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Saturday, 10. December 2016

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09+10.12.2016 - Winter School Social Entrepreneurship


14.12.2016 - SPRING Colloquium Thomas Hänert


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



Welcome to SPRING!

International Joint Master of Science Regional Development Planning and Management


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.

SPRING Opening Ceremony 2016

And another semester has started! On October 16th - 17th the new SPRING batch of 14 students from 11 different countries were welcomed by the faculty of the School of Spatial Planning. Among the invited speakers on the first day were Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel, Prof. Dr. Karsten Zimmermann, Dr. Anne Weber and the head of SPRING Prof. Dr. Sabine Baumgart. SPRING alumni Vinson Pacheco even gave honour to the debutants by presenting a reflection about his particular SPRING experience. On the second day the students were given time to introduce themselves to each other and the SPRING team.