Strengthening Social Responsibility of Universities: Department Head Visits Partners in Ecuador and Guatemala
In Ecuador Krüggeler not only met our partners of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) and representatives of other universities, he also participated in a seminar entitled “Responsabilidad Social y Educación Superior”, which was organized by our alumni association AEBCA at the PUCE in Quito (February 23rd) and at the Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo (ESPOCH) in Riobamba (February 24th). The issue of the social responsibility of universities is currently hotly debated in Ecuador in the context of recent legislation that aims at improving the academic quality of universities and at integrating them in the process of pursuing economic and social development of the country. Krüggeler welcomed this debate, which in other countries still remains to be held. For KAAD social responsibility of universities goes without saying, but Krueggeler stressed at the same time the legitimate demand of universities for respecting their autonomy. At both events, which attracted around 70 students and professors, also participated Professor Emeritus Heinz Neuser (Bielefeld), member of the KAAD Academic Council
With the President of the Jesuit University Rafael Landivar (URL), Father Rolando Alvarado S. J., Krüggeler agreed on specific steps of setting up a master program in “Social Education” at URL by training educators and psychologists from Guatemala in Germany. This program shall serve as a tool to fight the problem of violence among the youth in that country and offer a quality study program particularly to collaborators of social institutions of the Church.
Stephen Nana Ato Arthur (Ghana)
Stephen Nana Ato Arthur, born in 1961, has been a KAAD-scholar twice and between the two scholarships was not only a period of 12 years but also a very successful political career that has reached a peak in 2012: On 08.12.2012, KAAD got the news that he has won the constituency KEEA as a candidate for Parliament. He will therefore be the first alumnus of KAAD as a member of parliament in an African country.