Brussels, 11 May 2016. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in cooperation with its partners from British Council, Campus France and EP-Nuffic, has launched a new programme to provide Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt the opportunity to gain access to further and higher education. In addition to reaching up to 42,000 young Syrians through academic counselling, the project will provide language courses and short-term study programmes to more than 7,500 student refugees and award more than 300 full scholarships to Syrian refugees in the region. A total of 12 million euros has been allocated for this purpose until 2019. The programme is financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’.

Bonn, 26/04/2016. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) facilitates access to education for Syrian refugees based in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. In addition to language courses and short-term university places, more than 300 full scholarships are also being offered in the region. €12 million are available for this purpose until 2019. The programme is financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, known as the Madad Fund.

On 21 January 2016, Henrike Lähnemann officially assumed her duties as professor of medieval German literature and linguistics at the University of Oxford, England, with a public inaugural lecture on manuscripts from North German convents. The event was the starting signal for a partnership between the Universities of Oxford and Freiburg that is receiving funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Volkswagen Foundation. The medieval studies professor will spend two months each year at the University of Freiburg as a fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), thus intensifying the close cooperation in medieval German studies between the two universities.

Bonn, 13/01/2016. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e. V.) are launching a joint tandem programme for Syrian students. The partners recently signed a corresponding agreement. Around 67 holders of scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation support the integration of DAAD-funded Syrian students at over 20 universities; more are to join in the coming weeks.