Silent University Hamburg. Public Seminar (2)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7 pm
Burundi and the Ukraine. Friendship between nations in the context of the education system during the time of the Soviet Union and after its fall.
Lecture by Alain-Aime Hatungimana (Lecturer, Silent University Hamburg)
In French, and consecutively interpreted into German and English.

In his lecture Alain-Aime Hatungimana will report on his experiences as an African student in the Ukraine in times of the Soviet Union und after its fall.
At the beginning of the 1960s, many former colonies in Africa gained political independence. So it was for Hatungimana’s country of birth Burundi, too, which stood until 1918 under German and until 1962 under Belgian colonial rule. Independence demanded of the respective states that they entirely re-structured, as a result of which an increased demand for well-trained technicians and executives arose. The USSR spotted a chance to strengthen Soviet influence in these parts of the world by offering study places for free. Differently to the Soviet students the guest students didn’t have to attend any ideological classes. The Soviet curricula particularly emphasized contents, which lay in the interests of the countries of origin. Primarily the guest students, often children of the elites, too, were to be led to benevolent neutrality through their training in the USSR.

Alain-Aime Hatungimana born in Bujumbura in Burundi, studied Technology Science in the Ukraine and worked as an electrical engineer in Burundi and the Ukraine.