The European University Association (EUA)
EUA is the umbrella organisation of the European Universities, representing 34 European National Rectors' Associations and more than 800 universities. It welcomes members from all signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention, among them most universities of European Union countries. EUA is a major voice in the European policy discussions on higher education and research, and cooperates with all major stakeholder organisations in Europe. It is a consultative member of the Bologna Process, actively involved in the Bologna Follow-up Group and the official working groups. This has made EUA a main player in building the European higher education debate.
Together with its members and partners, it has developed European good practices in various areas of HE and research, such as e.g. the Salzburg Principles for Doctoral Education, and the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance. It is a leading force in the establishment of the European Quality Register, and of the European Council for Doctoral/Graduate Education.
EUA has for years entertained strong relations to partner organisations in many parts of the world, in particular in the area of higher education policy and reform dialogue and institutional development. In 2006, it launched its International Agenda, which stipulates a further development of these relations to the benefit of members and partners.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the major organisation in Germany responsible for the management of programmes which support higher education cooperation and exchange with all parts of the world. DAAD is an independent, non-profit organisation whose full members are the institutions represented in the German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, HRK) and their student bodies. DAAD maintains 15 regional offices and 48 information centres around the world. They function as information, administration, and coordination offices for local DAAD programmes.
In its capacity as the largest German funding organisation in the field of international academic cooperation, the DAAD simultaneously fulfils responsibilities in the fields of foreign cultural and education policy, development policy and national higher education policy. Approximately 40% of DAAD's globally promoted budget goes into academic exchange and co-operation with developing countries. These programmes pursue two central policy goals: to provide initial and continuing education and training for young university teachers and key experts and executives (staff development) and to support the construction of appropriate structures (institution building).
In Asia, DAAD co-operates with more than 30 Asian states, current priority areas are institution building, qualification of young scientists and professors, subject-related university partnerships, follow-up activities and qualification programmes for junior management staff.
Regional DAAD offices in Asia are located in Jakarta, New Delhi, Beijing, Tokyo and Hanoi. In addition to these branch offices regional counselling and information centres (IC) have been established in Surabaya, Mumbai, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Sydney and Auckland. The DAAD office in Moscow (Russian Federation) also co-ordinates DAAD programmes in the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union.
The Netherland's Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)
Nuffic is a Dutch independent, non-profit organisation whose activities are based on administrative agreements with two ministries - the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs - and on contracts with various international and private organisations. Since its founding in 1952, Nuffic has been an independent organisation fostering international co-operation in education. Its aim is to stimulate, support and improve co-operation and the international exchange of people and ideas. It carries out its mission through the administration of collaborative programmes, facilitation of exchange and mobility of students and staff between countries, support to international networks, conducting of studies and consultancy services, information dissemination and publications. Special attention is given to co-operation with institutions and people in developing countries.
Since 2001, the international marketing of Dutch higher education has been one of the tasks assigned to Nuffic, under the administrative agreement between Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Supported by the Dutch ministry, Nuffic has established Netherlands Education Support Offices abroad and manages a national scholarship scheme to strengthen the international position of Dutch higher education abroad.