The year 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the DAAD’s presence in Thailand. On this occasion, DAAD Secretary General Dr. Dorothea Rüland visited Bangkok from 8 to 11 September 2017. Dr. Rüland, who herself worked as a DAAD lecturer at Chiang Mai University from 1985 to 1990, also paid a visit to CPG at Thammasat University on Monday, 11 September 2017.
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) has been active in Thailand for around 60 years. In 1957, the first German lecturer was sent to Chulalongkorn University. Nowadays, the DAAD is represented at Thai universities through three language lecturers, two language assistants and two special lecturers in the fields of engineering and law.
The tasks of the DAAD are numerous: Besides university teaching, the focus lies on consultation about study and research in Germany. Each year, the DAAD awards more than 300 scholarships to Thai students, researchers and university staff. The funding reaches from individual scholarships to the financial support of scientific projects, university cooperations, and conferences.
For example, the DAAD funds CPG at Thammasat University, and the Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Enginnering (TGGS) at the King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB).
Furthermore, the DAAD provides scholarships in the framework of the SEAMEO TROPMED Network and at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). These few examples are speaking for the flourish and long-standing partnership between Thai and German higher education institutions.
In 1999, the DAAD Information Centre was opened on the premises of the Thai-German Cultural Foundation (TDKS). There, consultation for study beginners, graduates, doctoral students and for experienced academics are offered free of charge.
CPG also advises students on their individual study plans, particularly with regard to studies in Germany, legal studies abroad, and scholarship opportunities. We support students and young professionals interested in studying in Germany with their study and travel preparation.