghrebian Universities

Training for Libyan Universities in Conflict Management

The DAAD Office Tunis, also in charge for Algeria and Libya, hosts a Get-Together for Algerian, Tunisian and Libyan partners on the first week-end of December

For the second time this year, the DAAD invites Libyan university representatives from 3rd to 4th December for networking  and advanced trainings to Tunisia. They have the opportunity  to meet partners from Algeria and Tunisia. 

The situation in Libya got worse  last week. There have been combats and violent confrontations on Thursday, injured and dead people on Friday. Nevertheless, nine of ten invited representatives of universities from Benghazi, Zawia, Misurata, Tripoli, Sirte, Sabratha and Sabha followed the invitation of the DAAD to the Network Meeting with advanced  trainings on the 3rd and 4th December in Tunis.

 

 @ Participants from Libya at the Network Meeting in Tunis

“We are glad to be here and  to participate in this event and we are excited to meet fellows from other Libyan universities”,  was given  as feedback “and it is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other regional partners.”

The speed-networking was especially successful regarding establishing contacts, following common subjects and projects. The participants who were involved actively praised the format of this meeting for the opportunity of networking and for the vivid exchange.

 

@  University partners and Alumni from Libya, Tunisia and Algeria are networking during the Speed-Dating 

The meeting of Libyan university representatives is the second activityDAAD Tunis organized in 2016. In April a “Kick-off” seminar with familiarization and the exchange of information took place in Sousse. At that event the wish for advanced trainings was expressed. Especially a training in conflict management was suggested. 

In compliance with this demand a training module „Managing Conflicts using Constructive Negotiation Techniques“ was offered. 

DAAD Tunis in cooperation with DAAD Cairo Academy invited the experienced trainer Dr. Claudia Gross to Tunis. Situations and conflicts were discussed interactively and practice oriented and courses of action were simulated and tried out. 

  

@ Training module “ Managing Conflicts using Constructive Negotiation Techniques”

The end of the seminar was followed with hope, that German classes will be offered at Libyan universities and that an Info-Point for information on study and research in Germany will be established.  

Libya is, like Tunisia, a partner country in the program of the German-Arab Transformation Partnership. With DAAD funding, university projects as well as short-term measures can be supported in bi- and multilateral cooperation with German partners.

Report: Beate Schindler-Kovats

Picture credit: Beate Schindler-Kovats, Anis Bouattour

April 2016

Libya's Universities reach out to the international community 

Significant concurrency – DAAD Tunis invites Libyan universities to an information and networking seminar in Sousse / Tunisia. 

While the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, surprisingly visited the Libyan capital Tripoli shortly on April 16th 2016, the DAAD Tunis organized a seminar for Libyan universities in Sousse, Tunisia. Representatives of universities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Misurata, Sabrata, Sabha and Zawia as well as heads of international offices had been invited to an information and networking seminar.

Since there is no possibility to have such a meeting in Libya at the moment, eight university representatives met in the neighbouring country to discuss jointly with the DAAD about cooperation, exchange and funding opportunities. Some of the participants had to take upon themselves long and dangerous trips to present their university and express their wishes and needs. The positive feedback showed that not only the contact to the DAAD, but also the exchange between Libyan partners on “neutral ground” was appreciated. At the end of the seminar concrete suggestions for follow-up measures were proposed.

Universities play an important role in the reconstruction of the country 

North-Africa’s Libya is divided and fragmented, the country has been in civil war for years, rivalling militia and forces of the so called IS are demonstrating their power. Terror, attacks and abductions are commonplace – but nevertheless everyday life is continuing, schools and universities are carrying on with their routine. Libyan university representatives are appealing to the DAAD and international organizations: “Don’t forget us. We need contact to the international community for the education of our youth to rebuild the country.”

  

Everyone agrees that universities play an important role in the reconstruction of the country. Leaving political obstacles and differences of opinion aside, the university representatives from East to West are united in their desire to invest in the training of the country’s young generation and their wish for international support in fulfilling this task. The Libyan partner’s active participation and openness is an encouraging sign for future cooperation. 

German-Arabic Transformation Partnership with Libya

The DAAD seminar comes at the right time: Libya – like Tunisia – is a partner country in the program German-Arabic Transformation Partnership. Exchange and university projects as well as short-term measures in bi- and multilateral cooperation with German partners are being supported with DAAD funds. 

It is therefore not a coincidence that the annual network meeting for Tunisian project coordinators of German-Arabic Transformation Partnerships was held at the same weekend in Sousse. Poster presentations about universities and research Partnerships (Line 1 and 4) opened up lively discussions between Tunisian and Libyan partners. In the future, existing networks of German-Tunisian cooperation could also include Libyan partners and students. Both sides were surprised to find considerable similarities concerning problems and regional challenges in the higher education field and agreed on closer cooperation.

  

The seminar was a win-win-win experience: the DAAD received insight and understanding about the situation of Libyan universities as well as personal contacts and partners in a difficult country. The Libyan partners return back to their universities as multiplicators equipped with information about “Study and Research in Germany” and best-practice examples from Transformation programs. And the Tunisian partners are able to bring new ideas into their regional networks. “I would like to express my sincere thanks for your invitation to the DAAD meeting in Sousse which opened our eyes to new class of cooperation that we did not know anything about before”, said the director of the International Cooperation Office (ICO) of Tripoli University – and a Tunisian project coordinator asked for a counselling session with his German counterpart to talk about the integration of Libyan partners.

Redaction: Beate Schindler-Kovats, Head of DAAD Tunis Office
Photos: Beate Schindler-Kovats, Anis Bouattour

University cooperation with Libya

The DAAD Tunis wants to include Libyan universities into cooperation networks and invites Libyan university representatives to an information seminar in Sousse about university cooperation.

Despite the difficult political situation, the German government continues its commitment for Libya. The program “Transformation Partnership”, which was created in 2011 by the German Foreign Ministry, offers Libya – amongst others – a wide variety of possibilities for project funding in many different areas, such as the promotion of democracy, promotion of civil society, human rights, job trainings and youth employment, projects in the area of culture and media as well as scholarships and research cooperation.

@Dr. Dia Abuhadra, GIZ coordinator for Libya visiting the DAAD office Tunis. Dr. Abuhadra establishes contacts between the DAAD Tunis and Libyan universities.

On this basis the DAAD invites 11 representatives of the most important Libyan universities to the seminar “Study and research in Germany” and “German-Arab Transformation Partnership” in Tunisia. Libya is – as well as Tunisia – one of the countries that are participating in the program “Transformation Partnership” of the Foreign Ministry. Even if German-Libyan cooperation projects cannot take place in Libya, measures for support and international cooperation can be implemented and developed – in Germany or on the ground in Tunisia.

The objective of the seminar is to guarantee Libyan universities a continued contact with the international scientific society and encourage the creation of tri- or multilateral project activities. On the 16th of April, Libyan partners will meet with Tunisian project coordinators in Sousse. These coordinators are cooperating with Germany in the context of structural projects. Building regional networks can also prove beneficial for the German partners and will allow them to establish larger professional networks.

In 2014, the DAAD awarded scholarships for 8 Libyan citizens within the terms of different scholarship programs and projects. In 2015, a short-term measure within the program “Transformation Partnership” enabled a research cooperation between the universities of Saarbrücken and Benghazi.

Programs and scholarship opportunities for Libya can be found here: www.funding-guide.de Libya 

Report: Beate Schindler-Kovats

Translation: Verena Michaeli, kulturweit volunteer

Pictures: Fatima Ayari