“Africa in Transition – changing (with) the German language” - to discuss topics around this, 26 DAAD lecturers from countries in Easter, Southern, Western, and Central Africa as well as colleagues from the DAAD headquarters in Bonn met in Addis Ababa from 20th till 25th May.
The meeting presented a rare and precious opportunity to exchange knowledge on teaching German and other subjects at African universities and representing the DAAD and German universities abroad. As diverse as the countries represented are, DAAD lecturers often encounter similar challenges and the regional meetings give them the chance to reflect and exchange strategies. They also get to share best practices in their work at the respective universities and exciting projects that they have collaborated on. Site visits to the African Union headquarter an UN High Commission for Refugees to discuss past and future areas of cooperation completed the successful event.
In her function as DAAD lecturer for German at the UEW, Lena Leumer, who also heads the DAAD Information Centre represented Ghana at the meeting and returned with new inspirations.
How Alexander von Humboldt put South America on the map12. July 2019 08:58
After an unprecedented five-year tour of South America, Mexico and Cuba, Humboldt returned to Europe a hero. Not only was he honored for surviving such an expedition, he freely shared all of his newly acquired knowledge.
Is Netflix bad for the environment? How streaming video contributes to climate change11. July 2019 15:37
Driving an electric car, choosing train travel or using less plastic — we know there are many things we can do to be less of a burden on the world's environment. But would you be willing to give up on streaming video?
The simplest electric car in the world05. July 2019 17:12
The days of over-elaborate technology are past. Now it's all about minimalist tech that is frugal and straightforward – such as DIY cars that don't need air conditioning or heating. We look at the simplest electric car in the world.
Almost every battery in the world contains lithium, a rare metal that harms the environment. Are there alternatives? Sodium or magnesium are in plentiful supply, and magnesium can provide more energy than lithium.
Expert Interview -- Rare diseases05. July 2019 12:30
Professor Heiko Krude heads Berlin's Charité Hospital Center for Rare Diseases. He speaks with In Good Shape's Dr. Carsten Lekutat about the difficulties patients with rare diseases face, as well as new diagnostic techniques.
Toxic caterpillar infestation plagues Germany04. July 2019 11:57
Armed with flame torches and special vacuum cleaners, towns across Germany are trying to fight back against a plague of oak processionary caterpillars. Their hair can cause painful rashes and even trigger asthma attacks.
Germany: Rare red panda cub born in Halle30. June 2019 10:35
Zoo officials in the eastern German city of Halle (Saale) announced Sunday that a red panda cub was born in a protected litter box earlier this month. The unnamed cub is being looked after by his mother Cherry.
The energy of waves - can we use it?28. June 2019 14:25
The oceans and their waves could be a huge source of energy. Many have tinkered with the technology needed to harness this power. Up to now, it has been difficult. What new ideas could help us capture the energy of waves?
Climate change compounds hunger, conflicts, German aid group says26. June 2019 14:14
Climate change added to warfare is worsening hunger worldwide, according to one of Germany's largest aid groups. Welthungerhilfe has said many poor have "no more reserves or resilience left" when hit by extreme weather.
Intense heat wave hits northern Europe25. June 2019 12:46
Record temperatures have begun in northern Europe this week, with authorities in Germany and France on alert. Experts have said heat waves are on the increase worldwide, further evidence of climate change.
German scientists say spinach chemical should be banned from sports25. June 2019 06:26
Popeye guzzled spinach to get his superhuman strength. But the plant's power-boosting properties aren't just fiction. German scientists say spinach has a steroid-like chemical that should be added to the doping list.