Since 2004, the DAAD has been inviting experts from developing countries to participate in seminars at German universities in combination with trade fairs, conferences, or congresses. The DAAD Alumni Special Projects programme offers alumni the opportunity to get connect with science and business partners from all over the world, establish networks, and learn about the latest research results and technologies. The topics of the Alumni Special Projects, which are in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, include education and lifelong learning, information technology and biodiversity/ecology, renewable energies, food and food security, water, wastewater and sewage, recycling, medicine, and public health. 

IFAT India in Mumbai is India‘s leading trade fair for water, sewage, solid waste and recycling and has firmly established itself as the most highly regarded trade fair in India’s environmental industry. IFAT India provides a platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest innovations and solutions, debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale.

This year, the Alumni Special Project invited Germany alumni from the field of water management, sewage and recycling. They were part of a workshop held at the School of Engineering and Technology (SCMS) in Kochi in cooperation with the University of Siegen on the topic of Efficient Water Use – Waste and Waste Water Management before making their way to the IFAT India in Mumbai from 15 to 19 October 2019.

DAAD and Germany Alumni from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand participated in the SeminarThe group included DAAD and Germany alumni from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand, who are experts in the field of Water Management at various institutions, including universities, research institutions and the industry in their home countries. Professor Dr. Johannes Fritsch (retd.) from the Ravensburg-Weingarten University and Ruger Winnegge, Programme Manager, Centre for International Capacity Development (CICD) from the University of Siegen sent out the calls for this project and were also part of the delegation to Kochi and Mumbai. DAAD Young Ambassador Sabina Khatri, Novi Andriany Teguh and Prof Dr Anupam Kumar Singh also participated. Rüdiger Heidebrecht of the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste, Germany (DWA), guided the group through around the German pavilion at the IFAT.

The winners of the University Challenge along with the first gold medal winner for WorldSkills from India.

The fair offered the participants a diverse set of programmes including and Innovation Exchange Forum, several technical sessions related to Water Management, a Career Management Session by the experienced alumni experts and DAAD, and a University Challenge co-organised by the DAAD.

The programme ended with a certificate ceremony and farewell.

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