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We are excited to announce the ITT Alumni Seminar 2018!

We are happy to announce our Alumni Seminar 2018, centered around ITT’s 40th Anniversary on October 11th, 2018, in Cologne, Germany. A good reason to come back to Cologne in October 2018 to participate in the Alumni Seminar and see what has been going on at ITT.

The crucial goal of the seminar is to bring selected ITT Alumni together with experts, staff and students to “Develop Innovative Research Project Proposals” which could either result in fundable projects or benefit current ITT students in their education and future career. The seminar’s main focus is to work on research project proposals in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals’ achievement. Divided into “Online Preparation” phase, “Presence” phase in Cologne, and “Post-Presence Evaluation” phase, the seminar follows the concept of blended learning.

We believe “Life-long learning” is more than just a phrase: continued success in any field requires keeping up with the times by skill enhancement and knowledge update. Our fast-growing International Alumni Network would like to involve you, know how and where you are, what you are doing, hear your story or help you get in touch with members of the network, socialize with International experts and immense network of professional community of CNRD (Center for Natural Resources and Development) and ITT staff, and establish relevant contacts between former and present students through participation in the three-phase Alumni Seminar. With that, ITT aims to provide a platform to communicate, display and evaluate innovative project concepts and share best practices to leverage the full potential of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promotion at national, subnational and/or local scales.

The seminar is organized and hosted by the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) with funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

When:  October 8-12, 2018

Where: TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences)
ITT – Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics
Betzdorfer Straße 2
50679 Köln (Deutz) Germany

Content and Target group
The seminar targets ITT Alumni from developing countries (DAC country nationals) who studied, carried out research or worked in Germany for at least three months and are presently living and working in their home countries or another DAC country.

ITT’s invites its Alumni Members who are professionally involved in the advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or contribute to achievement of 2030 Agenda in direct and/or indirect way, and those who are working for academic or educational institutions, development organizations, industries, NGO’s or private enterprises. Participants should be potential multipliers; i.e. in a position to spread the acquired knowledge and experience and/or take decisions on implementation. The Alumni Seminar 2018, aims to foster exchange among participants for innovative project ideas in the field of science, research and practice within the SDGs Conceptual Framework by facilitating cooperation and discuss sustainable development in the form of joint research project proposals concerning their international, national or local experience and knowledge. The Alumni Seminar will be hold in English and it is necessary for applicants to participate in all three phases of the Seminar:

1. Online Preparation Phase (starting from May 15th, 2018)

During this phase, applicants will take part in activities such as self-study, webinars, group-work, as well as in feedback and discussion rounds to develop research project proposals based on expertise and related SDGs. The Online phase is followed by an evaluation of project proposals and up to 25 candidates will be selected to participate in the Presence Phase.

2. Presence Phase (October 8th -12th, 2018)

Selected Alumni members will present and discuss the developed project proposals and best-practice examples in Cologne. Only nationals of DAC listed countries who currently live and work in DAC listed countries can receive funding for travel and accommodation.

3. Post-Presence Evaluation Phase (October & November 2018)

The result of the previous phases will be finalized, published and evaluated through reporting and collaboration.

How to apply?

The application must include the following documents in one PDF file:

  1. “One-page” motivation letter, stating a short description of your present duties/position and your personal, professional goals and intentions indicating your envisaged field of activities and duty level
  2. A short CV with passport size photograph: Please, use the “Europass” format and template, available on

Deadline: The deadline for application is May 6th, 2018. We will confirm your participation in the Online Preparation Phase until May 10th, 2018.

Please submit the application file via email to The PDF-document of the application has to be named: “Last Name_First Name_country.”

In case of questions, please contact Dr. Mahsa Motlagh via

We look forward to seeing you in the Online Preparation Phase and guide you through a fruitful seminar with the Alumni Network!

You can view and download the information as a PDF here

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