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On January 4, 2018, from 15:30 to 19:15, the Executive Board will take place the third International MeetUP. We want to provide our scientists and scholars who are active in certain priority regions with an opportunity to exchange ideas and build networks. The President and I, the Vice President for International Affairs, Alumni and Fundraising, are hosting the event.
This International MeetUP in January will focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. We are inviting scholars and scientists who have already successfully worked with African institutions, who are currently building up new relationships or are interested in new cooperation. We believe it is important that scholars from all of our faculties have an event so that they can find out who else is working in their own “target region.”
The University of Potsdam has established Sub-Saharan Africa as one of its priority regions for the upcoming years. All of our academic units have maintained very intensive cooperative relationships with the region, especially with South Africa. Since 2013, the President’s office is financially supporting scholarly collaboration with African universities and institutions within the KoUP cooperation framework (former Mini Grants).
Existing and newly initiated KoUP projects will be introduced at this event, which our invited speaker, Günter Nooke, German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, will kick off with a keynote speech. There will be plenty of time afterwards to network over snacks and to speak with colleagues. We are delighted, that Michale Basson, Counsellor for Politics at the South African Embassy, will join us for the MeetUP.
We would very happy to welcome many of you at this event. If you wish to attend, may I ask you to send an email to my Executive Assistant Mrs. Lydia Kraeplin by December 12, 2017.