Monday, 4 May marked the virtual opening of the Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT) at the University of Freiburg in Germany. ACT was established as a competence, service and information centre for European African studies in teaching, research and innovation.
The opening ceremony which took place online due to the coronavirus, saw speakers and contributors from around the world including Professor Dzodzi Tsikata, Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana and Professor Dr Horst Köhler, Former German Federal President and member of the Ibrahim Prize Committee who delivered a keynote speech.
In his speech, Professor Dr Köhler explained:
The Corona pandemic is currently making it brutally clear just how interconnected the human existence on our planet is. Transregional research is urgently needed. We need more knowledge and more awareness of the global interdependencies that shape all our lives.