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Ethiopian Ambassador Solomon Visits IGS Doctoral Students

The new Ethiopian ambassador in Berlin, Mulu Solomon, visited Bremen. She took time to find out more about the International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics (IGS) at the University of Bremen. The program is a structured doctoral program within the LogDynamics research network.

The international, interdisciplinary project attracted the ambassador’s interest as the IGS has, in many ways, supervised and supported more than 20 PhD students from Ethiopia in the last years. The first of them, Fasika Bete, completed her PhD within the Faculty of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen in 2015. Since then, she has been teaching at the University of Addis Ababa. Currently, two PhD students are staying at the University of Bremen with a so-called sandwich scholarship. They are spending half of their PhD period in Bremen but will receive their doctoral qualification from their home university.

To date, the largest group, which consisted of 18 people, completed a three-month stay abroad at BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH, a LogDynamics partner. Within the frame of a project by Texas Tech University, USA, together with the company INROS LACKNER SE, which is located in Bremen, they had access to scientific resources and current construction sites. They were also supervised by the IGS.

Bringing Ethiopian Universities to an International Level

All of these PhD students are already lecturers at their home universities. The aim of their time spent abroad was and still is to elevate the education and research at Ethiopian universities to an international level and to learn from best practices. The Ethiopian parliament has decided upon different measures and promotional instruments, which are being put in place with German help, for example from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

During her visit, Ambassador Solomon looked at the available infrastructure – the LogDynamics Lab. She used the opportunity to speak with professors, the IGS coordinator, and the Ethiopian PhD students about their experiences and the resulting improvement options. The Ethiopian community in Bremen accompanied the visit.

International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics

Since the middle of 2005, IGS at the University of Bremen has been offering excellent scientists from around the world the opportunity to complete a quick-paced, structured PhD program in the frame of the interdisciplinary LogDynamics research network. LogDynamics connects working groups from five faculties: Physics /Electrical Engineering, Production Engineering, Mathematics/Computer Science, Law, and Business Studies & Economics. Since its foundation, IGS has accepted 76 scholarship holders from 24 countries. 46 of them have since completed their PhD at the University of Bremen. Alongside these full-time PhD students, IGS has hosted numerous guest scientists on all qualification levels in the frame of international exchange programs and has integrated them in the IGS community for the duration of their stay.

Further Information:


Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge
International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics
Managing Director
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-50139
Email: rueprotect me ?!biba.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Important visitor: BIBA institute head, Professor Klaus-Dieter Thoben, welcomes the Ethiopian ambassador, Mulu Solomon.