The Alumniportal Deutschland links up people around the world who have spent time in Germany during their education or career. For German institutions, these ‘Germany alumni’ are of great interest as partners in their home countries. When the website was launched in 2008, the initial focus was on Africa as a region where international cooperation is particularly valuable for both sides.
The Alumniportal Deutschland
In an interview with Alumniportal Deutschland head Sabine Olthof, the GIC tried to find out what the advantages for Germany alumni are when they join the network. Read her responses and discover what Alumniportal has on offer for you.
Interview with Alumniportal Deutschland's head
On August 27 at a media briefing in Sandton, Volkswagen Group South Africa announced plans to invest over R4.5 billion for new models to be produced in South Africa by 2017. The new investment will target the enhancement of the existing factory in Uitenage, the local supplier base and the training of employees for the next generation of products to be manufactured in Africa.
Carmaker strengthens presence in Africa
Bilateral negotiations on development cooperation between Germany and Tanzania concluded on August 13 with 210 million USD being committed to the Tanzanian health system, to continuing support for the water sector and to the protection and conservation of biodiversity in Tanzania. The programmes are to be implemented over the next three years.
Health, water and biodiversity sectors supported
An East African Regional Forum on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression was held on August 11 in Kampala. The German Ambassador to Uganda participated in the event that examined many aspects of media freedom and, in anticipation of the need for responsible reporting for upcoming elections, launched a Journalists’ Manifesto 2016.
Regional press forum held in Uganda
The annual Young Euro Classic festival has begun at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, featuring the best fresh international orchestra talents. South African group MIAGI wowed the event in 2009 and then opened the festival three years later. Over 1,400 of the world’s best youth symphony orchestras perform August 6-23.
Young Euro Classic
Zimbabwe German Graphite Mines, a subsidiary of AMG Mining AG, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its graphite mine in Zimbabwe on August 7, with officials in the southern African country praising Germany for its economic co-operation with Zimbabwe.
Mining joint venture celebrates 50th anniversary
In July, Germany may have had more solar power than nuclear power for the first time in history – much sooner than anyone expected. It was a close race, and nuclear is likely to retake the lead for the foreseeable future.
Solar energy in Germany