Common Future in a Just World

For 65 years, KAAD has been offering scholarships, educational and networking support to students and young professionals from the Global South so that they can take on leadership roles in the social and cultural development of their countries.

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Care for the Common Home

The care for the common home combined with a global socio-ecological transformation is one of KAAD's fundamental concerns.

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Religions in Dialogue

The fruitful dialogue between members of different religions and denominations is the focus of KAAD's support and alumni work.

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Global Health

Health and well-being is one of the central goals for sustainable development. For KAAD and its networks, the thematic field of Global Health and Public Health is a focal point.

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Cultural Heritage

The diverse cultural heritage in the different regions of the world is an expression of the history and identity of the local people, and at the same time a treasure that is important for all humanity.

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Promotion of Peace and the Common Good

The promotion of peace and the common good is the basic concern of the support and alumni work of KAAD. By supporting change agents, KAAD promotes and strengthens civil society structures, human rights, good governance and leadership, and finally democracies.

Become Part of our Global Network

Benefit from scholarships, educational events, and personal and spiritual guidance - take on leadership roles in the social and cultural development of your country.

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We are KAAD

As a scholarship organisation of the Catholic Church in Germany, KAAD supports young professionals from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe through academic (postgraduate) studies and research stays.

The aim is to enable them to take on leadership roles in the social and cultural development of their country.
Social responsibility and church commitment are  cornerstones of our support policies.

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News & Events

| Lateinamerika, Alumni, Aktuelles, Seminare, Veranstaltungen, Reisen

Meetings of KAAD network in Guatemala

The focus of the trip of our Head of the Latin America Department, Dr Thomas Krüggeler, was his attendance at an event on the challenges of socio-educational work in Guatemala and Central America.

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| Aktuelles, Seminare, Veranstaltungen

KAAD seminar: "Automation and artificial intelligence as a challenge and an opportunity"

On 10 November 2023, 19 scholarship holders explored the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence under the direction of Markus Leimbach.

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Award of the Hermann Weber Scholarship 2023

In 2023, KAAD awards the Hermann Weber Scholarship donated by alumnus Helmuth Gallego to Willis Awandu from Kenya, who is doing his doctorate in the field of water technology at the University of Darmstadt.

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| Asien, Alumni, Aktuelles, Seminare, Veranstaltungen, Reisen

Seminar abroad in Bogor, Indonesia, "Ibu Kota Nusantara: The future most modern and green capital of the world?"

In cooperation with our KAAD alumni in Indonesia and the KMKI alumni organisation KONTAK, a seminar was organised in Bogor, Indonesia, from 20 to 22 October 2023. The seminar focused on the plans for the new capital of Indonesia, Ibu Kota Nusantara.

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KAAD in figures: 2022

424 Scholarship holders

From 58 countries

86 Events

With 2359 participants