We could soon see a new vaccine against the coronavirus arriving from Vietnam. Researcher Dr Do Minh Si and his team have been successfully working for months to achieve this. Si earned his doctorate at the University of Greifswald in 2007, supported by DAAD funding.
Many DAAD alumni recall their time studying in Germany fondly and would like to support their host country during the coronavirus crisis. In Bonn, DAAD alumna Thi Minh Chau Bui presented Secretary General Dr Dorothea Rüland with 1,000 face masks; 5,000 masks had previously been donated by 450 Vietnamese Germany alumni. In April, the Vietnamese-German Centre of Excellence in Medical Research in Hanoi provided the University of Tübingen with 6,000 swab test tubes for use in a clinical study designed to develop a treatment for the coronavirus.
What approaches exist for collaboration between higher education institutions and research institutes in Germany and Southeast Asia? This and other questions were the focus of the first study tour organised by the DAAD in cooperation with its Southeast Asian partner SEAMEO RIHED.
Harmonising the Southeast Asian Higher Education space based on the experience of the European „Bologna Process“: Marc Wilde, DAAD expert for Higher Education management, talks about SHARE (European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region), explains the relevance of Quality Assurance and sketches the characteristics of cooperation with the ASEAN partners.