Information Tour: “Germany Today”

The information tour “Germany Today” which was conceptualized and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service. It is designed to introduce participants to the landscape of German education. It includes a summary of the entire higher education research system, details about which BA and MA as well as PhD programs are offered and which research fields are being developed, which innovative projects Germany has to offer and what part of Germany’s higher education structure is currently going through transformations.

Internationalization efforts and strategies will be discussed as well, and information pertaining to cooperation between institutions and strategic networks and corporate partners, as well as funding information and exchange options will be shared.

The German Academic Exchange Service invites representatives from institutional and corporate parties interested in the field in the United States and Canada to participate in the event.

The focus will be the internationalization of German universities.

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Call for Projects: Together Moving Forward

The European Students’ Union is looking for projects that empower “positive refugee-host interactions” all over Europe. The small-grants programme is called ‘Together Moving Forward’ and was launched in 2016. University students and refugees can work together to create changes in the system in the name of better community inclusion practices.

The project’s main aim is to promote initiatives that “kick-start valuable and viable actions in Europe that tackle the main barriers limiting the access and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in education and society.” (The European Students’ Union)

The call for projects is still open until 28 February 2019.

“Maria Zlonkiewicz is coordinator of one of these projects in Poland, the ‘Students for refugee kids’. She explains that without the support of ESU and the ‘Together, Moving, Foward’ project, it would have not been possible to develop the project: “the support is really important, we are having regular evaluation meetings. They (the volunteers) have access to psychologists, my support as a coordinator, cultural mentors and they have access to funds to do integration meetings with the kids, to buy materials for their classes, etc.”

She adds that the most beautiful moments are: “when you see they build some relationships between the volunteer, the kid and the family”. In the same way, Natalia Kur, a volunteer participating in the Polish project says: “I help with many different things and I feel I am a member of the family”.

Another project from the past edition is SHAMS, a Berlin-based initiative led by refugee students aiming to provide information to other refugees and asylum seekers who want to access the Higher Education system in Germany: procedures, documentation and the different opportunities they can apply for.

Izem Günyakti, one of the initiators of the project highlights the importance that ESU and ‘Together, Moving Forward’ grant had in developing the project: “ESU’s funding was perfect for us and we also learnt a lot on how to make a project and how to apply and (ESU) was really helpful in that process”.

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THE IAU Annual Report 2018: International Association of Universities

Higher Education is going through troubling times due to social and political turbulence. The fundamental values of Higher Education – “university autonomy, academic freedom, equity in access and success, ethics and solidarity”, as Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General, states in the annual report, are systematically being challenged.

Money has become the main actor in higher education and its connections to the labor market. Pressure and conformity are transforming higher education.

“As the global association of higher education institutions and organisations, IAU fosters meaningful dialogue and cooperation to find viable ways of moving forward. To this end, IAU has organised international conferences on pressing issues, such as public-private higher education funding and partnerships for societal impact, to name but two. The topics covered contribute to the global debate on the role of HE in society and the meaning of quality education. IAU thus advocates for quality higher education for the global common good.

This year again, IAU offered a variety of initiatives for members of the HE community to get involved in the shaping the sector for the better. It invited its Members and beyond to shape the new policy statement on technology and higher education, and joined forces to address Agenda 2030 through the Global Cluster on HE and Sustainable Development.” (IAH Annual Report 2018)

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Webinar: STEM Careers and Skills of the Future – Careers in Computer Engineering

The STEM Alliance is offering a very interesting webinar to guide teachers, career counsellors, educational authorities and researchers in better understanding their possibilities within the STEM field. Speaker Gonçalo Abreu, Managing Partner in MakeWise (Obidos, Portugal) will inform viewers regarding his own career and life path as well as sharing his own personal experiences in Terms of personal development, ranging from his life as a Student to becoming an entrepreneur.

His insight regarding recent changes in Technology and vital skills and competencies can be valuable to anyone looking into a career in computer engineering.

“Date & time: Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 18:00 – 19:00 CET.

