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Presentations Development Policy: Schleswig-Holstein

The state government of Schleswig-Holstein, namely the Ministry for Energy Transition, Climate Protection, Environment and Nature (MEKUN), which is responsible for development cooperation (DC), successfully supports the activities of development policy initiatives, among other things through an annual grant to the state network Bündnis Eine Welt (BEI) Schleswig-Holstein as well as development-related projects of non-governmental organizations through earmarked proceeds from the state's own lottery "BINGO!". In addition, the state is a cooperation partner and contributes its share to the financing of expert promoter positions within the framework of the BMZ's promoter program. The state government cooperates with the BEI in a spirit of trust in the nationwide development cooperation committees.

MEKUN also cooperates with the Service Agency Communities in One World/Engagement Global (especially in the Global Sustainable Communities project), with which a new agreement was concluded in 2020 that also includes a financial contribution from MEKUN. There is a signed agreement with the Lutheran Church in North Germany (Nordkirche) on cooperation on development cooperation and sustainability issues.

The main focus of the ministry's work in the field of DC is to raise awareness among citizens in their own federal state. In this context, DC is understood to be a central element in the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), far beyond its original significance. Thus, on 1 June 2021, the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament adopted a state strategy for education for sustainable development in connection with the UNESCO World Program of Action "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)" and the National Action Plan, and in 2022 an ESD office began its work. The educational mandate is supplemented by the Educational Centre for Nature, Environment and Rural Areas of the State of Schleswig-Holstein as well as by the on-site branch of the regional sustainability network of the Sustainability Council (RENN.nord-SH), in particular by the nationwide joint work starting in 2022. Another building block of the DC work in the state and implementation of SDGs in the areas of sustainable and fair procurement is the Ministry's Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement and Awarding (KNBV), launched in 2020, with a continuation of its tasks until 2030. The KNBV supports all state departments and municipalities in switching their procurements to sustainable and fair products.

With its membership in the Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao e. V. (Sustainable Cocoa Forum), the Ministry wants to set an example in the state for responsible action in the food industry. Discussions with the local confectionery industry led to several new memberships in the forum.

The Ministry of General and Vocational Education, Science, Research and Culture (MBWFK) supports global learning as well as the learning of development policy contexts, as can be seen from the new subject requirements, especially for the subject of geography. Schools in Schleswig-Holstein's "Zukunftsschule.SH" initiative are making a special contribution here. Currently, more than 220 schools are involved in this area (see At a large ESD conference, a joint event of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Environment, the Christian Albrechts University and the Leibnitz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, the Institute for Quality Development at Schools in Schleswig-Holstein and the Education Centre for Nature, Environment and Rural Areas, more than 500 pupils and teachers addressed issues of global learning and many other global challenges in February 2020. In addition, global learning is a focus topic of the UNESCO project schools. The UNESCO Baltic Sea Project network, under the leadership of the German schools, organised an international digital camp on the topic of Global Citizenship Education in May 2021 under the title "Digital Aaroe". The Ministry of Education has been promoting educational events in an online format on global learning at schools in Schleswig-Holstein since February 2021. These show global connections and help to critically reflect on one's own actions.

There is a wide range of cooperation with developing countries in the area of university research and educational work

// Flensburg University of Applied Sciences:


Centre for Business and Technology in Africa (CBTA): The CBTA pools information and know-how on technology and business on the African continent. It offers expertise on topics of particular interest and relevance to business and technology, thus providing decision-makers and researchers with access to network partners, industry and institutions in the tertiary sector in Africa. Professors from various departments at the university and the European University of Flensburg work together at the CBTA.

Ethiopia: DAAD project "Practical partnerships between universities and companies in Germany and in developing countries from 2019" on textile and clothing supply chains in Ethiopia in partnership with Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences, Mekelle University and Bahir Dar University as well as industry partners from Germany and Ethiopia.

Namibia: With the Namibia University of Science and Technology, a specialist center for logistics (Namibian-German Centre for Logistics), Bachelor and Master in Logistics/Supply Chain Management. Cooperation continues in the bachelor’s and Master's degree programs in Business Information Systems.

Kenya: Practical partnership in business informatics with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Kenya: Participation in the consortium for the establishment of an East African-German University of Applied Sciences ("Steinmeier Initiative").

South Africa: Erasmus+ project "Capacity Building in Higher Education - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices" with Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology and Durban University of Technology.

