His Excellency Prof Afework Kassu, State Minister of Science and Higher Education, held discussions with Mr. Matthias Schauer (Deputy Head of Mission of Embassy of Germany) Mr Daniel Braun (Department of Education, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany) and Mrs Beate Schindler-Kovats (Director of DAAD Regional Office of Africa) on 18 September 2019.
The State Minister highlighted the long years of cooperation in Higher Education and TVET with Germany and stressed the need to further strengthen these in the future, as both sub-sectors are amongst the backbones in Ethiopia’s aspirations and vision of becoming a middle income country by 2025. He presented MoSHE’s priority areas to the delegates and outlined areas of cooperation interest in strengthening Science, TVET and Higher Education in Ethiopia. Given the large population size, expansion of TVET and Higher Education, and due to the need to assure quality of TVET and Higher Education, the State Minister requested BMZ and DAAD to widen scholarship opportunities for applicants from Ethiopia and to facilitate twining mechanisms among institutions of mutual interest from the two countries.
The delegation members on their part pinpointed Germanys “Marshal Plan With Africa” and indicted Ethiopia as amongst their priority countries for collaboration in Africa. On DAAD Regular, In-Country, and In-Region Scholarship Schemes, they mentioned, Ethiopian academicians and institutions have been beneficiaries but due to lack of information the number of applicants from Ethiopia has not been proportional to its population number and its long years of cooperation with institutions in Germany. They requested the need to strengthen dissemination of information on DAAD scholarships and twining opportunities to feel the gap.
DAAD is the largest funding organization in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. The main objective of DAAD in Ethiopia is to advance academic exchange and establish academic networks between Ethiopia and Germany by providing information and counseling. Ethiopia is one of the beneficiary countries in DAAD Educational program. The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organization of its kind. They also promote internationalization efforts at German universities, help developing countries build their own systems of higher education, and support German Studies and German language programs abroad.