More than 100 universities from Southeast Asia and Germany took part at the second Erasmus+ Networking Forum of the DAAD in Hanoi.

The European education programme Erasmus+ does not only offer support within Europe but also with partner countries all over the world. In Southeast Asia and especially in Vietnam the sponsorship opportunities of Erasmus+ are very popular. That showed an Erasmus+ Networking Forum on May 16/17 in Hanoi which was organised by the DAAD.

More than 80 universities from Southeast Asia and 20 universities from Germany met in Hanoi to get information on "EU-Higher Education Cooperation between Germany and South-East Asia". DAAD presentations on Erasmus+ sponsorship opportunities in the framework of Capacitiy Building or International Credit Mobility were followed by best practices of some universities.

DAAD-Alumna Dr. Kieu Thi Thu Hong from Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture & Forestry described for example her project "European-Vietnamese Higher Education Network for Sustainable Forest- and Bio-Economy", which is supported by the German University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde as well as by universities in Finland and Spain. This project is a result of the first Erasmus+ Networking Forum 2016. DAAD sponsorship opportunities as well as practical information to the application procedure were also presented.

The forum offered good chances to find partners for potential joint Erasmus+ projects especially in the field of capacity building. First the German and then the Asian universities presented their project ideas in order to find suitable partners at a "networking marketplace". That was very successful as a German participant explained: "Coming here I had hoped to find one good and suitable partner university. Now I am travelling back to Germany with ten business cards of very suitable universities."

Asian participants were also highly satisfied with the forum as a representative of a university in Ho Chi Minh-City explained: "I am so happy that my university and I can exchange our information and our thoughts with many German and Asean HEIs partners through the Erasmus + Networking Forum. We successfully discussed and set up our primary connection with some potential partners for our potential Erasmus and DAAD projects. Moreover, we are so glad that we could also expand the collaborations in academic and research aspects among not only local partners but also the German and Asean HEIs partners as well."

After the forum the DAAD had organised an additional German higher education fair. Some 300 interested students and their parents kept the representatives of the German universities for a whole afternoon very busy.

(Stefan Hase-Bergen)