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The Centre for Rural Development (SLE)

The Centre for Rural Development (SLE) is an organisation within the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.

Originally founded in 1962 as part of the vocational graduate study programme, the SLE today has four areas of operation. Each of these has been strategically developed since around 2011. These four areas are of equal importance and closely interlinked.


A one-year vocational graduate programme in 'International Cooperation for Sustainable Development', taught in German for students with Masters degrees in various different subject areas


Thematic and methodological training programmes on current issues, taught in English for experts and leaders from around the world


Empirical, practically-applicable research, with a focus on rural development and related topics


1. Process-oriented curricular and management consultancy for universities (currently in Portuguese and Spanish)
2. Consultancy for international cooperation organisations working in the SLE's field of expertise


SLE Organisation

Practical, career-oriented teaching and international training programmes depend on a combination of applied experience and research, and this is the great advantage of the SLE's division into specialised practical and research departments. In turn, a solid foundation in both these areas is necessary in order to be able to provide high-quality advisory services. The SLE systematically brings together and analyses an entire body of research experience. As well as the practical overseas project studies, the SLE also carries out its own research projects as part of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This enables the SLE to cover the full range of its key topics, both in research and in advisory services.

The SLE's four fields of operation work together optimally to generate productive and inspiring synergy effects. The SLE brings together science, practice, learning and careers under one roof, working on both problem analysis and problem solving. This multiplies the value added by each individual component.

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