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).


21 / 02 2018

Spring School 2018 has started

Nairobi, 19/02/2018: Our Spring School in Kenya is about to kick into high gear! Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology enlighted the subject in its new article. Opening speech of  Dr. Helmut Blumbach, Director of DAAD, overview of upcoming activities, remarks of Prof. Thomas Schmidt and more –  the full text is available at JKUAT official homepage.


2 / 02 2018

Preview on our Spring School 2018

Nairobi, 02/02/2018: The activities for our Spring School 2018 have been put together in an agreed program, and we are glad to announce that Spring School will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, 17th-24th February.

This time African and German students are going to discuss business trends resulting from developing information technology. Among planned activities are several existing workshops and a lot of discussions on the subject. Moreover, students have an opportunity to get acquainted with real examples from the largest African companies, such as Brookside Dairy, Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Safaricom and more.

17 / 01 2018

Namibian-German Center for Logistics: Article in DAAD magazine LETTER

Namibian-German Center for Logistics: Article in DAAD magazine

Flensburg, 17/01/2018: Recent issue of the DAAD’s alumni magazine LETTER (p.30/31) contains a practicable article on prospects of study at Namibian-Germal Center for Logistics, for students and for the African region as a whole. Two students have shared their experience of studying at NGCL.

Tangeni Mwashekele, a Master Student at the Namibian-German Center for Logistics, has shared his view on the topic: “Logistics is a backbone of any economy and studying it presents better opportunities for the country, region and the world at large. Studying at NGCL has changed my social, academic and working life”. Kashi Ndaikwila, who recently received her Bachelor certificate, already has a position at the Namibian Port Authority and she is passionate about her job.

8 / 01 2018

Students present their results of Industry projects on “Business in Africa”

Flensburg, 08/01/2018: Today the outcomes of the projects on Business in Africa where presented to Professor Thomas Schmidt, Professor Kai Pfaffenberger and Dr. Stefan Liebing.

The projects covered various topics that are currently of high interest:

  • Market potential analysis for the use of IT applications
  • Business potential for renewable energy solutions in West Africa arising from carbon reduction programs of global companies
  • Water Market Entry in Zambia
  • Safety at Work in Africa – Research and Evaluation on the Demand in Selected Countries

6 / 12 2017

Internationalisation of education, science and research: meeting of the Federal Government

Berlin, 06/12/2017: Professor Thomas Schmidt took part in a round table organized by Federal Government of Germany. Mr. Schmidt engaged in range of the discussions regarding perspectives on internationallisation of education and research in Africa. Besides the exchange of the up-to-date information, discussions on the further deveopment have been enhaced by practical workshops.