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Manoj Basnyat († 12. January 2021)

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12.01.2021 – The SPRING-Community mourns the death of Manoj Basnyat Alumnus from Batch 1989/1990. He died on January 12th in New York.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


24.12.2020 – The SPRING Team wishes you a merry christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year 2021


Welcome to Batch No. 37

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11.11.2020 – The international students of the SPRING - class 2020/21 were warmly welcomed to our faculty on 26 and 27 October 2020.


SPRING Alumni Conference: Cross-Regional Dialogue 2020


27.10.2020 – Last 23-25 October 2020, the SPRING International Association of Development Planners (SIADP) - Chile Alumni Group held the "SPRING Cross-Regional Dialogue 2020 with the theme: Responding to the Global Pandemic towards a Sustainable and Resilient Future. The SPRING Cross-Regional Dialogue was a three-day virtual conference, which brought together practical experiences and theoretical reflections of invited speakers and SPRING Programme alumni on planning policies, guidelines and practices related to the global COVID-19 pandemic response. Its main objective was to have a deeper understanding of how these practices contribute to emerging transformative planning approaches and resilient regional spatial development.


SPRING Cross-Regional Dialogue 2020

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07.10.2020 – SPRING Alumni in Valdivia, Chile (LAC) and members of the "SPRING International Association for Development Planning" (SIADP) organizing the "SPRING Cross-Regional Dialogue: Responding to the Global Pandemic towards a Sustainable and Resilient Future". This conference will take place online on 23 - 25 October 2020.


SPRING online teaching knows no spatial boundaries


17.07.2020 – The current COVID-19 situation has challenged the Master Programme SPRING in this summer semester.
The SPRING students come from all over the world (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Colombia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Uganda). Some of them flew back to their home countries before the Corona crisis, some of them were stranded somewhere on their journey to their home countries or were still in Dortmund far away from their home country.


Summer School "SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP" - Online-Edition

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15.07.2020 – "I have an idea and want to become self-employed, is that possible?"
This question occupied the international students of the Master Programme SPRING at the beginning of July.


Digital start of the SPRING Programme


20.05.2020 – SPRING entered in a new era. On April 20th all SPRING courses started for the first time online in order to reduce social contact as much as possible and to contain the infection.


Let's remember the refugees, IDPs and homeless in this COVID-19 struggle

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19.05.2020 – The SPRING students of the current Batch 19/20 created a campaign to draw attention to the refugees and other people without homes who are especially affected by this Corona crisis, worldwide.


Coronavirus 2


17.03.2020 – SPRING Office closed until April 20, 2020
In order to make an effective contribution to slowing down the ongoing corona pandemic, the presence on campus should be reduced. The SPRING team therefore is now in home office mode. We kindly ask you to communicate with us via email. Thank you for your understanding.


Coronavirus 1


16.03.2020 – Semester start postponed to April 20, 2020. All written and oral examination as well as excursions and workshops scheduled during semester break are cancelled.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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18.12.2019 – The SPRING Team wishes you a merry christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year 2020


EHEF Networking Night and PSBA International Colloquium


12.11.2019 – On Friday, 25 October 2019, the Networking Night for EHEF took place. As representatives of the SPRING Philippines Ms. Mary-Ann Esporas and Mr. Vinson Serrano attended.
Also last Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 November 2019, some of the SPRING students were invited to attend and present in the International Colloquium of the Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA)- Manila.


SPRING Network Meeting 2019

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11.11.2019 – In the week from November 11 to 15 the annual SPRING Network Meeting took place at the TU Dortmund University.


GIZ Students' Day on Urban Development

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08.11.2019 – On November 8, the GIZ Students' Day of Urban Development took place in Eschborn


Gregory Bituin visited SPRING


01.11.2019 – Gregory Bituin (Batch 2003/04) visited us again, 16 years after he came to Dortmund for his first year of studies at SPRING.


Cross Cultural Training

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19.10.2019 – On October 19 and 20 the SPRING Batch took part in the Cross Cultural Training


Welcome to Batch No. 36


08.10.2019 – The international students of the SPRING - class 2019/20 were warmly welcomed to our faculty by the dean Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann and the head of the course Prof'in Dr. Sophie Schramm on 07 October 2019.


