For the past ten years the International Academy of the German Academic Exchange Service (the DAAD) has been supporting the internationalisation of German universities.
During this period, more than 10,000 university representatives have developed their competencies at the International iDA Academy of the (DAAD, exchanged experiences and established professional networks. The iDA celebrated its Jubilee on 7th and 8ht of December with a conference at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bonn.
“Internationalisation is a challenge at all levels of a university, and in order to achieve the goals, teaching, research and administration all work together closely, so we bundle practical knowledge with background information on political and economic issues with our worldwide expertise.” Prof. Margret Wintermantel, DAAD President.
The focus of the academy is seminars on regional competence, on global responsibility, on current high school policy issues in an international comparative perspective and on legal issues. Language courses and intercultural training complete the iDA portfolio. Last year, the Academy developed a new area of activity in the form of special programmes to help refugee students.
Just as the DAAD brings in its differentiated knowledge about international academic systems in the iDA seminars, the same is also achieved by the representatives of the universities. Thus, the Academy is both a forum for exchange and dialogue as well as an opportunity to impart knowledge.
More information can be found at The DAAD Academy
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