Dear ForUm Friends and Colleagues, Cologne, 23 Dec 2009
We were privileged again with an enriching, fruitful year 2009 with memorable summer schools, intensive discussions and even deeper trust and friendship within our ForUm network! Let me thank you all for your professional engagement, your scientific passion, your innovative ideas!
Our network has grown and developed into a leading scientific platform on urbanisation in Southeast Asia - now already in our 5th year. The excellent summer schools and seminars in Cambodia, Malaysia and Germany in 2009 and various bi- and multilateral new initiatives, first and foremost the new urban centre in Cagayan de Oro and the new centre for urban settlement in Yogyakarta as well as various exchange activities of lectures and research enrich our community.
Today comes good news from DAAD as well: With your strong commitment it was possible to successfully (in a very competitive environment) apply for an extension of our network's funding:
We have been granted two more years by DAAD with one summer school per year (2010 and 2011). Most welcome are your suggestions and ideas in finetuning the two endeavours. On our coordinator's meeting in February we will plan venues and schedules - and let you know more details as soon as possible.
Now to you and your families: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With all best regards and wishes from Cologne, warmly as well from Christine,