Manfred Max-Neef († 8. August 2019)

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14.08.2019 – We have lost a brilliant thinker and outstanding visionary. SPRING Dortmund mourns Manfred Max Neef (1932 – 2019).


Final examinations at the SPRING partner universities

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31.07.2019 – In May and July the final examinations of the M.Sc. SPRING students took place at the four SPRING partner universities.


Farewell to SPRING 2018/19 Batch


19.07.2019 – On 19th July 2019 SPRING Batch 2018/19 spent their last day at campus in Dortmund. The students are now on their way to their second year destinations at SPRING partner universities.


SPRING Alumni Winter School in Valdivia, Chile


15.07.2019 – "Regional Developemnt Planning and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local level in Latin America and the Carribean" - this was the topic SPRING Alumni worked on at a self-organized Winter School in Valdivia, Chile from July 8 - 12, 2019.


Summer School 2019 - "Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries"

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27.05.2019 – From the idea to the foundation of a business. Find out what SPRING and AGEP students learned at the Summer School 2019.


SPRING-Party 2019


10.05.2019 – In this May, the SPRING students celebrated the cultural exchange at the annual SPRING-Party. Read more to find out what they did.


Berlin Excursion 2019

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01.04.2019 – In this March our SPRING batch went on the annual excursion to the German capital, Berlin. On four days, with a multifarious and and inspiring programm, they learned a lot about the history of the city, but also the current planning activities. It was a highlight for every student.


Happy New Year


07.01.2019 – We all wish you a prosperous and happy New Year 2019.


Jilan Hosni visted SPRING

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28.11.2018 – Jilan Hosni (Batch 2015/17) from Egypt graduated at UACh, Valdiva, Chile in 2017. Since the completion of SPRING, she interim works as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Urban Planning and Design in Stuttgart, Germany. Now she visited SPRING.


SPRING student at ACP/EC/UN-Habitat International Tripartite Conference

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20.11.2018 – Sègla Emmanuelle Laurinda GODJO, SPRING student Batch 2017/19, from Benin Republic, has attended the Third ACP/EC/UN-Habitat International Tripartite Conference on “Transforming African, Caribbean and Pacific cities, leaving no one behind: engaging in large scale investments in slums” in Brussels from 14th to 16th November 2018.


Research of SPRING alumni published in the Journal TRIALOG


25.10.2018 – Ricardo G Paris, Aurelia Guasch Antúnez and Maria Fernanda Romero, alumni of SPRING Batch 2015-17, have published an article in the Journal TRIALOG about strategic and community-based planning in urban development.


SPRING alumna Christine Bonsu is now Research Fellow at the DLR in Berlin

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16.10.2018 – Christine Bonsu is a SPRING Alumna of the batch 2013/15. She has studied her first year of SPRING at the TU Dortmund University and her second year at KNUST, Ghana. After the successful completion of the SPRING programme, she has worked with Scania West Africa Ltd. In Ghana as a Transport Planner and subsequently as a Sustainable Transport Solutions Manager.


SPRING alumnus Basheer Saeed new Head of Department at the University of Duhok


16.10.2018 – After completing SPRING master’s program in 2008, Basheer Saeed returned to his home country, Iraq, to teach at the University of Duhok in the Department of Spatial Planning. In 2011, he obtained a Human Capacity Development Program (HCDP) Fellowship


Internship of Fenesia at the UNESCO office in Jakarta


28.09.2018 – Fenesia, one of Carlo Schmidt Awardees from SPRING in 2017, finished her internship at UNESCO Office Jakarta in last March 2018. During her internship, one of her assignments was to develop a report on ‘Good Practices for Applying Eco-labelling in Asia and the Pacific Biosphere Reserves’ under Water and Environmental Science Unit (WES).


