New cooperation between DAAD and Mitacs: Strengthening German-Canadian research networks


Mitacs and the DAAD announce a bilateral student research mobility agreement - picture www.daad.de

Mitacs and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are pleased to announce a bilateral student research mobility agreement through a memorandum of understanding exchanged on January 18, 2016. The agreement, based upon a Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2015 and signed by Alejandro Adem, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of Mitacs, and Dr. Dorothea Rüland, DAAD Secretary General, fosters student mobility between Canada and Germany, with each country hosting up to 60 top-ranked undergraduates each year, starting in the summer of 2017.

The exchange occurred during the 23rd Meeting of the Canada-Germany Commission for Scientific & Technological Cooperation, which promotes bilateral, research-based collaboration. Valued at $5.4 million, the agreement represents a significant shared investment in research initiatives of mutual interest and benefit to the two countries and their young researchers. 

Canadian students will travel to Germany through the DAAD’s Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program, or the joint RISE-Globalink Research Internship Program. It provides summer internships for undergraduates at German host universities and institutes, where they are matched with PhD students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. They also gain first-hand knowledge of the German research landscape and strengthen their international networks.

German students will apply for the Mitacs Globalink program, or the Globalink-RISE Research Internship Program, which brings top-ranked international students to Canadian universities. Under the supervision of faculty, each student undertakes a research internship. While in Canada, these students work with graduate students and research associates, receive professional development training, and experience the one-of-a-kind educational, social, and recreational opportunities Canada has to offer.

Source & more info: www.mitacs.ca

On picture, from left: Eric Bosco (Chief Business Development and Partnerships Officer, Mitacs), Alexandra Gerstner (Director  DAAD Information Centre Toronto), Volker Rieke (Director General, European and International Cooperation in Education and Research, BMBF; German Co-Chair of the Canada-Germany Commission Meeting for Scientific and Technological Cooperation), Lissa Matyas (Director of International Partnerships, Mitacs), Werner Wnendt (German Ambassador to Canada), Dr. Danial Dwayne (VP Emerging Technologies, National Research Council; Canadian Co-Chair of the Canada-Germany Commission Meeting for Scientific and Technological Cooperation).