Day 1 – March 20, 2017
How higher education and science can contribute to the achievement of all the SDGs
Higher education and science are seen as drivers of transformation in all development areas. The higher education and scientific community is tasked with developing visions for more sustainable societies, exploring development pathways, supporting sustainable technological and social innovation, and empowering people to shape the transformation process.
The following questions emerging from these challenges will guide our reflections and discussions:
- What does sustainability mean for higher education and science and how can it be ensured?
- What kind of higher education do we need to train qualified and responsible decision-makers, experts and scientists?
- How can scientific research help to generate findings of relevance to the sustainable transformation of our society? How can we make better use of these findings?
- Which kind of partnerships and communication structures are key to this process? Who learns from whom and what do they learn? Between South and North, with stakeholders from politics, society and business, and from the development cooperation arena.
- How does the higher education and research sector need to proceed in order to fulfill these tasks? What good practices exist? What kind of resources and incentives are needed to support this development?
Welcome and Opening remarks
Roland Lindenthal, Head of Division, Education and the Digital World, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Barbara Unger and Hinrich Mercker, facilitators
Food for thought regarding the following questions:
What explicit and implicit roles does the 2030 Agenda attribute to higher education and science?
What is the current state of the art in debates and examples of ‘transformative higher education and research’ from a German, international and African perspective?
What kind of partnerships and alliances are essential to effective international and development cooperation in matters of global sustainability?
Prof. Dirk Messner, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Response: Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University, South Africa
|11:00-11:30||Tea / coffee break|
Thinking Labs (TL) – cycle one
TL 1) German-Arab-Master’s Programmes (GAMP): South-North networks for joint learning and research in the development context
Werner Wasmuth, GIZ, Andreas Böhler, DAAD, Prof. Mohamed A. Salheen, Ain Shams University, Franziska Laue, University of Stuttgart
TL 2) New Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Development (NoPa): the connection between research support and development cooperation projects
Ilona Daun, DAAD, Christoph Buedke and Marcus Regis, GIZ
TL 3) Bilateral graduate schools contributing to the development of transformative research approaches
Lars Gerold, DAAD, Prof. Philipp Misselwitz, TU Berlin, Department of Architecture, Taki Sithagu, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Architecture and Planning, Aditya Kumar, Development Action Group (DAG)
TL 4) Labour market oriented higher education - cooperation between higher education institutions and the private sector
Dr. Karola Hahn, GIZ and Prof. Dr. Anton Mangstl; Prof. Jürgen Bode, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS), Prof. Natheer Abu Obeid, German Jordanian University (GJU), Tobias Wolf, (DAAD)
Lunch and poster market
First impressions from the Thinking Labs (plenary discussion)
Thinking Labs – cycle two
Tea / coffee break
Results from the Thinking Labs – rapporteurs from Thinking Labs engage in discussion with representatives of organising organizations
Dr. Thomas Hesse, Deputy Secretary General, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)
Stefan Bienefeld, Head of Division Development Cooperation and Transregional Programmes, DAAD
Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann, Director, Economic and Social Development Division, Department of Sector and Global Programmes, GIZ
Bettina Tewinkel, Head of Division Southern Africa, Health, Education, Social Protection, KfW Development Bank
Closing of day 1 and look ahead to day 2
Barbara Unger and Hinrich Mercker, facilitators
|17:00-18:00||Guided tour of Gendarmenmarkt, Bebelplatz to the Humboldt University|
Welcome and Opening Remarks at the Humboldt University (Senate Hall)
Prof. Eva-Inés Obergfell, Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Susanne Neubert, Director Centre for Rural Development
Prof. Narciso Matos, Pro-Rector of the Polytechnic University of Mozambique and former Executive Director of the Foundation for Community Development
Reception at the Humboldt University (Senate Hall) and networking dinner
Day 2 – March 21, 2017
Higher education and science play an essential role in achieving SDG 4
As part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, the standards against which higher education will be measured are high: it should be universally accessible, affordable and of high quality. Furthermore, it should promote skills that are relevant for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. More scholarships should be granted to least developed countries in particular. There is a need for well-qualified researchers, teachers and competent graduates to fill seminal positions – in the global South as well as the global North.
The following questions will guide our reflections and discussions:
- How can we ensure quality and relevance in higher education while at the same time expanding equal access and inclusion?
- How do we finance higher education systems facing the challenges of quality and broader access? What mix of financial instruments is appropriate (public and private, North and South)?
- How do we ensure that an increased number of scholarships for least developed countries have an impact on sustainable development?
Barbara Unger and Hinrich Mercker
The keynote will focus on reflections on how to translate relevant targets of SDG 4 into meaningful and feasible higher education strategies at governmental and institutional level. Based on experiences from Latin America, the speaker will particularly address strategies and challenges with regard to enhancing quality and relevance in higher education while at the same time increasing access and inclusion in the sector.
Prof. Dilvo Ristoff, until recently Ministry of Education, Brazil
Interview with Dr. Beatrice Khamati Njenga, Head Education Division, African Union Commission
OS 1) Inclusion and equity
Christoph Hansert and Lena Leumer, DAAD, Dr. Liz Marr, Open University, UK
OS 2) Financing higher education
Ulrich Jahn and Dr. Detlef Hanne, KfW
OS 3) Enhancing quality, governance and relevance – the role of higher education management
Stefan Bienefeld, DAAD, Prof. Dr. Mike Kuria, IUCEA, Dr. Karola Hahn, GIZ
OS 4) Scholarships within the 2030 Agenda
Cay Etzold, DAAD, Dr. Daniela Kneißl, AvH, Henner Kirchner, GIZ, Maren Kröger, UNHCR, Prof. Turoop Losenge, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
OS 5) What do we understand by interdisciplinarity?
Prof. Matthias Weiter, Humboldt University in Berlin, Gilda Monjane, Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME)
OS 6) Transforming Higher Education in Africa
Prof. Phillip Clay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Piyushi Kotecha, Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University, South Africa
Tea / coffee break
|11:45-12:15||Gallery walk: insights into the open space session
Wrap-up of the expert meeting
Impressions from an observer and final statements
Michael Holländer, Program Manager Sector Program Education, GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)