RESEARCH PILLAR | OUR PHD CANDIDATES

Welcome to the overview to our PhD Programme! 

We have rigorous selection criteria that prioritize talented and dedicated candidates that focus research topics which address the most relevant questions and challenges the ACCESS Project tries to find solutions for.

Once admitted, our PhD candidates embark on a challenging and rewarding journey structured around multidisciplinary research institutes, detailed seminars, and independent research projects. We encourage collaboration and provide a supportive academic environment. We are specifically thankful for the various and different multidisciplinary experiences, methods and specialist who help to shape our PhD Scholarships.

Our candidates have the opportunity to pursue research in a wide range of topics, from the sciences to the humanities and social sciences, IT, engineering and more. We are committed to providing the resources and support necessary for our candidates to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Explore this site to learn more about our PhD Programme, selection criteria, process, and candidates. We look forward to welcoming you to our academic community.

Let's start with a preview of our PhD Candidates!

Overview

ACCESS PhD Candidates

University of Tunis Tunisia

PhD Topic:

Graduates unemployment in Tunisia: Case study of Greater Tunis.



1st Cohort (2020-2023)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

IRGIB Africa Benin

PhD Topic:

University Spin-offs / Academic Entrepreneurship Coaching.



2nd Cohort (2022-2024)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

Mount Kenya University Kenya

PhD Topic:

Entrepreneurship in the area of University Spinoffs.



2nd Cohort (2022-2024)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

INES-Ruhengeri Rwanda

PhD Topic:

Communities’ Expectations from Higher Education Institutions in their Regions.



1st Cohort (2020-2023)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

KNUST Ghana

PhD Topic:

Developing Internationalization Competence of SMEs in African Emerging Economy: The Role of University–Business Linkages.


1st Cohort (2020-2023)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

KNUST Ghana

PhD Topic:

Exploring the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Gaps; Towards A Framework for Start-Ups Upscaling for Sustainable Graduates Employment in Ghana.


2nd Cohort (2022-2024)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

KNUST Ghana

PhD Topic:

Getting a job in Ghana: Impacts of Social Networks on Graduates Job Attainment in the Ghanaian Labour Market.


1st Cohort (2020-2023)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

University of Tunis Tunisia

PhD Topic:

Unemployment of  Tunisian Graduates: The social and solidarity economy as an operational alternative.


2nd Cohort (2022-2024)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

MKU Kenya

PhD Topic:

Adoption of digital marketing in entrepreneurial universities for empowerment of the Youth: a case of Kenya.


1st Cohort (2020-2023)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

University of Ibadan Ibadan

PhD Topic:

Gender mainstreaming policy and soft-skills exhibition as predictors of female university graduate employability in South-West, Nigeria.


1st Cohort (2020-2023)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

University of Tunis Tunisia

PhD Topic:

The role of small and medium enterprises in the employment of HEI graduates in Tunisia.



2nd Cohort (2022-2024)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

IRGIB Africa Benin

PhD Topic:

Enhancing graduate employability in Benin: Determining the required competencies for faculty engagement in Service-Learning approach with Businesses.


1st Cohort (2020-2023)

ACCESS PhD Candidate

The criteria process involved stakeholders of the ACCESS PhD Programme

Selection Criteria

Selection Process

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)

Christopher Boafo

Email: christopher_boafo@yahoo.com

Host University: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) | Ghana

Biography: Christopher Boafo holds an MBA (Small and Medium Business Studies) from Leipzig University. In this university, he works as a Junior Researcher at the International SEPT Competence Center while enrolled as a PhD Student at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science. At SEPT MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Development, he teaches aspects of Internationalization of SMEs.

Current Research Project: University business linkages in Ghana

Research Interests: Christopher current research interests are focused on university-business (SME) linkages, informal firms, and enterprise clusters in the context of Africa. Across these fields, he conducts research from the lens of international entrepreneurship and international business competences.

Academic CV:

Since July 2020: PhD Student, Faculty of Economics and Management Science, Leipzig University

2016–2018 MBA in Small and Medium Business Studies, Leipzig University

2008–2012 B.A. in Publishing Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Emmanuel Agyemang

Email: ea29zeje@studserv.uni-leipzig.de

Host University: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) | Ghana

Biography: Emmanuel Agyemang is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of African Studies and Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS), University of Leipzig. He is a Research Fellow at the Employability Research Unit of the African Center for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS) under the International SEPT Program, University of Leipzig. In 2017, Emmanuel received his MSc Global Development and Planning with a Specialization in Development management from the University of Agder, Norway. In 2014, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (FIRST CLASS HONOURS) in Political Studies and Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST-Ghana. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, his research lies at the intersection of political science, sociology, and development studies. He combines ethnographic methods with surveys to address development, social and political phenomena.