Description: The purpose of this webinar is to give teachers, career counsellors, educational authorities and researchers an understanding of careers which can be developed in the STEM field, specifically in the IT and cybersecurity industry. Our speaker Gonçalo Abreu, Managing Partner in MakeWise (Obidos, Portugal) will talk about his career and life path, sharing his insights on different stages of his personal development, from being a student and employee to becoming an entrepreneur. He will also talk about how technology is changing the way we work and the skills that are vital to thrive in the future companies.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about STEM careers; the careers existing in tech companies, the study path to follow, key skills needed, possible places of employment, and teaching materials to support you in advancing your learnings from the webinar.” (STEMAlliance)

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Call for Applications! PhD Position in Computer Science and more

At TU Dresden, Faculty of Computer Science, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Chair of Computational Logic offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD Student

within the Collaborative Research Center CRC/TR 248 „Foundations of Perspicuous Software Systems“ starting on 1st March 2019. The position is fixed-term to 31st December 2022. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g. Ph.D.). Balancing family and career is an important issue. The post is basically suitable for candidates seeking part-time employment. A part-time employment of 50% of the fulltime weekly hours is possible.

The Computer Science CRC/Transregio 248 lays the scientific foundations for the cyber-physical systems of the future, enabling them to explain their functionality and behaviour (so-called Perspicuous Systems). We are researching a foundational and applicable theory of explanations for all facets of system behaviour, as well as visual and verbal elucidation methods for diverse user groups. More information can be found at

As a member of the Chair of Computational Logic you will be part of a successful team of experienced researchers of many nationalities and backgrounds. You will work in the vibrant scientific environment of the CRC and TU Dresden, one of the leading German research universities. Dresden is a highly livable city with a rich cultural life and beautiful nature.

As a member of the project teams in sub-projects C2 and E3 of the Collaborative Research Center, you will be researching new methods in the area of Abstract Argumentation and Non-Monotonic Reasoning. You will be working on one or several of the following tasks: Argumentation for composition and compatibility; Argumentation dynamics; Development of a dialectical semantics to justify conclusions; Prototypical implementation and empirical evaluation. The position is focussed on foundational research. Publication and presentation of research results at international venues is an important part of the work.

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

Find out more here and look for other positions here:

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Student: The 2019 Internationalization Collaborative

The diversity of student identities and life stages—students of color, adult learners, single parents, veterans, first-generation students, immigrants, and international students—is reflected on college and university campuses more now than ever. But how can leaders recognize the complexity of their student bodies as a strength and integrate their varied backgrounds as a resource for global education? What new approaches are other higher education systems around the world adopting to internationalize?

Themed “Preparing for Tomorrow’s Student,” the 2019 ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative seeks to address the future of internationalization in higher education. International campus administrators and faculty are encouraged to register now for the Collaborative, which will take place in San Francisco Jan. 19.

Click here? to register.

Speakers for this year’s Collaborative include:

  • Maria Harper Marinick, chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District
  • Gretchen Cook Anderson, director of Diversity Recruiting & Advising, IES Study Abroad
  • Andrew Gordon, CEO/founder, Diversity Abroad
  • Mark Mitsui, president, Portland Community College
  • Abel Chavez, dean of Graduate Studies, associate vice president for academic affairs, and assistant professor of Environment & Sustainability, Western Colorado University
  • Thomas Poon, executive vice president and provost, Loyola Marymount University
  • N. Joyce Payne, senior international affairs & STEM advisor to the president, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Armando Vazquez Ramos, president/CEO, California-Mexico Studies Center, and professor, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, California State University-Long Beach
  • Derek Abbey, Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center interim director, San Diego State University?

Attendees will have opportunities to adopt various modes of learning (experiential, interactive technologies, etc.) through which global competencies could be offered; rethink the way global and international education can remain relevant throughout a learner’s lifetime; consider accessibility to global learning across a broad and diverse spectrum of learners; and use data to reimagine and inform the student reality.?

