17 Okt 2020

Five PhD cotutelle defenses in 2020

Within the framework of the Graduate School five dissertations have been implemented as cotutelle between the University of Hildesheim and the University of Maiduguri/University of Cape Coast. The students have been awarded certificates from both universities.

Read some impressions from the students:


“Having dual degree certificates is exciting not only because it is a unique thing, but also that it bears eloquent testimony that one’s  research endeavour has endured the thorough test of two academic cultures. With the “cotutelle de these”, I have a degree that will be readily accepted across the globe without any fuss, and that boosts my confidence. I’m excited that I’ve studied across two academic traditions and both have certified me worthy of the Doctor of Philosophy degree.”

Dr. Shadrach Teryila Ukuma

PhD thesis: Cultural Performances: A Study on Managing Collective Trauma amongst Displaced Persons in Daudu Community of Benue State, Nigeria


“The opportunity to pursue my doctoral degree from universities of two very different countries was all together very interesting, quite challenging and most importantly very rewarding. Rewarding in the sense that the cotutelle programme exposed me to the academic culture of the University of Hildesheim (I was already familiar with the University of Maiduguri where I had my Bachelor’s degree). The contrasting styles and exposure greatly influenced the richness and depth of ideas I was able to put together in my thesis; It has also made me more versatile in interactions with my students and other academics globally. This is one of the best aspects of the cotutelle for me!”

Dr. Zainab Musa Shallagwa

PhD thesis: Effects of Displacement on Kanuri Cultural Practices of Internally Displaced Persons of Borno State, Northeast, Nigeria


“The Cotutelle Programme is a great opportunity for me. I was privileged to have contact and interaction with high level intellectuals from Africa, Europe, Asia and America. It also increased my confidence among peers because of the thoroughly versatile exposure I got, which comes to play whenever I’m discussing issues with them. Aside from having the two certificates from the two noble universities, I received a rigorous training within my discipline and outside which gives me an added advantage.  This is part of the great value of the Cotutelle for me!”

Dr. Umar Lawal Yusuf

PhD thesis: Community Perception of the Role of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Resisting Boko Haram Culture of Violence In Borno State, Nigeria


“The DAAD-SDG Graduate School allowed me to have my doctoral education both in Ghana and Germany. This experience heightened my academic and inter-cultural exposure. The cotutelle certification gives me an added advantage and value not only to work in Ghana but abroad as well. I am more confident with the skills and knowledge gathered from the cotutelle training and it has also widened my academic networks. The cotutelle certification impresses on me that much is given to me and so much would be expected; a thought that will always push me to work assiduously in the academic space.”

Dr. Sabina Appiah-Boateng

PhD thesis: Land-Use Conflicts and Psychosocial Well-Being: A Study of Farmer-Herder Conflict in Asante Akyem North District of Ghana


“For me, this cotutelle is a way of building a healthy and strong collaborations between the two universities in the areas of joint research and exchange programmes. It has added to my knowledge about best practices and globally accepted approaches of conducting quality research with greater social, cultural and academic impacts.”

Dr. des. Amos Darkwa Asare

PhD thesis: Policy Strategies for a Performing Arts Sector: An Analysis of Cultural Policy Support for the Performing Arts in Ghana