South Africa: Cooperation with Cape Peninsula University of Technology on renewable energies.

South Africa: Cooperation with the Durban University of Technology to set up a virtual campus and create joint virtual study programs.

Focus on Business in Africa in the Bachelor's (and future Master's) program in Business Administration: Training of students in business administration with the aim of better understanding Africa's markets and making sensible market decisions. Students accompany companies in investment projects in Africa.

Southern Africa and East Africa: Long-term project with master’s students in Supply Chain Management and students of Business Information Systems on Base of the Pyramid business models in the transition from the Informal Economy to the Formal Economy.

Minor African New Markets in the master’s program in Business Administration: Advanced study and research on the development of new technologies and economies in Sub-Saharan Africa with the involvement of CBTA partners.

Autumn School (in Flensburg) and Spring School (in changing partner countries in Africa) with students from Africa and Germany on current developments in economics, information technology and energy management.

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Africa Association of German Business (Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Centre for Business and Technology in Africa).

in Indonesia: DAAD-funded project "Subject-related partnerships with universities in developing countries" with Jember University in the field of biotechnology to establish a PhD program with Jember University. Research semesters and bilateral student exchanges with the possibility of a final thesis (BSc, MSc) have been established.

In the Caribbean, there is cooperation in the area of master’s training in renewable energies with the University of the West Indies, Campus St. Augustine (Trinidad & Tobago) and Cave Hill (Barbados) on the basis of an MoU together with the Europa Universität Flensburg.

In Uganda, a training partnership in the area of waste to energy is underway based on an MoU.

Establishment of a master’s degree program in "Maritime Business" with the Universities of Zadar (Croatia) and Portoroz (Slovenia) as part of the internationalization of Croatian degree programs supported by EU funds.

// Kiel University of Applied Sciences:

422 students from developing countries are currently enrolled at Kiel University of Applied Sciences (according to the DAC list), 139 of whom are female. At the Studienkolleg (preparatory course) at Kiel University of Applied Sciences, 74 students from 27 DAC countries are preparing for university entrance. The main countries of origin are Morocco, Nepal, Indonesia and Ukraine.

The following university cooperation with partner universities are being carried out:

Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering:


Changchun, Jilin University

Hangzhou, Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology


Casablanca, Université Hassan II

Rabat, Université Mohamed V

Department of Mechanical Engineering:

Cooperation with the CDHAW (Chinese-German University of Applied Sciences at Tongji University Shanghai/China - double degree) in the field of industrial engineering.

Cooperation with the MDHK (Mexican-German University at the Tec de Monterrey/Mexico) in the field of industrial engineering within the framework of the German University Consortium (DHIK);

Cooperation with IGCHE (Indo-German Center For Higher Education at PSG College Coimbatore/India) in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

Department of Economics:

Sri Lanka, University of Kelaniya

Institute cooperation: Institute for Interdisciplinary Gender Research and Diversity (IGD)

Kyrgyzstan, American University of Central Asia

Indonesia, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Jakarta

Indonesia, Universitas Muhammadiyah, Yogyakarta

Bangladesh, Agricultural University of Bangladesh

Inter-departmental cooperation (contact: International Office):


Hangzhou, China Jiliang University

Qingdao, Ocean University of China (OUC)


Puebla, Universidad de las Américas (UDLAP)

Puebla, Tec de Monterrey

South Africa

Stellenbosch, University, South Africa

University of Pretoria, South Africa


Business and Technology University (BTU), Tbilisi

Tbilisi J. State University (TSU)

Since 2015, Kiel University of Applied Sciences has been cooperating in the Erasmus program with partner countries (KA 107/171) with the above-mentioned partner universities in Georgia, Morocco and South Africa.

// Lübeck University of Applied Sciences:

Among students enrolled full-time from developing countries, the English-language master’s programs are particularly in demand, such as.

Biomedical Engineering,

Water Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Medical Microtechnology

as well as the Erasmus Mundus master’s in applied Ecohydrology

Has signed university cooperation agreements with universities in China, Jordan, Kosovo, Morocco, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.

Has been running the German Chinese Study Model (ECUST-THL) in cooperation with the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai since 2004, which comprises two bachelor’s degree programs: Environmental Engineering and Information Technology, German-Chinese double degree (Bachelor).

