The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. We offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 55,000 individuals per year. We also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.

German higher education has seen a profound transformation in the past two decades. Embedded in a quickly changing, now highly Europeanized and internationalized higher education (HE) sector, German universities increasingly see themselves in a global race for reputation, revenues, researchers, and students.

Between 1904 and 1908, over 100 000 people were killed in the first genocide of the twentieth century.[1]  Only 20 percent of the Herero and about 50 percent of the Nama survived the mass extermination committed under German colonial rule in today’s Namibia. The German government has never officially recognized the genocide as such.  It …Read More

In times of excellence ratings and rankings, flattening public funding, and international mobility of students and staff, German universities have turned into strategic actors in the past two decades. Organizational features, already routine in American higher education, such as vision and mission statements, professionalization of management, external funding, and industry links as well as international …Read More

The refugee crisis of 2015 and the subsequent deterioration of domestic security heavily influenced the German election results in September 2017, which were characterized by severe losses of the three main parties CDU, CSU, and SPD, and successes of the right-wing populists. Guido Steinberg gives an overview of the events with a focus on the …Read More

Dr. Guido Steinberg was a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in Fall 2017. In Germany, Guido Steinberg works for at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has worked as a research coordinator at the Free University of Berlin and an advisor on …Read More

Mike Zapp

Dr. Mike Zapp is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in Fall 2017 and will be a research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in Spring and Summer 2018. Before coming to Washington, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Education and Society at the University of Luxembourg. He is interested …Read More

The genocide of the Herero and Nama, committed between 1904 and 1908 under German colonial rule in today’s Namibia, is considered the first genocide of the 20th century. Over the past decades and especially since the commemoration of the 100 years of the genocide in 2004, when the German government refused to recognize the crimes …Read More

Communities around the world are mobilizing urban social movements against rising inequality and economic hardship in order to transform local neighborhoods, urban planning practices, and city policies. Minority and immigrant communities and their mobilizations play a pivotal role challenging the ongoing nationalist political shifts to the right in the United States and Germany, which have …Read More

Kenton Card

Kenton Card was  a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in July and August 2017, and a PhD Student in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA he is also an advisor to the Institute on Inequality and Democracy and an Editor of Critical Planning Journal. Kenton has taught …Read More

Elise Pape

Dr. Elise Pape was a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in July and August 2017. She completed her binational German-French dissertation in the field of sociology of migration at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and at the University of Strasbourg, France, in 2012. She has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Strasbourg …Read More

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