International academia is currently facing major challenges in a changing world order. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is therefore reinforcing the support and advise structures it offers higher education institutions for successfully establishing and expanding research cooperation around the world: the new „DAAD Competence Centre for International Academic Cooperations” is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

As reaction to the interview with the Hungarian Minister for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics in the current issue of the German newspaper DIE ZEIT, the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany appeals to the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. In a letter adressed to DIE ZEIT they remind him in advance of the planned reform concerning the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on „the government’s duty to enable and promote science through the provision of human, financial and organisational resources.“ DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel supports this appeal with her signature.

The party leaders of the CDU, SPD and Greens and other signatories have called on the Britons to remain in the EU. In a letter to the British newspaper The Times on Friday, they wrote that they respected the British decision, but that no decision was irreversible. “Our door will always remain open.” DAAD President Prof. Wintermantel also signed the appeal.