16-29 October 2005
at the University of Cologne
Planned and realized by a university consortium of the "Scientific Working Group Southeast Asia" within the German Geographical Society (DGfG) the summer school took place under the chair of Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas and the coordination of Dipl.-Geogr. Christine Knie at the Department of Geography, University of Cologne, Germany. The alumni event was developed against the background of the global challenge of increasing urbanization with its problems and conflicts.
The summer school as an instrument of sustainable networking had the aim to extend the so far mostly bilateral contacts between the partner universities and create a broad basis for enduring multinational links.
Special emphasis was put on the following aims and programme topics:
The subject of the summer school focused on the globally increasing urbanization. Furthermore, the event was seen as a first step towards further intense multilateral cooperations.
More than 35 papers were presented and discussed with partners from Germany as well as 7 different countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar) accompanied by different excursions into the urban region (Cologne, Bonn, Duesseldorf).
Thematic talks, discussions and the presentation of "best practices" as well as planning activities for future networking were characteristic of the event.
The summer school turned out to be a highly successful platform for the discussion of urbanization-related subjects from different thematic, cultural, social and political viewpoints. Problematic situations were introduced, strategies and possible solutions presented and their potential transferability discussed. Furthermore, the participants developed clear concepts for a future long-term cooperation.
An application to the DAAD for support of the networking activities is being elaborated. In the envisaged long-term cooperation the alumni network is to be used as a solid basis for the planning, implementation and supervision of not only bilateral but preferably concrete multilateral activities (see above). Focal points should 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.
Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas/ University of Cologne, email: email@example.com
Mrs. Christine Knie/ University of Cologne, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org