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Tuesday, 20. March 2018

Inside Africa: Workshop for Ph.D students from Africa

For more than 25 years the Faculty of Spatial Planning has been cooperating with the Planning Faculties in Ghana and Tanzania within the framework of the Master’s Degree SPRING. Many of the local lecturers did their Ph.D ‘out of Africa’ in Dortmund. Therefore the supervision of the Ph.D students was done the “German way” by two professors.

A joint Ph.D programme does not exist yet. A workshop in Arusha, however, showed that it could be different as well namely ‘inside Africa’ not far from the Mount Kilimanjaro.
Twenty Ph.D students from Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia as well as four professors and four ‘senior lecturers’ came together in Arusha, a north Tanzanian city in March 2010.
Here, a workshop financed by the Volkswagen Foundation took place. The workshop was commonly planned and organized by the Planning Faculties in charge: The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the University of Development Studies (both in Ghana) as well as the Ardhi University (Tanzania) und the International Spatial Planning Centre of the Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund.
The focus had been the implementation regarding the selection and implementation of theories and methods, the evaluation and the scientific writing. Last but not least the management of the research process and the relationship between Ph.D student and supervisor was discussed.
The extensive programme, the manifold forms of interaction, the intensive exchange between the Ph.D’s and the close collaboration of the lecturers were commonly regarded as a great success. At the same time they pointed out the great potentials of an international and commonly organized Ph.D programme away from the traditional German way of individual supervision but within cooperation of several planning faculties.