Kooperation Naher Osten
Spatial Planning through Intercultural Dialogue: Sustainable, Integrated Urban Regeneration and Revitalisation of Historic Town Centres
In the beginning of 2007 the joint project “Spatial Planning through Intercultural Dialogue: Sustainable, Integrated Urban Regeneration and Revitalisation of Historic Town Centres“ was initiated and selected to be funded by the DAAD. The project aims to bundle and intensify the previous activities in order to create a strong Planning Network Middle East. It provides the possibility of bringing together students, young academics and senior lecturers from North Iraq, Palestine, Jordan and Germany. The topic of a sustainable, integrated revitalisation of historic town centres allows for a fruitful exchange of ideas, experience, and methods in the field of spatial planning. Finding new ways of developing our urban heritage provides a suitable framework to experience an intercultural dialogue and to initiate learning processes.
Cooperation between TU-Dortmund and German Jordanian university- One Academic Year in Germany
Due to the partnership agreements between the School of Architecture and Built Environments (German Jordanian University, GJU/Jordan) and the Faculty of Spatial Planning (TU Dortmund University), around five students from the German Jordanian University are enrolled in the bachelor program at the Faculty of Spatial Planning (TU Dortmund University) to undertake their fourth academic year at the university. This opportunity gives the students the chance to learn through participating in the educational process with German students and other foreign students, and to live and experience another culture. In their first semester in Dortmund, the students attend courses and seminars in planning theories and history, landscape design, urban sustainability and contemporary urban design. During the second half of their academic year, they are doing an internship of 20 weeks at one of the planning/architectural firms in Germany to gain practical experience and to be integrated in a working environment and exposed to contemporary planning projects and issues in Germany.
Lectures and Seminars in the German Jordanian University
With the aim of sharing and transferring knowledge with partner universities in the Middle East, the Faculty of Spatial Planning (TU Dortmund University) conducts a series of workshops and seminars prepared and presented by lecturers and experts with practical experience from the Faculty of Spatial Planning. In that regard and due to their partnership agreement with the School of Architecture and Built Environments (German Jordanian University, GJU/Jordan); Prof. Dr. Christoph Zöpel, Dr. Katrin Bäumer and Dr. Thorsten Heitkamp from the Faculty of Spatial Planning regularly present seminars of various spatial planning topics for the master students at the German Jordanian University in Jordan.
Cooperation between TU-Dortmund and Birzeit Universities
The Faculty of Spatial Planning at TU-Dortmund University has curated the establishment and development of the Master Programme in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture at Birzeit University. The cooperation between the two universities officially started in 2001.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has financially supported the cooperation between the two universities through subsidizing exchange of scholarly visits, and providing bursaries for students from Birzeit to pursue designated research tasks for relatively short period of time at TU-Dortmund University. In tandem, scholars from TU-Dortmund University have been annually engaged in inaugurating the academic year at Birzeit University through organizing an introductory week and seminars for new post-graduate students.
The cooperation between the two universities have been extended through signing a new agreement in the summer of the year 2006, which has ended in October, 2011 by an excursion of group of 6 master students and two doctors from Birzeit University in the Ruhr region, North Rhine Westphalia in Germany to learn from the German experience related to Brownfield’s revitalization and integration.
At the moment, one student affiliated to Birzeit University is doing his doctorate research at the Faculty of Spatial Planning that avails financial assistance from the DAAD. Nevertheless, both universities are in the process of exploring new arenas of academic cooperation to be commenced in the near future.
Establishing Planning Education in Iraq
In February 2009 the German and Iraqi governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Higher Education. Four German universities were commissioned to develop specific cooperation with Iraqi partner universities. The Faculty of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University was tasked to design education and research components in the field of Spatial Planning. During the upcoming phase of the project a new bachelor programme in spatial planning will be established in Dohuk, Iraq.
The project is part of the DAAD funded programme “Strategic Academic Partnership with Iraq”. For more information please visit http://www.rp.uni-dortmund.de/ispc/pliq/