The ECL-AA as framework for international student and staff exchange

Relevance, aims, and guiding principles

chairholder tesfaye hailu with exchange students from germany 2019

The cooperation with EiABC in Addis Ababa is of outstanding importance for the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The connection between the two institutions has grown organically for over a decade. This was made possible by cooperation in a variety of areas: student exchanges, teacher mobility, joint externally funded research projects, workshops, and excursions. With the creation of the Emerging City Lab - Addis Ababa (ECL-AA), the cooperation gained a joint administrative structure - a certain sign of a partnership that is comprehensive and set up for the long term. Such a framework functions as a catalyst for the development and implementation of joint projects. The founding agreement states: "The ECL-AA shall offer a framework to enhance education in [...] interdisciplinary approaches and intercultural competencies." This reflects the two core elements of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar's self-understanding - interdisciplinarity and internationality and hence interculturality. This self-understanding is effective in practice: Four chairs of the EiABC and three institutes from two faculties of Bauhaus-Universität are involved in the IN³ project of the ECL-AA. The cooperation thereby provides an opportunity for innovative cooperation between different departments, including at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar itself. The joint activities between EiABC and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar demonstrate another salient feature: the interlinking of research and teaching. Students participate actively in research activities, and the results have a direct impact on teaching. The ECL-AA thus fulfils the valuable function of a living lab.

staff and students from eiabc on excursion in weimar 2013