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Saturday, 25. March 2017

Notes & Dates

11.02.2017 - 17.04.2017 Lecture-free time


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



Welcome to SPRING!

International Joint Master of Science Regional Development Planning and Management


Dr. Bernd Jenssen, former Managing Director of SPRING, has passed away. SPRING-Alumi, former and as well present staff of the School of Spatial Planning will keep him in memory as a highly dedicated lecturer and colleague.

In the early eighties Dr. Jenssen, together with other members of the School of Spatial Planning, initiated the establishment of the innovative Master Programme SPRING. He was decisively involved in preparing the application for financial support to the Bund-Länder-Kommission and the development of the SPRING curriculum. Subsequently, Dr. Jenssen was appointed the Managing Director of SPRING Dortmund, position which he held until his retirement in 2006. During his tenure he negotiated the partnership agreements with universities in Ghana, Thailand, Philippines and Chile.

After working with a number of planning institutions in Germany, he joined the Institute of Spatial Planning at the TU Dortmund University as a researcher on Third World development. At the School of Spatial Planning he also received his PhD.

In his research and lectures Dr. Jenssen dealt with polarisation reversal, planning as a dialogue, networks in district development planning, human settlement patterns, and strategies and concepts of regional development planning.

In overseas assignments (project funding or appraisal missions) for UNDP, GTZ, DSE and the TU Dortmund University, Dr. Jenssen designed short-term training curricula for courses in district development planning in Algeria, Indonesia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nepal and the Philippines.

Reintegration Workshop of Graduates of EPOS in Hanoi

In the beginning of September, the third reintegration workshop for graduates of the Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) in Vietnam have been held at the German-Vietnamese Centre in Hanoi. It was jointly organised by the EPOS courses Development Management of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and SPRING, whereas Prof. Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert led through the workshop. About 40 alumni from Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam took part and developed together with employers from the region ideas for pilot projects to support scholarship holders upon their return home. The successfully proven concept aims to ensure that benefits from the advantages that EPOS alumni have can be also used by future scholarship holders. Among the most interesting ideas the following were considered as pilot projects:
1) Regional workshop series offered by EPOS alumni with the support of the DAAD branch in Hanoi
2) Elaboration of the website “Lighthouse” by EPOS alumni, on which information about job offerts, continuing education events etc. can be exchanged and forwarded
3) Establishing the mentoring programme “Leaders spark future leaders” by EPOS alumni, which provides adequate consultancy before, during and after the studies to the mentees by experienced alumni

SPRING Summer School in Nepal: Reconciling biodiversity conservation and livelihood needs in Nepal

Five years after having conducted an African summer school in Arusha, Tanzania, on the same topic, we organized a summer school on “Reconciling biodiversity conservation and livelihood needs” for Asian alumni in Nepal. Thanks to funding from DAAD, from September 20th to 29th 2016, alumni of the SPRING Master Programme as well as alumni of other German MSc courses came together in Kathmandu to share their experiences, present their own case studies and learn from the rich Nepalese experience. Prof. Dietwald Gruehn (Landscape Planning and Landscape Ecology), Dr. Karin Gaesing (International Planning Studies) and Prof. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (now retired) shared their knowledge and experience from biodiversity conservation, tourism planning, regional planning and conflict resolution in Protected Area management. Participants from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan and Thailand enjoyed the hospitality of the Nepali SPRING alumni. The opening sessions in Kathmandu were followed by real hands-on field experience in Chitwan National Park and some of its surrounding communities. Besides exploring the park on foot or on the back of an elephant, the participants interviewed park management staff and community members about their roles in biodiversity conservation, conflicts between conservation and livelihood needs as well as solutions to reconcile both. The case studies presented as well as lessons learnt from the workshop will be published in 2017.