“Vor der Schippe ist es duster!”, is a German miners saying, meaning “It’s dark in front of the shovel.”
We have put some light there and now the image video of the centre is ready to be presented.
After some changes in the hosting of the DAADs website, finally the new image video of the Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management is also ready to be implemented in your website.
The videos maximum width is 640 pixel. Up to this size it will adjust automatically to different screen sizes (smart phone, laptop). You can choose between the original version in English, with English subtitles and with German subtitles.
If you need the video for a live presentation, please contact Sylvia Vogt or Dr. Dorothee Weyler in Bonn .They have different versions available for bigger screens and beamer.
In today’s world things are changing dramatically and we are becoming one global village, with more opportunity arising from all corners of the world you are able to study anywhere in the world. This means that we are no longer bound to Namibia, but we experience and gain knowledge around the world.
Every year Namibian students who study Transport and Logistics, get an opportunity to spend a semester abroad (Germany) at the University of Applied Science in Flensburg in partnership with Namibian University of Science and Technology through the scholarship of DAAD. As well as with the assistance of Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL). Flensburg is a town in the northern part of Germany close to the borders of Denmark. The cooperation of these two universities allow Namibian students to spend one semester in Flensburg studying and doing an internship at a German logistics companies.
Maria Amupolo shares her experience how it feels to spend a semester abroad in Germany, Flensburg
Maria Amupolo is one of the brightest logistics students and earned herself the opportunity to spend a semester abroad together with other four students from NUST Namibia. She says coming to Germany was a unique experience for her because Germany is one of the best country when it comes to logistics and indeed the best place to provide a learning and practical platform for Logistics students.
Studying at the University of Applied Science was a great as it helped her to acquire the necessary skills especially on how to use the SAP and ERP software tools that are used worldwide by a majority of the large multinational companies that helps to integrate applications in order to optimize business process.
She says she was very fortunate to do SAP and ERP system training, as it is costly to do this specific course in Namibia. Furthermore, she has worked on several research projects with other international & German students. Giving Maria the opportunity to explore Germany, the German language and familiarise herself with different cultural diversity. She said; “The University is equipped with modern equipment, which made it easier to study, a good library with helpful resources. There were always people willing to assist with her research work as well as professors who are very kind and have all their students’ interests at heart; they were always available to assist in any circumstances. This was amazing and gave a whole extra dimension to the study experience.
Living and studying in Flensburg was not been a big challenge. Their public transport is reliable and you don’t really need a car, as you can take the bus to almost all the corners of Flensburg. Accommodation in Flensburg is affordable for international and local students, mostly well-equipped and student friendly.
Furthermore, Maria added that she is grateful for the DAAD scholarship that covered for all her expenses abroad, she further stated that her dream of going to Europe became a reality through the scholarship and she got the opportunity to travel to other countries close to Germany such as the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark. Meeting people from people all walks of life and this gave her an exposure which changed her perception of how things are done in foreign countries and how culture plays are big role. NGCL also did a great job in facilitating the studying abroad and it is definitely something she would recommend to others.
Spread your wings and learn here is more out there and broaden your horizons. It will only benefit you more in the future.
at my destination in this historic city at the tip of the Flensburger Förde, I couldn’t help but think it as a convenient gate away from Windhoek. As if reading my mind, my host made a point of reminding me how lucky I was to arrive when it wasn’t raining. Apparently, the skies had conspired to give me a rare reception for this time of the year.
The reason for visiting this northern Germany city of 60,000 ± inhabitants was to teach in the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa Autumn School. In my briefing it has been made clear that participating in this exchange program is a ritual for new NGCL staff and therefore part and parcel of my job description. But, having been here and met students, faculty as well as the University management, I would definitely recommend it to anyone else. That said, I didn’t have to wait long after arriving before getting down to business and being introduced to the learners. In less than 24 hours I was amongst a lively group comprising German, Kenyan and Namibian students. Through DAAD and their scholarships the Namibian students had made their way to Flensburg and where gaining valuable international experience and education. Despite it being a cold and wet Saturday morning, the students showed up, and on time! The discussion in this first encounter revolved around etiquette and culture, was led by my host, Janntje Böhlke-Itzen.
Next was an invitation to present a “Management Case Study” in Prof. Thomas Schmidt’s class. This was a scheduled single three-hour session and therefore I had to make a decision whether or not to use all three cases I had prepared – a rural-, urban- or regional-scale African case. After presenting the situated facts of the case to the learners as told by the businesswomen themselves (i.e., using photovisual), the students were then given tasks to carry out. Split into three groups, they were discussed and presented (a) challenges the enterprises face, (b) how those challenges were likely to change? (c) Solutions to address identified problems, and (d) how they would you go about implementing their solutions?
The discussions followed by presentations of their ideas proved a very effective learning experience for the German students since this was new to most of them. The tasks and activities gave the everyone involved the opportunity to develop and share their ideas, applying their diverse knowledge and experiences to solving practical business and technology problems in Africa. This was a strong testament to the relevance of both the Autumn School and the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa.
My third and final dialogue with the learners was at a seminar on culture and etiquette, which turned out to be a very engaging experience for the learners as well as myself and my host. Building on the theoretical foundations of intercultural experiences developed by Janntje at the first seminar referred to earlier, this last session delved into culture as practice. Through open communication and dialogue, we explored topics such as scholarship as acculturation, plagiarism: ethical dilemma on campuses, supervisor-student relationship, driving behaviour, dress code, et cetera, using multiple (German, Kenyan and Namibian) social and cultural contexts. In the final analysis, the take home from this visit to Flensburg University of Applied Sciences is that such exchanges are more than symbolic. Their true significance lies in the deeper learning experiences they engender.