“The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers.” Since its establishment in 1925, DAAD has provided funding to more than 1.9 million scholars both in Germany and overseas. The provision has been not only limited to grants and scholarship but also other activities including German Higher Education Institutes internationalization, German studies and language promotion, as well as facilitation to developing countries’ higher education development and policy advisory on culture, education, and development issues.

Until 2013, there have been more than 8,000 DAAD scholars originally from Asia-Pacific with 4,000 German scholars who have Asia-Pacific as their destination.

Along with DAAD’s Motto, “Change by Exchange” and its mandate, DAAD in collaboration with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) have organized a “SEAMEO-DAAD Lecture Series”. The programme aims to strengthen the networking platform of expertise among the DAAD alumni residing in Southeast Asia, and to promote their social responsibility by providing an opportunity for them to voluntarily contribute their knowledge and expertise through an online platform to help enhance knowledge of students and teachers in Secondary Schools, Technical & Vocational Institutes and Higher Education.



During the first Pilot Phase of SEAMEO-DAAD Lecture Series, from June 2016 until January 2017,eight online lectures were successfully delivered by DAAD alumni to students and postgraduates in South East Asia. Even this pilot lecture series was only a beginning and did not reach out very far, the participating lecturers see the programme has potential and should be continued.   

To implement the second Pilot Phase of the programme, the SEAMEO Secretariat will serve as a coordinating agency and host all online sessions, supported by an online platform provided by SEAMEO. Lecturers to conduct the Online Lecture Series will be DAAD alumni who will volunteer and provide their services for free.  

It is expected that this programme will increase the SEAMEO and DAAD visibility and impact for the community development as well as further strengthen their networks, particularly in Southeast Asian countries and beyond.


The SEAMEO-DAAD Lecture Series Programme aims to:

  1. Develop capacity and provide up-to-date knowledge in various academic areas particularly to the Southeast Asian community at all levels from policy makers, educators, practitioners, researchers, school administrators, lecturers, teachers, and students.   
  2. Provide access to knowledge for individuals and educational institutions particularly in Southeast Asia and beyond that are relevant in terms of subject matter and target group. DAAD alumni and alumnae and a variety of lecturers exchange information and knowledge by utilizing the latest information and communication technology (ICT).
  3. Strengthen the SEAMEO and DAAD scientist networking in Southeast Asia through online workshop/ project based activities/ joint effort to solve problems in the Southeast Asian Region.



The SEAMEO-DAAD Online Lecture Series Programme will be conducted through online platforms, specifically WebEx and YouTube. The language of delivery in all sessions will be English. The lecturers are academically qualified DAAD alumni with a PhD or Doctoral Degree. Each lecture is a single session lecture with a duration ranging from 1 to 3 hours.

A typical format will usually involve a lecture phase and a discussion. Participants might also be requested by the lecturers to work on a simple assignment to obtain a Certificate of Completion (optional).

The subject areas of SEAMEO-DAAD Lecture Series Programme will vary, depending upon the expertise of the DAAD alumni.  DAAD alumni come from all academic fields. Potential areas of engagement include but not limited to:

  • Tropical Biology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Cultural and Youth Development
  • Tropical Medicine and Public Health
  • Agricultural Development and Natural Resource Management
  • Vocational Education
  • Higher Education
  • School Systems and Pedagogy Development
  • ICT for Education
  • Language Education
  • Education for Science and Mathematics
  • Special Needs Education


The lecturers decide who their target audience should be, respectively what level of education and academic background is required to be able to follow the lecture. Those requirements will be advertised on the SEAMEO-DAAD Lecture Series website accordingly. The primary target audience should be students and graduates from 11 Southeast Asian Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam. Other participants are also welcome.

Envisioned target groups might be:

  • Policy Makers
  • Educators
  • Practitioners
  • Researchers
  • Community People
  • University and College Lecturers and Academics
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers (secondary, vocational and university level)
  • Students (secondary, vocational and university level)
  • Others such as specialists in specific areas



  • The lecturer is a DAAD alumna or alumnus and holds a PhD or Doctorate degree. 
  • The lecturer has excellent command of both spoken and written English.
  • The lecturer has agreed to deliver the lecture or share knowledge and expertise on a voluntary basis and free of charge.   
  • The lecturer is employed as a director, or manager in a local or international company or at a Research or Higher Education Institution, located in a Southeast Asian country
  • The lecturer has a strong background in science or technology.


After completion of each lecture, the SEAMEO Secretariat will consolidate with DAAD to finalize the list of participants who will receive an electronic certificate. Criteria to receive the e-certificate generally include but are not limited to registration and full participation of the attendee. The e-certificate will be generated by the SEAMEO Secretariat with a signature of the Secretariat’s Director and a DAAD Director.


All courses under the programme are free of charge.


The activities for this programme are comprised of:

Activities Timeline Responsible Unit
  1. Recruitment of DAAD Alumni 
June – July 2017 DAAD
  1. Online Orientation for DAAD alumni (if needed) 
Beginning of August 2017 SEAMEO Secretariat & DAAD
  1. Preparation of Online Lecture Series Schedule and Lecturers
August 2017 DAAD, SEAMEO Secretariat 
  1. Public Relations/ Promotion to SEAMEO Schools Networks, SEAMEO Centres, and other partner institutions/organisations in SEA countries and beyond
August – September 2017 DAAD, SEAMEO Secretariat 
  1. Starting of SEAMEO-DAAD online Lecture Series Pilot Phase 2
From September 2017 DAAD, SEAMEO Secretariat
  1. Monitoring and Evaluation
From September 2017 DAAD, SEAMEO Secretariat
  1. Conference for Pilot Phase 1 & 2 (programme evaluation)
tbc DAAD, SEAMEO Secretariat


SEAMEO Secretariat DAAD
Ms Anti Rismayanti, Programme Officer III 
Mr. Tan Ketudat, Service Assistant

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat)
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District 
Bangkok 10110 Thailand 
T: +66 2 391 0144
F: +66 2 381 2587
E:       M: +66 946487670
Ms Lidya Natalie, Program Officer

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
DAAD Regional Office Jakarta
Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Kav. 61-62
Summitmas 2, 14th Floor
Jakarta 12190
T: +62 21 520 08 70, 525 28 07
F: +62 21 525 28 22

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