The goal of our project is to raise awareness for the cooperation between the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.
With the realization of a podcast series we aim to contribute in strengthening the partnership between TUM and KNUST. We want to inform people about the ongoing projects in the context of the scientific collaboration as well as the multiple differences and similarities between the two continents concerning the student life.
We invite all people who are interested to listen to our informative interviews with experts and students and to learn more about what Ghana has to offer.
On May 12th, we recorded the first two episodes of the podcast series Africast. In order to achieve the best possible quality, we conducted the interviews in a professional dubbing studio with the support of a sound engineer.
In each of the first two episodes one of our team members interviews a student from Ghana. To represent both genders and both major universities in Ghana, we invited a male student from UCC and a female student from KNUST.
In advance, meetings with the two podcast guests took place to discuss a rough guideline for the questions and answers. However, at no time a given text or script existed. This was important to us, so that the recorded conversations could still develop spontaneously.
Originally 15 minutes per episode were planned, but it turned out that a recording time of 19 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.
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.
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 infoboxes that can be read on the screen while listening to the episode.
The first episode has been released on YouTube on June, 25th 2019. The video platform YouTube seems suitable for our purpose since the access does not require any registration and is free of charge.
As a next step we aim to feature the podcast series on other online platforms – such as Soundcloud, Spotifiy or iTunes – which are easy to access via smartphones.
We are four 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
- Matthias Lehner - Tutor
- Dr. Veronika Diem - Supervisor
- Prof. Dr. Ernst W. Mayr - Supervisor
Meeting in Munich with a delegation of KNUST (March 2019)