The German Academic Exchange Service
DAAD Kenya at a Glance
More than 40 years supporting excellence
In September 1973 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) opened a small adjunct office in Nairobi, where it began steering the new In-Country scholarship program for Sub-Saharan Africa. By 1979 the small office had grown into the fully fledged DAAD Regional Office for Africa, providing information about the DAAD’s full range of academic programs. Having navigated its way through the politically difficult 1980s, the office saw the onset of democracy in Kenya in the 1990s, with universities and DAAD alumni playing decisive roles. The past decade was marked by the founding of new universities in many Eastern African countries. A region-wide quality assurance system was developed in a collaborative effort by the DAAD, the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). Since 1973 more than 5,753 individual scholarship holders have been funded. In 2017, DAAD support in Kenya amounted to 1.076 scholarships either as individual support or through funded study programs.
Next to scholarships, the promotion of collaborative projects of German Universities with their partner institutions abroad is a major mission of the DAAD. Curriculum development, staff training, addressing the sustainable development goals in teaching and research, linking universities and industry – these are just some of the issues addressed by University co-operation between Germany and East –Africa. Three DAAD-Supported Centers of Excellence have been founded in East Africa, covering International Law (University of Dar es Salaam), Education (Moi University Kenya) and Mining (Taita Taveta University Kenya). The DAAD has been funding German Studies in Eastern Africa for more than four decades. It all started with the German program at the Makerere University in Uganda, which was introduced in the 1970s. This was followed by the establishment of a German program at the University of Nairobi in 1981. Of late, several Eastern African universities have started offering German as an elective. German as a foreign language (DAF) is offered by seven universities in Kenia: University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Moi University in Eldoret, Strathmore University, Pwani University in Kilifi and Karatina University.
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