The academic exchange between Germany and Lebanon has been cultivated over the course of many decades. At present, 28 cooperations exist between German and Lebanese universities.
Dedicated lecturers initially began advising students at the DAAD offices in Syria, subsequently implementing joint activities between German and Lebanese universities and establishing academic cooperations. Since 2005, this work has been performed by DAAD instructors and DAAD lecturers with long-term appointments in Lebanon itself.
The DAAD eventually established an on-site presence in Lebanon in November 2014, and the new Beirut Information Centre opened its doors to interested visitors in early 2016.
Overall, the DAAD facilitated stays in Lebanon for 85 German students, graduates, researchers and university lecturers in 2015. In addition, 120 Lebanese were able to study, teach and research in Germany or in the region with the DAAD's support. To date, the majority of the sponsorship has been in the field of project funding (151 of the 205 initiatives funded), with particular emphasis on the programme "Higher education dialogue with the Islamic world".
An overview of the DAAD's funding initiatives in Lebanon
In 2015, 33 Lebanese and 21 Germans received sponsorship within the context of individual funding – a further 16 Germans received a grant in the framework of the PROMOS programme. Selected programmes in the context of individual funding include:
- Research scholarships for foreign doctoral candidates and young academics
- Grants for graduates of German schools abroad
- Supervision of foreign student trainees
- Travel allowances and short-term scholarships for integrated work placements by German students
- Development-related postgraduate courses (EPOS)
In 2015, 64 Germans and 87 Lebanese received sponsorship within the context of project funding, of which 22 were Lebanese students participating in the STIBET programme. Through the STIBET programme, German higher education institutions are provided with funding for awarding scholarships and for social and subject-related support for foreign students. This helps to improve the academic success of foreign students. Selected programmes in the context of project funding include:
- Higher education dialogue with the Islamic world
- Summer schools abroad
- Integrated international study courses with double degree awards
- Bi-cultural Master's courses