Has been running the Sino-German Institute of Applied Engineering (CDAI) in cooperation with Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (ZUST) in Hangzhou since 2014. Other German university partners: FH Westküste and FH Zwickau. THL degree program: Civil Engineering. Studies in China in Chinese and German (own language center), in the second study phase in Germany exclusively in German. German Chinese double degree (Bachelor).

Has been funded in the Erasmus+ program with partner universities with partners in Ukraine and Jordan since 2018 and with Kosovo since 2022.

Works with Ukrainian universities in the field of civil engineering and is funded in several DAAD projects in 2022: "Ukraine-digital-building" and in the joint project "Reconstruction and integrated urban development Ukraine" with TU Kaiserslautern, BTU Cottbus and TU Berlin.

In 2019, the Department of Civil Engineering took part in the Solar Decathlon Africa competition together with the Université de Rabat (Morocco), and in 2021/22 it took part in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in cooperation with Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). The renowned Solar Decathlon competition was launched in the USA in 2002. Nowadays, it is held regularly in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. Within 18 months, admitted university teams have to develop and implement ideas on modern and sustainable building and living.

Offers prospective students who have fled (mainly from developing countries) subject-related, technical study preparation for access to the TH Lübeck.

There are close connections and projects in the area of international research cooperation.

// West Coast University of Applied Sciences:

68 students from developing countries (according to the DAC list) are currently enrolled at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences.

Furthermore, there are numerous cooperation in the field of student and staff mobility as well as in research.

In the Department of Economics there are partnerships with:

Universidad Católica de Salta, Argentina

Universidad de Ibagué, Colombia

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Universidad Anahuác Mayab, Mexico

Universidad Anahuác México, Mexico

North-West University, South Africa

Turkey-Bursa Uludağ University

 Turkey-Karadeniz Technical University

In the field of tourism, additional joint projects and publications are realised through the ICNT network with partners in Mexico (Anáhuac University) and South Africa (North West University). As representatives of German tourism science, faculty members are also involved in the steering committee for corona recovery measures in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, among others.

In the area of research, the Department of Technology also maintains projects and cooperation with various universities in DAC developing countries, particularly in the areas of energy transition and digitalization:

Global University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St Lucia.

EAN Universidad, Colombia

Pontifica Javeriana, Bogóta, Colombia

UNAL, Bogota, Colombia

UCT, Cape Town, South Africa

Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou (ZUST), China

Together with the Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (ZUST), the West Coast University of Applied Sciences has accepted the seventh cohort of Chinese students in the degree program "Electrical and Automation Engineering with a major in Management" (EAM) at the CDAI in Hangzhou/Anji.

In the winter semester 2022/23, 10 Chinese students will continue their studies in Heide with the goal of a German Chinese double degree. double degree. A separate onboarding program helps the EAM students with their social, language and content orientation. Despite the largely restricted travel mobility, there continues to be a lively didactic and professional exchange between lecturers from ZUST and FHW via online formats, as there was last year.

// University of Lübeck:

The university has cooperation of various kinds with institutions and partners in developing countries according to the DAC list of developing countries and territories (valid for the reporting year 2021).

In the field of medicine and medical studies, contacts have existed for many years with the universities in Czernowitz and Kiev (Ukraine) and Chisinau (Moldova). Due to the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine in spring 2022, cooperation with the university in Kiev in particular was intensified to support scientists who had fled. At the University of Lübeck, funding program were also set up to award scholarships to refugee students and researchers from Ukraine.

A long-standing university partnership in the field of medicine exists between the University of Lübeck, the Research Centre Borstel and the University in Windhoek (Namibia).

The University of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in (China) has been a partner university of the University of Lübeck since the 1980s.

Within the framework of the project "Alliance for International Research & Education on Intelligent Systems (AIREIS)" funded by the DAAD funding line "University Dialogue with the Islamic World", there is cooperation with the University of Guilan, Iran.

At the institute or clinic level, there are also cooperative partnerships with facilities and institutions in India, Brazil, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, each of which is characterized by the exchange of students and doctors or scientists and joint research projects.

In addition, there are numerous individual contacts between researchers at the university and the respective cooperation partners in various developing countries.

There are Erasmus+ partnerships with universities in Turkey.

