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Call for Applications for Visitors Programme to Germany 2020

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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 2020.

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, zip 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. Pham Huynh Thao Nguyen (pr-100@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. Germany in Europe – the Federal Government’s European policy

Title
Germany in Europe – the Federal Government’s European policy
Timeframe
22. – 28.3.
Destinations
Berlin/Brandenburg, Frankfurt/Main
Target Group
Specialist journalists, political scientists, think tank representatives
Content
The trip aims to examine current political (e.g. Brexit, migration policy) and economic issues (e.g. stability of the euro, trade relations) from various perspectives; looking ahead to the priorities of Germany’s EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020; talks, inter alia, with political actors (e.g. representatives of the Federal Chancellery, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry of the Interior and German Bundestag) and think tanks focusing on Germany’s European policy and Germany’s role in the European Union.
Application Deadline
21.1

2. The dual system of vocational training in Germany

Title
The dual system of vocational training in Germany
Timeframe
29.3. – 4.4.
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 school system, the dual system of vocational training and the dovetailing of business and education; visits to ministries, employers’ and employees’ associations, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), iMove (international Marketing of Vocational Education and Training), GOVET (German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training), Chambers of Crafts and Trades, vocational colleges, agencies providing employment advice (e.g. SES, GIZ), examples of good practice in businesses (large companies and SMEs).
Application Deadline
28.1

3. The energy transition – Germany’s policy on hydrogen

in connection with the Hydrogen + Fuel Cells EUROPE trade fair in Hanover

Title    

The energy transition – Germany’s policy on hydrogen

in connection with the Hydrogen + Fuel Cells EUROPE trade fair in Hanover
Timeframe
19. – 25.4
Destinations
Berlin/ Brandenburg, Hanover
Target group  
Specialist journalists, experts and decision-makers from the energy sector, think tank representatives
Content
Hydrogen plays an important role as a source of energy in the context of sector coupling. If it is produced in a regenerative manner, its use generates little or no greenhouse gas emissions. Alongside a visit to Europe’s largest trade fair for hydrogen, fuel cells and batteries in Hanover, the trip focuses on discussions with political actors (e.g. Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - Regulatory Sandboxes for the Energy Transition as part of its energy research programme, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, German Bundestag), talks with players from business and civil society (e.g. business associations, energy suppliers, Agora Energiewende, BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany)), as well as examples from the private sector and applied research (e.g. the Fraunhofer Institute).
Application Deadline
6.2

4.  Jazz from Germany

in connection with the 15th jazzahead! in Bremen (2020 partner country: Canada)

Title    

Jazz from Germany

in connection with the 15th jazzahead! in Bremen (2020 partner country: Canada)
Timeframe
20–26.4
Destinations
Berlin, Bremen (via Hamburg)
Target group  
Specialist journalists (music, culture), managers and festival directors
Content
Insights into the German jazz scene, overview of conditions for support, copyright and music education. Meetings with artists and key players from the scene in Berlin (e.g. Berlin office of the ACT jazz label, jazz clubs such as A-Trane, B-flat and Quasimodo, as well as the XJAZZ Festival and Jazzfest Berlin). Visit to the 15th jazzahead! in Bremen, which as the world’s largest event and „jazz family meeting“ is also celebrating the tenth anniversary of its partner country programme in 2020. The German Jazz Expo presents outstanding jazz ensembles from Germany to an international specialist audience. Also networking meetings and workshops on music labels, jazz festivals and important German jazz associations, including the Union of German Jazz Musicians, the Jazz Federation, the Bundeskonferenz Jazz and the Jazz & World Partners.
Application Deadline
11.2

5. 57th Theatertreffen Berlin 2020

Title    
57th Theatertreffen Berlin 2020
Timeframe
4–10.5
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; networking meetings and workshops with figures from the German theatre scene.
Application Deadline
25.2

6. Immigration of skilled workers and integration in Germany

Title    
Immigration of skilled workers and integration in Germany
Timeframe
7–13.6
Destinations
Berlin/ Brandenburg
Target group  
Journalists with relevant specialisation and labour-market experts
Content
The entry into force of the immigration act for skilled workers on 1 March 2020, which aims to achieve a targeted and increased level of immigration of qualified skilled workers from third countries, as well as related and current challenges. Presentation of relevant actors (e.g. Federal Employment Agency, foreigners authorities, authorities for the recognition of foreign qualifications), as well as talks, including with the Federal Foreign office, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, members of the business community, Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration; examples of integration into society and initiatives of civil society institutions.
Application Deadline
31.3

