A space for exchange
In day-to-day foreign relations – but especially in times of crisis and conflict or when political tensions arise – a space is needed that allows for continuous communication and exchange between people. The concept of science and cultural diplomacy takes up this idea. A seminar held in Brussels today looked at the German and European approach for integrating science, education and culture in external policy.
The seminar presented practical examples of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) programmes working with Iranian, Colombian, Russian and Syrian students and scientists. These programmes highlight the important role of university cooperation in building bridges between countries and people. Representation of German science abroad – for example through the establishment of German Houses of Science and Innovation in Brazil, India, Japan, Russia and the United States – was also examined. The day ended with a panel discussion on connecting science, education and cultural diplomacy.
The event was organised by DAAD, a central actor in the German foreign culture and education policy. Representatives from the German Foreign Office, the German Ministry for Education and Research, the European Commission and the European External Action Service as well as from higher education and cultural institutions were present.