First partner university on the African continent

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TH Aschaffenburg seals university partnership with Durban University of Technology in South Africa

Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences now has a partner university in Africa as well. Already in July 2021 TH Aschaffenburg signed a partnership agreement for an international student exchange with Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Durban, South Africa. The idea for a collaboration arose during a meeting during the Global Internship Conference 2019 in Auckland (New Zealand), where Ernst Schulten, Head of the International Office, and Prof. Dr Themba Msukwini, External Engagement Manager at the DUT, got to know each other.

"We are extremely happy that we have succeeded in concluding the first university partnership on the African continent with such a renowned partner as DUT," says Ernst Schulten, Head of the International Office. "The high similarity of the study programs and also the entrepreneurial mindset, which is important in today's world, and which is expressed in the individual study programs of DUT, also benefit the expansion of the mindset of our students - be it in the context of short- or long-term mobilities."

First personal meeting planned for 2022
Due to Corona, the official signing of the agreement in the course of the bilateral coordination could only be carried out virtually. A first physical exchange of students and lecturers is expected to take place in April 2022 as part of the first blended intensive program of the Faculty of Business and Law on the topic of entrepreneurship. 

Renowned university with 33,000 students and six faculties
DUT is a globally recognized university located in KwaZulu-Natal. With its 33,000 students, the university comprises five campuses in Durban and two campuses in Pietermaritzburg with a total of six faculties of Accounting and Computing, Applied Sciences, Management Sciences, Engineering and Environment, Health Sciences, and Art and Design. As a member of the International Association of Universities, DUT is a leader in higher education, technology education, research and innovation.

In line with DUT's ENVISION2030 strategy, the university promotes entrepreneur-ship, which is an essential pillar for sustainable prosperity through long-term innovation in South Africa. A joint Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) partnership is be-ing planned for 2022, involving the local Venture Lab and its lectures on entrepreneurship. The long-term goal of this SDG partnership, which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is to contribute to sustainable develop-ment in the sense of the UN Agenda 2030, to the implementation of the global Sus-tainable Development Goals and to the development of efficient and cosmopolitan universities in South Africa.

Aiming for opportunities, high-quality education
The establishment and expansion of efficient and sustainable educational structures at African universities is also the goal of numerous DAAD programs and German-European peace policy. The work is centered on the joint responsibility of industrialized, newly industrializing and developing countries within a global partnership, whereby very great importance is attached to the goal of a high-quality education that is equitable in terms of opportunity.

With the partnership in South Africa, the TH Aschaffenburg now has attractive destinations for research, teaching and further education on all continents of the world, which benefits all university members. For more information, please visit