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

Title    
How Germany is dealing with the history of the 20th century
Timeframe
14–20.6
Destinations
Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig
Target group  
Specialist journalists, historians, memorial site managers and education experts
Content
Presenting educational work and efforts to come to terms with the past in the context of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 30th anniversary of German reunification (including the peace movement of 1989, the Central Round Table and dealing with the legacy of the State Security Service of the GDR, the 2+4 negotiations up until reunification); 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 civilian conflict prevention institutions on social cohesion and current phenomena of right-wing populism and extremism as well as antisemitism as challenges facing open and democratic societies.
Application Deadline
7.4

8. Structural change in Germany

Title    
Structural change in Germany
Timeframe
28.6–4.7
Destinations
Berlin and the Ruhr region
Target group  
Specialist journalists, economic and labour-market experts, think tank representatives
Content
Germany’s experience with regional structural change, using the example of the Ruhr area, which has increasingly transformed from a region producing heavy industry into a centre for high-tech industries (e.g. in environmental protection) as well as modern services. Current debate surrounding the phasing out of coal-based power by 2038, decided in 2019. Talks with relevant political actors at the Federal and Land level (e.g. Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bundestag and Regional Parliaments), in business (e.g. Federation of German Industries (BDI), German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), as well as practical examples.
Application Deadline
21.4

9. German Beats – electronic music in Germany

in connection with the Juicy Beats Festival in Dortmund (25th anniversary)

Title    

German Beats – electronic music in Germany

in connection with the Juicy Beats Festival in Dortmund (25th anniversary)
Timeframe
20–26.7
Destinations
Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia
Target group  
Specialist journalists (music, culture), managers from the music industry and festival directors
Content
Introduction to the German electronic scene and to new trends in Germany’s music market; overview of conditions for support, copyright and music education in Germany. Alongside Berlin, Land North Rhine-Westphalia is a centre for electronic music. Electro pioneers such as Can and Kraftwerk, which will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2020, and also current DJs such as Moguai hail from Land North Rhine-Westphalia. Juicy Beats in Dortmund is the biggest electronic and independent festival in North Rhine-Westphalia (with a focus on German newcomers). Networking meetings with artists and key players in the scene in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia (including Groove Attack, Cologne office of Landstreicher, a range of media organisations), visit to the Kling-Klang-Studio in Düsseldorf, as well as rock'n'popmuseum in Gronau.
Application Deadline
5.5

10. The future of Food

Title    
The future of food
Timeframe
9–15.8
Destinations
Berlin, Brandenburg
Target group  
Agricultural journalists, agriculture experts and associations dealing with global food supply
Content
Talks on food security and sustainable food systems, securing the global food supply through modern technology and sustainable management methods (including to regulate greenhouse gas emissions), visit to the Julius Kühn Institute (Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants) with presentation of German research and solutions for the global food supply (e.g. breeding research for wheat), as well as consumer health protection (MEAL study), discussions with political actors (e.g. Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), professionals (e.g. German Farmers’ Association, DLG) and civil society (e.g. Germanwatch, BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany)). Practical examples from the field of agriculture and „urban farming“ (e.g. StadtFarm, DACHFARM).
Application Deadline
2.6

11. Responsibility for society – voluntary work in Germany

Title    
Responsibility for society – voluntary work in Germany
Timeframe
17– 23.8
Destinations
Berlin
Target group  
People from the target country who are known for their volunteer work
Content
Volunteer work in Germany is vital to the functioning of the state and an essential component of social cohesion. The Federal President pays tribute to volunteer workers by inviting around 4000 volunteers to attend a garden party at Schloss Bellevue each year. In talks with political actors (Federal Ministry of the Interior, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth) and civil society (Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (National Network for Civil Society), round table with representatives of foundations, aid organisations, civil society and the media), as well as using practical examples, this trip will demonstrate how voluntary work in the state (civil protection, e.g. THW/fire brigade) and society (humanitarian organisations, churches and religious communities, sports clubs, citizens’ initiatives) works and what role the state plays in shaping the framework conditions.
Application Deadline
9.6