Current research project: Getting a job in Ghana: Impacts of Social Networks on Graduates Job Attainment in the Ghanaian Labour Market.

Research interests: Social networks, Development, Labor markets

Academic CV:

PhD Candidate (African Studies)-University of Leipzig, Germany, 2020-2023

MSc Development Management – University of Agder, Norway, 2015-2017.

BA Political Studies (First Class Honours) – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST/Ghana, 2010-2014.

Isaac Duodu

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Host University: Leipzig University | Chair of Management and Economics of Innovation

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt

Home University: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) | Ghana

2nd Supervisor: Prof. Ahmed Agyapong

Overview

Mr. Isaac Duodu is a dedicated PhD Student enrolled at the Chair of Management and Economics of Innovation at Leipzig University. Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt and Dr. Kevin Reuther, he is actively pursuing research in the field of entrepreneurship, particularly focusing on entrepreneurship ecosystems. 

Biography: After completing my bachelor’s degree in Publishing Studies and Entrepreneurship, I joined the Centre for Business Development at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. During this period, I was trained as an expert in entrepreneurship, start-ups development, innovation management and project management. Due to my strong interest in project management and international economic cooperation partnerships, I pursued a master’s degree in Project Management. My thesis focused on the Contributions of International Economic Cooperation Partners to the Implementation of Social Intervention Projects in Ghana. I worked on many projects, including projects financed by the World Bank, European Commission, DANIDA and DAAD, which focused on entrepreneurship, innovations, and job creation.

Current Research Project: “Exploring the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Gaps; Towards A Framework for Start-Ups Upscaling for Sustainable Graduates Employment in Ghana”. This exploratory study assesses the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ghana  to uncover gaps that hinder start-ups upscaling for sustainable graduates‘ employment. Unemployment is considered a negative element of economic development that affects all countries in varying 
proportions, significantly those underdeveloped and those in  transition to a market economy (Burlacu et al., 2021). Unemployment  is often used to measure the economy’s health (Batu, 2016). Over the last decade, the persistentence of unemployment has become a significant concern for academicians and policymakers. As a developing country, Ghana is no exception to this phenomenon of unemployment challenges. Entrepreneurship and start-ups development has been viewed as the solution to bridge the employment gap with many policies and 
programmes from government and international economic cooperation partners to drive this agenda.

IRGIB-Africa University (Benin)

Jean Marc Aurele Toni

Email: aureletoni@gmail.com

Host University: IRGIB Africa University | Benin


Biography: Jean Marc is originally from the Benin Republic, but lived for several years in the United States where he gained a background in computer science and ICT.

Current research project: University Spin-offs / Academic Entrepreneurship Coaching  

Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Education, Strategy

Academic CV:

MBA – IRGIB Benin-2020

BSC – Information and computer technology-2016

A.S in Computer science- 2013

Hermine Sossouhounto

Email: herminesos18@gmail.com

Host University: IRGIB Africa University | Benin


Biography: Hermine has a Master’s degree in Business Administration Option Management and Strategic Communication. She is a scholarship holder at the African Centre and Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS) project since August 2020 and currently enrolled as a  PhD Candidate in faculty of Economics and Business Sciences at Leipzig University, Germany.

Current research projectEnhancing graduate employability in Benin: Determining the required competencies for faculty engagement in Service-Learning approach with Businesses

Research interests: Academic Service Learning; University-Business Collaboration; Graduates’ unemployment in Africa; Employability skills Development in Africa.

Academic CV:

Bachelor’s in business administration, IRGIB Africa University (BENIN) 2010.

Master’s in business administration (option Management and Strategic Communication), IRGIB Africa University (BENIN), 2015.

PhD Candidate in Economics and Business sciences, Leipzig University (Germany), 2020-2023.

Mount Kenya University (Kenya)

Doris Alago

Email: da54quse@studserv.uni-leipzig.de

Host University: Mount Kenya University (MKU) | Kenya


 

Biography: Having studied Bachelor of Commerce and Master in Business Administration with a specialization in marketing option, I joined the African Centre for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS) project research team at Universität Leipzig as a research fellow.

Current research project: Social customer relationship management in universities

Research interests: Business information systems, social media, employment

Academic CV:

2012 BA in Commerce

2015  MBA with a focus in marketing

2020 to date: Pursuing Ph.D. Business Information Systems

Dolly Mavuta

Email: dollymavuta@gmail.com

Host University: Mount Kenya University (MKU) | Kenya


 

Biography: Dolly Mavuta earned an MBA from Mount Kenya University in 2016, and worked professionally for several years in the university administration. Her principal interests are related to building relationships between universities and potential start-ups, and developing entrepreneurial capacities amongst students.

