What is DAAD and what does it do?
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organization 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.
DAAD's activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships: the DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.
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.
The DAAD Information Centre (IC) in Toronto is dedicated to serving the needs of students and faculty in Canada. Our office promotes study and research in Germany, advises local students on funding opportunities, and builds ties between German and Canadian universities.
The DAAD IC-Toronto works closely with the other two DAAD offices in North America, our regional office in New York, and our West Coast USA Information Center located in San Francisco. For more information about DAAD grants and scholarships, please visit our website for North America: www.daad.org.
Looking back at 2011… and forward to 2012!
2011 was a wonderfully productive year, and 2012 promises to be every bit as exciting!
Located in the Munk School of Global Affairs since 2009, the IC-Toronto continues to explore new ways to reach out to Canadian students and faculty, and to build bridges of communication across this massive country. Through targeted information sessions and university visits, we're able to meet new people and strengthen our network in Canada, which helps to disperse information and keep us 'in the loop.' Meeting with international offices is probably the most important way in which we can help make information available to students. Many thanks to all of our partners in Canada for their time and cooperation over the years – it's because of these initiatives that we're sending more and more Canadian students abroad!
Through our monthly newsletter, social media initiatives, and cross-country information and alumni activities, the DAAD IC-Toronto is reaching out to more students and faculty in Canada than ever before. We hope to continue to expand our network in the coming year.
Another way in which the DAAD North American offices reach out to students is through online technology, like social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube), informational webinars (= web + seminar), and through our revamped DAAD North America homepage. These methods of communication are valuable resources for students and staff alike, and can open the door for new opportunities and networks. If you haven't already taken part in one of our webinars or joined our Facebook group, please feel free to check them out online.
Need more information?
Jessica Denenberg, Acting Director / Program Coordinator
DAAD Information Centre Toronto