Planning in Germany and Pakistan

Responding Challenges of Climate Change through Intercultural Dialogue

Winter School & International Conference (2022)


The University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore Pakistan, and Technical University of Dortmund, Germany have entered into an agreement to Launch an International Project entitled, ‘Planning in Germany and Pakistan: Responding to Challenges of Climate Change Through Intercultural Dialogue’.Beginning in January 2022, the 3 year long project is part of  a  long-term  DAAD sponsored program entitled, ‘Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World’. At the moment this project is signed between universities of Pakistan and Germany and will later on also include universities from neighboring muslim countries such as Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.


The project idea was initially deliberated between Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn from TU Dortmund Germany,and Prof. Dr. Shaker Mahmood Mayo from UET Lahore conceived at DAAD sponsored summer school held at Kathmandu, Nepal in 2016. The project formally started from June 2022, with the kickoff workshop, organized and held at the Department of City & Regional Planning in UET, wherein a three-member delegation, headed by Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn along with Dr. Bashirizadeh and Dr.Jafari, participated


This unique international project between the universities was not possible without the backing and active support from Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar,Vice Chancellor University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore. The foundation stone for the project was laid in the year 2020 when a four-party MoU was signed between Faculty of Spatial Planning,Technical University of Dortmund (Germany) and the Department of City & Regional Planning, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore Pakistan on 26th of October 2020 at the Vice Chancellors office in UET Lahore. The MoU signing ceremony was organized in collaboration with the Counsel General Office in Lahore, Embassy of Germany in Pakistan. Under this MoU both UET Lahore and TU Dortmund formulated the project proposal in the year 2021 & approached DAAD for its funding which was approved with funding amounting to 90,000 Euro for the year 2022.