SVA Provost Christopher Cyphers recently spent a week in Germany as part of a delegation of American and British administrators from art and design institutions. Cyphers was one of only a dozen people chosen from a pool of 300 applicants by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), an organization that facilitates the advancement of international education through fellowships, grants and conferences. From October 30 – November 6, the DAAD delegation traveled to Bonn, Cologne, Karlsruhe, Dresden and Berlin, where they met with their counterparts from Germany’s art and design programs and toured the cities’ museums and universities.
“These institutions have been given large sums of money by the German government to renovate and equip the art and design departments in the country’s universities,” says Cyphers. “Our group was there to facilitate an exchange of ideas and help spur a greater internationalization of German higher education.” SVA currently has several graduate students and faculty members who are participants in DAAD’s international fellowship programs.