Are Australians considered to be Southeast Asian or Australian


As an industrialized country, Australia has a well-developed and diversified scientific landscape. The country's top research policy goal is strategic positioning as a high-tech location in Asia. The educational policy areas in which the Australian government is active and developing guidelines primarily concern the vocational training and higher education sectors. Cooperation with Germany in education and research is developing positively overall. Australian applicants, for example, are among the most successful applicants for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's scholarships.

Mutual recognition of qualifications

German-Australian cooperation goes back to a government agreement from 1976. In addition, Australia signed a science and technology agreement with the European Union in 1994, which also creates opportunities for German-Australian cooperation with partners from other EU member states. In addition, there are a number of agreements directly between German and Australian funding and research institutions and universities. Since 1998 there has been a protocol on the mutual recognition of qualifications at school, vocational school and university level.

Cooperation in energy research

In October 2018, a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) visited Australia and held talks on the further development of scientific and technological cooperation. A future focus of the cooperation is energy research, especially on the subject of hydrogen is to be jointly researched.

German and Australian universities

University cooperation is an important component of German-Australian cooperation. According to the Hochschulkompass of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), there are currently 597 cooperation agreements (as of April 2020) between German and Australian universities. In the Asia-Pacific region, German universities only have more cooperation agreements with China and Japan.

Exchange of students and scientists

The most important instrument of bilateral university cooperation is the exchange of students and academics, the financial support of which is primarily provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The DAAD was able to implement the PPP Australia exchange program (program of project-related Exchange of persons) in December 2014 through an agreement with Universities Australia, the umbrella organization of Australian universities, to include research collaborations with all Australian universities. Since then, the program to support international mobility in bilateral research projects of a high scientific level has enjoyed great demand in all subject areas.

Australian scientists are among the most successful applicants for the programs of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). In 2019, the foundation awarded 18 research grants and 3 research awards to Australian scientists.

"German research presence in AUSTRALIA"

As part of the BMBF announcement "Establishing a research presence with partners in the Asia-Pacific region", three projects in the areas of "Research into infectious diseases", "Modern technologies for drinking water treatment" and "Innovative storage media for renewable energies" will be carried out with Australian partners until 2022 promoted.

In cooperation with Australia, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding not only a considerable number of individual projects but also several German-Australian graduate colleges that offer the possibility of joint doctoral training between the group in Germany and the partner group abroad. The research and study programs are developed jointly and carried out under dual supervision. For the doctoral students in the participating groups, a six-month stay abroad with the respective partner is planned. Currently, three international graduate schools with Australia in the fields of medicine (University of Giessen and Monash University) and microbiology, virology and immunology (University of Bonn and University of Melbourne as well as Humboldt University Berlin and Australian National University) are being funded. Further German-Australian projects of this kind are in preparation.