In 2009, five German higher education institutions – Technical University Braunschweig, University of Hohenheim, University of Kassel, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, and Ludwig-Maximilians-University München – were selected to be part of the Excellence for Development Cooperation (Exceed) Programme by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since then, these centers  have contributed to the Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals). These excellence centres will finally end their projects by end of 2022.