First Partnership with African University

Monday 31 May 2010
First Partnership with African University

Since the end of May, Cape Coast University in Ghana has been a partner university of the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and has thus given a new boost to our internationalisation strategy.

President Prof. Hartmut Ihne and his counterpart Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang from Cape Coast University in Ghana signed the new cooperation agreement. "For us, this new partnership is an important step within the framework of our internationalisation strategy," Ihne explained.

The aim of this strategy is to build partnerships in developing and emerging countries in particular. According to Ihne, there is a great potential in these countries, which can be deployed by our University. In this context, Vice President Wiltrud Terlau reported on our University's initiative "Teaching for Development", which is aimed at training academics in developing countries. She said that the main objective was to develop Master's degree courses and modules for gifted students from developing and emerging countries.

The Master's degree courses in NGO Management, established at both universities, are the starting points of the new and first partnership with an African university. According to Prof. Terlau, there are not only plans for the future exchange of students, but the professors will also be given the opportunity to teach at the partner university.

The first exchange is scheduled to start in 2011. A "Joint Office" will be established for this purpose at each university - to serve as a contact point for guests from the partner nation.