Cooperation between ZEF and the University of Tokyo


Teaching exchange and student exchange


Japan, Germany


The longstanding collaboration between the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the University of Tokyo grows with the inclusion of the Graduate School of Frontier Science (GSFS) in addition to the International Program in Agricultural Development Studies (IPADS). Together, they are forging new pathways in sustainable development and addressing global challenges such as hunger, malnutrition, poverty, inequality, and the sustainable management of common resources. With interdisciplinary perspectives, all three institutes strive to create a positive impact.

The partnership, initiated in 2016 by Prof. Kensuke Okada from the University of Tokyo and Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister, Dr. Manfred Denich, and Dr. Günther Manske from ZEF, has evolved into a thriving collaboration. Under the management of Dr. Silke Tönsjost and Max Voit from the Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR) at ZEF, along with Dr. Juliet Kamau from ZEF, the project starts a new chapter of student exchange and knowledge exchange. All three institutes are committed to fostering academic excellence and empowering future decision-makers through science-based approaches to tackling complex global challenges.


Teaching exchange, student exchange, excursions, and joint online-seminars.

Main Cooperation Partners

Main Funding Partners

University of Tokyo and University of Bonn

Further information

Duration of the Project

Since 2016



Silke Tönsjost

Dr. Silke Tönsjost


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