An initiative to empower African graduates

The African Centre for Career Enhancement & Skills Support (ACCESS) is an initiative of the University of Leipzig. What we investigate is the increasing level of education in Africa while the chances on the labour market remain stagnant. We are developing new teaching methods to increase the chances of employability for African students. In order to make this happen, we work together with companies, universities and students.

In cooperation with our six African partner universities, we increase the opportunities for African students in the global labour market and connect them with companies that can benefit from their expertise.

Our foundation

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

For the education of future thinkers, inventors and visionaries of Africa, we develop teaching concepts for professors and teachers. With the help of digital platforms for the implementation of intrapreneurial learning processes for employability, we facilitate the learning and coaching process for students and lecturers.

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Centered on the third mission of higher education institutions, we pursue a strengthening of the relationship between universities and the private sector. Our goal is to expand cooperation and knowledge exchange between stakeholders, thus creating a growing and enriching environment and new professional opportunities for African students. To achieve this, we emphasize on the development of organizational structures that are suited to the respective environment and its stakeholders.

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How can we increase the employability of African students? This is what we at ACCESS are dealing with in research. A doctoral program and a digital self- assessment tool help universities to understand their strengths and weaknesses in terms of promoting the employability of their students.

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In the African German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA), which is a part of ACCESS, we promote entrepreneurship in Africa and cooperation with Germany.

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A team with vision

Together, we believe in our vision of a future-oriented Africa that is firmly integrated into the international labour market.



Prof. Dr. Zacharie Vissiennon

Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger

Fr. Dr. Jean Bosco Baribeshya

Prof. Dr. Rainer Alt

Prof. Dr. Jörg Gertel

Prof. Adebola Ekanola

Prof. Dr. Dmitri van den Bersselaar

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt

Daniel Eckert-Lindhammer

Prof. Robert Abaidoo

Prof. Hamadi Tizaoui

Dr. Peter Kirira

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