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First staff research visit from University of Cape Town within the framework of Erasmus+ KA107

Monday, 29. July 2019

Dr. Mwangama and Prof. Magedanz in front of the Open5GCore demo wall at Fraunhofer FOKUS 5GPlayground

In June, Dr. Joyce Mwangama, a lecturer from the University of Cape Town (UCT), began a two-month research stay at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB). Dr. Mwangama is hosted by Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz in his capacity as professor at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and as head of the Software-based Networks Department at Fraunhofer FOKUS.


This exchange is a continuation of a long tradition of cooperation between Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz (TUB) and the Center for Broadband Networks at the UCT. The overall objective of Dr. Mwangama‘s staff mobility is to increase research collaboration  with TUB within the areas of 5G, Smart Cities and IoT. The aim is to transfer the required knowhow for an open and extensible 5G testbed currently established at UCT. As the first 5G research testbed in South Africa, it will give UCT a unique selling point in attracting students and more local research grants and international collaborative research projects. Prof. Magedanz will hold a keynote about the testbed at this year‘s SATNAC Conference in September.


TUB highly values international collaborations between universities and actively promotes them at different levels, for example by financially supporting staff exchanges. Dr. Joyce Mwangama was granted an Erasmus+ KA107 scholarship for her stay at TUB - a scholarship program financed by the European Commission aimed at mobility with partner countries. In 2018, the  TU Berlin International Projects Section, in cooperation with colleagues from various faculties, applied for Erasmus+ KA107 grants to foster the collaboration between TUB and two South African universities – the University of Capetown and the University of the Witwatersrand. Within recent years there have been cooperations with more countries such as Russia, Iran, Egypt and Jordan, where the International Projects Section together with interested TUB departments has successfully applied for Erasmus+ KA107 grants, thereby contributing to the collaboration between TUB and prestigious universities all over the world.

Dr. Joyce Mwangama is the first scholar from a South African partner university to benefit from the Erasmus+ KA107 program at TUB. Moreover, TUB supports Dr. Joyce Mwangama’s stay by providing her additional TUB-internal funding aimed at guest researchers and administered by the International Scientific Cooperation Section at TUB.


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