Mr. Christian Bode

Secretary General of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Dr. Christian Bode (1942) has been Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 1990. He graduated in law from the University of Bonn (state examination, doctorate).

Previously, Dr. Bode was head of the Planning Group at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Secretary to the Administrative Board of the Nuclear Research Center in Karlsruhe and, before joining DAAD, Secretary General of the Western German Rectors’ Conference in Bonn.

Dr. Bode has published widely on all aspects of higher education policy, with a special focus on internationalization. He is a member of several professional societies and administrative boards, e.g. the Board of Trustees of the German University in Cairo and the Beirat der Kul-turstiftung des Bundes. 

He is Chairman of the Vorstand für akademische Testentwicklung e.V. (TESTDAF), Mem¬ber of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Science-Management and of the University Council Konstanz. In November 2005 Dr. Bode was elected Vice-President of the Academic Co-operation Association (ACA), Brussels.

Dr. Bode has been awarded several honorary degrees from universities all over the world (e.g. the UK, Vietnam, Sudan). Recent awards include the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (France), the Officer of the Order of the British Empire and the Cassandra Pyle Award (USA).