We are organizing the Ghana & Friends workshop on Friday, March 13th, where you can experience Ghana's culture first-hand and meet us and members of the Ghana student union!
EDIT: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the workshop has been postponed! We will announce a new date as soon as the situation stabilizes. Meanwhile, you can still sign up with the link below and we will notify you, when a date is fixed.
Welcome to Africast!
On this webpage you can find links to our latest episodes, information about the vision and goals of the Africast project, and updates on our current progress and future plans.
With the realization of a podcast series we aim to contribute in strengthening the partnership between TUM and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). We hope to raise awareness about ongoing projects in Ghana, especially in academia and scientific research, and to inform our listeners about unexpected differences and similarities between Germany and Ghana.
We invite all people to listen to the different interviews with experts and students and to learn more about what Ghana has to offer.
The first two episodes of the Podcast series were recorded in May 2019. In July the third and fourth episode followed and in August we recorded three more episodes.
In advance, meetings with the podcast guests took place to discuss a rough guideline for the questions and answers. It is important to note that at no time a given text or script existed. This was important to us, so that the dialogues could develop spontaneously.
To ensure the best possible quality, the interviews were conducted in a professional dubbing studio with the support of a sound engineer.
Originally 15 minutes per episode were planned, but it turned out that a recording time of 20 minutes per episode is more suitable in order to have a harmonious and informative dialogue. We consider this as an appropriate time frame for conveying a message without overloading the listeners with too much information. For reasons of transparency the recordings were not edited or modified afterwards.
We decided to start each episode with a short intro of one minute in order to give the podcast series a consistent appearance. This intro explains who we are and what the project Africast is all about.
To increase the information value of the podcast series, we decided to implement several ‘info boxes’ that can be read on the screen while listening to the episode.
To offer the audience a brief introduction about Ghana, the first two episodes cover general information about the culture, the history and the geography of Ghana. The topics discussed are for example the influence of the colonial past, the independence of Ghana, the national languages, the tradition of the national service, the university system or possible career perspectives.
A total of seven podcast episodes will be published by the end of the year. After the thematic introduction in the first two episodes, we will focus increasingly on concrete projects regarding relevant topics in Ghana. These will include infrastructure, electric mobility, land and waste management, economic growth and start-ups.
In 2020 we are moving towards the second stage of our project. We plan to organize an intercultural workshop day in March 2020. The idea is to invite approximately 30 TUM students who listen to several podcast episodes before they are interviewed in a semi-standardized manner. In addition to the survey, this full-day workshop will be an event, where the participants can get in touch with the culture of Ghana. Typical food and music from Ghana will be provided, hopefully with the support of the Ghana Student Union.
After the workshop, the qualitative interviews will be evaluated, accompanied by a literature review. The review will focus on three main questions:
a) How is Ghana’s current development relevant in a global context?
b) What is personal interest and how can it be measured?
c) In which ways are podcasts an effective format for conveying new information?
Two out of three team members are currently studying abroad and we just released the fifth and sixth episode of our podcast series Africast.
The fifth episode is an interview with Dr. Samuel Dodoo. Dodoo was born in Ghana, studied at KNUST in Accra and later moved to Germany to study in Berlin. He worked on the TUM research project ‘aCar’ developing a robust and fully electric vehicle, which has the potential to improve the mobility of people and transport of goods in rural and less developed areas of Africa. Among others the following question will be answered in the 20-minute interview: How are urban centers in Ghana structured? What is the energy mix in Ghana like? How far is Ghana in building an infrastructure for electric mobility?
In the sixth episode, we are looking forward to present to you an inspiring interview with our guest Prof. Dr. Walter de Vries. He is originally from the Netherlands, working at TUM since 2015 and currently heading the chair of land management at TUM. Prof. de Vries is providing an insight into his work at the Africa initiative of TUM, which aims to promote sustainable development on the continent through improved land use, efficient land registration and planning processes.
Besides this release schedule, we start with the preparation of our qualitative research project, which will take place in March and April of 2020.
Our project depends on finding partners who can provide us with valuable information and help. This is why we met with representatives of the Ghana Student Union and with a delegation of professors from the KNUST right at the beginning of our work. Through them, we were able to build a network of contacts in Ghana and Germany. We also enjoyed the help of the Neue Tonfilm München GmbH, which allowed us to record the podcast episodes in a professional studio environment.
We are three motivated students of the Technical University of Munich with different study backgrounds.
If you are interested in our project, please feel free to contact us for more information.
- Jaimee Lau - Bachelor student of TUM School of Governance
- Marius Merkle - Bachelor student of Munich School of Engineering
- Patrick Sowinski - Master student of Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence
Our project is supported by our tutors and supervisors:
- Dominik Irber - Tutor
- Dr. Matthias Lehner - Tutor
- Dr. Veronika Diem - Supervisor
- Prof. Dr. Ernst W. Mayr - Supervisor
Meeting in Munich with a delegation of KNUST (March 2019)