SPRING Excursion to East Germany

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24.09.2018 – In September the new SPRING Batch of 2018/19 went on an excursion to East Germany. The Excursion was the final part of their German language and culture class. The students visited the cities Weimar, Jena and Dresden. Moreover, they went to the famous UNESCO world heritage castle Wartburg where Luther translated the New Testament.


Research of SPRING alumnus published in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture


19.09.2018 – Francis Dakyaga, an alumnus of SPRING from the batch 2015-17 has published an article in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. It is one of other upcoming articles from a second year’s master’s dissertation of the SPRING programme that assessed accessibility of private-led water supply in the informal settlements.


Interview with Wubalem Fekade - SPRING Alumnus of the Batch 1986-1988


27.08.2018 – As part of the 50th anniversary of the TU Dortmund, a SPRING graduate of the first hour was interviewed - In September 1986, Wubalem Fekade from Ethiopia came to Dortmund as a student in the newly established Master’s Programme in Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies (SPRING).


Keynote Lecture by Einhard Schmidt-Kallert in Dodoma, Tanzania

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17.08.2018 – On June 28th, 2018 Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (the former Head of SPRING Dortmund) gave a keynote lecture at an international conference in Dodoma, Tanzania’s new capital.


Farewell to SPRING 2017/18 Batch

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17.08.2018 – On 3rd August 2018 Mr. Samuel Awatey who served as a class speaker for his year group (SPRING 2017/18 Batch) in Dortmund visited the SPRING Coordinator before embarking on his transit to Ghana and onward journey to the second-year mobility destination—Valdivia (Chile).


Two scholarships for SPRING Graduates at UN Organisations

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17.08.2018 – As part of the Carlo-Schmidt-Programme the DAAD grants scholarships for internships at UN organisations to professionally excellent postgraduates. The programme is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This year, just as last two years, two of three submitted applications from SPRING Alumni convinced the selection panel.


Final Examinations at the SPRING universities


17.08.2018 – From May to July, the final examinations took place at the SPRING partner universities in Chile, the Philippines, Ghana and Tanzania.


Gilbert Chilinde visited SPRING

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15.06.2018 – Gilbert Chilinde (Batch 2009/11) from Malawi has visited SPRING while attending the “PhD proposal development” workshop offered by the research project GOLAREA - Governance and Planning of Resilient Cities in East Africa and the annual conference of TRIALOG 2018 on “Resilient Urban Development versus the Right to the City?”


SPRING Party 2018


25.05.2018 – On May 4th, 2018 the SPRING students celebrated the annual SPRING Party.


Excursion to Berlin 2018

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30.03.2018 – This March the SPRING students went on a four-day excursion to Berlin. The trip is a part of Module 1 and gives the students the opportunity to learn more about planning in Germany’s capital city.


Conference on "Planning towards Sustainability and Resilience" in Manila, The Philippines

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20.03.2018 – Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (the former Head of SPRING Dortmund) gave a keynote lecture at an international conference in Manila. In his talk entitled „From Habitat I (Vancouver) to Habitat III (Quito) and beyond – Lofty Objectives, but Meagre Impact on the Ground?” he gave an overview of the international debate on urban housing policies and urbanisation in general over the last 40 years


SPRING Student at Global Landscapes Forum Bonn


23.02.2018 – The Global Landscapes Forum, held at the World Conference Center in Bonn, on 19-20 December 2017 brought together concerned individuals from all around the globe. As a privileged participant of this global phenomena, this year’s SPRING student Tamanna Rahman felt motivated for acting as a patron for earth's wellbeing, to fight for the prospective sustainability of its diverse landscapes.


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08.12.2017 – This year, Tamanna Rahman from Bangladesh, one of our SPRING students from TU Dortmund 2017/2018, will be attending the Global Landscapes Forum to be held at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany from Dec 19 - 20, 2017. Her Expression of Interest to join the Big Event, was selected as One of the Top 10 submissions (entry no #6) from the International Students’ Day Special Access Offer. Tamanna will get the unique opportunity to meet the President of Mauritius Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib Fakim, Yogi and Spiritual leader Sadhguru, UN Environment Director General, Cultural Instigator Scott Goodson and Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Rob Burnet at the World’s Largest Gathering on Sustainability Issues.


