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Alumni Spring School


Global Transformation towards Sustainability

-Transdisciplinary Peer Learning between Africa, Europe and Rising Powers for the 2030 Agenda-

April 1 10, 2019, Bonn, Germany


The University of Bonn and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) are partners in the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research. In a joint Spring School we invite African Germany-Alumni from any field of study and Alumni of the Managing Global Governance Academy (MGG) of the DIE to come to Bonn, Germany in April 2019.

If you are interested in the Spring School, please check the section "Who can apply" first to see if you fulfill the requirements.


Within the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, multi-stakeholder participation is an important approach to contribute to sustainable changes in economies, societies and the environment. Especially SDG 17 emphasizes the importance of strengthening global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the Agenda 2030. The Alumni Spring School aims at fostering partnerships and networks by overcoming regional and disciplinary borders.  Knowledge transfer among participants from developing and emerging powers at the science-policy-interface is a main part of this concept. Participants will benefit from generating and sharing scientific knowledge products through dynamic peer learning groups. Solution-based analyses of challenges from multi-participants perspectives acknowledge the diversity of cultures within the global dialogue.

The program is based on four core elements:

  1. Materials for preparation.
  2. Content-related input and discussion.
  3. Peer learning.
  4. Theoretical and practical elements of scientific communication.

Program Draft*

Modules and Guest Lectures
Modules and Guest Lectures on selected issues such as:

  • Sustainability
  • Global Cooperation
  • Knowledge Products
  • Digitalization
  • Academic Policy Advice
  • Science-policy-interface in practice

Visits and Specials
Additionally to modules and lectures, the program includes visits to organizations and institutions in Bonn and further specials, for example:

  • Visit to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Visit to the UN-Campus
  • Visit to the German Development Institute
  • Walk-Shop at Waldau/Kottenforst Bonn
  • Sustainability Tour Bonn

*Short-term changes possible

Who can apply?

You can apply for the program if you are:

  • An African Germany-Alumnus of any German University currently living in Africa*


  • An Alumnus of the Managing Global Governance Academy (MGG).

and in addition to that:

  • Interested in sustainability topics

*A Germany-Alumnus is a person graduated from or spent at least 3 month at a German University e.g. during an Erasmus semester, as a PhD candidate, in a study program, as an employee, research fellow etc. Please make sure to upload an official certificate of your stay at the German University.

DAAD in country/ in region scholars are not considered as Germany-Alumni.

Please note before you put precious time into applying:

We will only consider applicants that fulfill all the necessary requirements as mentioned above. We are expecting a lot of applications and cannot make any exceptions.


How to apply?

The application deadline for 2019 was: December 31, 2018.

Successful applicants will be informed by January 21, 2019.

We strongly recommend to already get informed about visa requirements and deadlines!

Program Costs

The program will provide the following services:

  • Modules, workshops, excursions
  • Welcome and farewell events incl. meals
  • Hotel accommodation for the duration of the spring school (31 March 10 April, 2019)
  • Travel cost reimbursement (up to 1,200 Euro, in exceptional cases the reimbursement may be higher)
  • Visa costs up to 60 Euro
  • Insurance covering health, accident and personal liability risks
  • Public transportation ticket

Participants have to take care of any further expenses during the spring school and accommodation before or after the spring school.

Costs will be covered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


We strongly recommend to already get informed about visa requirements and deadlines!


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions:

University of Bonn
International Office

Mira Zöller
Poppelsdorfer Allee 102
53115 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49-228 / 73-60493

Notification: Program implementation with reservation to allocation of DAAD funding.


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