TUM Launches TUM.Africa Talent Program to Foster Research Collaboration with Sub-Saharan Africa

Kick-off meeting for the new TUM.Africa Talent program at TUM Campus Innenstadt

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has unveiled the TUM. Africa Talent program in partnership with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. This pioneering initiative aims to deepen TUM's collaboration with researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa and provide doctoral candidates from the region with the opportunity to work at TUM. The program also seeks to establish a long-term network between the participating universities.

The inaugural cohort of the TUM.Africa Talent program consists of six researchers from KNUST, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Ghana (AIMS), and the University of Nairobi, alongside six researchers from TUM. These visiting scholars will spend three to four months at TUM, collaborating with colleagues and professors in their respective fields of research. The focus areas of the program encompass Land Management, Smart Grid Security, Statistics, Electric Vehicles and Solar Energy, Stochastic Disease Modeling, Global Health, and Social Sciences.

In addition to the research residencies, the TUM Graduate School offers a comprehensive framework program comprising interdisciplinary qualification workshops, networking events, and expert discussions on the program's core theme of "Sustainable Global Leadership." Moreover, TUM doctoral candidates will have access to mobility funding for research residencies at partner universities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof. Juliane Winkelmann, TUM Senior Vice President – International Alliances and Alumni, expressed her conviction in the importance of international education and collaboration to address urgent global challenges. She emphasized the need to support and build networks among the next generation of scientists in both Europe and Africa.

Joining the sentiment, Prof. Daniel Duah, Dean of the International Programmes Office at KNUST, highlighted the growth that scientists experience when working with colleagues from different cultures and scientific environments. He emphasized that the TUM. Africa Talent program offers a unique opportunity for all participants to expand their horizons.

The TUM. Africa Talent program is expected to enhance academic and research cooperation between TUM and African universities while nurturing the development of the next generation of scientists and leaders in Africa and Europe. Through this collaborative effort, TUM aims to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and sustainable solutions to global challenges.

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Article by Jed Mwangi