Development Day
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The Development Day is a public one-day event organized in Duisburg or Bochum to present the results of ongoing development research in the UA Ruhr Graduate Center to the graduate students and the wider university audience.

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2. Development Day 4th November 2013 Duisburg

"Development Challenges in a Changing Context of Global Cooperation" was the title of 2013's Development Day which took place on 4th November 2013 at Campus Duisburg.

Around 90 participants joined the UA Ruhr Development Day, that this year had been hosted by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). For the first time the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR) - an interdisciplinary research institute of the UDE - was forming part of the conference.

Please follow the links for further details and the programme.

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1. Development Day 15th November 2011 Bochum

On 15th November 2011 the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) of Ruhr-University Bochum, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the Institute for Political Science (IfP) at the University of Duisburg-Essen officially founded the UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies. The research institutions are bundling their research activities under the umbrella of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr).

The Rectors of the cooperating universities, Prof. Dr. Elmar Weiler (RUB) and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke (UDE), signed the cooperation agreement before Prof. Brian O’Connell, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, a cooperation partner of  RUB since more than 10 years, gave a keynote speech. As members of the steering board of the newly founded centre Prof. Dr. Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Christof Hartmann presented the idea of the UA Ruhr Graduate Centre in Development Studies. With more than 80 researchers, among those 16 full professors  18 post-docs, more than 100 masters and 50 PhD-students, three Master’s and two PhD programs the centre is one of the largest development research institutions in Europe.

The opening ceremony was arranged as a Development-Day - a day devoted to development research and was therefore open to all students and employees of cooperating universities. In addition to this PhD-Candidates of the University of East Anglia, a cooperation partner of IEE-PhD-Program in International Development Studies, attended the Development-Day and presented their research results during the poster session together with more than 40 poster presentations of the PhD-Students and Researchers of the UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies. In addition professors and PhD candidates of the new centre delivered short lectures on current problems of development from different perspectives.


Institute of Development Research and Development Policy Institute of Political Science Institute for Development and Peace