20 / 05 2019

Trend 4/7: Write your thesis in 7 min.

Berlin, 10.04.2019: Type a keyword and your science agent will provide all scientific information available online, in chronological order, according to importance and with references, of course. Are bots the new ghost writers?

13 / 05 2019

Trend 3/7: Faster, better or out

Berlin, 10.04.2019: Start-ups work crazy hours to become the next unicorn on the digital market. They network and speed for fast development to put prototypes on the market while the development process is still going on. To be the first one counts at the end.

6 / 05 2019

Trend 2/7: Think big

Berlin: 10.04.2019: Guess who are the players in the digital ecosystem!? The competition goes on between US and China. According to Telekoms CEO, Europe need to scale companies to become a leading influencer.

29 / 04 2019

Trend 1/7: Plants need soil and AI needs data

Berlin: 10.04.2019: This statement were directed to the government representatives to provide a data regulation policy which allows companies to get access to more data. And you? What do you need, if you want to become a digital maker in a dynamic environment? How can we help you as university?


22 / 04 2019

Hub.Berlin 2019

Berlin, 10.04.2019: Hub.Berlin: a festival for digital makers and movers with over 8000 participants.
Kerstin Schultheiss, research assistant at our African-German Virtual Academy was there to listen to speakers about current developments and challenges, to talk to companies about the role of universities in a digital ecosystem and to get inspired by start-ups about their ideas and prototypes.
For the next weeks, we will share 7 digital trends here in our blog.

Photo: Hub.Berlin


1 / 10 2018

E-Learning Africa 2018

Kigali, 26.09.2018: Let’s talk about E-Learning, let’s talk about Africa! Africa’s largest conference and exhibition on technology supported learning, training and skills development was held from 26th – 28th of September in Kigali, Rwanda. Debates and knowledge exchange sessions talked about how technology is driving transformation in education and workplace, digital literacy and digital divide, and how innovation meets strategies to improve employability. Kerstin Schultheiss got the change to interact with professionals and shared success factors and lessons learned from our African-German Virtual Academy (AGVA) during a poster presentation session.

Africa is on a cutting-edge in mobile innovations with fast growing economies and the world’s youngest population. Therefore, be curious how “E-Learning made in Africa” will drive the future in education.


25 / 07 2018

Self-study course ‘Business in Africa’ will go online soon

Flensburg, 25.07.2018: STAY TUNED! Our first self-study course ‘Business in Africa’ will go online soon. No matter whether you are on or off campus, in front of your smartphone or desktop, in the morning or at midnight – Learning happens right where you are and if you want to!  


3 / 05 2018

Success factors for partnership projects

Bonn, 24.04.2018: Prof Schmidt held a presentation about the results of the project “Kenyan-German Centre for Data Analytics” and its success factors during a DAAD meeting where experiences between project coordinators where shared. Participants acquired knowledge and competences which will be useful for their future tasks in project management.

Prof. Petra Moog, Uni Siegen; Prof. Thomas Schmidt, HS Flensburg and Michael Hörig DAAD have also shared their experiences from the current projects in the panel discussion “Successful in Project”


2 / 05 2018

Students collaborate in car accidents prevention project

Flensburg, 02.05.2018: Flensburg Intermedia Masters students just started a collaborative research project together with students from Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), initiated by Dr. Heike Winschiers. Namibia records one of the highest death rates by car accidents in the world. The main goal of the project is to prevent accidents by designing interventions that would change drivers behaviors. The students are collectively producing a campaign to be launched in radio, print and social media end of May. Afterwards an evaluation is planned in order find out how successful the campaign communicated the message of safe driving.

29 / 03 2018

Why are universities not “smart” (yet)?

Flensburg, 29.03.2018: DIGITALIZATION!!! Who has not heard of it and who is tired of hearing about it? The term is on everyone’s lips: it is part of political agendas globally; it makes the hearts of IT developers beat faster; flushes money into the accounts of technology companies, while others just don’t want to have any deep involvement with it. No matter what attitude you represent – do we want to keep ourselves out of reach and can we avoid the trend of digitalization and its development in the first place? – Or when was the last time you tried to make fire with stones?

If we take a closer look at the subject of digitalization, you may ask yourself what actually hides behind this “container term”, which contains everything possible and impossible. When “digging deeper”, you will come across more phrases such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Cryptocurrencies, Deep Learning, Digital Transformation, Distributed Ledger Technology, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality , 5G, etc. … – then at the latest it gets complicated for the average consumer.

However, who wants to be “average” these days? We are individual, adaptive, autonomous and can change the world! At least that is what the “digital natives“ or today’s first-year students think, and therefore, they want to be prepared and trained according to their digital environment. They grew up with smartphones and live in a society, in which everything becomes “smarter”, even “things” are intelligent nowadays. In the future, more than ever, we will deal with topics such as smart city, smart economy, smart environment, smart government, smart home and smart mobility.

BUT, what about the impact of universities and their smart education? What about digitalization and digital education concepts at universities? Are universities dynamic and flexible enough to meet the needs of a target group that becomes more digital every day? What is the relevance of a university degree for the “startup” generation? What social, political, institutional and individual factors influence universities not to be “smart” (yet)?

These questions were discussed with an interdisciplinary student group in a scientifically accompanied workshop about “Digital Learning Environment” during the Spring School 2018 at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Nairobi. For more information about “Digital Education“, please contact Kerstin Schultheiß, Research Assistant at the African-German Virtual Academy (AGVA).