DAAD's SDG Alumni Projects: Establishing networks and cooperation at eLearning Africa Conference in Kigali

from left: Dorothee Weyler, Bettina Onyango, Jules Onyango and Arngard Leifert © DAAD

DAAD’s SDG alumni projects projects aim to support experts from emerging and developing countries who have been trained in Germany in establishing contacts with scientific and business partners worldwide. These experts, recognized as DAAD alumni, receive further training at a German university or research institution, and then take part in trade fairs, industry conventions, or specialized conferences. The participants gain new insights, exchange experiences, establish networks, and initiate collaborative projects while staying abreast of the latest research and technologies.


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In May, two SDG alumni training seminars were held, one in cooperation with the University of Buea (Cameroon) and another together with Kenyatta University Nairobi (Kenya) within the framework of eLearning Africa 2024. Both groups subsequently met at the eLearning Africa Conference 2024 in Kigali, Rwanda. The alumni took part in discussions on the future of digital technologies in African education systems under the theme “Education Fuels Innovation, Investment Amplifies Skills: Africa’s Vibrant Leap Forward”.

eLearning Africa is a global network of professionals working in the field of ICT-supported education and training. The eLearning Africa annual conference and exhibition, established in 2005, is the largest and most comprehensive knowledge-sharing event for digital education, training and skills on the African continent.

Further DAAD Activities in Rwanda

from left: Dr. Raymond Ndikumana (DVC for strategic planning, University of Rwanda), Dr. Dorothee Weyler (DAAD Regional Office Director) and Prof. Kayihura Muganga Didas (VC, University of Rwanda)

In addition to the conference, the Director of DAAD Nairobi, Dr. Dorothee Weyler, visited the German Embassy in Kigali and held talks at the Kigali Independent University on marketing the scholarship offers (in particular the Leadership for Africa Program(LfA) and In Region/In-Country Program).

An opportunity arose during the eLearning conference to meet with the management of the University of Rwanda, Prof. Kayihura Muganga Didas (VC) and Dr. Raymond Ndikumana (DVC for Strategic Planning) to clarify the potential for future cooperation.


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