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About GDH

By establishing KTH Global Development Hub, KTH is developing coordinated education and innovation activities for global development. We are creating a new cooperation model to find solutions for locally formulated challenges. We are working on an educational method that develops skills, new business models, technologies and services which solve social challenges with relevance in both Sweden and Africa. The initiative is scalable and will inspire others. The innovation capacity is developed by bringing together ecosystems in Stockholm and Sweden with expanding ecosystems in relevant countries in Africa.

As a first step, the Global Development Hub will establish a pilot project in Africa, south of the Sahara where we will start an exchange programme with a limited number of students together with selected university partners. A Global Development Hub office will be established to coordinate the planned activities at every academic institute. We will define and launch a “case study” for every partner for evaluation and continuous development of the activities.

KTH Global Development Hub will:

  • Establish a programme focusing on courses for challenge-driven innovation. Together with students from academic partners in sub Saharan Africa student groups fromKTH will form joint teams which will receive guidance to find solutions for locally formulated challenges.
  • Introduce a faculty programme at KTH and partner institutes for teacher training with an emphasis on coaching of student groups within creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Create an interdisciplinary arena for research and entrepreneurship within and for global development.
  • Develop cooperation with trade and industry and other stakeholders who want to participate in the Global Development Hub.

The aim is to create mutual innovation capacity to contribute to solutions for major social challenges.

Progress and success are measured in the short and long term by:

  • The number of launched projects in developing countries.
  • The number of joint student teams in both directions.
  • Follow-up of ongoing research and results of concluded projects.
  • Qualitative analysis of results in the short and long term for the specific projects and for the programme in its entirety.
  • Services and products delivered in accordance with the goals in Agenda 2030.