Winter School Social Entrepreneurship


02.12.2017 – On the first and second of december 2017, the SPRING students attended a two day workshop organized by the Impact HUB Ruhr aiming to develop business skills for social entrepreneurship in developing countries.


SPRING Global Network Meeting 2017

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23.11.2017 – November 2017 - From Nov. 06 to 10 the annual SPRING Network Meeting took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
All partner universities had sent their representatives:


Conrad Hendrarto visited SPRING

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16.11.2017 – 16th November 2017 - Conrad Hendrarto (SPRING Batch 1991/93) from Indonesia visited SPRING Dortmund while attending the UNFCCC COP 23 at Bonn where he delivered a presentation on “Policy of Village Development”.
The current SPRING students could benefit likewise from his presentation and learned about his professional experiences and outstanding career through bridging two generations of the SPRING family.
After graduating from SPRING, Conrad obtained his doctoral Degree in Islamic Economics and Finance from the Trisakti University at Jakarta, Indonesia and is currently working as Expert for the Minister for Regional Development at the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantage Region and Transmigration for the Republic of Indonesia.


Scholarships of the Carlo-Schmidt-Programme for SPRING Alumni


22.08.2017 – As part of the Carlo-Schmidt-Programme the DAAD grants scholarships for internships at UN organisations to professionally excellent postgraduates. The programme is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This year, just as last year, two of three submitted applications from SPRING Alumni convinced the selection panel. Fenesia from Indonesia and Ricardo Gellert Paris Jr. from Brazil obtained an internship at the UNESCO Office in Jakarta (Indonesia) and the WFP in La Paz (Bolivia) for 6 months, starting in September.


Congratulations to the masters degree


22.08.2017 – From May to July, the final examinations took place at the SPRING partner universities in Chile, the Philippines, Ghana and Tanzania.
For the Master thesis defenses, representatives from Dortmund travelled to the partner universities as external examiners: Dr. Anne Weber attended the examinations in Chile, Dr. Wolfgang Scholz in Ghana, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh in the Philippines and Dr. Genet Alem in Tanzania.
All 17 students successfully completed the M.Sc. SPRING. We congratulate all students of the Batch 2015-2017 on their Master’s degree!
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Final BBQ of the 2016/17 SPRING Batch


24.07.2017 – It felt like The first SPRING year is ending for the Batch 2016/17. All the students were preparing to leave Germany for their second year destinations. The evening before the first student had to leave Germany, the SPRING batch had a big BBQ with music, lots of traditional food from different countries and dancing and everyone enjoyed the evening a lot.


GIZ Students' Day on Urban Development


02.03.2017 – On the 3rd of Feburary, the current SPRING delegation travelled to the GIZ headquarter in Eschborn, where the annual GIZ Students' Day on Urban Development took place.


Dr. Bernd Jenssen, former Managing Director of SPRING, has passed away


11.01.2017 – SPRING-Alumi, former and as well present staff of the School of Spatial Planning will keep him in memory as a highly dedicated lecturer and colleague.
n the early eighties Dr. Jenssen, together with other members of the School of Spatial Planning, initiated the establishment of the innovative Master Programme SPRING. He was decisively involved in preparing the application for financial support to the Bund-Länder-Kommission and the development of the SPRING curriculum.


Annual SPRING Party


21.11.2016 – On Mai 22nd, 2015 the annual SPRING party, which was organized by the current batch, has taken place in the SPRING facilities.


SPRING Opening Ceremony 2016


17.10.2016 – And another semester has started! On October 16th - 17th the new SPRING batch of 14 students from 11 different countries were welcomed by the faculty of the School of Spatial Planning.


Reintegration Workshop of Graduates of EPOS in Hanoi


27.09.2016 – In the beginning of September, the third reintegration workshop for graduates of the Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) in Vietnam have been held at the German-Vietnamese Centre in Hanoi. It was jointly organised by the EPOS courses Development Management of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and SPRING, whereas Prof. Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert led through the workshop.


