People who deny the existence of facts believe in Fake News more often. People with dark personality traits – those who always put their own benefit first – are particularly often affected.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has awarded Dr. Hanza Diman from Benin, alumnus of the University of Bayreuth, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on the occasion of German Unification Day 2022. During a ceremony themed "Building Bridges", the graduate of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) accepted the award today, 30 September 2022, at Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Together with him, 20 other persons were honoured with the Federal Cross of Merit for their public commitment.
Dr. Annamária Fábián-Trost, a linguist at the University of Bayreuth, is one of seven outstanding researchers who will receive funding from the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences under the "Digital Transformation" programme starting in October 2022. Her project focuses on digital tools and communicative strategies that are used in social media to discriminate against people with disabilities or, on the contrary, can sustainably strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities.
The project "African Studies in Germany through the lens of Critical Race Theory" has prevailed in the new funding initiative "Aufbruch - Neue Forschungsräume für die Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften" of the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) : Dr. Serawit B. Debele, researcher at the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" at the University of Bayreuth, Stephanie Lämmert, Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and Dr. Yusuf K. Serunkuma from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), are now jointly investigating African Studies in Germany from the perspective of Critical Race Theory.
The University of Bayreuth and four African universities will continue their successful cooperation in the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" in the next three years. High-ranking representatives of the five partner universities signed an agreement to this effect today in Lagos. The University of Lagos (Nigeria), Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya), Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and Rhodes University (Makhanda, South Africa) will thus continue to strengthen and advance joint projects in the fields of research and knowledge transfer with their "African Cluster Centers (ACCs)".
Enabling local higher education for young people in poverty-stricken areas, social hotspots and crisis zones - that is the aim of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) in cooperation with Jesuit Worldwide Learning - Higher Education at the Margins (JWL). To do this worldwide, it uses innovative digital teaching and learning formats. “With our service we can reach countries and regions in which there is hardly any basis for training future teacher. Our students will themselves become multipliers of education in their environment, who in turn will be able to competently coach other people through their learning journeys,” says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
Musical encounters as a stepping stone for social exchange and participation - this is the principle pursued by the Master’s degree “Community Music” at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), whose concept for practical projects by students under the direction of Prof. Dr. Daniel Mark Eber-hard has now been awarded the international “Uniservitate Award” for service learning projects. A total of 200 applicants hoped to win the accolade which has been awarded for the first time for seven world regions by the international Uniservitate network this year.
After studying financial management at Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Melkamu Taye is now writing his doctoral thesis on how to develop efficient agricultural markets in poor countries.
The further people in Sub-Saharan Africa live from the coast, the greater the likelihood of a comparatively low standard of living. This is the conclusion reached by economists at the University of Bayreuth in a study of 17 African coastal countries published in the Review of Development Economics. Proximity to ports attracts people with higher levels of knowledge and education, promotes the growth of cities and the expansion of infrastructure, and thus increases prosperity. To achieve similar standards of living, geographically determined disadvantages in regions of Africa far from the coast would have to be offset by targeted measures, which often do not happen.
From July 6 to 9, the international annual conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" will take place for the third time. Registration for participation in person or online is still possible until July 5.