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Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014

Notes & Dates


10-14.11.2014 SPRING Global Network Meeting


01.11.2014 New Application Deadline for the SPRING programme 2015/16


18-19.10.2014 Cross Cultural Training


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

Welcome to SPRING!




Excursion to East Germany 2014

September 2014 – The new SPRING batch 2014/15 discovered German culture and history on a three-day excursion to East Germany as part of the German language course that prepares the students for their stay in Dortmund. Under the guidance of Dr. Elmar Winters-Ohle the students explored the history of Wartburg (UNESCO world heritage) and followed the traces of Johannes Sebastian Bach in Eisenach by listening to a live music performance on historical instruments. In Leipzig the students were able to experience the cultural rich city by a guided tour and the Asisi’s impressive 360° panorama showing Leipzig in the aftermath of the Battle of Nations in 1813. The poets’ homes of Goethe and Schiller were the destinations in Weimar, before the students visited the former concentration camp Buchenwald. The trip was highlighted by watching a firework in Jena at the JenTower.



Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Kallert is named Professor Ad-Honorem of UACh

During the graduation ceremony in Valdivia, Prof. Jorge Díaz Castro (Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences) handed over a diploma of gratitude and appreciation to Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Kallert, Head of SPRING Dortmund, for having integrated UACh into the SPRING university network.

In the name of UACh, Dr. Felix Fuders dignified the Head of SPRING Dortmund as Professor Ad-Honorem of the Institute of Economy of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences. Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Kallert received this nomination evidently surprised and affected. He pointed out that this ceremony is very special to him because it will be his last ceremony as Head of the SPRING Programme since his retirement is getting closer.


Graduation of SPRING students in Valdivia, Chile

July 2014 -The graduation exams in Valdivia took place the 17th and 18th of July which were hosted by Dr. Felix Fuders (SPRING coordinator UACh), Prof. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (Head of SPRING at TU Dortmund University) and Prof. Víctor Jacques Parraguez (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of UACh). The six SPRING students Akosua Osei-Appaw and Hanna Adom-Ameyaw, both from Ghana, Maya Virdayanti from Indonesia, Irina Popusoi from Moldova, Bonnie Mendoza from the Philippines and Md. Shakil Khan from Bangladesh participated successfully and received their certificate of graduation with excellent results. Moreover Dr. Manfred Max-Neef (Right Livelihood Award Laureate 1983) encouraged the SPRING graduates in his talk to continue their professional and personal life in accordance to one’s convictions. “In the end of the career”, he says, “you will look at the past and feel proud and very happy of what you did. The more you gave of you to others, the more you have been grown. This is my advice with my best wishes for you.”