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Call for Applications for the German-Arab PhD Programme: Deadline extended to May 30th, 2015!
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Call for Papers for the 4th PhD Conference on International Development: Deadline is May 30th, 2015!
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The new call for MA and PhD Scholarship applications at the SA-GER CDR is now open until July 31st!
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The online application process for the MADM intake 2016 has started
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  1. News
  2. New Publications
  3. Announcements
  • 12-05-2015

    Meeting with Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai

    2015-04 KarzaiOn Monday, 20 April 2015, our students had the chance to meet the former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai. He was invited to Bochum for the discussion forum ‘Challenges in Afghanistan, Situation at the Hindu Kush, Global Terrorism and the Role of Germany in the World’.
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  • 09-04-2015

    Afghan Lecturers Graduated from the Bachelor Upgrading Programme

    2015-03 BachelorGraduationCongratulations to 24 Afghan lecturers – the largest group yet – from the Universities of Nangarhar, Herat, Faryab, Samangan, Bamyan, Khost, Kunduz, Paktia, Kandahar and Kabul who completed the Bachelor Upgrading Programme in Management and Economics at RUB.
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  • 13-05-2015

    New Book Published in the UA-Ruhr Studies Series

    uamr studies66 coverDr. Marco Rimkus, former IEE research fellow, published his doctoral thesis as No. 66 in the series "UA Ruhr Studies on Development and Global Governance":

    Welternährung, Nutztierschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit. Eine monetäre Bewertung in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern.

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  • 12-05-2015

    Two Interviews Published by IEE Member

    KnoblichRecently, IEE Research Fellow Ruth Knoblich published two interviews on Theory Talks:

    Theory Talk #67:
    Dirk Messner on the dynamics of global change and the significance of international science and technology cooperation in the post-Western world (Jan. 30, 2015)
    http://www.theory-talks.org/2015/01/theory-talk-67_30.html

    Theory Talk #68:
    Loet Leydesdorff on the Triple Helix: 'How Synergies in University-Industry-Government Relations can Shape Innovation Systems' (March 11, 2015)
    http://www.theory-talks.org/2015/03/theory-talk-68.html

  • 03-02-2015

    New Publication of IEE Member

    2015-01 publ-SadikZadaMetaheuristics in the Modern Economy – a new book of IEE-research fellow Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada with scientific editions of Orkun Karabasoglu from MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dedicated to the applications and comparison of heuristic optimization methods like Tabu Search (TS), Genetic Algorithms (GA), Simulated Annealing (SA) and Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) in modern economy. In addition, the author shows the advantages of the hybrid metaheuristics combining pure strategies.

    The most of the real scheduling problems in job-shop scheduling are non-deterministic polynomial-time hard and that’s why cannot be solved in appropriate time even with supercomputers, available only to the limited number of scientific and defense institutions. With the emergence of the mass production and consumer markets in the 1950s importance of the optimization of the machine-scheduling have grown. As an alternative to precise optimization methods, heuristic algorithms deliver good results with less time and equipment costs than precise methods. But which metaheuristic is appropriate for a concrete enterprise? The author compares the existing major metaheuristics and concludes that hybrid metaheuristic algorithms adapted to a concrete job-shop problem is the most efficient strategy in solving real scheduling problems.

    Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada: Metaheuristiken in der modernen Ökonomie. - Bochumer Universitätsverlag, 2015. - 129 S. - ISBN 978-3899667615

  • 08-05-2015

    New Call for MA and PhD Scholarship Applications at the SA-GER CDR

    The next call for applications for Master and PhD Scholarships (Development Studies and Public Policy/Public Administration) at the South African-German Centre for Development Research at UWC/Cape Town is now open until 31 July.

    Submissions of applications are only possible during an open call and only via an online application form.

    The online application form is available in the "How to apply" sections of the respective programmes of the Centre on the website www.drd-sa.org.

  • 23-01-2015

    Upcoming PhD Conference on International Development

    4th PhD Conference on International Development
    24 - 25 September 2015
    Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum/Germany

    The IEE together with the School of International Development (DEV), University of East Anglia, UK, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL, and our partners in the UA-Ruhr Graduate Centre, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the Institute of Political Science (IfP), University of Duisburg-Essen, is organizing the 4th PhD PhD Conference on International Development.

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  • 24-11-2014

    EUSA_ID 2nd Call for Applications

    The second call for applications is now open until 12th April, 2015.

    South African Master and PhD candidates and staff are invited to apply for a mobility period at one of the European EUSA_ID partner universities while European PhD candidates are invited to apply for a mobility period at one of the South African partner universities!

    More information on the EUSA_ID website.


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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Building GB, Room 1/59
Universitaetsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

E-Mail: ieeoffice@rub.de

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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IEE on Tour

May 25 - June 1:
Britta Niklas
at Mendoza, Argentina, for the 9th Annual Conference 2015 of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE), presenting "Impact of annual weather changes on output, quality and profits of wine producers in Germany" (abstract)

May 26 - 30:
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and
Dr. Martina Shakya
at Durban University of Technology for the workshop "Enhancing German-SA Scientific Cooperation"

May 28 - 29:
Dr. Tobias Thürer
at the DAAD, Bonn, for the seminar "Wissenschaftskooperation mit Entwicklungsländern"

IEE on Field Research

Casper Agaton
in the Philippines until June 2015

Mabel Hoedoafia
in Ghana from May to June 2015

Lesley Hope
in Ouagadogou/Burkina Faso and Tamale/Ghana for Urban Food Plus

Latest Publications

Marco Rimkus: Welternährung, Nutztierschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit. Eine monetäre Bewertung in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern.

Two Interviews Published on Theory Talk by IEE Member Ruth Knoblich

Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada: Metaheuristiken in der modernen Ökonomie.

More info under the "New Publications" tab on the left.