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Funding for TUM Center of Excellence
Starting in January, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will support the Center of Excellence “Sustainable Energies and Entrepreneurship in the Global South” of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Together with six other German universities, the Centre will receive funding from the DAAD’s exceed programme until 2024. It is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The TUM project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Frank-Martin Belz (Chair of Corporate Sustainability, TUM School of Management). It is intended to contribute to providing decentralised energy systems in rural regions of the global South and to promoting entrepreneurial activities there: 600 million people are living without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa alone. The project focusses on the latest generation of so-called mini grids. These local power grids connect houses and power generation plants. Thus, they help to supply remote areas which are cut off from the supraregional supply with energy.
Students from international and interdisciplinary Ph.D. and master programmes – in which entrepreneurs and scientists are educated – can take part in the project.
About the DAAD exceed programme:
The aim of the programme is to bundle the commitment of German universities and their partners in developing countries and make it more visible. The initiative also aims to strengthen research and teaching cooperations between German universities and universities in countries of the global South for development cooperation.
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