Humboldt Africa Network (HumAN)

Over the past decade, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has been building cooperations with institutions of higher education on the African continent. From the 1970s onward, Humboldt was involved in a long-term and system-change resistant cooperation with Sudan in archeology which has recently taken on new and fascinating life as a result of political change. The long-term cooperation with Syria, on the other hand, has of course been suspended. These days Humboldt cooperates mainly with sub-Saharan universities.

Cooperation partners are

University of Nairobi, Kenia
Karatina University, Kenia
University Eduardo Montlane, Mozambique
University of Namibia, Namibia
University of Lagos, Nigeria
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
University of Pretoria, South Africa
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
University of Lomé, Togo
Makerere University, Uganda

Humboldt scholars are convinced that working with scholars at universities in developing and BRICS states is an important part of scholarly exchange. Scientists and students from the African continent enrich research and teaching at HU with their ideas and initiatives; HU scientists and students contribute to scholarship in African states; they all put scientific inquiry in the center of their endeavors. Differences and impulses created in different higher education landscapes generate unexpected perspectives, new questions and results. Solving those transdisciplinary problems is what is most important.

Cooperation is focused on the following field:

  • Law
  • History, Social and Cultural Sciences
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Geography
  • Teacher Training
  • Theology

In order to make the quality of cooperation more visible and to more firmly integrate teaching into scientific endeavor, Humboldt-Universität has decided to start a summer school HUB in Capetown in July 2020 which will from now on be a yearly highlight for shared research and training with partners from the African continent. Three parallel scientific workshops will be followed by three summer schools for advanced students and Ph.D. candidates from Germany and from African states. For 2020 the following topics will be set up:

2020 sind folgende Themen vorgesehen:

All summerschools will work with digital components both before they start and during the summerschool.