The Academic Associates were selected in order to provide students with knowledge and experience related to the respective regions and countries of the associates. In the fourth semester Academic Associates host several students during their research stay and help with co-supervision of their theses. Scholars from these universities may be invited to provide a series of lectures integrated into the curriculum.
Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
„Participation in the GLODEP program is important for the Royal University of Bhutan in order to strengthen staff and student mobility, capacity development and sharing of expertise.“
The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) was founded in 2003 with the aims of knowledge dissemination and learning advancement through a balanced, well-regulated and sound tertiary education system for the economic and cultural development of the Kingdom of Bhutan. It also aims to promote the cultural enrichment, personal development and well-being of Bhutanese people. The RUB develops and provides programs of study at tertiary education level, which are relevant to meeting the country’s needs for an educated and skilled population. RUB also promotes and conducts research in order to contribute to the creation of knowledge in an international context.
Possible research areas in the 4th semester: sustainable development, climate change and resilience, agronomy, and environmental science.
University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda
„The University of Rwanda is constantly looking for ways to enhance the intersection of theory and practice within the field of development. The opportunity to collaborate with the GLODEP program is expected to promote interesting research opportunities within the country, and to stimulate discussion and collaboration between Rwanda, Europe and other parts of the world.“
The University of Rwanda (UR) was established by the Government of Rwanda in 2013 through the merger of seven public higher learning institutions into a consolidated entity. The main purpose of the creation of one national institution was to enhance the quality of Rwanda’s higher education provision. The University of Rwanda offers a wide range of academic programs, from those which are quite specialized to those which are more interdisciplinary and problem-based. UR’s students undertake their studies at various locations across the country and abroad, both through classes offered at its several designated campuses and through access to distance learning opportunities. UR supports the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge, by being committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, and by creating a place where students are prepared for lives of service, leadership and solutions.
Possible research areas in the 4th semester: reconciliation and development, business development, natural resources and their influence on development, human resources, infrastructure, and the influence of neighbouring countries on Rwanda´s development.
Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, Palestine
„As Bethlehem University we are proud to be a partner of the GLODEP Consortium because we will have the opportunity to conduct joint training and research activities in cooperation with important academic institutions.“
Bethlehem University of the Holy Land is a Catholic co-educational institution of higher learning founded in 1973 in the Lasallian tradition and is open to students of all faiths. Bethlehem University was the first university established in the West Bank, and can trace its roots to 1893. The mission of the Bethlehem University is to provide quality higher education to the people of Palestine and to serve them in its role as a centre for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge.
Possible research areas in the 4th semester: SDGs and their implementation in Palestine or worldwide, urban and environmental sustainability, private sector and development, cultures and development.
International Ataturk-Alatoo University, World Economics
Department (WEC), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
„The mission of the International Ataturk-Alatoo University states that it will prepare qualified and competent graduates who will contribute to society in terms of economic, social, and political development. We believe that GLODEP is the right academic place. Therefore we are in the GLODEP consortium.“
The International Ataturk-Alatoo University (IAAU) is a leading non-profit institution of higher education in Kyrgyzstan. Founded in 1996, IAAU consists of four faculties (Economics and Business Administration, New Technologies, Humanities, Medicine) and sixteen departments, as well as the Institute of Education and Innovation, the Institute of Research and one college. The IAAU has about 2600 students and 250 staff from around the world. The main language of instruction is English. A high priority is given to academic research in the university. The World Economics Department provides students with the knowledge and tools required to analyze economic events in the world and in Kyrgyzstan, to make economic forecasts, and to arrive at the best decisions in a rapidly changing and developing world. The department has courses on economic theory, economic history, economic policy, international economics, econometrics, the history of economic thought and public sector economics, as well as courses related to economics, such as mathematics, statistics, finance and law.
Possible research areas in the 4th semester: development of economic models for agriculture and food industry in Kyrgyzstan, the role of China in the world (together with Silk Road Institute).
Catholic University of Madagascar, Department of Economics
and Management, Antananarivo, Madagascar
„Through participation in the GLODEP program the Catholic University of Madagascar wants to develop promising partnerships that will respond to the main challenges of the Licence-Master-Doctorat (LMD) system (bachelor, master and doctoral levels) at the university: professionalization of the study program, student mobility and research in cooperation with others.“
Catholic University of Madagascar (UCM) was created in 2010, following a decision by Rome to transform the 1997 Madagascar Catholic Institute into a university. Teachers, teacher-researchers, staff and students share the same values of faith, excellence and accountability as described in the university’s motto: “Fides et Lux” (faith and light). Thanks to the privileged location of its campus in Antananarivo’s city centre, UCM is a space in which all members of the community live, share, conserve and nurture. UCM hosts 6 departments: Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, Law and Political Sciences, Economics and Management, Social Sciences (applied to development) and also has the Research Centre for Development. UCM has numerous university partners in the Indian Ocean zone, in Europe, in Africa and in Canada. In economics, UCM has two different specializations: a Master degree in “Population and Development” (in cooperation with the Research Institute for Development, Université de la Reunion, Bordeaux University (France) and Dijon University (France)) and a Master degree in “Macroeconomics and Public Economics” (set up by Rennes University (France), in partnership with Université de la Reunion and University Clermont Auvergne).
Possible research areas in the 4th semester: accessibility, law, health and education, environment, risks and resilience, political economy and universality.