A total of 18 Master's and PhD scholarship holders from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Indonesia and the Philippines are currently taking part in the EARTHS Summer School together with selected Bachelor's and Master's students from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW Hamburg). A scholarship programme from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for outstanding students from developing countries has made this possible. Normally, the international DAAD scholarship recipients would attend in person at the summer school, which is hosted by the Department of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Life Sciences.
Due to the pandemic, however, the summer school is being held online for the second time. 'Most of the participating scholarship holders have never been to Europe and would have been thrilled to come to Germany for a month. They were really looking forward to it,' says Prof. Amena Ahmad, professor of public health at HAW Hamburg and the head of the summer school. 'The vivid experience of being in a place is irreplaceable, but to our own astonishment, intercultural exchange and building bonds is actually possible in an online format. Together we're making the best of it.'