African Centre for Career Enhancement & Skills Support

Today's challenge, tomorrow's solutions: Improving employability to match our future.

What we are working on

We summarize our work in four different pillars. They describe our most relevant services and what ACCESS does.

For the education of Africa’s future thinkers, inventors and visionaries, we develop teaching concepts for lecturers and teachers. Using digital platforms to implement innovative employability learning processes, we facilitate the learning and coaching process for students and faculty.

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With a focus on the third mission of higher education institutions, we pursue strengthening relationships between universities and the private sector. Our goal is to expand cooperation and knowledge exchange between stakeholders, thus creating a growing/enriching environment and new professional opportunities for African students. In doing so, we focus on the development of organizational structures that adapt to the respective environment and its stakeholders.

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How can we increase the employability of African students? This is what we are addressing in our research pillar at ACCESS. A doctoral program and a digital self-assessment tool shall help higher education institutions to better understand their strengths and weaknesses in terms of promoting employability among their students.

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In the African German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA), which is integrated in ACCESS, we promote entrepreneurship in Africa as well as the cooperation with Germany. There are 37 universities represented in the AGEA, with which projects are already being implemented jointly.

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A strong network

Initiated by the University of Leipzig, we are developing new approaches to the labor market in Africa.

The number of African university graduates will continue to rise massively in the coming years. We must therefore work together with our colleagues in Africa to offer young talents a professional future on their own doorstep. ACCESS can make a significant structural and methodological contribution here and roll this out to a network of 30 universities.

Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger - ACCESS Director

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