News from the postgraduate programmes

The DAAD’s Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) programme includes some 40 degree programmes throughout Germany. What topics are EPOS students focusing on? What kinds of activities and innovative projects are they participating in? What makes the study programmes unique?
You’ll find the answers here.


30 Years of Development-Related Postgraduate Courses – Looking Back, Forward and Inward
The Development-Related Postgraduate Courses produce many successful alumni. During the anniversary year, we’d like to introduce some of them: In 1989, Anil Misra studied the Renewable Energy Use programme at Oldenburg University and has been advancing the use of renewable energies in his native India ever since.
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Taking the Role of Climate Politician
What goes on at international conferences? Why are negotiations frequently so difficult? When is a consensus reached? These questions were the focus of an interactive planning game in Berlin, in which students from five Development-Related Postgraduate Courses simulated a UN Climate Conference.
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Learning how innovation can succeed
How can new products be developed that benefit both businesses and society? Students of the DAAD-funded degree course International Management at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU) discussed this key question with their lecturers intensively – even though they were almost 9000 kilometres away.
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ars-legendi-logoSustainability with Distinction
The Master’s programme “Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy (PPRE)” at the University of Oldenburg has been honoured with the renowned Ars legendi Prize by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) for its “diversity-friendly teaching and learning”. Two scholarship holders explain why PPRE deserves this prize.
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logo_150Education as an International Task
New in the programme: The bicultural master course International Education Management (INEMA) makes it possible for students to study alongside their job and exchange ideas with education managers from around the world.
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gw2_c_suraiya-fatema_150On the Proper Use of Water
Not everywhere in the world do people have access to clean water. To change this, the United Nations has taken up the Sustainable Development Goal “Clean Water and Sanitation”. The professionals needed to achieve this goal gain their know-how in the masters course “Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering” (TropHEE) at the TU Darmstadt.
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studenten international_150_c_ITM_TU DresdenBeyond engineering
Expertise alone does not guarantee a job. That is why the TU Dresden imparts additional competencies to its students in Textile and Clothing Technology through the module “Wissenschaftlich-methodisches und Expertenseminar” (“Scientific Methods and Specialist Seminar”).
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Clinic Group 4_c_SEPT_150Business ideas under the magnifying glass
An inexpensive method of producing sustainable energy, an innovative website or a modern farm: in July, students and alumni of the Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) subjected their plans to a reality check at the first AGEP Business Start-Up Clinic.
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Satisfied employees, successful companyTeaser
Sustainability is not only important in environmental protection but also in the workplace. At the first alumni conference, international graduates of Nürtingen-Geislingen University talked about how personal happiness and economic success can be united.
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New courses support re-integrationReintegrationskurs Teaser_c_Robin Pass_150
For many graduates of Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) it can be a challenge to reintegrate into life back home after studying abroad. Special reintegration courses are now available to help ease the transition. The first of its kind was a course offered jointly by TU Dortmund and Ruhr University Bochum.
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IARD at TROPENTAG 2015_1502015 TROPENTAG conference presents latest agricultural research
From September 16 -18, some 1,000 participants from 70 countries attending the 2015 Tropentag conference in Berlin discussed how the world can use resources more equitably, ensure food security and fight poverty in the developing world.
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Route study Tour_c_150An up-close look at flood protection
Every year students in the Hydro Science and Engineering Master’s degree programme at the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) study the flow of the Elbe, one of Central Europe’s major rivers. A study tour teaches them up close about modern flood protection and how countries can collaborate across borders to improve the effectiveness of protection measures.
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UdoNehren_150_c_iversityOnline course with worldwide impact
Participants from 183 countries logged in to take part in the first MOOC conducted by the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Especially participants from developing countries wanted to use the free online course to learn more about coping with the effects of climate change.
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Friedens und Konfliktforschung_Teaser_c_Friedens und Kondfliktforschung Universität MagdeburgResolving conflicts, preserving peace
Whether it’s Southern Africa, the Middle East or Afghanistan – many regions of the world are beset by political or military conflict today. The Master’s Programme “Peace and Conflict Studies” at the University of Magdeburg is focused on easing such tensions.
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Alumni Gruppenarbeit auf der Insel Rügen - Esteban Guevara_150Critical Look at German Nature Conservation
Germany is considered an international pioneer in the areas of nature conservation and sustainability. Nevertheless, 40 international Germany-alumni found surprising results on the island Ruegen.
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Gruppenbild_c_Insitut für Public Health Universität Heidelberg_150The art and science of making the right decision
Even among the poor, health problems are most often avoidable or curable; what’s often missing is the political will. Detailed analysis of a given situation can provide the necessary impetus to act. The key is making the right decision – an art and science being taught at Heidelberg University’s Institute of Public Health.
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Mohamed W. El-Khateeb_c_privat_150“The scars in our city”
In the wake of the 2012 revolution, the number of sexual assaults on women in public is on the rise in Cairo. At the same time, offenders face hardly any legal consequences. Initiatives such as HarassMap want to change this. DAAD scholarship holder Mohamed El-Khateeb reports on the topic and his work for HarassMap.
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Oliver Richter_privat_150Society without growth
“The energy transition won’t succeed without fundamental cultural change,” explained Oliver Richters at the Sustainability and Renewable Energy workshop held at the University of Oldenburg. The physicist and chairman of the Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie (society for ecological economy) focuses on the ‘post-growth’ society.
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Graduate School2_ Fachbereich Mathematik TU Kaiserslautern_150Mathematics as a key technology
Large factories, public administration, water supply systems – none of these could work well without mathematics. At the University of Kaiserslautern, doctoral candidates from developing countries are preparing themselves accordingly.
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Barbecue_Petershagen2_150Getting ready for work in the field of development cooperation
Two summer schools form part of the Development Management (MADM) Master’s programme at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. Students are given the chance to practice statistical methodologies and get to know the field of development work.
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ARTS_Susanne Hermes_150Strengthening Local Agriculture
Bonn University’s  Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ARTS) programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Using creative approaches, ARTS prepares students for innovative careers in agriculture.
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Innovation_Missy Schmidt_150No Development without innovation
What role does innovation play in developing countries?  A very large one, says Professor Utz Dornberger, head of the development-related postgraduate programme Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT) at University  of Leipzig. That is why Innovation management is a permanent part of the curriculum.
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