Deadline: 16.07.20

The current crisis demands from universities and research institutions that they take big leaps towards digital learning and working. At the same time it holds several opportunities. To foster international collaboration between universities systematically and in order to create new ways of mobility (blended mobility), virtual interaction is one interactive way to build bridges to other parts of the world.

The below announcement is open for German universities, however,  East African institutions can take the initiative to find a German partner and provide ideas for an application.

Programme call

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the integration of digital collaboration formats in study programmes within the framework of international teaching cooperation with the IVAC (International Virtual Academic Collaboration) programme funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Access to education and participation in scientific discourse are becoming increasingly glo-bal. Digitisation opens up a wide range of access and cooperation options that extend far beyond the geographical, political and social boundaries of traditional teaching and learning. Cooperation and collaboration support the development of problem-solving approaches in teaching and research and thus basic skills that need to be acquired during academic trai-ning. Internationally networked and at the same time digitally mediated teaching focuses on the dialogue between teachers and students and promotes the development of intercultural skills and teamwork. In order to systematically deepen international university cooperation and to shape it with new mobility patterns (blended mobility), virtual exchange represents an interactive and cooperative bridge to the world.

The IVAC - International Virtual Academic Collaboration programme promotes and supports the integration of digital collaboration formats in study programmes within the framework of international teaching cooperation; the development of digital competences of students and teachers; the digitalisation of processes in the field of study, teaching and blended mobi-lity across universities; the extended access to international university offers of certain tar-get groups (e.g. non-mobile students) as well as the formation of a community of practice.

Teaching concepts with the following regional focal points can be supported:

· Transatlantic Virtual Academic Cooperation

· International Virtual Academic Cooperation in Europe and worldwide

The programme thus contributes to making the range of courses offered at German universi-ties and their foreign cooperation universities more flexible and contributes to equal oppor-tunities by broadening access to international higher education. Bi- and multilateral collaborations are promoted. Lecturers from more than one German university can be involved in the creation and implementation of international collaborative events.

Further information can be found here.

Funding applications can be submitted to the DAAD until 16 July 2020.