Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
German Academic Exchange Service
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships.
Its budget is derived mainly from the federal funding for various ministries, primarily the German Federal Foreign Office, but also from the European Union and a number of enterprises, organisations and foreign governments. Its head office is in Bonn, but the DAAD also has an office in the German capital, Berlin. It maintains contact with and provides advice to its main partner countries on every continent via a network of 14 regional offices and 50 information centres.
The DAAD runs over 250 programmes, through which it funds more than 74,000 German and foreign scholars worldwide per annum. These programmes range from semesters abroad for undergraduates to doctoral programmes, from internships to visiting lectureships, and from information-gathering visits to assisting with the establishment of new universities abroad. It supports the international activities of German institutions of higher education through marketing services, publications, the staging of events and training courses.
DAAD's special cooperation with Ethiopia
In 2006 German Academic Exchange Service signed a contract with the Ethiopian government for the recruitment of academic experts for various leading positions within the engineering capacity building program (ecbp). The Engineering Capacity Building Program (ecbp) is an ambitious reform program aimed at accelerating industrial development in Ethiopia. "Building Ethiopia" is its guiding motto and it is committed to improving the living standards of all Ethiopians. It was launched in November 2005 and by investing in education and better employment opportunities, it helps Ethiopians realize their potential and break out of the circle of poverty.
So far more than 20 experts have been recruited to actively support this ambitious project together with their Ethiopian counterparts. In November 2011 DAAD will open a Liaison Office in Addis Ababa in order to strengthen the good cooperation with the Ethiopian partners.