Curricula Development

Joint curricula development is a main pillar of CNRD-exceed. Throughout these joint efforts concepts, materials and content for up to date higher education is produced. All partners, their students and beyond are benefiting from pooling the expertise and cultural diversity of the contributing institutions. Didactics are important in contemporary higher education curricula, therefore CNRD-exceed is fostering the improvement of the learning and teaching environment at the partner universities. This is done through curricula update and review, teaching material development and training of lecturers. In all these activities CNRD-exceed is following a learner centred approach and is promoting the application of modern communication and information technology based solutions.

So far the cluster produced various outstanding concepts and products and is currently active in several new projects.
For example the network developed a master module on “Disasters, Environment Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR)” which is taught at more than 40 universities worldwide.  It offered the massive open online course “Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate” with more than 12.000 participants from around the globe.

The network gave inputs to the development of a master programme on disaster management in Nepal and is currently developing teaching materials for modules in “Integrated Water Resources Management”. Also it started in 2015 to support the development of a complete new interdisciplinary master program for Egypt on “Resource Efficient Cities”.


Selection of curricula development projects so far



Master Module: “Disasters, Environment Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR)”



Massive Open Online Course “Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate”


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Educational Film: “Gezira Irrigation Scheme – A Struggle for Revival”