Below you will find an overview of the current projects of the Africa Team.
BET Ghana - Building Expertise and Training for growth in the consumer goods and food processing industry in Ghana
The BET Ghana project aims at enhancing knowledge and business skills of researchers, lecturers and students as well as entrepreneurs in the consumer goods and food processing industry in Ghana as well as trade opportunities with Germany and the European Union, respectively. It is jointly conducted between the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and the University of Cape Coast with a broad network of business partners in Germany and Ghana. With a total duration of 3.5 years, the BET Ghana project is generously funded by DAAD/BMZ within the special initiative Training and Employment through the programme Praxispartnerschaften. The total funding amounts to 630 000 Euro.
Project duration: 07/2019-12/2022
Contact: Sonja Keller
CEPU - Collaboration for Entrepreneurial Universities
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences has acquired a new third-party funding project on the topic of "Strengthening the labour market-oriented orientation of universities in Kenya". The project is carried out by a consortium consisting of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences as consortium leader, the University of Leipzig, the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Wismar University of Applied Sciences and the Hasso Plattner School for Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Project partners in Kenya are Kenyatta University and Mount Kenya University.
The aim of the project is to support the Kenyan partner universities in their efforts to improve the employability of their graduates and to promote the knowledge transfer into society through a stronger professional and practical orientation of the courses offered as well as strong networking with their social and economic environment. To this end, joint reform measures for the labour market-oriented focus of the two Kenyan universities are to be conceived and implemented.
The project is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Contact Person: Christine Freitag
Project Duration: 05/2018 - 12/2021
PASS - Partnership for Applied Sciences
As part of the NRW-Ghana Partnership and the "NRW-Partnerschaften zur Förderung der Technical Universities in Ghana" funding programme, the Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW) has been funding the "Partnership for Applied Sciences - PASS" university partnership project between Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (consortium leader), Cologne Technical University, Bad Honnef International University of Applied Sciences and the two Ghanaian universities Kumasi Technical University and Cape Coast Technical University since 2017 through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The aim of the project is to strengthen both the practical orientation of teaching and research at the Ghanaian partner universities and the management in order to increase the success of students and graduates on the labour market and to create new employment opportunities. The project also aims to initiate international, application-oriented research and to expand and strengthen the regional and international network of representatives from science, the private sector and the public sector.
Contact Person: Sonja Keller
Project Duration: 07/2017 - 06/2021
BRS Marketing Attractiveness Index SME Africa
African markets have long been regarded as stagnant and difficult. However, more and more countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are becoming increasingly successful in transforming their governments and economies, resulting in relatively stable and high-growth markets. Most SMEs in Germany, however, are not yet aware of the potential that awaits them on the continent.
The goal of the BRS Market Attractiveness Index SME Africa is to help companies to select attractive African markets for their products and provide information about promising strategies for market entry. It raises awareness for African markets, motivates to investigate new avenues of international growth, supports companies in the early stages of their market entry decision with profound knowledge and helps them plan the next steps of their market entry. The index is focused especially on the needs of German SMEs and provides customized ratings and information on a sector level, and cross-sector level.
The BRS Market Attractiveness Index SME Africa uses the combined knowledge of academic research and hands-on experience. Primary research for the index is conducted with German companies on the one hand and locally in African countries on the other hand to provide information of unparalleled accuracy.
For more information, please visit our website: https://www.brs-iis.de/angebote/brs-market-attractiveness-index-sme-africa/
Contact Person: Jan Koetsier
GAUP - German-African University Partnership Platform for the Development of Entrepreneurs and SMEs
The project "German-African University Partnership Platform for the Development of Entrepreneurs and Small/Medium Enterprises" was funded by the DAAD and BMZ as part of the "Practical Partnerships between German Universities and Developing Countries" programme. The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences cooperates here with the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
The project aims to optimally prepare university graduates in Africa for the labour market through more practice-oriented teaching and research. Another focus of the project is the promotion of entrepreneurship and SMEs. German companies have the opportunity to conduct market research in Africa through the project.
Furthermore, there is a student exchange programme between the three partner universities. H-BRS students can spend up to four months in Ghana or Kenya in cooperation with a German company as part of their final theses (Bachelor and Master).
Contact Person: Christine Freitag
Project Duration: 02/2015 - 12/2018
Business Plan Awards
In cooperation with partners in Ghana and Kenya, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences conducts business plan competitions for various sponsors. These include the DEG/KfW-funded "Young Entrepreneurs Business Plan Award" with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Another Business Plan Award is the Green Entrepreneurship Start up Award, sponsored by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) with the University of Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
Contact Person: Christine Freitag