"Cross-Border Education and Development Co-Operation"

Bonn, 30 June – 1 July 2005

The education and training of young professionals from developing countries contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Postgraduate courses jointly organised by German universities and their partner institutions in developing countries and countries in transition are specifically designed to meet the particular training requirements of this target group. An international conference in Bonn discussed the frameworks for and practical realisation of such international training networks.

In view of the education and development policy potential of such partnership-based training and in the conviction that close cooperation in higher education is able to make important contributions to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) jointly organised a conference on "Cross-Border Education and Development Cooperation”. The event is part of a joint series of conferences called "Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)" which offers stakeholders from the field of higher education development cooperation a forum for discussion on various models of partnership-based training. Around 100 representatives from German universities and their partners from 20 developing and transition countries plus international education experts and representatives from politics and from organisations active in the field of development cooperation attended the conference.

The conference aimed at examining the prerequisites and the institutional and political frameworks required for successful international training networks. Furthermore, it was discussed what impulses cross-border education can provide for the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.


Conference Programme

Welcome Addresses

Dr Michael Harms, Head of Section Postgraduate Courses for Professionals from Developing Countries, DAAD [pdf, 0,08 MB]

Marijke Wahlers, Head of Section Asia, Australia & Oceania, HRK [pdf, 0,02 MB]

Opening Remarks

Dr Hanns Sylvester, Head of Division Development Co-operation, DAAD [pdf, 2,6 MB]

Keynote Lecture: Global Student Mobility and Cross-Border Education

Dr Marjo Gallé, NUFFIC [pdf, 0,82 MB]

Cross-Border Education on Four Continents - Lessons to be Learned

Professor Volker Kreibich, University of Dortmund [pdf, 4,42 MB]

Dr Sam Afrane,  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (SPRING-Partner) [pdf, 5,48 MB]

The Co-ordination of Cross-Border Education

Workshop 1: Curriculum Development and Joint Degrees

Junior-Professor Utz Dornberger, University of Leipzig
Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam, Hanoi IEC Co Ltd
Presentation [pdf, 1,17 MB]

Professor Karl-Hans Zessin, FU Berlin, [pdf, 1,65 MB]

Professor Lertrak Srikitjakarn, Chiang Mai University [pdf, 4,59 MB]

Workshop 2: Credit Transfer

Professor Manfred Zeller, University of Göttingen
Dr José Dias Osorio, University of Talca
Presentation [pdf, 0,25 MB]

Workshop 3: Blended Learning

Dr Günther Podlacha, InWent [pdf, 1,47 MB]

Erika Wegele, LMU München [pdf, 1 MB]

Workshop 4: Quality Assurance

Professor Reinhard Müller, HAW Hamburg
Xiadong Wu, USST Shanghai
Presentation [pdf, 20,69 MB]

German University Context and Perspective of Partners

Workshop 1: Cross-Border Education against the Background of German Higher Education Reform

Professor Matthias Wolff, University of Bremen [pdf, 7,49 MB]

Professor Herbert Ströbell, FH Weihenstephan [pdf, 1,41 MB]

Workshop 2: Cross-Border Education: Expectations of Universities in Developing and Transition Countries

Dr Benjamin Carino, SPRING-Partner University Philippines
Professor Lertrak Srikitjakarn, Chiang Mai University
Presentation1 [pdf, 4,59 MB]
Presentation2 [pdf, 0,02 MB]

Input Statement: How Can Successful Cross-Border Education Contribute to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals?

Dr Neville Alexander, University of Cape Town [pdf, 0,03 MB]

Discussion: What Kind of Institutional and Political Framework Do We Need to Create a Win-Win Situation in Cross-Border Education?

Dr Neville Alexander, University of Cape Town
Dr Karola Hahn, ISGS Kaiserslautern
Presentation [pdf, 0,06 MB]

Concluding Remarks

Hanns-Wolf Rackl, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development [pdf, 0,02 MB]

Closing Statements

Christian Tauch, Head of International Department, HRK [pdf, 0,08 MB]

Dr Helmut Blumbach, Head of Programme Department Southern Hemisphere, DAAD [pdf, 0,09 MB]