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The German Academic Exchange Service is one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organisations in its field. Scores of students, teachers, researchers and scientists supported by the DAAD have been able to gain valuable experience abroad.

The great number and variety of DAAD programmes can be arranged into fivestrategic goals which facilitate their long-term orientation. These are shown in the following, which is modelled on the Olympic Rings, symbols ofpeaceful competition. In fact, they simultaneously visualise the intersections, interdependencies and interactions which exist between the various action fields.These five goals are:

  • To promote young foreign elites as a means of gaining future leadersin education, science, research and culture, in business and industry, inpolitics and in the media as partners and friends of Germany.
  • To promote young German elites in order to qualify them asopen-minded future leading figures in education, science and research,in culture, in business and industry, in politics and in the media in thespirit of international and intercultural experience.
  • To promote the internationality and appeal of Germany’s universitiesto ensure that Germany remains a leading address for young academicsand researchers from all around the world.
  • To promote German studies, the German language, literature andarea studies at selected universities around the world in order tostrengthen German as a major international cultural language andlingua franca and to advance interest in, knowledge of and understandingfor Germany.
  • To promote academic and scientific advancement in developingcountries and in the transformation countries of Central and EasternEurope as a means of supporting the economic and democraticreform process there.

The 200 and more programmes with which the DAAD pursues the above-detailed objectives range from short-term exchanges for research or teaching purposes through to doctoral scholarships lasting several years for graduates from developing countries, from information visits by delegations of foreign university vicechancellors through to the long-term regional programmes conceived to establish efficient higher education systems in the Third World.

International Programmes in Germany 2008/2009