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Friday, 17. August 2018

Notes & Dates

Lecture Free Time
20.07.2018 - 07.10.2018


Master Programmes in Germany on Urban-, Regional-, and  Infrastructure Planning



Welcome to SPRING!

International Joint Master of Science Regional Development Planning and Management


Keynote Lecture by Einhard Schmidt-Kallert in Dodoma, Tanzania

On June 28th, 2018 Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (the former Head of SPRING Dortmund) gave a keynote lecture at an international conference in Dodoma, Tanzania’s new capital.

The conference, which had been organised under the general theme “Towards Industrialisation in the Global South: Making Rural Regions Inclusive“ by the Institute of Rural Development Planning was intended to enhance the mutual exchange between academic research, planning practice and government officials. Apart from the dialogue between academia and practice, the conference offered numerous opportunities for international networking.

The organisers had chosen a highly topical theme for their first international conference, as the Tanzanian Government has, with its Second Five Year Development Plan, just recently launched a bold industrialisation strategy. From a regional scientist’s point of view it has been argued that this important policy document, though timely and a step into the right direction, is spatially blind.

Thus, in his keynote talk, Schmidt Kallert raised some pertinent questions: What are the spatial implications of an industrialisation strategy? What is the future role of agriculture in an industry-led economy? Will it be possible to locate some of the emerging industries in rural areas? And how is industrial development linked with urbanization? In attempting to answer some of these questions, Schmidt-Kallert also referred to cases from Germany, Switzerland and India.

In view of the significance of the conference for the current policy debate in the country, a round-table discussion on the last conference day (in which both international and Tanzanian speakers participated) was fully broadcast on Tanzanian television.

Opening of the conference in Dodoma, first row in the centre: the Hon. Stella Manyanya, Minister for Industry and Trade,; to her right: Prof. Hozen Mayaya, Rector of the host institution, the Institute of Rural Development Planning in Dodoma.

Two scholarships for SPRING Graduates at UN Organisations

As part of the Carlo-Schmidt-Programme the DAAD grants scholarships for internships at UN organisations to professionally excellent postgraduates. The programme is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This year, just as last two years, two of three submitted applications from SPRING Alumni convinced the selection panel. The SPRING graduate Dilara Arif from Bangladesh and the Guatemalan Maximiliano Flores de Leon will start in September for their 6 months internships at the ILO Evaluation Office in Geneva (Switzerland) and the UNESCO Office of the pacific states in Apia (Samoa).

Final examinations at the SPRING universities

From May to July, the final examinations took place at the SPRING partner universities in Chile, the Philippines, Ghana and Tanzania. For the Master thesis defences, representatives from Dortmund travelled to the partner universities as external examiners: Dr. Anne Weber attended the examinations in Chile, Dr. Wolfgang Scholz in the Philippines and Dr. Genet Alem in Tanzania. All 14 students successfully completed the M.Sc. programme SPRING. We congratulate all students of the Batch 2015-2017 on their Master’s degree!

The picture shows the students graduated from Universidad Austral de Chile.

Gilbert Chilinde visited SPRING

June 2018 – Gilbert Chilinde (Batch 2009/11) from Malawi has visited SPRING while attending the “PhD proposal development” workshop offered by the research project GOLAREA - Governance and Planning of Resilient Cities in East Africa and the annual conference of TRIALOG 2018 on “Resilient Urban Development versus the Right to the City?”

After graduating from SPRING in 2011 Gilbert Chilinde went back to Malawi to work for The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development as Physical Planner and two years later as Principal Physical Planning Officer. Since 2014 he joined the Faculty of Built Environment of University of Malawi – The Polytechnic as lecturer for Physical Planning.