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Call for Applications for Visitors Programme to Germany 2018

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The German Embassy Hanoi as well as the German General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City would like to call for applications for the following Theme Trips to Germany in 2018.

The German Embassy Hanoi as well as the German General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City would like to call for applications for the following Theme Trips to Germany in 2018.

The trips will enable all successful applicants to gain valuable personal as well as professional first hand impression of Germany. Each trip focuses on a different aspect of political, social, cultural or economic life and events. Language of the program is English.

This Programm is for experts and officials only - no scholarships for students!

If invited, the invitation will cover travel expenses (return flight), accommodation, meals and other costs related to the programme. Medical insurance for the duration of the stay in Germany will provided for.

Application procedure:

A complete application must include a letter describing your motivation to participate in the trip to Germany that you apply for. Please also include a CV as well as copies of all relevant documents to support the information in your CV (degrees, etc.). Applications have to be written in English.

The complete application should be sent in via Email with all relevant documents attached in a standard format (doc, PDF, jpg, etc.).

Only shortlisted candidates will be informed and invited for short personal interviews

Successful candidates will be informed as quickly as possible and receive a written invitation with more details on the study trip and practical procedures.

Multiple applications to more than one study trip are possible. Successful candidates can only reapply for another trip from this program after the duration of three years following their study trip to Germany.

Please note:

Candidates who live in the southern part of Vietnam, ie Da Nang and south of Da Nang, please apply to the General Consulate: Ms. Le Thi Hong Hanh (pr-101@hoch.diplo.de)

All other applicants please apply to the German Embassy:

Ms. Le Hong Hoa (pr-100@hano.diplo.de).

Please respect the deadlines for applications.

1. Quo vadis Europa? – The future of the European Union

Title
Quo vadis Europa? – The future of the European Union
Timeframe
15-21 April
Destinations
Berlin-Brandenburg, Frankfurt am Main
Target Group
Specialist journalists, political scientists, think tank representatives
Content
The trip aims to examine current political and economic issues and challenges from various perspectives; discussions focusing on, among other things, Germany’s European policy and Germany’s role in the EU with political players (e.g. representatives of the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Bundestag, Bundesrat, municipal representatives) and think tanks.
Application Deadline
22. February

2. 55th Theatertreffen Berlin 2018

Title
55th Theatertreffen Berlin 2018
Timeframe
7-13 May
Destinations
Berlin
Target Group
Theatre critics, festival curators, directors
Content
Introduction to the promotion of theatre in Germany (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, German Federal Cultural Foundation) and insight into Berlin’s theatre scene (e.g. HAU, Maxim Gorki Theater, Deutsches Theater). Visit to the Theatertreffen and to selected productions in German theatres. Opportunities to network, also through workshops, with figures from the German theatre scene.
Application Deadline
8. March

3. Germany’s school System

Title
Germany’s school system
Timeframe
3-9 June
Destinations
Berlin, Braunschweig, Cologne/ Bonn
Target Group
specialist journalists, education experts, education ministry staff
Content
The trip aims to provide an introduction to the (Federal) school system in Germany and its main stakeholders (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and, for example, the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science); visit to the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research; discussions about German as a Foreign Language and school partnerships with the Educational Exchange Service and the Federal Office of Administration - Central Agency for Schools Abroad in Bonn; possibly participation in the event celebrating 10 years of the Schools: Partners for the Future programme (Berlin-Westhafen, 6 June 2018). Presentation of selected schools and grammar schools that include instruction in foreign languages.
Application Deadline
27. March

