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					DAAD South Africa Newsletter, 8 December 2006
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Today’s topics:

DAAD PROGRAMMES
DAAD In-country Scholarships: Pre-selection Results

DAAD IC JOHANNESBURG EVENTS

MISCELLANEOUS
German Federal Agency for Civic Education Scholarships for Four-week Seminar in
Germany and Namibia
Top Ten International Master’s Programmes in Germany
SelfAssessment international – A Consultation Service for International Students

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DAAD PROGRAMMES

DAAD In-country Scholarships: Pre-selection Results
On 29th November, representatives of the DAAD, the NRF and the German Embassy met
in Pretoria to review the in-country scholarship applications for 2007. The DAAD in-
country scholarships are awarded to South Africans for postgraduate studies at Master’s
and doctoral levels. 15 South African higher education institutions (12 universities and
three universities of technology) are currently participating in the programme, which has
a strong focus on staff development. Of 120 applications received, 78 could be pre-
selected and have been forwarded to the DAAD head office in Bonn, Germany, where the
final selection decision will be made in January 2007.


DAAD IC JOHANNESBURG EVENTS

NONE

MISCELLANEOUS

German Federal Agency for Civic Education Scholarships for Four-week Seminar
in Germany and Namibia
On the initiative of the Federal President, the Federal Agency for Civic Education
(Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, bpb) awards scholarships to students and young
graduates for a four-week exchange programme from 19 August to 16 September 2007 in
Germany and Namibia. All costs involved (travel and accommodation expenses) will be
covered by the bpb. Inclusion in the programme is conditional upon the successful
participation in a competition. To participate, applicants are required to write and submit
a three-page essay on one of the following three topics.




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   -   Economic Policy
   -   Freedom of the Press
   -   Democracy and Stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Applications should be submitted by email to the bpb, vetterj@bpb.de . The closing date
is 31 January 2007.

For more details about the programme and all requirements please see the “Call for
Papers” in the attachment.


Top Ten International Master’s Programmes in Germany
In a ceremony on 1 December 2006 in Berlin, the top ten international master’s
programmes at German higher education institutions received an award of 20,000 EUR
each as well as the label “Top 10 International Master’s Degree Courses Made in
Germany”. The programmes, which are required to be highly innovative and
internationalised, had been singled out by the DAAD and the Stifterverband für die
Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for German Science).

The “Top 10 International Master’s Degree Courses Made in Germany” are:

   •   Freie Universität Berlin (in co-operation with Humboldt Universität Berlin and
       Universität Potsdam); Internationale Beziehungen (International Relations)
   •   Freie Universität Berlin; East European Studies Online
   •   Universität Bonn; Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the
       Tropics and Subtropics (ARTS)
   •   Universität Dortmund; Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies
       (SPRING)
   •   Universität Freiburg; Social Sciences, Global Studies Programme
   •   Universität Göttingen; Molecular Biology and Neurosciences
   •   Universität Jena; Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a Foreign Language)
   •   Hochschule Mannheim; Informationstechnik (Information Technology)
   •   Hochschule Pforzheim; MBA in International Management
   •   Universität Weimar; Public Art and New Artistic Strategies


SelfAssessment international – A Consultation Service for International Students
SelfAssessment international is a service for everyone who is interested in studying a
technical subject in Germany. The service is provided by TU9, an association of nine
Technical Universities in Germany, and is currently being developed with funding from
the DAAD. SelfAssessment international offers international students worldwide the
opportunity to find out about the requirements for studying technical subjects at the TU9
Universities. They can also learn more about their own strengths and weaknesses in the
context of such studies.




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Participating in SelfAssessment international is voluntary and free of charge. It takes
about 90 to 120 minutes to complete the exercises, which represent what is required in
order to begin studies in technical subjects. Each participant receives feedback and an
explanation of the results.

For more information about SelfAssessment international please consult
http://www.global-assess.rwth-aachen.de/tu9/index.en.html.

The TU9 consortium includes the following German higher education institutions:
RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Universität
Hannover, Universität Karlsruhe, TU München and Universität Stuttgart. More
information about is available at http://www.tu9.de/ .


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This newsletter was compiled by the DAAD Information Centre South Africa.

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daad@languages.wits.ac.za.
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