Training of Trainers
The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) relies on decades of experience in interdisciplinary teaching and the implementation of interactive modern didactical concepts. Based on the expertise of the TH Köln and as the managing unit of the CNRD, the ITT is thus able to share its knowledge. CNRD partners, guest lecturers, PhD and MSc students are involved in the various learning and teaching units as well as curricular and didactic development. Hence, they continuously improve their capacities in teaching and learning, and become aware of the related concepts. Besides exchanging lecturers as a training measure inside CNRD, Training of Trainers (ToT) workshops in higher education didactics are a good measure to change and improve the teaching culture at the partner universities. Such workshops are appreciated by the participants and have a strong outreach, especially at the hosting partners. The following example from Bangladesh is representative of many such ToT workshops implemented in CNRD.
CNRD supports IWRM Train the Trainers Workshop at IUB, Bangladesh
Effectively contributing towards the achievement of the IWRM principles in the future, strengthening the relationship between partners from various countries and contexts by exchanging personal skills, knowledge, and approaches, as well as understanding the common challenges educators encounter, were the objectives of the “Training of Trainers Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)” at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in October 2018, which was supported by CNRD →
The consultative workshop was co-organized by the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and the ITT. In five days, experts and faculty members from the ITT; the SESM IUB; the University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; the University of Khartoum, Sudan; and the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Vietnam were trained on innovative learning methods, including an e-learning tool, as well as developing relevant learning outcomes and effective assessment for IWRM courses. With the help of several case studies, the concepts, policies, tools, and issues presented in the IWRM modules and problem- and research-based learning in IWRM were illustrated. The participants presented some of the on-going IWRM capacity building initiatives undertaken in their respective countries, proposed follow-up plans for translating, customizing, and disseminating the manuals at national level, and had the chance to carry out a brief participatory discussion in the field on a boat trip from Ashulia to Sadarghat.
The workshop was inaugurated by Professor M. Omar Rahman (Honorable Vice Chancellor, Independent University, Bangladesh) and facilitated by Susanne Glaeser (Team Leader, Center for Teaching Development at TH Köln, Germany) and Günther Straub (Coordinator, Centers for Natural Resources and Development, Germany).
Additionally, opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Saleemul Huq (Director, International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at IUB) and Dr. Md. Abdul Khaleque (Dean, SESM, IUB) outlined the key components of the CNRD-IUB partnership and emphasized the importance of the training. A keynote speech was presented by Dr. Mashfiqus Salehin (Professor, Institute of Flood and Water Management at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)) in which he delineated the current IWRM practices and challenges in Bangladesh.