Transdisciplinary and transcultural student research activities: A “winter school” in Ghana and a “summer school” in Switzerland will be implemented. The goal of these schools is to bring together 24 Bachelor or Master students from various disciplines and countries to focus on the overarching topic of “Water and Life” while working in a transcultural and translingual setting. Working in groups of 6 people representing different SDGs, the young and promising students will learn about key water-related challenges in West Africa, they will talk to local stakeholders, and they will identify and develop research projects for their BSc or MSc theses. The “winter school” in Ghana includes inputs from international experts, group work on case studies, meetings with stakeholders, and field visits. After having completed their research, which ideally will include field work in West Africa, the students will meet again to present and discuss the results of their work during a «summer school» in Switzerland.
Innovative online learning: The aim is to develop a Swiss-West African e-learning platform. A design-thinking approach is used to evaluate educational concepts. The platform addresses the challenge of identifying e-learning approaches that are suitable and of interest to West African users through a co-design workshop and the piloting of the proposed e-learning solutions in collaboration with academic partners in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
Read more about the concept of the E-Learning Platform.