4. The political process of the Energiewende (clean energy transition) in Germany

Title
The political process of the Energiewende (clean energy transition) in Germany
Timeframe
24-30 June
Destinations
Berlin, Greifswald, Nuremberg, Munich
Target Group
specialist journalists, ministry staff, representatives from think tanks, opinion-leaders from civil society
Content
Presentation of the political process of the Energiewende in Germany from the anti-nuclear movement to the phase-out of nuclear power (visit to the shut-down Greifswald nuclear power plant). The trip focuses on the political framework for the Energiewende (e.g. Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, German Bundestag), talks with players from business and civil society on opportunities and challenges of the Energiewende (e.g. business associations, energy suppliers, Agora Energiewende, BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany), examples from the private sector and applied research of German solutions in the sphere of energy management (e.g. German Energy Agency, 50Hertz, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Nuremberg, Siemens); possibly a visit to the energy.transitions special exhibition at Deutsches Museum.
Application Deadline
12. April

5. How Germany is dealing with the history of the 20th century

Title
How Germany is dealing with the history of the 20th century
Timeframe
1-7 July
Destinations
Berlin and Dresden
Target group
specialist journalists, historians, memorial managers and education experts
Content
Presentation of educational work concerning the past and efforts to come to terms with it. Visits to places of remembrance and memorial sites; discussions at the Federal Foreign Office, other Federal Ministries, the German Bundestag and various institutions, such as the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR, the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Germany; discussion with research institutions and institutions of civilian conflict prevention on current phenomena of right-wing populism and extremism as well as anti-semitism as challenges for open and democratic societies.
Application Deadline
19. April

6. Jazz from Germany – passionate, diverse and top-notch

in connection with Jazzopen Stuttgart (25th anniversary)

Title
Jazz from Germany – passionate, diverse and top-notch
Timeframe
16-22 July
Destinations
Berlin (2 days), Munich (1 day), Stuttgart (2 days)
Target Group
specialist journalists (music, culture, creative industries) and festival directors
Content
Insights into the German jazz scene, visits to artists, clubs, label showcases and movers and shakers of the jazz world in Berlin (e.g. A-Trane, B-flat, X-Jazz Festival, Jazzfest Berlin), visit to Jazzopen in Stuttgart, exclusive meetings with, among others, Siggi Loch (ACT), Julia Hülsmann, Michael Wollny, networking and workshops focusing on music labels (e.g. ACT, ECM, Enja in Munich, incl. a visit to Unterfahrt, a 40-year-old jazz club), jazz festivals and all of Germany’s major jazz associations, such as the Union of German Jazz Musicians, Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, Bundeskonferenz Jazz and Jazz & World Partners.
Application Deadline
3. May

7. The intelligent city – innovative solutions for the megacities of tomorrow

Title
The intelligent city – innovative solutions for the megacities of tomorrow
Timeframe
19-25 August
Destinations
Berlin
Target group
specialist journalists, staff of urban planning and development authorities, research institutions and think tanks
Content
Focus: challenges and solutions for megacities in the sphere of urban planning, including waste and resource management. Expert-level talks with political stakeholders (e.g. Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety) and research institutions such as Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (German Institute for Urban Studies), Fraunhofer Institute, the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change, TU Berlin, visits to companies that are market leaders in the development and production of intelligent technologies.
Application Deadline
14. May

8.  German sounds – rock, pop and electronic music in Germany

in connection with c/o pop in Cologne (15th anniversary)

Title
German sounds – rock, pop and electronic music in Germany
Timeframe
27 August-2 September
Destinations
Berlin, Cologne
Target Group
specialist journalists (music, culture, creative industries), managers from the music industry and festival directors
Content
Introduction to the music scene in Germany and to new trends in Germany’s music market. In Berlin, visits to and meetings with associations, artists, clubs, label showcases and movers and shakers (e.g. CitySlang, popkultur.berlin, MELT!, Lollapalooza). In Cologne, visit the c/o pop Festival (focus on new German talent, incl. popNRW NewTalent Day), overview of the music technology scene and of new trends and fields of activity in the music market, as well as examining the impact of pop music on other industries, such as advertising and tourism.
Application Deadline
31. May

