Portrait of the Month

Here you can find activities we are planning, important deadlines and other events and projects we have already carried out.

  • Women in science: Prof. Yalemtsehay Mekonnen from Ethiopia, Prof. Suhaila Hashim from Kenya, and Dr. Beatrice Tarimo from Tanzania

    Women are still underrepresented in the sciences; they make up only a third of all scientists globally. According to the most recent UNESCO World Science Report, the so-called "gender divide" is especially clear in the field of artificial intelligence, where only 22% of the workers are women. With 22 percent of professors being female, there is still a lot to be done in the German higher education landscape as well. In this portrait of the month, we are pleased to introduce to you three women in science: Prof. Yalemtsehay Mekonnen from Ethiopia, Prof. Suhaila Hashim from Kenya, and Dr. Beatrice Tarimo from Tanzania.

  • Prof. Mike Kuria, CEO Commission for University Education (CUE): "CUE will therefore try to be a partner for quality and not an inspector of universities"

    In this Portrait of the Month, we talk to Prof. Mike Kuria, the Commission Secretary of the Commission for University Education since October last year and until recently a partner in the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), who has accompanied the developments and served the DAAD as a competent expert for many years.

  • Portrait of the Month - January: Questions for Prof. Andala, Chief Executive Officer - NRF-Kenya

    In this Portrait of the Month, we interview Prof. Dickson Andala, who is the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Fund in Kenya. 

  • Portrait of the month October: Questions for Nathan Taremwa: DAAD project funding for university collaborations

    DAAD offers various instruments and program lines with which partnerships and cooperation projects can be funded. In this month's portrait, we talk to Nathan Taremwa from Rwanda about the DAAD's involvement in projects in Rwanda:

  • One-year scholarships for study abroad: David Kratzert

    The DAAD supports one-year scholarships for study abroad. The program offers German students at Bachelor, Master, or PhD level the opportunity to gain international experience during a longer study period abroad, to pursue individual study interests, and to develop both professionally and personally. With the new campaign "study worldwide - EXPERIENCE IT!" the DAAD promotes stays abroad for German students. We met and interviewed David Kratzert, who completed a one-year study abroad scholarship in Kenya:

  • Alumnus Dr. Ezekiel Mecha fights endometriosis in East Africa

    In this Portrait of the Month, we would like to introduce you to Dr. Ezekiel Mecha, a DAAD alumnus of the University of Giessen, who completed his doctorate there and continues to use his networks and collaborations for his home university, the University of Nairobi, even after the funding period.

  • Questions for International Interns in East Africa

    Sophie Göckel and Amina Ahmed are interns currently in Kenya and Rwanda, respectively. Sophie is an intern in the DAAD funded program “Lehramt International” at the German School Nairobi since March 2022, and Amina is assigned as a volunteer by Kulturweit (German UNESCO Commission) at the PASCH school Green Hills Academy in Kigali. They report about their experiences:

  • Deng Bulis Bartalam

    In this Portrait of the Month, we introduce you to Deng Bulis Bartalam, who fled South Sudan when war broke out in his country and had been living in Ethiopia since September 2011. Deng Bulis is now a DAAD In-Country / In-Region Scholar pursuing a Master’s program in Public Health at Mount Kenya University in Thika Town, Kenya.

  • Questions to the Centers of Excellence funded by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office

    By establishing centers of excellence, the DAAD supports African universities in improving their educational quality and expanding their research capacities to enable the education of future decision-makers in Africa according to international standards. The DAAD’s Centres of African Excellence program aims to create internationally competitive centers on a sustainable basis, thereby contributing in a publicly visible way to improving the functioning of socially relevant sectors in African countries.

  • Leadership for Africa

    We got a chance to interview successful recipients of the Leadership for Africa Scholarship Programme, one male Kenyan citizen, Peter Diang’a, now studying in Osnabrück, Germany, and two female refugees, Luwam Tesfai from Eritrea who was living in Ethiopia at the time of application and now studying in Berlin,  and Fardowsa Muhamud, from Somalia who studied in Uganda and is now pursuing her master’s in Magdeburg.




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