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GDH Conference on Sustainability Transformation in and through Education, Innovation and Research

Welcome to the third Global Development Hub (GDH) conference that takes place at KTH, from 13 to 14 February, 2023.

Tid: Må 2023-02-13 kl 09.00 - Ti 2023-02-14 kl 17.00

Plats: Gradängsalen, KTH Campus

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KTH Global Development Hub (GDH) was initiated in 2017 based on the principles of mutual capacity building, where KTH in close collaboration with African partner universities are developing joint education, innovation, and research activities for sustainable development and transformation. Through implementation of challenge-driven education (CDE) and a joint student mobility program, conditions are created for our students to collaborate with each other and various external stakeholders in projects that are addressing societal challenges related to the UN SDGs. While gaining international experiences, key competences and agency, students and involved stakeholders are collaboratively generating new perspectives on the addressed challenges and solution proposals that can be taken further in innovation, entrepreneurship, or research processes.

This conference invites faculty, students, and others involved in Challenge-Driven Education, for sharing experiences and ideas and initiating collaboration. The conference is co-created by and involves participants from KTH, Botho University in Botswana, Strathmore University in Kenya, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Rwanda, and University of Cape Town.


Click to see the detailed programme (pdf 689 kB)

Day 1: Challenge-Driven Education

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and coffee

09:00 – 12:00 Morning

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 17:00 Afternoon

17:15 – 19:30 Dinner

Day 2: Challenge-Driven Innovation and Research

09:00 – 12:00 Morning

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 17:00 Afternoon

17:00 – 19:00 KTH Innovation Collide


The conference aims at:

  • Deepening and expanding KTH’s collaboration within KTH Global Development Hub (GDH)  and with our partner universities in Africa (Strathmore University, Kenya, Botho University, Botswana, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, University of Rwanda, Rwanda, University of Cape Town, South Africa).
  • Identifying paths and means in order to further support the development and implementation of challenge-driven education (CDE) both at and between KTH and the partner institutions.
  • Developing collaboration within education, research and innovation.
  • Expand and enhance the exchange of students between our institutions.

We hope that this information will raise your interest in the GDH-conference, where you will have the opportunity to meet, share experiences and ideas, co-create, and initiate collaboration with colleagues from KTH and our partner universities in Africa.

Additional information

In 2022 KTH launched an Africa strategy, and GDH is an essential cornerstone in implementing this strategy. In short, GDH focuses on establishing partnerships for mutual capacity building for sustainable development through collaboration on challenge-driven education, innovation, and related research.

In addition to the GDH conference, KTH is planning a delegation visit to Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2023. The theme for the visit is innovation connected to challenge-driven research and education. The aim is to broaden the partnerships within GDH and Africa and find new channels and forms of collaboration.

If the GDH conference results in new opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, there are limited funds available for KTH-colleagues who wish to continue to seek collaborarion with the GDH-partners, and it will also be possible for a number of colleagues to join the delegation visit to Kigali.