As one important part of the ACCESS network, the ACCESS Research Pillar is following a multidisciplinary research approach that focuses on broad questions like necessary worker skills, labor market requirements in Africa and the role of universities within this environment. With the research pillar, the ACCESS project facilitates young African researchers in broadening their way for a scientific career and supports them in gaining professional research competencies. As part of this research pillar, the first cohort of seven PhD students started their research in 2020.
Three of them have now finished their research and finally handed in their PhD theses. These three students are namely the following:
- Theophile Shyiramunda is working on communities’ expectations from higher education in Rwanda at the Institute of African Studies under supervision of Prof. Dmitri Van den Bersselaar and Prof. Adebola Ekanola.
- Emmanuel Agyemang is working on the impact of social networks for job search in Ghana at the Institute of African Studies under supervision of Prof. Dmitri Van den Bersselaar and Prof. George Bob-Milliar.
- Hermine Sossouhounto is working on service learning in Benin at the Institute of Economics under supervision of Prof. Utz Dornberger and Prof. Rosalie Worou Houdékon.
By handing in their theses, they have reached an important milestone on their way to a PhD degree. The final step will be the thesis defense in a few months, after the theses have been peer-reviewed.
For more information about all ACCESS PhD students and their research activities, just have a look at the website of the ACCESS research pillar.