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Friday, 24. November 2017

Notes & Dates

International Planning Sessions Winter 2017/18:
19.12.2017: Dr Anna Mazzolini


Christmas Break: 25.12.2017-05.01.2018


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



Welcome to SPRING!

International Joint Master of Science Regional Development Planning and Management


Cross-Cultural Training for 2017/18 SPRING Students

On 21st and 22nd October 2017, a Cross Cultural Training was organized and facilitated by SPRING with funding support from DAAD. The two-day workshop took place to increase cross-cultural awareness, and mutual respect among the current batch of SPRING students from from Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. During the training, participants gained a better understanding of the concept of culture and its impacts on their personal views, beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors. Participants worked in sub-groups on exercises aimed at forging a group identity and establishing a good basis for working and living together in the coming year. At the end of the second day sessions, the SPRING batch 2017/18 unanimously adopted the name “SPRING SQUAD” and the motto “Unity in Diversity”. After the weekend, the students felt well equipped with socio-cultural ethics and the required skills to deal with cultural experiences and contrasts during their stay in Dortmund and Germany overall.

Congratulations to the masters degree

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 defenses, representatives from Dortmund travelled to the partner universities as external examiners: Dr. Anne Weber attended the examinations in Chile, Dr. Wolfgang Scholz in Ghana, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh in the Philippines and Dr. Genet Alem in Tanzania.
All 17 students successfully completed the M.Sc. SPRING. We congratulate all students of the Batch 2015-2017 on their Master’s degree!
The picture shows the graduates in Chile.

Scholarships of the Carlo-Schmidt-Programme for SPRING Alumni

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 year, two of three submitted applications from SPRING Alumni convinced the selection panel. Fenesia from Indonesia and Ricardo Gellert Paris Jr. from Brazil obtained an internship at the UNESCO Office in Jakarta (Indonesia) and the WFP in La Paz (Bolivia) for 6 months, starting in September.

Final BBQ of the 2016/17 SPRING Batch

The first SPRING year is ending for the Batch 2016/17. All the students were preparing to leave Germany for their second year destinations. The evening before the first student had to leave Germany, the SPRING batch had a big BBQ with music, lots of traditional food from different countries and dancing and everyone enjoyed the evening a lot.