Excursion to East Germany 2016


23.09.2016 – Between September 23rd and September 25th, the new SPRING batch 2016/17 discovered German culture and history on an excursion to Eastern Germany.


SPRING Summer School in Nepal: Reconciling biodiversity conservation and livelihood needs in Nepal


20.09.2016 – Five years after having conducted an African summer school in Arusha, Tanzania, on the same topic, we organized a summer school on “Reconciling biodiversity conservation and livelihood needs” for Asian alumni in Nepal.


Sommerfest 2016 at TU Dortmund


06.07.2016 – On the 6th of July, the 7th Sommerfest of the TU Dortmund took place. The SPRING students also participated and prepared food from their homecountrys.They really enjoyed it from the beginning of the preparation to the day of the Sommerfest.


Annual SPRING Party


22.04.2016 – On April 22 the annual SPRING party has taken place.


New DAAD offer: Courses for reintegration


03.03.2016 – After graduating abroad and returning to their home country, students often report that they are struggling to find back in their old job or to find a new job. This might happen due to a lack of organization in the respective country but also because of corruption and/ or debates within the families.


Berlin Excursion 2016


24.02.2016 – The SPRING batch 2015/16 discovered German culture and history on a four-day excursion to Berlin. Under the guidance of Paula Quentin we explored the capital of Germany from 24th to 27th February 2016.


Interview on MDG8 and SDG's by Christine Bonsu


13.01.2016 – As part of the interview series Goal 8: Building a global partnership for development, Christine Bonsu (SPRING Batch 2013/15) gave an interview on the Millennium Development Goal 8 and Sustainable Development Goals to the DAAD.


Engagement Weltweit - professional fair


14.11.2015 – On November 14th Vilim Brezina, responsible for public relations of the School of Spatial Planning, and the student assistants Ricarda Koch and Maria Kik represented the SPRING programme at the annual development related fair ENGAGEMENT WELTWEIT in Bonn.


SPRING Network Meeting 2015


09.11.2015 – November 2015 - From Nov. 9 to 13 the annual SPRING Network Meeting took place in Kumasi, Ghana.


Semester Opening Ceremony 2015/16


19.10.2015 – On October 19th - 20th the official opening ceremony was held to welcome 18 new members of the SPRING family from four different continents by the School of Spatial Planning.


Farewell to Dr. Karin Gaesing


01.10.2015 – Dr. Karin Gaesing, long time SPRING lecturer, started her new job at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) at the University of Duisburg.


Excursion to East Germany 2015


12.09.2015 – From saturday, 12th of september to monday evening, 14th of september the new SPRING Batch 2015/16 discovered German culture on a 3 day excursion to east Germany as a part of the German language course.


Final Event 2015


14.08.2015 – On August 14th we celebrated the farewell of the SPRING batch 2014/15 with the annual Final Event.


Workshop in Kenya


05.06.2015 – On June 5th and 6th 2015 the second Workshop on “Reintegration into domestic job markets - Kenya” was held at the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. This is a networking activity initiated by EPOS-network coordinator Robin Pass.


Annual SPRING Party is Coming Up

22.05.2015 – Looking forward to the annual SPRING party on 22nd May, we don't want to hide from you the spirit that can be created by an encounter of people from all around the world.


Silence Candle Prayer


06.05.2015 – On 6th May a silence candle prayer has taken place in the SPRING facilities in order to commemorate the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Since the current SPRING batch includes one Nepalese, the compassion was especially high.


GIZ Student Days

16.01.2015 – On January 16th, 2015, the SPRING students attended the GIZ “Students‘ Day on Urban Development 2015” with the topic “Communal and urban development ininternational shared development work”.


SPRING Colloquium Series – Member of the German Parliament Peter Stein at the TU Dortmund


09.01.2015 – On the 9th of January 2015, Peter Stein, Member of the German Parliament, gave a presentation on "The Function of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development in the Context of German Development cooperation" at the TU Dortmund.


