University Cooperation


Advisory Programme

Objectives of the Programme

This programme aims to enable universities in developing countries to specifically engage the services of German academics as advisers on how to implement clearly-defined reform measures and projects which contribute to the structure-building process at the partner university.

These German academics will provide the university, faculty or departmental management bodies, and possibly also individual university administrators, with support as advisers in the following areas:

  • Advise on improving administrative procedures at the partner university.
  • Advise on initiating cooperation with the commercial sector and with the local authorities to raise the university's ability to provide services and build networks.
  • Advise on networking projects at the partner universities with German development cooperation activities.
  • Creation of expertise and technology transfer centres at the partner universities.
  • Conceptional advice on organising research projects and, in particular, on defining research lines, research funding and the evaluation of research findings as well as in international networking.

Didactic and conceptional advice on raising the quality of teaching represents a multi-functional task to be shared by all areas.

The advice may take the form of training sessions for university administrators involved in planning and steering the university's teaching, research, services or general administration activities. However, “on the job training” or cooperation in small projects or workshops may also be suitable for this target group.


Over a period of two calendar years, DAAD can fund up to a maximum of four assignments at a partner university by any one German academic or expert. Each assignment can last between a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three months.

  • Travel expenses for German advisers.
  • Subsistence expenses for German advisers.
  • Material costs for small equipment and materials (once in two years) to remain in the target country.
  • Since networking between partners and third parties is seen as a key component of the programme, short stays in Germany and, in justified exceptions, stays in a third country by up to three staff members from the partner university may be subsidised through grants.

Applications are submitted by a German academic (postdoc, university lecturer or emeritus professor) or by a senior university management staff member.

Applicants must be able to prove that they have the requisite teaching, research or university management expertise as well as experience in development cooperation.

DAAD can fund a German scientist/expert up to four assignments between two weeks and three months over a period of two years at a partner university.


Frau Gabriele Holzem


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