SADC Ambassadors in Flensburg

Flensburg, 10/06/2022: Ambassadors from South Africa, Malawi, Botswana and many other countries of the so-called SADC community came to Flensburg for a visit to the university. The high-ranking diplomatic visitors were welcomed at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences with a ceremonial reception in the Senate Hall. After the playing of the regional anthem, which is customary in the region, the President of the University of Applied Sciences, Christoph Jansen, and the Mayor of Flensburg, Simone Lange, spoke the words of welcome one after the other.

The high-ranking guests visited highlights of Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, such as the FabLab, the ZAIT biotechnology laboratory, the Jackstädt start-up centre and the ship simulator. The guests were particularly impressed by the concept of a University of Applied Sciences and its implementation in Flensburg. How, for example, can start-ups contribute to economic growth or technological solutions be developed through low-threshold offers in a laboratory like the FabLab? There was also a long discussion in ZAIT’s food laboratory on the topic of sustainable food production, a topic that was obviously of utmost importance for the guests’ home countries, especially in times of global grain shortages due to the Russian war of aggression.

The university and the diplomats quickly agreed that both sides want to cooperate even more closely in the future. The Centre for Business and Technology in Africa, which coordinates the university’s activities on the continent, is an excellent platform for this purpose.