Bi- and multilateral cooperation in education and research
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research cooperates with individual states on many interdisciplinary projects. Direct cooperation makes it possible to devise projects which are tailored to the special situation in each country and to its relations with Germany.
Cooperation with European countries is one of Germany's top priorities. A major part of this cooperation is multilateral and aims to actively shape the European Research Area. Bilateral cooperation focuses on establishing and developing partnerships between stakeholders in the research community, facilitating coordination processes at all levels, and promoting the generation of synergy between projects and partners. Joint initiatives and the identification of topics that are of mutual interest contribute to European strategy development and to shaping the European Research Area. read more: Cooperation with European Countries
Cooperation with members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is based on traditionally very close relations. It is constantly receiving new impetus through the established partnership between the EU and this region within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and on the basis of the special relations between the EU and Russia and Ukraine. read more: Cooperation with CIS members
According to expert prognoses, China will be the world's largest economy within a few years, and India will be the third-largest in less than 20 years. The entire Asia-Pacific region is developing into a dominating force in science as well. Of course this development poses some risks, but it also offers numerous opportunities which we can only benefit from through intensive dialogue. The BMBF actively supports contact with this region through different measures in education and research policy. read more: Cooperation with the Asian-Pacific region
The USA is Germany's most important scientific and technological cooperation partner among all industrialized countries. Over 50 bilateral cooperation agreements have been concluded. They form the basis of the extensive network of German-American research projects. The key areas of cooperation are space flight (through the ISS) and environmental technologies. There are also successful partnerships in the area of medicine. Germany's cooperation with Canada focuses on biotechnology and nanotechnology. In future, the subject of sustainability will be integrated more closely into the collaboration. read more: Cooperation with the USA and Canada
Germany has traditionally had close cultural, political, and economic ties to the countries in Central and South America, making this region an important cooperation partner. With the help of bilateral cooperation in the areas of education and research, the German Federal Government can maintain and expand the well-established relations with priority countries in Latin America in a targeted way. read more: Cooperation with Central and South America