The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work cultural relations. We work in more than 100 countries to build opportunity and trust through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people.
We connect people with the United Kingdom, sharing our cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and our ways of living and organising society. We have over 75 years experience of doing this. We have been in Germany since 1959 and are on the ground on all six continents of the world (with more than 190 offices in 110 countries and territories).
Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, policymakers, academics, researchers, artists, sportspeople, scientists, curators, creative entrepreneurs, head- and classroom teachers in Germany who work through us with their counterparts in the UK.
In the process, they create new opportunities and possibilities for the UK and for our partners in Germany.
Embassy of Canada
The Embassy of Canada in Berlin through its Public Affairs Section promotes Education in Canada to German target audiences. The goal is to inform students, education agents and international offices at German universities about advantages of the Canadian education system, as well as to provide market access information to Canadian educational institutions.
Canada consistently invests in education and is among the top three OECD countries in spending per capita on public postsecondary education. Canada has the highest percentage of individuals aged between 25-64 (51%) to complete a minimum college or university education, among OECD member countries.
International education is a key driver of Canada’s future prosperity, particularly in the areas of innovation, trade, human capital development and the labour market. Canada wants to become a leader in international education in order to attract top talent from around the world and prepare Canadian citizens for the global marketplace.
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organisation of higher education institutions in Germany. It promotes international academic relations and university cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. The headquarters of DAAD are located in Bonn, Germany with branch offices in Berlin and numerous other major cities worldwide. The DAAD office in Berlin consists of 2 sections, the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme, a residential programme for international artists of all countries, and the Liaison Office Edcuation/Research. Since parliament, the government, and the foreign missions moved to Berlin, the liaison office is taking on the role of the DAAD representation in the capital. In its capacity as the "capital office", it organises and implements - together with the DAAD headquarters in Bonn - various events in Berlin. It provides information and advice for German and foreign scientists and students and acts as a point of contact for Berlin based partners as well as national and international organisations.
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution and one of Germany’s eleven universities of excellence. Freie Universität comprises twelve departments and three Central Institutes, offering more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines, with a particularly strong profile in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Life Sciences. Ever since its foundation in 1948 with the help of the United States, international cooperation has been one of the most distinctive features of Freie Universität. Deeply rooted in this tradition, Freie Universität has adopted the International Network University concept, making internationalization of research and teaching one of its core strategic goals which is supported by a network of seven liaison offices in Brussels, Moscow, Cairo, New Delhi, Beijing, Sao Paulo and New York. Freie Universität also engages actively in promoting international dialogue on higher education related themes.
The Fulbright Program is a world-wide initiative implementing Senator J. William Fulbright’s visionary concept: the promotion of mutual understanding between countries through academic and bicultural exchange. The German-American Fulbright Program - the largest Fulbright Program in the world - has sponsored more than 42,000 Germans and Americans since its implementation in 1952. The defining characteristic of the program is student exchange. Annual grants are provided for German and U.S. students who stand out academically and want to broaden their social and cultural horizon. This core program for future leaders is complemented by various short-term and long-term programs for scholars, secondary teachers, teaching assistants, journalists, educational experts and young leaders with immigrant backgrounds. The German-American Fulbright Commission supports annually 350 German and 350 U.S. academics. Funding is provided by the German government, the U.S. government and various other non-governmental sources. A network of more than 7000 alumni in the U.S. and in Germany and the German Fulbright Alumni Association actively support the German-American Fulbright Commission and its programs through active participation and donations.
Stifterverband is a joint initiative started by companies and foundations – the only one in Germany to be devoted entirely to consulting, networking and promoting improvements in the fields of education, science and innovation.
Since 1920, Stifterverband has embodied the joint responsibility of German companies for a society that is viable for the future while also being conducive with a high quality of life. Some 3,000 members – DAX companies, mid-size companies, company associations, donors and active private individuals – have joined forces in Stifterverband. These form the core of a network of business, science, politics and civil society – the only one of its kind in Germany.
Stifterverband focuses its efforts primarily on the fields of education, science and innovation. To date, it is the only organisation in Germany to engage in holistic work in all three areas, with projects that build on one another with synergistic effect. Stifterverband actively promotes equal opportunities in education, excellent universities and internationally competitive research institutions. Its instruments range from extracurricular talent promotion and higher education structural programmes to detailed analyses of the scientific and innovation system that serves as a basis for recommended policy courses of action.
The Group of Eight
The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. Member universities are: The University of Western Australia, The Australian National University, The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland and Monash University. Together Go8 universities account for 73% of competitive research income in Australia and have nurtured every Nobel Prize winner educated at an Australian university. The Go8 secretariat in Canberra, Australia's national capital, works to maximise the potential for collaboration in a competitive environment, adding value for individual universities and for Australia through: high quality policy analysis and services to members; developing international strategic alliances and networks; sustaining quality brand recognition; benchmarking for performance improvement; professional development for researchers; a trusted network through which ideas and expertise are shared and building community support for research universities. Recognising that global partnerships enable our universities to remain at the cutting edge of research and innovation, the Go8 is represented in Europe by an officer in the Australian Embassy in Berlin and is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the International Dialogue on Education series.