SPRING Colloquium Special Event - Neven Subotic presents his foundation


10.12.2014 – On the 10th of December 2014, from 16:00 to 18:00, Neven Subotic, professional football player from Borussia Dortmund, will give a presentation on his foundation – the Neven-Subotic-Foundation – and his motivation behind it, in a special event in the framework of the SPRING Colloquium series.


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10.12.2014 – On the 10th of December at a SPRING Colloquium special event the professional football player of Dortmund's BVB gave a presentation on his foundation, the Neven-Subotic-Foundation.


SPRING Network Meeting 2014


10.11.2014 – November 2014 - From Nov. 10 to 14 the annual SPRING Network Meeting took place in Dortmund. All partner universities had sent their representatives: Dr. Felix Fuders and Patricio Belloy (UACh), Dr. Mario Delos Reyes and Carmeli Marie C. Chaves (UP-SURP), Dr. Eric Oduro-Ofori (KNUST), Dr. Ally Hasan Namangaya (ARU) and Prof. Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Tietz, Dr. Karin Gaesing, Dr. Wolfgang Scholz and Dr. Anne Weber (TU Do).


Semester Opening 2014


06.10.2014 – On October 6th - 7th the 19 new SPRING from 15 different were welcomed by the faculty of the School of spatial planning.


Conference: Multilocality in the Global South and North: Factors, features and policy implications


18.09.2014 – On thursday September 18th 2014, the Conference Multilocality in the Global South and North: Factors, features and policy implications took place at the TU Dortmund. For more information please click on the picture or click here to visit the International Planning Studies (IPS) website.


Excursion to East Germany 2014


15.09.2014 – September 2014 – The new SPRING batch 2014/15 discovered German culture and history on a three-day excursion to East Germany as part of the German language course that prepares the students for their stay in Dortmund.


Prof. Dr. Schmidt Kallert is named Professor Ad-Honorem of UACh


13.08.2014 – During the graduation ceremony in Valdivia, Prof. Jorge Díaz Castro (Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences) handed over a diploma of gratitude and appreciation to Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Kallert, Head of SPRING Dortmund, for having integrated UACh into the SPRING university network.


Graduation of SPRING students in Valdivia, Chile


17.07.2014 – July 2014 -The graduation exams in Valdivia took place the 17th and 18th of July which were hosted by Dr. Felix Fuders (SPRING coordinator UACh), Prof. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (Head of SPRING at TU Dortmund University) and Prof. Víctor Jacques Parraguez (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of UACh).


Workshop Presentation and Master Thesis Defense


28.06.2014 – June 2014 – The exam period for SPRING Ghana has taken place the 12th and 13th of June 2014.


The new homepage of the German Association of Postgraduate Programmes with Special Relevance to Developing Countries (AGEP), of which the SPRING Master is a member, is online


20.05.2014 – Prospective and current students from around the world will find all relevant information about the AGEP postgraduate courses, their common events and about living and studying in Germany in a clearly structured and easy to use way.


SPRING Party 2014


16.05.2014 – The annual SPRING Party, organized by the current batch, was a great success.


SPRING Batch at the GIZ Students' Day on Urban Development


24.01.2014 – The current SPRING batch visited together with some student assistants the GIZ Students' Day on Urban Development in Eschborn.


Md. Shahinoor Rahman visted SPRING


17.01.2014 – Md. Shahinoor Rahman (SPRING Batch 2009/11) visited SPRING during his stay in Enschede, Netherlands.


SPRING Network Meeting 2013

12.11.2013 – This year the SPRING Network Meeting is going to take place in Manila from 10th until 17th of november.


Semester Opening 2013


16.10.2013 – On October 14th - 15th the 18 new SPRING students from 16 different countries were welcomed by the faculty of the School of Spatial Planning.


New SPRING batch on East-Germany-Excursion


25.09.2013 – Under the guidance of Dr. Elmar Winters-Ohle the excursion on regional and cultural studies of the new SPRING batch 2013/2014 brought the students to Eisenach, Jena, Leipzig, Weimar and Buchenwald.


Final Event 2013


16.08.2013 – The 29th SPRING Batch celebrated the conclusion of the first year with the annual Final Event. Among the speakers were Prof. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Head of the ISPC and Dr. Elmar Winters-Ohle, former Head of the Language Center.


