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The Centre for Rural Development (SLE)

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

Founded originally in 1962 as part of a vocational graduate study programme, SLE is now active in four different areas, all of which were strategically refined in 2011. The four areas are closely interlinked and of equal importance.


International Cooperation for Sustainable Development, a one-year vocational graduate programme for students with master’s degrees in various disciplines (language: German)


Thematic and methodological training programmes on current issues for experts and leaders from around the world (language: English)


Empirical, practice-oriented research focused on rural development and associated topics


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


SLE Organisation

Practical, career-oriented teaching and international training programmes are based on a fitting combination of both research experience and practical experience, a singular advantage of SLE’s multi-stranded organisational structure. A good positioning in these two areas is in turn the prerequisite for high-quality advisory services. An entire body of research experience is bundled and analysed at SLE. Apart from its practical overseas project studies,SLE also conducts its own research projects as an affiliate of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Interaction between the four SLE areas of activity generates synergy effects that are both productive and inspiring. SLE succeeds in bringing science and practice, studies and careers, and problem analysis and problem solving together under one roof, enhancing each area with added value in the process.


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