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June 1, 2017

Fact Finding Mission: a delegation from Myanmar visits TH Köln

In the coming week (5.6. – 9.6.2017), a delegation from three universities from Myanmar will visit the ITT, as a follow-up activitiy of the last year’s Fact Finding Mission from the TH Köln to Myanmar led by Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlüter (ITT). The delegates Dr. Tin Min Maung and ITT alumnus Myo Min Latt from the Forestry University, Dr. Nang Hseng Hom from Yezin Agricultural University and Dr. Tint Tint Kywe and Dr. Wint Wint Kyaw from Yangon Technological University will be received at ITT on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Prof. Dr. Sylvia Heuchemer and Christina Brey (International Office) will welcome the delegation. In the entire week, joint activities are planned in different institutes of TH Köln and at institutions in Bonn and Nettersheim. The goal of the Fact Finding Mission is to intensify scientific cooperation between the four universities in the fields of research and education.

May 29, 2017

The fifth “Resource Efficient Cities” Workshop was successfully conducted in Kenya

The fifth workshop of the Interdisciplinary Master Program “Resource Efficient Cities” (IMaREC), titled Training of Trainers (ToT) on “System Theory and Higher Education Didactics”, was hosted by Kenyatta Univeresity in Nairobi, Kenya from April 24 – 28, 2017. Four partner universities of the CNRD network participated in the workshop: TH Köln, Germany; ASU, Egypt; UGM, Indonesia; and UASLP, Mexico. Additionally, a representative from the University of Ghana joined the workshop as an associated partner of CNRD. Dr. Blumbach from the regional office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nairobi office graced the official opening of the workshop. All the participants were able to make a courtesy  call to the Vice Chancellor where they were welcomed by Prof. Frederick Gravenir, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Innovation and Outreach  on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University Prof. Paul K. Wainaina who was outside the county.

The ToT workshop adopted a blending learning approach with three phases between online (distant) and contact phases. First phase (online), February – April 2017, explored the background and REC related knowledge level of participants through a questionnaire. Additionally, participants were provided with preparatory reading materials regarding didactics and scientific topics. The second (contact) phase in KU, April 2017, deepened the understanding of the IMaREC concepts and teaching approaches. Topics covered were City as a complex system, its metabolism, urban dynamics and the importance of interconnected responses to face its challenges, system logic / system thinking / system approach. The ToT also included introduction and practice on Problem Based Learning (PBL), as an active learning approach. The third phase (online), May – July, is planned to deepen the participants’ understanding and to apply the learnt content through tasks and assignments, which contributes to the curriculum development of IMaREC.

The workshop took place in a constructive and friendly atmosphere on Kenyatta University’s campus. It included an excursion to Nairobi peri-urban areas and Naivasha town, giving participants an insight into the rapid development and changes of the urban and rural landscape in Kenya. The participants were able to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.

As a next step after the workshop, the collaborating university partners will review all IMaREC modules based on the learnt workshop content.

May 3, 2017

The Water Security and Climate Change Conference is now open for Registration!

We are pleased to announce that the WSCC Conference 2017 is now open for registration!

In this context we would like to remind you that the abstract submission portal is still open until May 31st, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to contribute to the conference and become a part of the discussion!

Achieving water security is one of the major challenges faced by society on both a global and local level today. Building bridges between disciplines, sectors and different groups of stakeholders, the conference will serve as a platform for discussions towards water secure societies. WSCC 2017 provides a stimulating environment with the intention to yield innovative ideas and grounds for implementation.

Further information on the Conference, registration as well as the link to the abstract submission platform can all be found on the WSCC Homepage

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April 24, 2017

Q & A chat: Application for MSc programs 2017/18

On May 26th , 2-4pm German time, we invite you to join our Adobe Connect Chat for a Questions & Answers session addressing potential applicants for the master programs Renewable Energy Management (REM), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) or Natural Resources Management (NRM). 

Target group: German applicants, or foreign applicants with a german Bachelor degree, who wish to apply by 10.06.2017 to one of the three Master Programs in Cologne (REM, NRM or IWRM)

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

When:  May/26/2017 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Time Zone: German time (GMT+02:00)

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April 5, 2017

German – African research project for sustainable resources supply in sub-Saharan cities takes its path

Group photo during the Kickoff meeting at ITT (Photo: Heike Fischer /TH Köln)

From 26th to 31st March researchers from Africa and Germany met for a kick-off workshop of a research project in Cologne/Bonn. The main goal of the project “Risk Assessment and Reduction Strategies for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa” (RARSUS) is to develop solutions and strategies for sustainable urban development with and for Sub-Sahara Africa. This cooperative research project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMFB) for the project period of three years with the budget of about 800.000 Euros. Three renowned institutes from Germany with their international networks are collaborating with two of the most significant regional scientific and higher education networks from Africa. The German partners are: the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln, the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at University of Bonn and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn. The African partners are represented through the Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey in Niger and the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) positioned in Tlemcen, Algeria. The Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is supervising the research component of the project and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is supervising the post graduate education and training component in the project.

Management of natural resources in urban and semi-urban regions belongs to the most demanding challenges worldwide. The situation is of particular importance on the African continent. Adaptation of fundamental urban supply systems including water, energy and food products are needed to address risks and impacts caused by proceeding climate change, transforming land-use dynamics and rapidly growing population. Scientific issues in this context are the important areas of research and crucial challenge for Africa of today and tomorrow. “In order to assure sustainable urban development in the region, an understanding of the most exposed elements of urban supply chains is necessary as well as insight into risks occurring by maintaining a continuous function of supply systems” explains Prof. Dr. Ramchandra Bhandari from TH Köln who is project leader of the RARSUS project. Risk assessment for relevant urban supply chain systems could provide important information on how technological and operational changes and renewals are to be implemented for effectively assisting a more sustainable development. In that respect a pilot project for evaluation of significant supply systems in urban and semi-urban regions in Africa is being implemented by addressing key actors in the field of public administration, industry, finance and civil society.

The RARSUS research project is combining the areas of research, postgraduate training and networking. At the end of the project it is expected that the research results contribute to the efficient use of natural resources in urban and semi-urban context. Also the digital teaching materials for different research topics in the field of resource management (with focus on renewable energy, water and food security) will be developed and be made available for further use at all interested universities. In addition the project partners are developing a new master course curriculum in the field of Energy and Climate Change. This new master program is intended to be established at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey. With this program RARSUS is supporting to create long lasting university cooperation between Germany and Africa in the field of energy, water and food security. Already in April two students of the ITT travel to Niger for three months to conduct field research within the framework of the RARSUS Project. One student will conduct research in the area of ‘Energy Supply System in Rural Communities’ and another will conduct his research on the issue of ‘Modelling of the Energy Supply in Niger’.

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