The University of Lübeck's Propädeutikum for refugees and international prospective students, which has been offered since the summer semester of 2016, is an integration project for the linguistic, subject-related, and cultural preparation of refugees and international prospective students for their studies at the University of Lübeck. It is supported by the DAAD and the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

// European University Flensburg:

3-semester master’s program "Energy and Environmental Management" with optional focus on industrialized or developing countries; here up to 12 DAAD full scholarship holders from developing countries per year.

Ghana: Erasmus partnerships in the KA 107 project; support for students (Master's) and doctoral candidates in the field of teacher training, here cooperation with the University of Education, Winneba. School placements for EUF students at schools in Ghana have been organized for 10 years, currently mainly in the field of special needs education.

Partner universities with mainly student exchanges (according to the DAC list) in: Colombia and Mexico

Albania: since 2019, a mobility project within the framework of Erasmus+ (KA 107) with student exchanges and in teaching.

South Africa: since 2022 cooperation with the University of the Western Cape, student and staff mobility, funded by Erasmus+ (KA 171).

// Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU):

Numerous university cooperation and research contacts as well as joint study programs (e.g. double degree programs) with universities and other institutions in BRICS countries and developing countries.

For example, the CAU Institute for Nature and Resource Conservation cooperates with Mandalay University/Myanmar, Yangon Technological University/Myanmar and Myanmar Maritime University in the field of water and environmental sciences. This cooperation took place in 2018 and 2019 as part of a two-year BMBF project (MYNEX, another German cooperation partner is the University of Bonn). Since the beginning of 2020, it has been taking place within the framework of a successfully acquired four-year DAAD project on subject-related university partnerships with developing countries. The aim of the DAAD project is to develop a joint master’s program on sustainable water management under the conditions of global change.

Scholarships are awarded to foreign students and doctoral candidates from various countries of origin; many post-doctoral students from emerging and developing countries. Over 35 years of cooperation with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China, in particular close cooperation in the field of medicine as well as the CAU China Centre with ZJU. In the field of marine sciences, there is a cooperation with the Ocean University in Qingdao, PR China. Since 2016, there has also been a university-wide student exchange agreement with the Beijing Institute of Technology in Beijing and, since 2019, with the Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in Hangzhou.

Since October 2018, CAU has been an associated supporter in the network of the German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) in São Paulo, Brazil. The aim is to strengthen networking and increase visibility in the largest and most populous country in South America. Cooperation and activities in the area of transfer between the university, business and society are also to be considered. Members of the CAU have already established intensive contacts with Brazilian universities and research institutions in recent years. The range of disciplines is broad and extends from marine and geosciences to nanosciences and law to psychology, Romance studies and geography. These diverse individual contacts are to be systematically developed and expanded in the coming years.

For all cooperation, it is true that - due to the Corona pandemic - only very few activities could be carried out in the years 2020 to 2022.

// Lübeck University of Music:


Since its foundation in 1917, the Tbilisi State Conservatoire has been the leading center in the field of ethnic music. The affiliated international research center for traditional polyphony provides unique insights into the diversity of the Georgian musical tradition. As part of the redesign of the educational system, which until now has been very much rooted in Soviet methodology, the MHL and the TSC cooperate in the following core areas: Composition, Electronic Composition; Theory and Practice (Ethnomusicology); Classical and Modern Chamber Music, Singing, Choral Conducting and Curriculum Development.


Exchange of teachers and students from EAFIT University, Medellin


The large Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), Bandung, is mainly responsible for pedagogical training (music teachers of all kinds). The music department deals with indigenous and western music forms. In the master’s and PhD programs, ethnomusicological research and didactic preparation are given high priority. Therefore, the exchange is mainly in the field of ethnomusicology and composition and has been carried out on a private level since 1992 by a member of the MHL (including as a DAAD long-term lecturer). In addition, the MHL is involved in an advisory capacity in the establishment of an EMP study program there.


Exchange of teachers and students from the Universiti Teknologi Mara, Selangor.


The cooperation with the young, up-and-coming Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, Bangkok, currently has two focal points. Selected students from this institute are to be given the opportunity to gain experience in our university orchestra. The MHL supports the further development of this institute with short-term lecturers and is involved in the planning and practical aspects of an annual international symposium.

Exchange of teachers and students of the College of Music of Mahidol University, Bangkok.


Exchange of teachers and students (Erasmus+ funding in program KA131) at Trakya Universitesi in Edirne.


Exchange of teachers and students (DAAD and Erasmus+ funding in the KA131 program) of Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music, Odessa.