Collaborators from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Koblence-Landau (UKOLD) met to announce the agreement: Iryna Shalaginova (UKOLD), Vice-President Gabriele Schaumann (UKOLD), Gerid Hag (IIASA), Leen a Il mola-Sheppard (IIASA), President May-Britt Kallenrode (UKOLD), Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA), Michaela Maier (UKOLD), Elena Rovenskaya (IIASA), Martin Lees (OECD-IIASA President Task Force on Systems Thinking) , Christian Dorsch (UKOLD) , Gerhard Reese (UKOLD), Vice-President Harald von Korflesch (UKOLD). (Photo: University of Coblence-Landau) During her visit, Kagwesage gave two lectures, one for students in the English department, where she briefed them on the language in terms of policy and educational practice. She also discussed with staff issues related to teaching and learning in multilingual contexts, higher education and women`s empowerment in Rwanda, as well as plans and practices to support academic writing. The new cooperation agreement aims to change the approach to global challenges such as climate change, pollution, sustainable development, land and water use, population growth, resource use, ecosystem management, insecurity, risk management and resilience. System thinking can improve conclusions and recommendations for action to address global challenges by analyzing dynamic interactions between key elements of a problem over a longer period of time and as an interconnected system. Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA) and President May-Britt Kallenrode (UKOLD) announced the conclusion of the cooperation agreement (Photo: University of Coblence-Landau) The University of Coblence-Landau is a public university in Germany. It has about 16,000 students and two campuses in Koblenz and Landau in Rhineland-Palatinate. The university is at the centre of its three main themes: learning, society and the environment. In line with this hierarchy, it launched a first project to monitor the system in 2016.
Its traditional strength lies in teacher training and education research. The University is working with IIASA to improve the global relevance and international reach of its systemic thinking activities.