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Partnership for Applied Sciences - PASS

Strengthening quality project based teaching, promoting internationalization, broadening networks - a German-Ghanaian University Partnership Project.

The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research (MIWF) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is funding the University partnership project "Partnership for Applied Sciences - PASS", starting from July 2017. The funding is made available through the programme "NRW-Partnership for the promotion of Technical Universities in Ghana" in the context of the NRW-Ghana Partnership. PASS is implemented jointly by Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (lead), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef and Kumasi Technical University and Cape Coast Technical University. The project has a duration of 4 years.


The project aims to strengthen the application orientation in teaching and research at the Ghanaian partner universities as well as management to increase students' and graduates' success in the labor market and to create new employment opportunities for them. Furthermore, international application oriented research will be initiated and the regional and international network of representatives from academia, the private and the public sector will be expanded and consolidated. 


During workshops in Ghana and Germany, experts will engage in exchange on the integration of project based learning in their curricula, and curriculum development in renewable energies and tourism management. The development of entrepreneurship expertise is an additional component. The project is complemented by two application cases: acquired skills will be converted to concrete results with the development of two concepts. At Cape Coast Technical University, a concept for the establishment of an eco-guesthosue will be developed, which will serve as educational space for students of tourism and will provide renewable energy projects for students of engineering. At Kumasi Technical University a concept will be developed to implement a Green Campus which will provide students' projects in renewable energies and will introduce faculty and students to environmentally friendly management. 

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Project Consortium:

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (Lead)

Technische Hochschule Köln

Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef

Kumasi Technical University

Cape Coast Technical University

Project partners:

University of Cape Coast, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development (CESED)

Accra Technical University

Coastline Logistics Group

Catholic Diocese of Koforidua

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Accra

Cape Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Kumasi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft/Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (DEG/KfW Accra)

Die Sternsinger


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