Following the Call for Institutions in 2021, the DAAD underwent a rigorous process of selecting Eastern Africa host institutions to deliver graduate and postgraduate programmes within the region as part of the In-Country/In-Region scholarship programme. The new institutions would offer select programmes for the next three intakes. At the end of the process, 10 partner institutions from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania were chosen.
The partner institutions were represented by their programme coordinators, who besides putting a face to each other were able to meet the DAAD ICIR teams from the Nairobi office physically and from the Bonn office virtually. With the Intake 2023 Call for Scholarship Applications open since mid-October, the meeting was crucial in introducing the coordinators to the ICIR scholarship programme in greater detail.
The meeting opened with a welcome address from the Director of the DAAD Regional Office Nairobi, Beate Schindler-Kovats, and the Head of Section from DAAD Bonn Mareike Khaskeia.
After the welcoming address, all present introduced themselves before the DAAD and ICIR programme were introduced through PowerPoint presentation.
Each partner institution was then able to delve more into their respective programmes through a gallery walk of poster presentations, sparking further interests from their fellow partners in fostering collaborations and communication on a wide range of topics.
While the morning sessions served as introductions, the afternoon sessions focused on the rules, regulations, procedures and processes that the partner institutions would need to pay attention to in successfully delivering their respective programmes. The plenary session was particularly key in addressing areas of the ICIR programme that partners had uncertainty.
By the end of the meeting, the partners had more clarity regarding the management of the scholarship programme and were looking forward to the next few years of cooperation with the DAAD in delivery of graduate and postgraduate programmes.
Finally, the affiliate agreements were signed and officially handed over.
The partners appreciated meeting one another and discussing their own experiences
while discovering potential collaborations with other institutions.