Programmes for University Cooperations


Cooperation Maghreb



German-Arab Transformation Partnership                                               

Cooperation with Higher Education Institutions in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Libya and Morocco 


The German-Maghrebinian cooperation in education and research is based on a long tradition. The Arabic Spring introduced a new era and created chances for more and intensive cooperation and projects between higher education institutions and individuals.

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 universities, modernization in teaching, structural development in scientific research and management as well as the improvement of graduate employability play a crucial role in the Arabic partner institutions and are the center of the cooperation projects.

The current destination countries of the transformation partnership are Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Libya and Morocco. There is the possibility to apply for cooperations with universities in further Arabic countries, such as Egypt, within the programme „Hochschuldialog mit der islamischen Welt“.

All DAAD funded projects are collected in the reader Higher Education Cooperation Maghreb.

PROGRAM LINE 1: German- Arab University Partnerships 2019-2020

Main objective: Establishment and coordination of university partnerships (up to 2 years) to contribute to the sustainable structuring of study programs at the universities in the Arab partner countries. In detail, this means supporting the development of curricula or modules, the establishment of international study programs and the acknowledgement of university degrees. Consequentially, the measures are focused on the improvement and the enhancement of the teaching in the partner countries.

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PROGRAM LINE 2: German-Arab short-term cooperation projects 2019

Main objective: Organisation of short and medium term cooperation projects such as workshops, summer schools, conferences etc. to establish and intensify scientific relations between German and Arab universities, Active contribution to the improvement of research and teaching in the partner countries (development of curricula, modules, etc., with special focus on the employability of the future graduates, transfer from universities to economy)

Maximum amount of funding: most probably up to 40.000 EUR 

Application deadlines:

- 01.04.2019 for activities between 01.07 and 31.12.2019

- 01.07.2019 for activities between 01.10 and 31.12.2019

Application: Only German partners can submit applications! The application contains application form and financial budget plan, Approval of the German university, project description, Statement concerning the coordination with important partners  

Announcement 2019  

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PROGRAM LINE 4: German-Arab Research Partnerships – Al tawasul

Main objective: German-Arab Research Partnerships provide an opportunity to extend and intensify existing research contacts between Germany and the partner countries. German universities together with Arab Alumni (usually DAAD-Alumni) can apply for funding to conduct a joint research project (up to 2 years). This way the alumnus/ the alumna can both start his/her post doc research phase in his/ her home country and continue his/ her research contacts to Germany. 

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