Co-Funding Partners

The public-benefit Kühne Foundation was established by the Kühne family in 1976 and is associated with the world renowned and global TOP 10 logistics company Kühne+Nagel from Switzerland. Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Michael Kühne is President of the Board of Trustees. The deed of the foundation specifies the following two main areas of support:

  1. Support for training, further education, scholarships and research in the fields of transport and logistics
  2. Support for medical sciences, humanitarian, charitable, and cultural projects.

Leveraging the premium and long-term gained expertise in logistics and transportation, the Kühne Foundation has been cooperating with University of Rwanda since 2017 in the area of capacity building for academic degrees in logistics and supply chain management. 

The “Logistics Education – Emerging & Developing Countries” LEED-program aims to ensure sustainable high-quality logistics and supply chain education in multiple African countries. Kühne Foundation currently supports the development or revision of LSCM  degree programs in eight countries in West- and East-Africa. The ultimate aim is to build self-sufficient and sustainable local education capacities.

The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, around 2.6 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

Its budget is derived mainly from the federal funding for various ministries, primarily the German Federal Foreign Office, but also from the European Union and a number of enterprises, organizations and foreign governments. Its head office is in Bonn, but the DAAD also has an office in the German capital, Berlin, to which the famous Berlin Artists-in-Residence Program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm) is closely affiliated. It maintains contact with and provides advice to its main partner countries on every continent via a network of regional offices and information centres.

In 2020, the DAAD funded more than 110.000 German and international scholars worldwide. The funding offers range from a year abroad for undergraduates to doctoral programs, from internships to visiting lectureships, and from information gathering visits to assisting with the establishment of new universities abroad. Voluntary, independent selection committees decide on the funding. The selection committee members are appointed by the DAAD's Executive Committee according to certain appointment principles. The DAAD supports the international activities of German institutions of higher education through marketing services, publications, the staging of events and training courses.