International Summer School at Pwani University in Kenia
More than 50 participants of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and Pwani University came together in September 2019 on the east coast of Kenya to exchange experiences within the BWS plus project “ADDI” (ADDI - ADaptive DIgital learning system development for the expansion of technical communication and the multicultural and multi-media exchange in Kenya and Germany). Goal of the project is to develop and establish technical communication in Kenya and to build up an adaptive digital learning system to provide different information for different cultures in various situations for different target groups.
Students of the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe visited the partners in Kenia within the “ADDI” project, took the chance to present their course of studies Communication and Media Management and exchanged their views on different topics. What do students deal with in the course of studies Communication and Media Management? Why is communication so important? What does life as a student look like in Baden-Württemberg? These questions were answered in various interesting discussions and contributions. Prof. Sissi Closs, professors of the Pwani University and exchange students from Kenya and Germany who already took part in the exchange and provided insights from different perspectives and showed practical examples of how theory can be put into practice.
The Kenyan students talked about their experiences abroad in Germany which offered great opportunities to gain new impressions and to grow personally. In an interesting lecture, Dr. Elizabeth Munyaya from Pwani University introduced the topic of language and communication. The importance of this topic became apparent in the following discussion with lively interest and continued during lunch, where traditional Kenyan dishes were served.
The participants got to know the basic elements of video recording and editing in an instructive video workshop. With great commitment, six videos were produced within a short period of time. All participants were impressed by the excellent results and the joint work in international teams. The intercultural teamwork was a real enrichment for everyone and also fostered the cooperation between the partners from Karlsruhe and Pwani University. In 2020, two more exchange students from Kenya will come to Germany and spend a semester abroad in Karlsruhe and the course of studies Communication and Media Management is to be successively established at Pwani University in the future – many signs that show how the cooperation is already bearing its first fruit and leads to success.
With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme, which is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually, was announced for the first time in 2011. Since then, more than 70 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.
The aim of the program is to establish and build on new relationships with foreign universities and intensify existing contacts for the long term. In a project which is part of BWS plus an option is available to grant a scholarship when an official partnership agreement does not already exist. Funding can be applied for to assist with various endeavours, such as pilot projects for joint measures, including preparatory talks, workshops, intercultural training, language courses and more. The aim of each project should be to continue the relations between universities after the project period has expired.