SEE-URBAN-WATER strongly encourages exchange activties of students and lecturers in form of exchange semesters, internships or research stays for thesis work. Permanent and vivid academic partnerships have been established with Universidad Tecnológica La Salle in León, Nicaragua, and with Universidad de Costa Rica in San José. The exchange is realized through a DAAD-financed scholarship programm.

Since 2009, the Junior Research Group has maintained diverse relationships with Nicaragua. Initially, these relationships were based on research work in the context of doctoral theses related to the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management and Payment for Hydrological Ecosystem Services as well as multi-criteria assessments of complex water infrastructure systems. Since then, there has also been punctual cooperation with Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) in Nicaragua.

In addition to many research visits, a number of student thesis projects were also carried out in Nicaragua during this time. Following a PhD seminar in Nicaragua at the end of 2011, a student from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering was placed in Nicaragua for the first time at the end of 2012 for an internship in Nicaragua. The internship was completed at Universidad Tecnológica La Salle (ULSA) in León and marks the beginning of institutional cooperation. This cooperation has been continuously intensified in recent years through the continuous posting of trainees from the TU Darmstadt to ULSA.

In 2012, the Universidad Tecnólogica La Salle in León, Nicaragua, has become an official partner university and an intensive exchange program was initiated.

In 2013, there was an official visit of TU Darmstadt delegates to ULSA and a cooperation between TU Darmstadt and ULSA was formally agreed. In 2014, a delegation from ULSA finally visited the TU Darmstadt. In autumn of 2014, an international study and exchange partnership (ISAP) was developed as part of a DAAD-financed preparatory trip to Nicaragua. This exchange partnership was approved by the DAAD for the period 10/2015 – 09/2021 and enables the DAAD to financially support foreign semesters of 3 students from both institutions per semester. In addition, guest lectureships are financed in both directions.

During a student excursion in July/August 2015, various water and energy infrastructures (sewage and drinking water treatment plants, dams, hydroelectric power plants, geothermal power plant, wind farm, biogas plant) of the country will be visited and the ISAP programme will be inaugurated during a visit to ULSA.


The DAAD's approval of a series of short-term lectureships for Dr -Ing. Jochen Hack at ULSA in 2015 represents a further step toward intensifying the cooperation.