Players & Organisations

A short overview of further information about education, knowledge and research, plus associated links.

German Research Foundation

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the main organisation for funding research at higher education and publicly financed institutes.

German Rectors’ Conference

The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is a voluntary association of state and state-recognised higher education institutions in Germany. ­The Higher Education Compass database ­provides information about degree courses and ­international cooperation agreements.,


The oldest academy of sciences in the world, the Leopoldina in Halle, has 1,500 members.

Non-university research organisations

The Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer ­Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association are the non-university ­research organisations funded by the Federal Government and the states.,,,

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Humboldt Foundation supports cutting-edge scientists and scientific exchange.

German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation for exchanges of students and academics. It has a global network with 71 regional offices and information centres.,

Alumniportal Deutschland

The Alumniportal Deutschland networks ­people who have studied, done research or worked in Germany all over the world.

“Schools: Partners for the Future” initiative

The Federal Foreign Office initiative links almost 2,000 schools all over the world at which German is held in high esteem.

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