9. The contemporary art scene in Germany

in connection with Berlin Art Week

Title
The contemporary art scene in Germany
Timeframe
24-30 September
Destinations
Berlin, Potsdam
Target Group
specialist journalists, curators, gallery owners
Content
Overview of international contemporary art, the art scene and arts promotion in Germany (e.g. Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Federal Foreign Office and patrons); various discussions and a visit to the Gerhard Richter exhibition at Museum Barberini in Potsdam; visit art berlin contemporary (abc) and PREVIEW Berlin, studio tours, exhibitions, expert talks with the Galleries Association, artists, gallery owners, museum directors and curators, possibly also visit the studio of the Federal Foreign Office Artist in Residence.
Application Deadline

5. July

10. The dual system of vocational training in Germany

Title
The dual system of vocational training in Germany
Timeframe
16-22 September
Destinations
Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia
Target Group
education and labour market experts, representatives of business associations, chambers of commerce, specialist and business journalists
Content
Presentation of the German dual system of vocational training and the dovetailing of business and education; visits to ministries, employer and employee associations, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, iMove (international Marketing of Vocational Education and Training), GOVET (German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training), Chamber of Crafts and Trades, vocational colleges, agencies providing employment advice, examples of good practice in businesses (large as well as small and medium-sized enterprises).
Application Deadline
21. June

11. Transforming transport – mobility in Germany

in connection with a two-day visit to the International Motor Show in Frankfurt

Title
Transforming transport – mobility in Germany
Timeframe
20-26 September
Destinations
Berlin, Frankfurt
Target Group
business journalists, representatives of government ministries and trade associations, economists
Content
Talks with political, business and civil society stakeholders, focusing on traffic management, public transportation, electromobility (also in connection with the clean energy transition), autonomous vehicles, car sharing, driverless trams and electric bikes.
Application Deadline
28. June

12. Germany’s approach to “structural Change”

Title
Germany’s approach to “structural change”
Timeframe
9-15 September
Destinations
Berlin and the Ruhr region
Target Group
specialist journalists, economic and labour-market experts, think tank representatives
Content
Visit aims to present Germany’s experience with sectoral structural change (in particular health and business services and the service sector), intrasectoral structural change (e.g. evolution of industrial production, professional training, Industrie 4.0) and regional structural change and examples thereof, e.g. the Ruhr region, which due to the decline of the mining and the coal and steel industry has increasingly transformed into a centre of high-tech industries (e.g. in the environmental sector) and modern services.
Application Deadline
14. June

13. 70th Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

Title
70th Frankfurt Book Fair 2018
Timeframe
8-14 October
Destinations
Frankfurt am Main
Target Group
specialist journalists, publishers/publishing agents, booksellers, representatives of associations
Content
Visit the Frankfurt Book Fair (Georgia is the Guest of Honour in 2018) and selected German-language publishing houses in Frankfurt; Visit/discussion with members of the jury of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, talks with representatives of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, presentation of support for translation, reading and publishing.
Application Deadline
9. August

14. Climate policy for the year 2050

Title
Climate policy for the year 2050
Timeframe
14-20 October
Destinations
Berlin, Bonn
Target Group
specialist journalists, ministry staff, think tanks and civil society
Content
Focus: presentation of Germany’s policy and its contributions to global efforts to implement the Paris Agreement (post-COP21): Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the German Bundestag. Visit to the United Nations campus in Bonn (UNFCCC, UNCCD, UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development). Examining the scientific and economic challenges and opportunities presented by climate change (reducing CO2 emissions), e.g. by visiting the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
Application Deadline
16. August

15. Germany as a location for study and Research

Title
Germany as a location for study and research
Timeframe
25 November - 1 December
Destinations
Berlin, Heidelberg
Target group
education and labour market experts, specialist and business journalists
Content
Presentation of Germany’s policy on university-level education and promoting research, with a focus on framework conditions for foreign students and researchers (incl. the Research in Germany initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, German Academic Exchange Service, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)). Presentation of scholarship programmes and specific examples in the areas of academic and scientific research (e.g. Max Planck Research School, Fraunhofer Institute) and of research cooperation with industry. Visit to universities in Heidelberg (graduate student academy, exchange programme for visiting academics and scientists).
Application Deadline
6. September


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