12. Climate policy for the year 2050

Title    
Climate policy for the year 2050
Timeframe
6–12.9
Destinations
Berlin, Hamburg, Rostock
Target group  
Specialist journalists, ministry staff, representatives from think tanks and civil society
Content
Presentation of Germany’s policy and its contributions to global efforts to implement the Paris Agreement post-COP21 (e.g. Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development/German Development Institute (DIE), Bundestag, UNFCCC); policy frameworks for climate adaptation in Germany and Europe, especially adaptation strategies at EU, national and Land level, as well as local adaptation measures in the area of coastal protection, networking of local actors, visit to the Norddeutsches Klimabüro climate research centre in Geesthacht and the Climate Service Center in Hamburg; meeting with climate adaptation managers and representatives in the Baltic Sea region (Rostock/Warnemünde).
Application Deadline
16.6

13. Quality journalism – role and responsibility of the media

Title    
Quality journalism – role and responsibility of the media
Timeframe
13–19.9
Destinations
Berlin
Target group  
Journalists, bloggers, opinion-leaders from civil society
Content
Presentation of Germany’s pluralistic media landscape. Focus: the independence of the press, freedom of the media and the role of journalists/journalism as well as the media in the digital age (social media, disinformation and propaganda). Talks with political players (e.g. Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Federal Foreign Office, Bundestag), visits to private and public media (e.g. Deutsche Welle, ARD Capital Studio, Die Welt), talks with civil-society organisations and bloggers (e.g. Reporters without Borders, Mediendienst Integration (Media Service Integration), bildblog.de) and other players and institutions (e.g. German Federation of Journalists, German Press Council, journalists’ training).
Application Deadline
7.7

14. The contemporary art scene in Germany

in connection with Berlin Art Week

Title    

The contemporary art scene in Germany

in connection with Berlin Art Week
Timeframe
Mid-September (date to be confirmed)
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, e.g. Museum Barberini in Potsdam); visit to art berlin Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art, studio tours, exhibitions, expert talks, e.g. with the Galleries Association, artists, gallery owners, museum directors and curators; possibly also visit to the studio of the Federal Foreign Office Artist in Residence.
Application Deadline
14.7

15. Industrie 4.0 – digitalisation of the economy

Title    
Industrie 4.0 – digitalisation of the economy
Timeframe
4 – 10.10
Destinations
Berlin, Leipzig
Target group  
Business journalists, representatives of ministries, trade associations and think tanks
Content
The challenges (opportunities and risks) of digital structural change in industry; talks with representatives of the Industrie 4.0 platform from the spheres of politics (e.g. Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, German Bundestag), industry (e.g. Federation of German Industries (BDI), Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)), associations (e.g. Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), Ver.di) and civil society; practical examples of implementing Industrie 4.0 in business (large companies and smart SMEs), municipalities (smart cities) and applied research (e.g. Fraunhofer Institute).
Application Deadline
28.7

16. Science and research in Germany

Title    
Science and research in Germany
Timeframe
1 – 7.11
Destinations
Berlin, Stuttgart
Target group  
Experts from universities and research associations, specialist journalists (academia, research)
Content
Presentation of and talks with relevant actors from Germany’s research landscape (e.g. Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Max Planck Society, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), Leibniz Association, Fraunhofer Institute). Current clusters of excellence and excellence research projects, international academic exchange, international cooperative projects. Visit to university and business-oriented research institutions in fields relevant to the future (e.g. the digital transformation, health).
Application Deadline
25.8

17. School and studies in Germany

Title    
School and studies in Germany
Timeframe
22 – 28.11
Destinations
Berlin, Braunschweig, Bonn
Target group  
Experts from universities and educational institutions, specialist journalists (e.g. in education)
Content
Presentation of the (federal) school system in Germany and its actors (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and Land ministry); visit to the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research; discussions on German as a foreign language and school partnerships abroad with the Educational Exchange Service (PAD), the Federal Office of Administration - Central Agency for Schools Abroad in Bonn, talks with the principal actors in university education (e.g. Federal Ministry of Education and Research, German Academic Exchange Service, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), presentation of universities in Berlin and Bonn (current clusters of excellence, international student and graduate programmes, international cooperative projects).
Application Deadline
15.9


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