Partnership extension between TUM and KNUST and more exchange with partners from the Global South

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The annual symposium of the TUM SEED Center in Ghana in September saw important decisions taken to strengthen TUM's exchange with its partner universities in the Global South: Firstly, the Memorandum of Understanding with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was renewed. In addition, there will be new opportunities for student exchange in the future through the TUMexchange program – including with universities in Kenya and Peru.

The annual symposium of the TUM SEED Center in Kumasi, Ghana, was an ideal opportunity to conclude new agreements with partners in the Global South. The TUM SEED Center is a lighthouse project of TUM in the Global South funded by the DAAD. Under the leadership of Prof. Frank-Martin Belz, the team conducts research at the interface of sustainable energy and entrepreneurship in collaboration with eight partner universities from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

More exchange with partners in the Global South: "Train our talents together"

The symposium was opened by Prof. Juliane Winkelmann, TUM Senior Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni, to an audience of around 100 participants on the campus of TUM's flagship partner, KNUST. Subsequently, she signed new agreements with universities in the Global South there. "I am very pleased that we can expand the mobility opportunities for our students within the TUM SEED Center partners to train our talents together and thus open up opportunities for intercultural exchange, which is so valuable."

From the winter semester 2024/25, it will be possible for TUM students to go to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Peru, for example, for a stay abroad via TUMexchange. Already in the summer semester of 2024, we will be able to welcome students from these partners to TUM in exchange.

Jointly with Prof. Rita A. Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Juliane Winkelmann signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, which extends the intensive partnership that has existed since 2018 for another five years.

Prof. Winkelmann also visited collaborative projects on research into the reprocessing of medical plastic waste and the ethical handling of artificial intelligence. Furthermore, she exchanged views with Prof. Daniel Duah, Dean of the KNUST International Programs Office, and Priscilla Oyeladun Ajiboye, participant of the initial cohort of the new TUM.Africa Talent program, on this first structured exchange format for doctoral students from TUM and partners in sub-Saharan Africa.

Further information

Whether it is stays abroad for students, exchange opportunities for doctoral students, or research collaborations, TUM offers support at all scientific career levels for cooperation with partner institutions of the Global South and especially with partners from Sub-Saharan Africa. The following additional links will provide comprehensive information about the relevant programs.

More about the TUM Global Incentive Fund
More about the TUM Global Visiting Professor Program
More about the flagship partnership with KNUST
More about TUM Africa.Talent
More about TUMexchange  
More about the TUM SEED Center