Doktorand Michael Acquah aus Ghana hat Environmental and Resource Management (ERM) an der BTU studiert und nutzt sein Wissen, um in seiner Heimat die ländliche Entwicklung voranzutreiben.
After visiting BTU and Cottbus for several projects and guest lectures since 2018, Professor Braysmith from University of Southern Indiana´s College of Liberal Arts is spending the summer semester at BTU to teach a study project on “Heritage-based Social Practise” for Master students in World Heritage Studies and Heritage Conservation and Site Management as well as a seminar for BTU PhD students on “Ethical Research, Practice, and Social Practice”.
Professor Braysmith is an Arts Historian by education a well as a curator, developer and organiser for art- and heritage-based projects within communities and the public space. In her teaching, projects and research, she focuses on cultural heritage, identity constructions and (post-)colonialism.
The central aim of her teaching is to understand and use art and cultural heritage as a vehicle for solving social and environmental problems. Dr. Braysmith sees herself and her students as “scholar citizens” using their academic competence and professional knowledge to solve local, national and global challenges (“social practice”). By means of art and cultural heritage, she critically examines prevailing theories and practices in urban planning as well as economic and social development within the urban space and confronts these with new theories and approaches.
As a guest professor, Dr. Braysmith is an excellent fit to BTU´s interdisciplinary and practice-oriented Master's programmes and international PhD programmes, which are particularly distinguished by the diversity and heterogeneity of the students, their disciplines, and their study and research projects. In the Master World Heritage Studies alone, students from five continents, from 48 countries and each with different backgrounds - from architecture and cultural studies, anthropology and social sciences to theatre studies and the fine arts - study at BTU.
Professor Braysmith’s stay is a cooperation of the Chairs of Intercultural Studies (Prof. Anna Amelina, Faculty 5), Heritage Management (Dr. Britta Rudolff, Faculty 6) with the Research Department (Dr. Birte Seffert), the Bureau for International Studies (Ms. Helena Schmiemann), the International Relations Office, the Graduate Research School and the Multimedia Centre.
The guest professorship is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and by BTUs´Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning.
Mr Azaufa Takunjuh Ngundem Betaah, Department of Public Law (especially Environmental and Planning Law), is writing his dissertation on “Assessing the Application of the World Bank Standards towards the Protection of Human Rights to a Healthy Environment: Experiences from the Chad/Cameroon Pipeline Project”.
He has been awarded the scholarship because of his commitment to promote cooperation between the University of Buea and BTU. He supports student exchange between the universities and will start lecturing at the University of Buea in October 2020 during the field studies for his PhD research. He is also part of the team to apply for the BMBF program "Forschung zu Resilienzstärkung und Strukturaufbau in Afrikanischen Städten und Ballungsgebieten (AfResi)" and is the contact person for the Faculty of Law and Policy in Buea at BTU. In addition, Mr. Azaufa Takunjuh is active in publishing and has been invited to renowned international conferences.
Mr. Ernest Ako Enow, Department of Public Law (especially Environmental and Planning Law), is writing his dissertation on improving the Forest Governance Framework in Cameroon.
He has been awarded the scholarship due to his support of his home University of Buea in Cameroon in conjunction with the partner University BTU and the BMBF. He is actively involved in re-establishing the student exchange to the University of Buea, supports the supervision of PhD candidates and their dissertations in Cameroon and offered three seminars on "Sustainability" at the University of Buea within the framework of an Erasmus+ program (12.2018-01.2019). Furthermore, Mr. Enow is very active in various Chair activities, DAAD alumni seminars and workshops.
PhD ERM graduate Chika Ubaldus Ogbonna receives BTU award for his dissertation on »Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries: Institutional Challenges and Opportunities for Nigeria' s Niger Delta Region«. The dissertation was supervised by the Chair of Public Law with special reference to Environmental and Planning Law . Chika received the honour „magna cum laude“.
We congratulate Chika on this success!
ERM PhD student and DAAD scholarship holder Isaac Mbir Bryant works on a biogas facility in Ghana with the BTU Chair Biotechnology of Water Treatment. BTU News reported on his research project (in German only).
Twenty years ago, the study programme Environmental and Resource Management (ERM) at the former BTU Cottbus was established. The Bachelor's degree began, followed a year later by the Master's and PhD programs in 2002.
The prize was awarded for her poster on “Economic Valuation and Analysis of Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Agriculture”
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