A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


We are happy to inform you that the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) has now granted the funds for our cooperation project with 12 universities -- including two Chinese partners who are not members of the UNCTAD Virtual Institute network.

For the time being, the funds have been only allocated for this year, but we hope that funding will be extended for up to four more years (upon our application due this autumn) .

The general description of the program, "Subject-related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education" can be found on the DAAD homepage at http://www.daad.de/entwicklung/hochschulen/zusammenarbeit/partnerschaften/08480.en.html.

For this year, we now have funding for the following activities:

• One workshop in Berlin to be held November 4-7, which will both serve as a kick-off workshop for planning the agenda over the coming years as well as to present and discuss research projects of the partners. Our proposal for this year’s research theme is the "Consequences and prospects of the financial crisis on least developed and emerging economies".

• HTW and the Vi have selected two visiting fellows from China and Uganda for a stay of two months each in Berlin from November to December. A third fellow from India may also participate for a shorter period. Our visiting fellows will be required to work on a case study, research project or teaching module here.

• For the universities which plan a closer cooperation for a new Master program (Chile, Tanzania and Uganda):

♦ Three junior fellows from Makerere University in Uganda, UDBS Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and from the Universidad de Chile have been selected to come to Berlin from October to December to participate, based on his/her interests and needs, in selected courses of our MIDE (Master's in International and Development Economics) program, and to work with us on teaching/curriculum issues.

♦ Three graduate students of our MIDE program will spend three months at the three universities working on a case study related to their Master's thesis, participating in graduate courses and helping in build up the new Master's programs.

♦ We would like to visit the three universities to discuss the specific needs and timetables as well as to give some presentations. The first visit, to the Universidad de Chile, was conducted in August.

♦ We would also like to ask you to share the information about this project with the staff at your institutions so that we can draw from a larger pool of interested candidates for the exchange.

Just to give you a brief outline for what is planned and financially feasible over the coming years (to be discussed in Berlin in November):

• One to two academic workshops per year, at least one of them hosted by a university of the "South"

• Up to four two-month-fellowships per year for professors/lecturers in Berlin

• Short-term teaching abroad by HTW and "South" professors in "South" universities

We are very excited to make this project happen with you. This is not a project of HTW Berlin only, but a collaborative effort.

More information:

Partner universities:

1. Belarus State Economic University, Minsk, Belarus
2. UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
3. Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
4. Central University of Finance & Economics, Beijing, China (not in Vi network)
5. East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (not in Vi network)
6. HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, Germany
7. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
8. University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
9. University of Mauritius, Mauritius
10. University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
11. University of Dar Es Salaam Business School, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
12. Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda



Update from Doris López, Universidad de Chile:

Professor Dullien visited the Institute of International Studies in August. On this occasion we had the privilege of holding working sessions to develop a Master's program in International Strategy and Trade Policy with his assessment. In those sessions we received very valuable comments and strong academic support from him and his Institution, the HTW University of Applied Science, Berlin.

During his visit, Prof. Dullien offered a conference on "Economic challenges in Europe after the financial crisis" for the Institute’s Master's students and a seminar session at the Diplomatic Academy of Chile explaining the “Causes of the Financial Crisis.” In addition, he talked about “Causes of the financial crisis: The myth of overly lax monetary policy” in a working breakfast with faculty members of the Institute and government officials from different Ministries. This visit was a very successful first step in establishing long-term cooperation between our Universities in the UNCTAD Vi context.