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Presentations Development Policy: Schleswig-Holstein

The state government of Schleswig-Holstein, namely the Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment, Nature and Digitalization (MELUND), which is responsible for development cooperation (DC), successfully supports the activities of development policy initiatives through, among other things, 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 provides its share of funding for the five promoter positions currently established in early 2012 as part of the BMZ's pilot project in cooperation with Schleswig-Holstein. The state government cooperates with the BEI in a spirit of trust in the nationwide development cooperation bodies.

MELUND also cooperates with the Service Agency Communities in One World/Engagement Global (here currently primarily in the Global Sustainable Communities project), with which a new agreement was concluded in 2020 that now also includes a fixed financial contribution. There is an agreement signed at the highest level with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Germany (Nordkirche) on cooperation on DC and sustainability issues.

In addition to supporting municipal and school-based North-South partnerships, the ministry's focus in the area of DC is on awareness-raising measures - e.g. in the areas of sustainable and fair procurement (here, a Competence Center for Sustainable Procurement and Awarding - KNBV of the Ministry started its work in 2020 to support primarily municipalities in the conversion of their procurement) and fair trade - as well as educational work within the framework of the UNESCO World Programme of Action "Education for Sustainable Development," now "Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs" ("ESD for 2030"). They are carried out, among others, by or with the Educational Center for Nature, Environment and Rural Areas (BNUR) and by the promoters of global learning. The on-site branch of the regional sustainability networks of the Sustainability Council (RENN.nord-SH) are also occasionally involved in the work.

To strengthen international climate protection, Schleswig-Holstein joined the "Global Climate Leadership" initiative in 2015. As part of the German-Mexican Climate Protection Alliance, MELUND offers support to Schleswig-Holstein players from business and universities in their cooperation with Mexican partners in the field of renewable energies and climate protection.

With its membership in the Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao e. V. (Sustainable Cocoa Forum), the Ministry would like to set an example in the state for responsible action in the food industry. Initial positive discussions with the local confectionery industry have taken place and have since led to several memberships in the forum.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (MBWK) supports global learning and 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 in this area. Currently, more than 250 schools are involved in this area (see In addition, global learning is a focus topic of the UNESCO project schools. In September 2018, they organized an international symposium together with the UNESCO Baltic Sea Project, where 300 participants dealt in particular with Global Citizenship Education.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MWVATT) annually finances a further training measure organized with WTSH GmbH for specialists and managers from the Chinese partner province of Zhejiang.

There is a wide range of cooperation with developing countries in the field of university research and education:

// Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (selection):


Centre for Business and Technology in Africa (CBTA): The CBTA bundles 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 scientists 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 apparel supply chains in Ethiopia in partnership with Reutlingen University, 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. Further cooperation in the bachelor's and master's degree programs in business informatics.

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 thesis work (BSc, MSc) have been established.

in the Caribbean there is a cooperation in the field of master education in renewable energies with the University of the West Indies, Campus St. Augustine (Trinidad & Tobago) and Cave Hill (Barbados) on the basis of a MoU together with the Europa University Flensburg.

// Kiel University of Applied Sciences:

There are currently 413 students from developing countries enrolled at Kiel University of Applied Sciences (according to the DAC list), including 126 females. At the Studienkolleg (preparatory course) at Kiel University of Applied Sciences, 101 students (according to the DAC list) are preparing for university admission. The main countries of origin are Vietnam, Syria and Morocco.

The following university cooperations with partner universities are carried out (selection):

Department of Mechanical Engineering:

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

Department of Economics:

Sri Lanka, University of Kelaniya

Institute Cooperations: 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

Interdepartmental cooperation (contact: International Office):


Puebla, Universidad de las Américas (UDLAP)

Puebla, Tec de Monterrey


Business and Technology University (BTU), Tbilisi

Tbilisi Invene J. State University (TSU)

// Lübeck University of Technology:

Has approximately 250 students from developing countries enrolled in full-time studies.

Particularly noteworthy, as they are in high demand, are Master's programs in English, such as

Biomedical Engineering,

Water Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

runs the bachelor's degree programs Environmental Engineering and Information Technology in cooperation with the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai.

runs the bachelor's degree program in Civil Engineering in cooperation with Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (ZUST).

cooperates with Ukrainian universities in the field of civil engineering (DAAD or EU funding).

// University of Lübeck:

The university has cooperations of various kinds with institutions and partners in developing countries according to the current DAC list (2018-2020).

A long-standing university partnership in the field of medicine exists between the University of Lübeck, the Research Center Borstel and the University in Windhoek (Namibia). The joint exchange activities are supported by the DAAD project "BREATHE - Respiratory Health for Namibia". Within this framework, a joint "Academy for Respiratory Medicine" lasting several days and a course in emergency medicine are held annually in Namibia. Physicians and scientists from both countries impart knowledge in emergency medicine and respiratory medicine to students and doctoral candidates.

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, professional and cultural preparation of refugees and international prospective students for specialized 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 annually.

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. For 10 years, school internships for EUF students have been organized at schools in Ghana, currently mainly in the field of special education.

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

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

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

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

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

Awarding scholarships to foreign students and doctoral students from different countries of origin; many postdoctoral students from emerging and developing countries. More than 30 years of cooperation with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China, in particular close cooperation in the field of medicine as well as the CAU China Center with ZJU. In 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.

Members in Kiel's Ocean of the Future Research Network participate in capacity-building activities, including in the Cape Verde Islands and, as part of the UNESCO/IOC Chair in Marine Sciences, in projects such as TTR (Teaching through Research), Master's and PhD student exchanges or summer schools, and targeted research for local impact. These activities are mainly implemented through the Master Program "Climate Change and Marine Sciences" with the Atlantic Technical University of Cabo Verde (UTA - Universidade Técnica do Atlântico), which is part of the WASCAL program (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) funded by the BMBF and open to participants* in Western Africa.

In the field of marine sciences, there are long-standing collaborations between GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Cape Verde. At the end of 2017, the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo was commissioned as a logistics base for research in the area of the eastern tropical Atlantic. In addition to research, capacity development is also a focus in the region. Since 2019, GEOMAR has been involved in student training in a master's program on climate change and marine sciences at the Faculty of Engineering and Marine Sciences of the University of Cabo Verde as part of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL).

In addition, GEOMAR has for many years coordinated GAME (Global Approach through Modular Experiments), an international research and education program for students of biology and environmental sciences. GAME cooperates with a network of scientific partner institutions in many countries on all continents. This network also prepares students for scientific work abroad. For this purpose, GAME has developed a special team concept in which one German participant works closely with a foreign participant. GAME thus combines scientific training with an intensive cultural and social experience.

CAU has been an associated supporter in the network of the German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) in São Paulo, Brazil, since October 2018. The goal 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 focused on. 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.

//Music University of Lübeck:


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 then was very much rooted in Soviet methodology, MHL and TSC cooperate in the following core areas: Composition, Electronic Composition; Theory and Practice (Ethnomusicology); Classical and Modern Chamber Music and Curriculum Development.


The large Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), Bandung, is primarily responsible for pedagogical training (music teachers of all kinds). The music department deals with indigenous and western music forms. In the Master and PhD program ethnomusicological research and didactic preparation are highly emphasized. 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 (among others also as a DAAD long-term lecturer). In addition, the MHL is involved in an advisory capacity in the establishment of an EMP course there.


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

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Exchange of teachers and students (DAAD funding) at the Gnessin Academy of Music, Moscow.


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 teaching staff 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 (DAAD funding) of the Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music, Odessa.