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January 15, 2019

Q&A chat: Application for MSc programs for international students

Are you an international applicant applying to one of the masters – NRM, IWRM, REM – at ITT via Uni Assist (deadline 31.03.19)? On 6th February, 4-6pm German time, we invite you to join our Adobe Connect Chat for a Questions & Answers session!

Target group: International applicants with a foreign BA degree

You will be able to enter the chat room via the following link:

When: February/06/2019  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Time Zone: German time (GMT+02:00)

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January 8, 2019

IWRM Train the Trainers Workshop at IUB, Bangladesh.

In cooperation with the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) the ITT organized a “Training of Trainers Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)” at IUB. In five days experts and faculty members from the ITT; the SESM IUB; the University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; the University of Khartoum, Sudan; and the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Vietnam were trained on innovative learning methods including an e-learning tool as well as developing relevant learning outcomes and effective assessment for IWRM courses. With the help of several case studies the concepts, policies, tools and issues presented in the IWRM modules and problem and research-based learning in IWRM were illustrated. The participants presented some of the on-going IWRM capacity building initiatives undertaken in their respective countries, proposed follow-up plans for translating, customizing and disseminating the manuals at national level and had the chance to carry out a brief participatory discussion in a field situation on a boat trip from Ashulia to Sadarghat.

With those activities the training did not only give the participants the chance to exchange their personal skills, knowledge and approaches but also to understand some of the common challenges they encounter as an educator. This way this consultative workshop enabled the participants to effectively contribute towards achieving the principles of IWRM in the future and strengthened the relationship between the partners from various countries and contexts.

The workshop was inaugurated by Professor M. Omar Rahman (Honorable Vice Chancellor, Independent University, Bangladesh) and facilitated by Susanne Glaeser (Team Leader, Center for Teaching Development at TH Cologne, Germany) and Günther Straub (Coordinator, Center for Natural Resources and Development, Germany).

Additionally, opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Saleemul Huq (Director, International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at IUB) and Dr. Md. Abdul Khaleque (Dean, SESM, IUB) outlined the key components of the CNRD-IUB partnership and set emphasis on the importance of the training. A keynote speech was presented by Dr. Mashfiqus Salehin (Professor, Institute of Flood and Water Management at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)) in which he delineated the current IWRM practices and challenges in Bangladesh.

The training was supported by the Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). CNRD is a network of 32 Universities across the world, including IUB, promoting academic exchange and cooperation in the area of natural resources management, in particular related to water, land, ecosystem and renewable energy resources.

December 10, 2018

ITT student awarded with the DAAD-Preis 2018

Our NRM Master student Flavia Mara was awarded with the DAAD-Preis 2018 for her outstanding academic achievements and her social commitment. On 6 December 2018, Sylvia Heuchemer (Vice President for Academic Affairs, TH Köln) and Sabine Schlüter (Vice Director ITT) presented the prize, worth 1,000 euros, to Flavia during the Advent celebrations for the international students of the TH Köln.

Flavia Mara (middle), with her Family, Sabine Schlüter and Sylvia Heuchemer.
Photo: Heike Fischer – TH Köln

“Flavia Mara is very successful and above average in her studies. In the interdisciplinary project work, she has shown herself to be highly motivated, reliable and an extremely team-able student” was the reasoning of the DAAD jury.

Besides studying Natural Resources Management and Development (NRM) in her third semester, Flavia is involved in the ITT Student Council and  organizes language courses for other students who want to go abroad.

“Flavia Mara is a very focussed, dedicated student who is known for her energetic, positive nature and her great commitment” says Johannes Hamhaber, who has been accompanying Flavia since her first Master’s semester. During a three-month internship for Welthungerhilfe, supervised by Sabine Schlüter, she has worked in Myanmar with ideas for innovative businessmodels to support the local population. She evaluated, for example, alternatives to rice cultivation, which could be new sources of income for the natives, such as basket weaving, sewing or small cattle breeding. In addition, Flavia Mara spent a year volunteering in Georgia as part of the European Voluntary Service for Peace and Development, where she organized language courses and workshops for a local youth NGO.

Flavia Mara receiving the Award Certificate.
Photo: Heike Fischer – TH Köln

“It has always been natural for me to engage with others and take responsibility,” says Flavia Mara. Therefore, it was also normal for her to work with students with disabilities, to help foreign students and to work for Amnesty International during her bachelor’s degree in Italy,

After that, Flavia came to Germany because of her close friendship with a German school friend fromBerlin. “I really wanted to come back to Germany and study here. I really like the language, the people and the country, “says Flavia Mara. Although her career goal is not yet concrete, she would like to provide targeted on-site support. “I think thats more effective than working in a large institution, because I can move and change things much faster and more directly,” she explains.

November 30, 2018

RSTCA (Nepal) awards ITT student “Academician of the year: Women with Vision 2018.”

In ten categories, the business consultancy group RSTCA (Nepal) annually awards women for their contribution and dedication to their fields, for remarkable works with a positive impact to the society and to those who have been a source of inspiration to their peers. 

Amrita is a Ph.D. candidate in the university cooperation of TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences Köln), the University of Cologne (UzK) and the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Nepal with a research focus towards HydroInformatics: Water Supply Engineering, Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling. The case study area for her ongoing doctoral research is Pokhara Metropolitan City, Kaski District, Nepal. 

For her research RSTCA awarded her “Academicaion of the year – Woman With Vision 2018”.

Read more about the award on


October 15, 2018

ITT 40 years anniversary

With around 200 guests the ITT celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, 11.10.2018 in the TH Köln Aula at Campus Südstadt. 

Opened by Lars Ribbe (Director of the ITT) and Stefan Herzig (President of TH Köln), the program led through the past 40 years of our institute. A contribution by Joachim Metzner (Former President of the TH Köln and long-time ITT companion), illustrated the uniqueness of the ITT, highlighting the milestones since 1978 and emphasizing the special role of Hartmut Gaese, the former director of the ITT. In addition, this special occasion was used to announce the honoring if Hartmut Gaese for his great contributions to the ITT in particular and interdisciplinary research and education in general, as the first winner of the Science for Sustainability Award.

Followed by a blend of anecdotes and best practice examples of applied science, international cooperations and interdisciplinary approaches, which is lived at the ITT, in particular, the long-standing partnerships and intensive cooperations within the joint study programs with the German Jordanian University (Jordan), the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (Vietnam) were honored. The ceremony ended in lively and familial get together, joined by our guests from more than 40 countries

Lars Ribbe (Director of the ITT) and Stefan Herzig (President of TH Köln) welcoming all guests and opening the ceremony. More pictures can be found here.

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