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Currently, five German universities, together with their partner institutions in developing countries (DCs), are establishing think tanks for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

The program “Exceed - Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation” was established by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2009. Since its inauguration, it has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The main objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. Bringing together research and training at higher education institutions in Germany and developing countries which are directly linked to the post-2015 development agenda.
  2. Deepening and expanding education and research on relevant issues in development cooperation.
  3. Establishing competence centers for development cooperation at higher education institutions that can serve as “beacons of excellence”. These centers will conduct internationally attractive and competitive research.
  4. Strengthening North-South as well as South-South cooperation in higher education and research.
  5. Expanding policy analysis and consultancy on issues of development cooperation within developing countries and Germany.

Within these networks, partners from Germany cooperate with institutions in DCs, including other higher education institutions, research institutes and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).