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  • International Summer School with guests from Karlsruhe at Pwani University

    After the great success of the International Spring School in May 2019 at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany, the Pwani University in cooperation with Prof. Sissi Closs invited to the International Summer School in Kilifi. More than 50 participants came together on 17 September 2019 on the east coast of Kenya to exchange experiences. The ADDI project (ADDI - ADaptive DIgital learning system development for the expansion of Technical communication and the multicultural and multi-medial exchange in Kenya and Germany) is financed over 3 years within the framework of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for university students - BWS plus, a program of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

    What do students of the Hochschule Karlsruhe (HsKA) deal with in the course of studies Communication and Media Management? Why is communication so important? What does life as a student look like in Baden-Württemberg? The one-day workshop, which was attended by four HsKA students and five exchange students spending a semester at Pwani University, focused on exactly these questions. They were answered by lectures of German students of the 'Communication and Media Management'-Master, Prof. Sissi Closs, professors of the Pwani University and former exchange students from Kenya, who have already completed a semester abroad at the HsKA. The participants from Karlsruhe presented the main topics of the CMM course and showed practical examples of how theory can be put into practice. "For students in Kilifi, our subject area is a completely new area. Therefore, it is important that we can report on it locally and in direct exchange," says the initiator of the project, Sissi Closs. After the presentations, the Kenyan students talked about their experiences abroad in Germany which offered great opportunities to gain new impressions and to grow personally. In an interesting lecture, Dr. Elizabeth Munyaya from Pwani University introduced the topic of language and communication. The importance of this topic became apparent in the following discussion with lively interest. The discussions continued among the students during lunch, where traditional Kenyan dishes were served.

    The lunch break was followed by an instructive video workshop. The participants got to know the basic elements of video recording and editing. With great commitment, a total of six videos was produced within a short period of time. All participants were impressed by the excellent results and the joint work in international teams. "The cooperation is an enrichment for everyone. Through the exchange we can learn from each other and create new impulses for the future. In addition, we promote intercultural skills" explains Prof. Sissi Closs. Next semester, two more exchange students from Kenya will come to Germany and spend a semester abroad at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. In addition, the course of studies Communication and Media Management is to be successively established at Pwani University in the future. 


    The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM supports the international exchange of students and vocationally qualified people. Since 2001, it has enabled more than 20,000 young people from Baden-Württemberg to gain experience abroad and allowed scholarship holders from other countries to visit Baden-Württemberg. Approximately 1,500 young people receive a Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM each year.

    Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus

    With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme, which is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually, was announced for the first time in 2011. Since then, more than 70 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.

    The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
    advocates a vital Baden-Württemberg with a high quality of life for all its residents. It helps pave the way for advanced technological progress, high quality education, and a responsible relationship with fellow human beings. The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung is one of the major foundations in Germany. It is the only foundation which exclusively and above party lines invests in the future of the state of Baden-Württemberg – and thus in the future of its citizens.

    • Workshop: Video Editing

       The workshop "Video-Editing" was prepared and conducted by students of the Faculty of Information Management and Media (IMM) of the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft (HsKA). In the workshop, the participating students from PU were first given an introduction to the most important camera settings and image details. A special focus was put on the topic of interviews. Then they put what they had learned into practice: The students produced their own small films in groups - from camera shots to editing and sound. This video is one of the results.