International Week 2021

Mittweida University of Applied Sciences is delighted to announce to host its third international week from 14th - 18th June 2021 on the topic “Strengthening European-African Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities”.

Africa is the second fastest-developing region of the world and over the next 30 years its population is projected to double to 20 percent of the world’s population. Africa’s transformation towards self-sufficiency requires to establish sustainable economic growth that keeps up with the rapid population expansion. While ten of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, more as half of the countries of the continent belong to the most fragile countries in the world weakened by various challenges like political instability, poverty, child labour, lack of education and illiteracy, food insecurity, high burdens from infectious diseases, and violence.
In recent years, those challenges across Africa, especially the lack of perspectives for Africa’s youth, have brought about a wave of migration into Europe. Additionally, Africa and Europe have to tackle other common challenges such as climate change, digital transformation and sustainable development.

Under the theme “Strengthening European-African partnership – challenges and opportunities” the International Week seeks to reflect on the current European-African partnership in higher education and beyond. The aim is to discuss challenges, best practices, opportunities, and visions for future cooperation. We welcome contributions covering all possible fields, e.g. governance, gender inequality, education, infrastructure (e.g. transport, energy, water, ICT), environmental sustainability and climate change, poverty reduction, peace and security, public health, intercultural dialogue, and migration. 

Besides the conference sessions highlights of the International Week include:

  • Panel discussion on the conference theme
  • International university fair – Promote your university and programmes to Mittweida students and get in touch with our African partner institutions
  • Attend tailored delegate sessions at the schools and departments of your specialism to discuss cooperation opportunities
  • Get a tour of Mittweida campus and the surrounding are
  • Join us on a day trip to the historic city of Dresden

If you are interested in attending the International week or if you would like to make a contribution, e.g. oral presentation, poster or workshop, please fill in the following application form and send it to by 15th April 2021.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and to welcoming you to the international week 2021 in Mittweida.