DAAD and Universities Australia plan nationwide cooperation

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New programme will enable German universities to collaborate with all universities in Australia

Australia is one of Germany’s most important partners in international academic cooperation. Likewise, Australia recently designated Germany as one of its strategic partners in academic cooperation. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has funded more than 280 research collaborations between German and Australian universities since 2005. However, only thirteen Australian universities had been eligible to participate in the funding programme until now. A letter of intent between the DAAD and the Australian higher education association “Universities Australia” now paves the way for project collaboration with all universities on the Australian continent.

“The agreement is a breakthrough for academic relations between Germany and Australia. It sets the stage for far-reaching collaboration with all the universities in the country,” said DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel. The letter of intent was signed today in Canberra by DAAD Vice President Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee and Anne-Marie Lansdown, Deputy Chief Executive of Universities Australia.

“By increasing our participation in research partnerships worldwide, Australia not only enhances our national capacity to increase research output, such as co-authored research publications, but we enable our researchers to collaborate on frontier research projects and translate the findings into localised solutions for Australians,” said Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive of Universities Australia.

The common goal is to support German-Australian research collaborations by promoting bilateral mobility of researchers in all disciplines. The new scheme supports young academic talent as well.

The letter of intent signed today serves as the basis for a concluding agreement, the Australia-Germany Joint Cooperation Scheme, to which researchers of all Australian and German universities will be eligible to apply as early as 2015.

Contact:

Anke Sobieraj
DAAD
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