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1-8 September 2006
at the Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta
The international "Alumni-Expert-Seminar" took place at the at the Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia under the supervision of Dr. Hartono, Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas from the department of Geography at the University of Cologne. The event was developed to concretise the programme of networking 2007-2009 as well as to continue the scientific exchange against the global challenge of increasing urbanisation. The situation of the people in the southern part of Yogyakarta after the terrible earthquake disaster of May 2006, ongoing problems and aid activities has been an additional focus of the programme.
Intensive discussions and presentations characterised the programme and has been complemented by scientific excursions.
The event was seen as a next step towards further intense multilateral cooperations. More than 35 participants from 8 different countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and Switzerland) and 15 different institutions shared their knowledge, exchanged experiences and ideas.
The seminar turned out to be a highly successful platform for the discussion of urbanization-related subjects from different thematic, cultural, social and political viewpoints. Furthermore the participants developed proposals and concepts for future activities, potentials and expectations has been documented and main thematic foci of the upcoming events elaborated.
Connected to the seminar, October 2006, a new 3years-networking-proposal has been send in to the DAAD.
In the envisaged long-term cooperation the alumni network is to be used as a forum for the planning, implementation and supervision of not only bilateral but preferably multilateral activities. Focal points will be guest lectureships, the common supervision of scientific activities, the development of joint curricula/E-Learning programmes as well as concrete project cooperation with extra-university institutions.