Project group "Innovation, Employability and Markets in Africa" - IEMA

IEMA project group aims to contribute to the promotion of innovative and sustainable economies of African societies. Our approach is to strengthen innovation and labor market as well as application orientation including digitalization in learning, research and transfer in joint projects with African institutions of higher education and private sector partners.
Akfria-Team der H-BRS um Vizepräsident Bode (09/2019). Foto: Eva Tritschler
IEMA project group (2019). Foto: Eva Tritschler

Following is an overview over current project implemented by IEMA.

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Peter Kweku Anowie, young entrepreneur, show producer and graduate presenting his business.

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. 

Contact: Oghenekome Umuerri

Project duration: 7/2019 - 12/2022

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HEInnovate Workshop an der Kenyatta University

CEPU - Collaboration for Entrepreneurial Universities

The third-party funded project CEPU on the topic of "Strengthening the labour market-oriented orientation of universities in Kenya" is carried out by a consortium consisting of Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences as consortium leader, the University of Leipzig, the Leuphana University Lüneburg and Wismar University of Applied Sciences. 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: Christine Freitag

Project duration: 05/2018 - 12/2021

Mittelstandsindex Aufbau
Mittelstandsindex Afrika

Mittelstandsinex Afrika

Africa is one of the most diverse and economically promising continents in the world. By 2050, its fifty-four states are expected to be home to more than two billion people who are also potential consumers of e.g. German products. However, companies often shy away from taking the first step: the risks of entering the market in many African countries seem too great. However, some countries already offer German companies - especially the German Mittelstand - the opportunity to do profitable business there.

The Mittelstandindex Afrika is designed to help entrepreneurs on their way to Africa. It provides a country rating for thirty-four African countries, allowing a quick overview of each country's business attractiveness. Data from fifty-five input factors is condensed and scored and clearly presented using traffic light colors. The rating value of a country assesses the average attractiveness of its market for German SMEs.

The Mittelstandindex Afrika was developed by the BRS Institute of International Studies at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and partners from the Mittelstand and will be further improved and regularly updated in the future with the support of the Agentur für Wirtschaft & Entwicklung.

Further information is available at: https://www.mittelstandsindex-afrika.de

Contact: Jan Koetsier

 

Gruppe junger Leute arbeiten an einem Auto
Partnership for Applied Sciences - PASS

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: Oghenekome Umuerri

Project duration: 07/2017 - 06/2021

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Faustina Nti-Boakye, CEO und Gründerin von FanbaPack Design auf der H-BRS Afrika-Konferenz 2018, Photo von Aysegül Yasari

Business Plan Competitions

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.

: Christine Freitag

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

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: Christine Freitag

Project duration: 02/2015 - 12/2018