University in Koblenz invests in cooperation with African Universities

The University of Koblenz-Landau and the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi came to a cooperation agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Thus, the university intensifies its international exchange with African universities, which amongst others is supported by the Rwanda-Center and Office for Africa Cooperation at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

Strong cooperation: Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Prof. Ruthie C. Rono, Vice Chancellor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Dean Prof. Dr. Claudia Quaiser-Pohl, Ass. Prof. Josephine N. Arasa, CS. Helen Pauline Ambasa, University Legal Counsel

Strong cooperation: Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Prof. Ruthie C. Rono, Vice Chancellor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Dean Prof. Dr. Claudia Quaiser-Pohl, Ass. Prof. Josephine N. Arasa, CS. Helen Pauline Ambasa, University Legal Counsel

Researchers of the Institute of Psychology of the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Koblenz-Landau and the Department of Psychology at the USIU have already been working closely in research for a longer period of time.

The project “Beyond the Big Five personality factors: An emic-etic understanding of German and Kenyan resources for sustainable behavior” investigates the role of a very well-known personality model in psychology with regard to measures in human resources management. The question whether and how personality tests can be utilized in personnel selection and development presents the focus of this project. With the help of a cross-cultural study, the adaptability of the model to the Kenyan culture is to be analyzed in order to be extended by relevant culture-specific aspects. Unique features of the culture, such as the “Ubuntu”, a special form of collective thinking, (“a person is only a person through other persons”), are thereby taken into account.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the project, in which numerous high-ranking researchers of various German and Kenyan universities are involved. The German participants are Prof. Dr. Claudia Quaiser-Pohl, dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Koblenz-Landau and initiator of the cooperation agreement, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Echterhoff from the University of Wuppertal, and the project leader Dr. Michaele Heinecke-Müller and Mirko Saunders, both working at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau, campus Koblenz.

The German and Kenyan researchers will organize a symposium within the framework of the First Pan-African Psychology Conference in Durban, South Africa, in September 2017. Through the cooperation, students as well as researchers of both universities will be able to get into contact and exchange views even more intensively in the future. For instance, the Kenyan psychologist Ass. Prof. Josephine N. Arasa from USIU will visit Koblenz already in the upcoming summer semester.

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Quaiser-Pohl
Institute of Psychology
Faculty 1: Educational Sciences
University of Koblenz-Landau
Campus Koblenz
Universitätsstr. 1
56070 Koblenz
Tel.: 0261-287-1800 (-1801 Secretary’s Office)
Email: quaiser@uni-koblenz.de


Date of news Mar 21, 2017 08:00 AM
last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:02 AM

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