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Title Mapping German transnational activities - is a more commercial approach slowly being adopted?
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


As the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD), a national organisation working to promote German education abroad, considers applications for the second cycle of the government funded 'German Study Programmes Abroad' scheme, this article examines the German approach to internationalising its higher education sector. With a focus on the initiatives to promote German tertiary education abroad through transnational provision, this article outlines current projects and rationales. DAAD has since 2000, with government funding, assisted German higher education institutions wishing to offer courses abroad, and is thought to be the primary catalyst of activity. The official list of DAAD-funded projects and initiatives offers a rare opportunity to analyse the scale and characteristics of German transnational higher education. What are the main initiatives in this overall strategy? Are there signs that the country is moving away from a 'traditional, non-commercial' internationalisation approach based on exchanges and partnerships to a 'globalisation-driven' approach led by concerns over the competitiveness of German higher education in the international student market and a potential German brain-drain? Finally, this article compares the German approach to transnational delivery with the model commonly adopted by universities in the English-speaking world.

Date 03/06/2005
Region(s) Europe
Countries Germany
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Regulatory Frameworks
Topic(s) Regulation, Theory and/or Ideology

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