On July 13, 2023, the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) and Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster joint research collaboration and capacity development initiatives.
The signing ceremony held at SASSCAL Regional Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia. The primary objectives of this partnership are to promote mutual understanding, enhance cultural ties, and provide students with diverse experiences and horizons.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Jane Olwoch said “Today we are better off because we have another opportunity to build and sustain very strong partnerships between the North and South and leverage on each other’s strengths. That is why SASSCAL is always happy to be part of networks of institutions like yours and it is win-win model.” Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Tobias Bader highlighted the importance of this partnership.
Both institutions are committed to facilitate direct interaction as well as educational and research cooperation between their constituencies, including students, faculty members, staff departments, and research institutes and will endeavor to cooperate in the fields with which both institutions are concerned. Within spheres that are mutually agreed to, these institutions agree on the following general forms of cooperation:
- Joint educational and research activities
- Including – but not limited to research project funding proposals development to investigate transboundary energy scenarios between Namibia, Botswana and Angola as well as sustainable management of Cubango- Okavango River Basin resources.
- Including – but not limited to – capacity building for the local energy transition in Southern Africa and the establishment of a green hydrogen economy in the region.
- Exchange of faculty members and technical industry experts for lectures discussions and research activities.
- Exchange of students fro study and research
This MoU comes into effect upon signature and will remain in force for a period of five (5) years, subject to periodic review or modification through mutual agreement. And continuing thereafter annually unless a written termination by one of the institutions.