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Saturday, 10. October 2015

Notes & Dates


Deadline 1st application round


19. -20.10.2015:

Opening Ceremony SPRING Batch 2015/16



Engagement Weltweit – Professional  Fair




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

Welcome to SPRING!


Excursion to East Germany 2015

From saturday, 12th of september to monday evening, 14th of september the new SPRING Batch 2015/16 discovered German culture on a 3 day excursion to east Germany as a part of the German language course.Under the guidance of Dr. Elmar Winters-Ohle, the place to visit on the bus ride was the former concentration camp "Mittelbau-Dora". From there the group went to Weimar to follow the traces of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The day ended in a hotel in Jena. On sunday the group visited the Daetz-Centrum in Lichtenstein before going to Dresden to experience one of Germanys most famous and cultural rich cities. On the last day the first destination to visit was Eisenach, to visit the Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Haus, listen to some live performed music and find out more about the famous composer. The last destination before going back to Dortmund was the famous Wartburg, including a guided tour and a live view on the room where Martin Luther lived for some time.



Final Event 2015

On August 14th we celebrated the farewell of the SPRING batch 2014/15 with the annual Final Event. Congratulations to all SPRING students for a successful first year in Dortmund. We wish you all the best for your second year destination in Chile, Ghana and the Philippines.






Workshop in Kenya

On June 5th and 6th 2015 the second Workshop on “Reintegration into domestic job markets - Kenya” was held at the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. This is a networking activity initiated by EPOS-network coordinator Robin Pass.

Building up on the results generated in the first workshop on “reintegration into domestic job markets”, the overall objective of the workshop series is to achieve a better connection and cross-linkage between the courses of study in the EPOS-program and their graduates with (potential) employers. Furthermore, the results generated in the second workshop shall contribute to a further development of the range of (additional) interdisciplinary qualifications, the EPOS-study programs might offer its students.

For that purpose, 14 alumni from courses of studies of the EPOS-program as well as employers from different sectors have been invited to the workshop. The group of employers consists of executives and human resource specialists from the field of development and international cooperation, civil services and administrations, the private sector, consulting businesses, universities and NGO’s.

The combination of alumni and employers provides a great opportunity to mirror and reflect on the experiences made on both sides. Employers may ponder about what kind of experiences they made in hiring staff (national vs internationally trained graduates), what expectations they have and what kind of structures they may provide for an ideal integration of new employees and their ideas. Graduates can contemplate on their expectations regarding employers and how they might best implement their newly acquired skills and knowledge into the corresponding organization.

Annual SPRING Party

On Mai 22nd, 2015 the annual SPRING party, which was organized by the current batch, has taken place in the SPRING facilities. Both students with their friends and family members and the SPRING staff enjoyed a great evening together. A wide variety of delicious traditional food from the home countries of our students together with a lively entertainment program made this evening a great success.


Annual SPRING Party is Coming Up

Looking forward to the annual SPRING party on 22nd May, we don't want to hide from you the spirit that can be created by an encounter of people from all around the world. This song, written by SPRING student Josephus Ellie, was performed by a combo of SPRING students and student assistants at the last year's SPRING party. Enjoy!

Silence Candle Prayer

On 6th May a silence candle prayer has taken place in the SPRING facilities in order to commemorate the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Since the current SPRING batch includes one Nepalese, the compassion was especially high. After having observed a minute of silence, individual thoughts and wishes concerning the nepalese disaster were shared with the attenders. Additionally, with everyone's contribution it was possible to donate in total 375 euros to the German charity organisations Aktion Deutschland Hilft and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft who work at the operation site in Nepal.