SPRING participated at Campuslauf


08.07.2013 – There is a saying about sports, “a place with sports arenas no patients would be there”. Campuslauf, the event was held at Nord campus TU Dortmund on 15th May, 2013. More than 1000 enthusiastic and energetic athletes participated in 2.5 km, 5 km and 10 km race as individual and teams of different faculties and clubs including all age groups.


Visit from the University of Rostow, Russia


04.04.2013 – A delegation from the University of Rostow/Russia visited the Faculty of Spatial Planning/TU Dortmund University to learn more about the SPRING Programme.


Genevieve Sparkles attended a Summer School in Peru


03.04.2013 – The SPRING student Genevieve Sevlo Sparkles (Batch 2011/12), currently studying at UACh, has attended the International Summer School ‘Lima beyond the Park’ in Peru from 18.2.-3.3.2013. The summer school was organised by the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology (ILPÖ) of the University of Stuttgart in cooperation with four other Universities and financed by DAAD. The participants explored different technologies, designs and methods to improve the use of the limited water resources in the Worlds second driest megacity: LIMA-Peru by adopting Water Sensitive Urban Designs.


SPRING Network Meeting 2012


09.11.2012 – From Nov 5 to 9, the annual SPRING Network Meeting took place in Dortmund. All the partner universities had sent their representatives, Mario Delos Reyes (Philippines), Ally Hasan Namangaya (Tanzania), Patricio Belloy (Chile), Eric Oduro-Ofori and Dan Inkoom (Ghana).


Workshop on migrant labour in China


19.10.2012 – During the 14th and 16th September 2012 a workshop on migrant labour in China was held in Hongkong, organised by the Department of Spatial Planning in Developing Countries in cooperation with the projects Forum Arbeitswelten and Globalization Monitor. Aim of the workshop was to present and discuss the results of a research project that analysed the situation of migrant workers in China co-organised by Prof. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert in 2010.


Scholarship of Caspar Ludwig Opländer Foundation for SPRING

12.10.2012 – This summer the International Spatial Planning Centre was granted a full scholarship by the Caspar Ludwig Opländer Foundation in Dortmund.


Semester Opening 2012


12.10.2012 – On October 8 - 9 the new SPRING batch was welcomed by the faculty of the School of Spatial Planning.


Excursion to East Germany 2012


01.10.2012 – Under the guidance of Dr. Elmar Winters-Ohle the excursion on regional and cultural studies of the new SPRING batch brought the students to Eisenach, Jena, Leipzig, Weimar and Nordhausen.


Grand Finals of Good Governance Debate Series


20.09.2012 – The GGDS (Good Governance Debate Series) Grand Final organised by Clean Africa was held on 19th of Septemver in Freiburg, Germany.


SPRING students at the Good Governance Debate Series


17.08.2012 – The Good Governance Debate Series is the first of its kind organized by the African Good Governance Network in collaboration with CLEAN AFRICA e.V..


Final Event 2012


17.08.2012 – On Friday 17, SPRING celebrated the conclusion of the first year with its annual Final Event. Among the speakers were Prof. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Head of the International Spatial Planning Centre, and Dr. Karin Gaesing, a lecturer in the master programme.


Mustapha Haruna visited SPRING


27.07.2012 – Mustapha Haruna (SPRING Batch 2010/12) just graduated at UACh, Valdiva, Chile. On his way back to Ghana he visited friends in Germany and SPRING Dortmund.


Summer School "Planning, Education and Abilities"


25.06.2012 – June 25th to July 5th - ISPC/SPRING and the department of rehabilitation sociology of TU Dortmund hosted a Summer School on "Planning, Education and Abilities".


SPRING Party 2012


15.06.2012 – The annual SPRING Party organized by the current batch was a great success. A wide variety of traditional food from the different home countries and
a lively entertainment programme gave the Party its outstanding athmosphere.


