German-African University Partnership Platform for the Development of Entrepreneurs and SMEs

The labour markets in Africa show graduates with sufficient theoretical skills but exhibit lack of practical experience which needs to be overcome. In order to raise the awareness of the potential in the African market, the project addresses German SMEs and universities to get involved with this topic by using the advantages of a university partnership platform.
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Corporate partners play a crucial role in the project as they provide universities with knowledge, requirements and needs to help them to improve the academic practice-oriented teaching and research, and increase the employability of their graduates. At this juncture, the project conceptualises “win-win” cooperation models which result in direct benefits for the companies and the universities.

The activities encompass the set-up of a “Section for Applied Market and Personnel Services” in Ghana and Kenya aimed at consulting German and African SMEs and start-ups, the establishment of practice-oriented courses at the universities, the development of business incubators in Africa and a yearly business plan competition. Furthermore, the exchange of students and staff, and annual conferences aim at building and disseminating know-how on connecting academia with the corporate world.

The project has started in 2015 in the framework of the “University-Business-Partnership programme” funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The project is carried out by the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University in Germany (BRSU), the University of Cape Coast in Ghana (UCC) and the University of Nairobi in Kenya (UoN). Various corporate partners also contribute to the project. The duration of the project is 4 years.

Projektdauer: 1.1.2015-31.12.2018

 

Kontakt:

 

Projekt Leiter (Deutschland)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bode
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
E-Mail: Juergen.Bode@h-brs.de

Projekt Leiterin (Ghana)

Prof.Dr. Rosemond Boohene
Cape Cost University (Ghana)
E-Mail: rboohene@yahoo.de

Projekt Leiter (Kenia)

Dr. Justus M. Munyoki
University of Nairobi (Kenya)
E-Mail: jmmunyoki@uonbi.ac.ke