German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides information about higher education and research in Germany, and is the world’s largest funding organization promoting international exchange of students and scholars. Each year over 100,000 students and researchers worldwide supported by the DAAD are able to gain valuable experience and expertise at home and abroad. DAAD’s annual budget for international academic exchange is over €440 Million.
The DAAD relies on a network of 15 regional offices and 56 Information centres (ICs) in 60 countries, over 500 DAAD-Lektoren (Visiting Faculty) and Sprachassistenten (Language Instructors), a diverse range of DAAD-funded university projects abroad, ranging from individual courses to establishing new universities, and a pool of alumni.
DAAD in India
The DAAD Regional Office New Delhi was established in 1960. In addition, DAAD has a network of Information Centres and Information Points in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune. Currently there are seven DAAD- Visiting Faculty and Language Instructors at various Indian institutions including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Pune University and IIT Madras.
DAAD has an active network of 25 DAAD Young Ambassadors and 25 DAAD Research Ambassadors functioning as honorary multipliers for promoting Germany as a destination for higher education and research and fostering Indo-German collaborations. Besides these the over 5000 alumni of DAAD play an important role in furthering Indo-German academic cooperation.
Along with this network, the DAAD Regional Office New Delhi undertakes a wide range of activities for promoting Germany as a destination for study and research. These include education fairs, information sessions and webinars among others. These are announced through DAAD newsletters and on DAAD India Facebook page.
The DAAD administers a large variety of funding schemes for Bachelor, Master and PhD-students as well as post-docs, faculty and senior researchers from both India and Germany. Apart from the regular funding programmes, DAAD also has specific Indo-German schemes and initiatives, among them the most recent is Indo-German Partnership (IGP) in Higher Education Programme. During the third Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations in 2015, DAAD Vice President Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee und UGC Chairman Dr. Ved Prakash signed an MoU for establishing this programme. The IGP will witness India and Germany investing 3.5 million Euro each over a period of four years from 2016-2020 to encourage and support cooperation between higher education institutions in each country. The ceremonial exchange of the MoU took place at the Hyderabad House New Delhi in the presence of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Latest Trends in Student Mobility
Germany has emerged as a top destination for higher education globally. The past decade has witnessed an enormous increase of over 400% in the number of Indian students at German universities. Today India ranks 2nd on the list of the top countries of origin of international students enrolled in Master’s and PhD programmes in Germany. 83% of Indian students going to Germany opt for programmes in the STEM i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subject fields.
The reasons for this trend are manifold. Germany offers International Programmes taught in English medium, excellent quality of education and research at no or low tuition fees, promising career opportunities and above all the vibrant social and cultural milieu.