Welcome to the new students!

The 2021-2022 Master and Research Master in African Studies, as well as the LDE minors African Dynamics and Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development have kicked off! Students of these programmes, that are (co-)organised by the ASCL, were welcomed in Leiden in the first weeks of September.
Top photo: The master's and research master's students in the Pieter de la Court Building on the introduction day, 9 September 2021. Here they were welcomed by ASCL director Marleen Dekker, the chairs of the programmes - Karin Nijenhuis for the Master and Lidewyde Berckmoes for the Research Master - as well as the coordinator of studies, Jeanne Hoogbergen. They were given introductions to the courses and research interships by Akinyinka Akinyoade and André Leliveld. Walter Nkwi gave a mini lecture about 'Researching Africa anno 2021', while Jos Damen of the ASCL Library gave an interactive lecture about 'Why Google is not enough. African Studies on the Web'. A tour of the ASCL Library was followed by inspiring talks by current students and alumni. 

Students of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor African Dynamics were introduced to the programme by Marleen Dekker (photo above) on 31 August, followed by a tour of 'African Leiden' by Jos Damen (photo below, left). And, happily after a year of online teaching, there was ample opportunity to get to know each other (photo below, right).

 
On 1 September, students of the minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development were welcomed in the pretty environment of the Old Observatory (photo below). Introductory talks were given by André Leliveld (ASCL), Cees van Beers (TU Delft) and Peter Knorringa (Erasmus University), as well as by student ambassadors of the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa, and alumnae of the minor. LUMC's Tom O’Reilly gave an inspiring talk about a project to design a frugal MRI scanner.

Two days later the 'frugal innovation' students played a Climate Board Game (photo left), reflecting on the challenges we face with Climate Change. The students had great ideas for companies like Unilever, Shell and their own universities.
 
We look forward to having lively interactions with our students on campus again!