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Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences

In October 2019, the project 'Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences' was launched at HSWT. The project is part of Network Africa at the Centre for International Affairs and is an important component of HSWT’s internationalisation strategy. The 'Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences' is sponsored by the Bavarian State Chancellery.

Agriculture in Ethiopia

By establishing this alliance, HSWT’s mission is to create a network of Ethiopian partners in the field of academia and higher education, and to share its expertise on the topic of 'applied teaching'. By doing this, HSWT wants to take the model of applied science universities – as has been practised by HSWT for nearly 50 years – and to work actively with its Ethiopian partners to adapt and develop the model to their situation. Within this project, HSWT is focusing on the key issues of agriculture and forestry, as well as biotechnology, horticulture, food processing, environmental planning and environmental protection. At many universities in Ethiopia, teaching in subjects in the areas mentioned is predominantly based on theory, which is why graduates sometimes lack the knowledge to implement what they have learned as effectively as possible in their professional lives. By increasing the level of practice-based teaching with partners from industry and government institutions, we are able to improve graduates’ career prospects and contribute to Ethiopia’s economic development. HSWT plans to establish a sustainable network of educational institutions and partners in the industry, creating a platform for exchange that benefits everyone involved. To achieve this, HSWT is drawing upon its varied and extensive experience, and especially its networks of industry partners. Synergistic effects should be created particularly by the existing HSWT project 'Training pact with Africa', which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Establishing the 'Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences' should achieve the following objectives:

  • The existence of an extensive network of Ethiopian and Bavarian partners in the field of applied teaching, including partners from science, industry and the public sector.
  • It is clear which practical elements of the applied university model will be included in the curriculum of the Ethiopian universities, with the practical elements set to be introduced in close collaboration between the Ethiopian and Bavarian partners.
  • The lecturer and student exchange programme (also for theses) between the HSWT and Ethiopian partner universities has been expanded.

So far, our project partners in Ethiopia consist of the following universities:

Due to the coronavirus crisis, it is currently not possible to press ahead with the project with people meeting together in person either at the Ethiopian universities or at HSWT in Weihenstephan, as planned. It was all the more gratifying that an initial virtual meeting was able to take place on 19 August 2020. 24 participants gathered at a video conference to get to know each other, introduce their institutions and share advantages, experiences and challenges in the field of applied teaching in life sciences. As the next step for the alliance, follow-up workshops will take place from November 2020 to February 2021, which will focus on applied teaching in specific subject areas. All virtual meetings are intended to act as preparation for the Ethiopian partners visiting Weihenstephan in person, which will go ahead as soon as current circumstances allow. The sponsorship of the alliance by the Bavarian State Chancellery is part of the Free State of Bavaria’s efforts to promote stability and development in Africa. Both the 'Africa strategy' of the Bavarian state government, as well as the 'Africa package' devised in 2019 by the Minister President of Bavaria, Dr Markus Söder, have a particular focus on Ethiopia. Bavaria is particularly concerned with funding projects for academic and professional development (link to the German website) which help to improve economic prospects within Ethiopia.

Project management

Project duration

01 October 2019 - 31 December 2020

Project sponsor

Bavarian State Chancellery (Bayerische Staatskanzlei)