Luis Felipe Melgarejo in Dortmund


11.05.2012 – Luis Felipe Melgarejo from Colombia, who joined the SPRING-programme in 2003, visited his friends and former lecturers on April 23rd in Dortmund. He was on a short visit in Germany as a preselected candidate for the International Climate Protection Fellowship, a programme initiated by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


SPRING at Campuslauf 2012


07.05.2012 – As in the previous years a team of SPRING students participated successfully in the TU Dortmund University Campuslauf. As usual that meant lots of fun for the runners - and the audience were swept off their feet.


Julio Estrada visited SPRING


11.04.2012 – In March the former SPRING student Julio Estrada (Batch 2006/07) used his invitation to a conference in Lüneburg for a brief visit in Dortmund.


SPRING batch visited Berlin


04.04.2012 – During March 27th and 30th the current SPRING batch visited Berlin. The 22 students were accompanied by two staff members of the ISPC.


Millennium Express Workshop


10.03.2012 – Several SPRING students took part in the DAAD Millennium Express Workshop "Safe Food for ALL - Food Safety & Food Security" from 28-29 Februar in Hannover.


SPRING is now on Facebook


20.02.2012 – The official Facebook-page of SPRING is up and running.


SPRING batch visited DASA


25.01.2012 – The participants of the SPRING batch 2011/12 visited the DASA Working World Exhibition in Dortmund.


SPRING graduate Samjana Bista won the Martin-Schmmeißer-Medal 2011


16.12.2011 – The former SPRING graduate Samjhana Bista from Nepal received the Martin-Schmeißer-Medal 2011 for her excellent Master thesis with international context.


SPRING University Network Meeting in Chile


14.11.2011 – November 7th to 12th 2011 - This year the SPRING University Network has met in Valdivia, Chile.


SPRING at Engagement Weltweit


12.11.2011 – SPRING was present at the job and education fair “Engagement Weltweit” in Bonn on 12 November 2011.


SPRING Alumna Genet Alem is DAAD prize winner of 2011


10.11.2011 – Dr. Genet Alem was awarded the DAAD-prize 2011 of the Technical University of Dortmund. Originally born in Ethiopia, she studied architecture in Cuba and passed the SPRING Master programme in Dortmund.


SPRING Batch played climate change game "Cooling Down"


18.10.2011 – During the seminar "Key Concepts" the participants of the SPRING batch 2011/12 attended a workshop on climate change.


Opening Ceremony for the new SPRING Batch


10.10.2011 – On the 10th of October the new SPRING Batch was welcome by Dr. Anne Weber, Managing Director at SPRING. In a two day orientation phase the 22 new students from 16 different countries got the chance to get to know each other and their lecturers.


New SPRING batch on East Germany Excursion


03.10.2011 – 30th September to 2nd October 2011 - After having four weeks german language course, the new SPRING Batch discovered german culture and history on a three-day excursion in eastern Germany.


Final Event 2011


22.08.2011 – The Final Event took place on 19th of August at the Rudoplh Chadoire Pavillion, TU Dortmund.


Summer School "Planning, Education and Abilities"


29.07.2011 – July 20th to 30th - ISPC/SPRING and the department of rehabilitation sociology of TU Dortmund hosted a Summer School on „Planning, Education and Abilities“.


Millennium Express - Planning for Disaster Prone Areas


10.05.2011 – After two successful seminar/workshops conducted for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the German Academic Service Exchange (DAAD) for the “Post Graduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries,” the wagon was set for the next destination: Dortmund. The third leg of the millennium express was conducted at the International Center (IBZ) of TU Dortmund last April 29 and 30, 2011, entitled, Planning for Disaster Prone Areas: Strategies, Approaches and Experiences from Haiti.


Prof. Kalliopi Sapountzaki from the Harokopio University of Athens at SPRING

21.04.2011 – We are pleased to welcome Prof. Kalliopi Sapountzaki from the Harokopio University of Athens as a visiting lecturer.


SPRING batch on excursion to Berlin


04.04.2011 – The annual excursion to Berlin from March 29 to April 1 was again a highlight of the SPRING Programme for the 18 Master students.


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