Working in partnership with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), ACE co-hosts the Collaborative for faculty and administrators to come together as a learning community to address challenges, share ideas, and help one another implement comprehensive internationalization strategies.

The Collaborative meets in conjunction with AIEA’s Annual Conference. Registration for AIEA is separate, and Collaborative participants are encouraged to attend both events.

For information about joining the Collaborative, please contact

Rights of Residence for Researchers from Non-EU States in Germany

International researchers from non-EU countries, who wish to live and conduct their research in Germany for a limited time, for example to work on their PhD Project, are always looking for Information which describes which case specifically applies to them and what they can do to ensure their residency during their stay. The german immigration laws offer many different opportunities:

Dependent on their individual situation (domestic living Arrangements, desired Duration of stay, etc.) many different types of residence permits are offered and might be suitable. The most common ones includes residence based on the study or research project, permanent residence permit for highly qualified persons, and basic research visas.

These options are specifically designed to appeal to a vast range of interested researchers. However, because of Germany’s complex immigration law, the right choice is often difficult to make.

This is why the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) has developed a leaflet which sums up all the information necessary to make a good and informed decision. Policies, rights and laws are outlined clearly to help international researchers deal with the complexity of the many different options.

It offers information regarding requirements for residence permits, such as minimum salary caps, or language certificates and qualifications and gives secondary information such as family reunification and access to social welfare such as child benefits.

The 5. edition of the German version of the leaflet was published on July 8th 2018, along with the 3rd edition of the English translation.

You can also download the pdf file here:


Explore Europe with Cultural Gems

New app by the Joint Research Centre offers many interesting features to extend the scope of connection in Europe. The app lets you explore cultural sights and share information. Because culture matters in the realm of scientific research and EU policy.  

About the Joint Research Centre:

The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The JRC employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

The app supports the European Commission’s efforts to put culture at the heart of its policy agenda.

Check out the features: 

City Maps

Share and discover the cultural pulse of 168 cities in 28 EU countries. Share information about museums, theatres, cultural heritage sites, memorials and many more cultrual and creative places.

Puzzles and city stories

Create thematic puzzles and tell about the real life in your city.

Interact with your city

Make your voice heard and make your city a better place. Review places in your city and help fellow residents and visitors.

View all features here:

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Call for Papers: Internationalisation of Higher Education

The publication Internationalisation of Higher Education – Developments in the European Higher Education Area is looking to examine internationalisation processes on a global scale. 

The theme of the second issue is “Regional Efforts in Internationalisation”. If you are interested in submitting an article on this topic, you can send them an email until 2 December 2018, with the following contents:

  • proposal for a possible article, containing a working title and an abstract, and
  • short CV of you and possible co-authors.

They will let you know until Mid-December if your article is of interest to them. The deadline for the full article will be 10 January 2019. Your article should not exceed 5,000 words (30,000 characters including spaces) and have a practical approach.

The article could approach the topic from, for example, the following perspectives:

  • Is there an initiative you have been or are involved in that deals with regional efforts in internationalisation?
  • What are the goals of the initiative?
  • What is the substance of the initiative?
  • Which forces pressed for the initiative and where this pressure was coming from?
  • What issues/challenges that the initiative faces?
  • What is the impact of the initiative on institutional practice/ decision making?

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Global Higher Education Enrolments Expected to Grow by 200% by 2014

A new study finds that a 200% increase in global higher education enrolments is likely by 2040. The reason for this dramatic growth is said to be economic and population trends.

“A newly updated study maps the continuing growth in global demand for higher education through 2040, and anticipates that by that point there will be nearly 600 million students enrolled in universities around the world.

The analysis comes in the form of a new paper, Massification of Higher Education Revisited, from Angel Calderon, the principal advisor for planning and research at RMIT University in Melbourne.

As the following chart illustrates, the total number of students in higher education is expected to reach nearly 380 million by 2030, 472 million by 2035, and more than 594 million by 2040 – all up from roughly 216 million as of 2016.”

Find out more about the study and its results here: