ACCESS Idea Competition
on Employability Promotion at Higher Education Institutions in Africa
Leipzig University, Germany together with its African partners from Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tunisia cordially conducted the ACCESS Idea Competition from 2 November to 27 November 2020
The competition was dedicated to the question: How can employability skills be developed and implemented in future university curriculum?
For more information watch our Award Ceremony:
Thank you for joining our kick-off event! We will upload the recorded event soon on this website and are looking forward to future collaboration
The African Centre for Career Enhancement & Skills Support (ACCESS) at the Leipzig University seeks to address the paradox of a growing and improved formal education system in Africa which does not improve access to the labour market, but rather contributes to increasing unemployment rates among university graduates. ACCESS therefore aims to improve access to the labour market in African countries where graduate unemployment is usually very high – over 30 percent in some instances. Within the framework of ACCESS, new interdisciplinary concepts would be developed and piloted to contribute to increasing the employability of students and graduates of African universities. A consortium of six universities:
- IRGIB Africa University, Benin
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana
- Mount Kenya University, Kenya
- University of Ibadan, Nigeria
- INES-Ruhengeri, Rwanda
- University of Tunis, Tunisia
„The number of African university graduates will continue to increase massively in the next few years. We must therefore work together with our colleagues in Africa to offer young talents a professional future at their own doorstep. ACCESS can make a significant structural and methodological contribution in this regard and upscale its interventions to a network of 30 universities“
ACCESS is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the "Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation - (exceed)" programme. With “exceed”, DAAD supports the establishment of international university networks on four continents with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Seven German universities – including the Leipzig University – together with their partners in developing countries, will receive a total of 30.8 million Euros by 2024.
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