KAAD has a long history of working in Asia, a continent characterized by dynamic changes in its economy, societies, cultures, and also religious matters.
Countries of major focus are: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Currently one can observe a generational transition in the fields of politics and the economy in many Asian countries. This process should be accompanied by universities and also the Church. Such measures shall be understood as acts of friendly cooperation between the German and Asian societies and churches.
In Asia the main focus of our work is supporting key multipliers in selected academic fields and we are guided by the idea of setting up networks. One aspect is the development of new forms of financial cooperation in some of our partner countries. "Memoranda of Understanding" were signed with universities in China, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. We also cooperate with selected partner institutions in China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. In Korea a foundation was set up by KAAD-alumni in order to finance additional scholarships for Asian students.
Stephen Nana Ato Arthur (Ghana)
Stephen Nana Ato Arthur, born in 1961, has been a KAAD-scholar twice and between the two scholarships was not only a period of 12 years but also a very successful political career that has reached a peak in 2012: On 08.12.2012, KAAD got the news that he has won the constituency KEEA as a candidate for Parliament. He will therefore be the first alumnus of KAAD as a member of parliament in an African country.