Mitacs establishes partnership with Germany’s DAAD to increase mobility of undergraduate research students


MoU signed between Mitacs and the DAAD in Montreal, April 29th 2015. On picture: Dorothea Rüland, general secretary of the DAAD and Alejandro Adem, CEO and scientific director of Mitacs - Photo © Mitacs | Patrick St. Arnaud

On the 30th of April the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Mitacs, a Canadian non-profit institution for research and training, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal to launch a new exchange program between Canada and Germany for students who want to make an internship. Once in force, the partnership, starting 2016 (applications) shall offer internships for up to 50 students of each country annually with the aim to realize research projects in the partner country. The first internships will take place in 2017.

This new initiative will take advantage of the huge DAAD and Mitacs experiences in managing international internships programs. The aimed objective is to increase the already fruitful academic exchanges between Canada and Germany.

“By making this partnership between Canada and Germany official, we wish to encourage the innovation and exchange of know-how in research fields between both countries, comments Alejandro Adem, CEO and scientific director of Mitacs. This agreement with the DAAD will create new occasions for the professional corps’ members and universities of Canada, so they can benefit from the point of view of foreign students, while using all research possibilities offered to Canada.”

“In order to understand how to respond to global threats like climate change, poverty, epidemics and the shortage of energy, we need to create international collaborations all over the world, says Dorothea Rüland, general secretary of the DAAD. For the DAAD and the participating students this new program represents an excellent occasion and a way to strengthen the ties between universities and scientists in both countries.”

The signing coincided with the visit of a group of DAAD executives and heads of German universities to Canada, where several campuses are visited, from Montreal to Toronto to Calgary in order to deepen the existing ties and explore the possibilities of future collaborations. The May 1st and 2nd 2015, the DAAD and their partner, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, organized an interdisciplinary conference in Toronto for their former grant-holders about Migrations and multiculturalism in Germany and Canada.

Source : www.mitacs.ca