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The University of Applied Sciences Cologne (TH Köln)

The University of Applied Sciences Cologne sees itself as space for technology, arts and science. Its programmes and activities are disciplinarily and culturally diverse and aim on social and technological breakthroughs of high societal relevance. The subject range of TH Köln includes the fields of Applied Natural Sciences; Architecture and Construction; Information and Communication; Computer Science; Engineering; Culture; Society and Social Sciences as well as Business Studies. More than 90 degree programmes are offered as full-time programmes or in some cases as career-integrated or part time programmes. The University hosts approximatively 26,000 students from about 120 different countries along with 440 professors and 2,000 staff members.

Research mainly focuses on future-related issues, including climate change, energy supply, health and food safety as well as demographic changes. The focus is set on the development of solution strategies for the most important questions of our time and on interdisciplinary exchange.


ITT Profile

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the TH Köln fosters professional and cultural diversity in modern research and education. The Institute aims to empower people of various technical and cultural backgrounds and enables them to solve complex issues related to environmental problems with an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach at the graduate and postgraduate level.

The future orientated institute has a large international network and acts as a globally renowned “think tank” that provides innovation for the development of regional sustainability in the context of global change with an emphasis on integrated water management.

The ITT stands for modern science, development and cooperation with international partners in order to face the challenges of a changing world in an interdisciplinary and intercultural way.


The DAAD and the Summer School

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with financial support provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports academic qualification measures for individuals from developing countries who participate in the In-Country / In-Region Programme. Every year, the DAAD awards more than 1,000 BMZ-funded scholarships to junior researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia and South Asia to help finance their Master or PhD programmes in their home country or region. The programme aims to enable trained professionals to address and deal with diverse societal, economic and ecological issues in developing countries. A further objective is to sustainably improve the teaching and research conditions in the partner regions and to strengthen their higher education profile.

As an additional offer for scholarship holders of the In-Country / In-Region Programme, the DAAD cooperates with German universities in organising a range of summer schools in Germany. These four-week measures give the students and young researchers an opportunity to take part in a high-class academic training in a selected subject area, meet and exchange with peers from across the world, and make their own, unique experiences of the German society, culture and history.


The WEF Security Nexus – Thematic Background

The WEF Security Nexus describes the interconnections and interdependencies between the water, energy and food (WEF) sectors. These interdependencies of the WEF securities have received growing attention in the past years by academia and policy-makers. Recently, the Nexus approach has been put forward as a fundamental necessary shift towards sustainable resources management and development.

The 4-week summer school with the title “From Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus” will support young researchers in understanding the cross sectoral character of sustainable resources management and development.

The summer school is structured in three different steps towards an integrated understanding and management of the WEF Security Nexus: 1) System understanding, 2.) qualitative and quantitative assessments and modelling, 3.) Nexus related decision-making and planning. The figure below illustrates the integrated approach of the WEF Security Nexus summer school in Cologne, Germany.

Training Objectives

The overall objective of the summer school is to improve science based decision-making capacities of young academics (Master and PhD) towards a sustainable management of natural resources in the context of the WEF Security Nexus. Special emphasis is set on the development of interdisciplinary professional competences to prepare the participants for a future career in the international academic community.

Therefore, the summer school will focus on:

  • Conceptual thinking: contributing to a deeper understanding of the WEF Security Nexus linkages and potential resources management scenarios.
  • Capacity building: strengthening skills and knowledge about tools and methods for WEF Security Nexus assessments and planning.
  • Connectivity: improving international communication between junior researchers, senior researchers and experts.


Training Methodology

The four-week course will consist of lectures, interdisciplinary group work, interactive sessions and excursions in Germany.


Accommodation and Funding

Participants are housed in shared single-gender rooms (4 beds per room). For more information on the accommodation please look here:

The following costs are covered by the DAAD, through funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ):

  • The costs of the training (€5.500/person for the 4-week summer school)
  • Transport (airfare in economy class and local transport in Germany)
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunch meals at the University
  • Excursions
  • Emergency health and accident insurance
  • Visa fees (if required)

Evening meals are not covered by the summer school scholarship. Expenditures for individual meals in Cologne will amount to approx. €75 per week (counting for a total of €300) and have to be provided by the participants.


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