Current research projectEntrepreneurship in the area of University Spinoffs

Research interestsstartups, academic Entrepreneurship

Academic CV:

MBA 2016- focus on Strategic Management

Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) 2013- with a focus in marketing.

University of Tunis (Tunisia)

Nasser Msalem

Email: nassermoslem93@gmail.com

Host University: University of Tunis  | Tunisia

 

Biography: Nasser Msalem is a first-year Ph.D. student – Leipzig university, researching “Unemployment of  Tunisian Graduates: The social and solidarity economy as an operational alternative.” He was a MECAM Fellow of the IFG “Inequality and mobility”, working alongside other social science researchers on the complex relationships between rising inequalities and diverse types of mobility. He has worked on the topic of  water governance and socio-spatial mobility in the region of Siliana (Northwest of Tunisia).

He has recently finished a research mission with the Contemporary Maghreb Research Institute (IRMC) and participated as a research assistant in two research projects, namely “ProGreS migration” and TARICA “Political and socio-institutional changes in North Africa”.

He finished his Research Masters’ degree in Geography in 2018 at the Faculty of Humanities of the Université de Tunis (FSHST) and gained a BA in Sociology from the same faculty beforehand. Next to his doctoral studies, Nasser is currently the regional coordinator of the organisation I Watch in Siliana and is the founder and president of the El Khir agricultural development group. In 2020 he was the supervisor of the “Socio-political opinion poll” project with Elka consulting.

Current research projectUnemployment of  Tunisian Graduates: The social and solidarity economy as an operational alternative.

Emna Saidi

Email: saidi.emna0008@gmail.com

Host University: University of Tunis  | Tunisia

 

Biography: Having studied macroeconomics, International finance and specialized in defense and peace economy at the University of Tunis (ESSECT), I am currently a research fellow and a Ph.D. student at Leipzig University. I have previously been working on the economic costs of terrorism and violent extremism as part of a project conducted by UNDP Tunisia.

Current research project:

My current research project is part of the ACCESS (African Center for Career Enhancement and skills support) employability research unit and focuses on the role of small and medium enterprises in the employment of HEI graduates in Tunisia.

Research interestsEmployment issues, defense and peace economy, econometrics

Academic CV

2022: Join PhD, University of Leipzig, Germany
2019: Join PhD (Economic sciences), ESSECT, University of Tunis.
2018 (2 years): Master’s Degree (research) in macroeconomics and international finance, ESSECT, University of Tunis
2015 (3 years): Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, ESSECT, University of Tunis.

Thouraya Garraoui

Email: houthou.med@gmail.com

Host University: University of Tunis  | Tunisia

 

Biography: A Ph.D. student from Tunisia interested in the problem of graduates unemployment. She got a baccalaureate degree in 2012, a Bachelor’s degree in 2015, and graduated in 2017 from Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis. She is specialized in Geography and started teaching history and geography, for two years, for secondary level pupils. In 2018, she started doing Master’s research interested in the distribution of water and agricultural development in the Kasserine region. She got her first-year master’s degree from the Tunis Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. In 2020, new interests in social science research started at the University of Leipzig for three years.

Current research project: Graduates unemployment in Tunisia: Case study of Greater Tunis

Research interests: Graduate unemployment, gender discrimination in the labor market, employment policies in Tunisia

Academic CV:

2020-2023 Ph.D. Candidate,(Geography institute) – University of Leipzig, Germany

2017-2020 High School Geography and History Teacher, at Hannibal High School in Ariana

2018-2019 Certificate of Achievement in the Competitive Examination of Aggregation, Tunis Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

2017-2018 First-year Master’s degree in Geography, Tunis Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

2015-2017 Certificate of Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis, Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis

2014-2015 Fundamental license in Geography, Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis

University of Ibadan (Nigeria)

Temitope Faloye

Email: temmyyayo02@gmail.com

Host University: University of Ibadan  | Nigeria

 

BiographyIn 2016, I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Education (Accounting) from Ekiti State University (EKSU), Nigeria. In 2019, I received my M.Ed. in Educational Evaluation from Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of African Studies and the Graduate School of Global and Area Studies (GSGAS) at the University of Leipzig. I am a scholarship holder at the Employability Research project unit of the African Center for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS)

Current Research ProjectSoft skills exhibition as predictors of female University graduate Employability in Nigeria.

Research InterestsGraduate employability in Africa, education in Africa, female access to opportunities in Africa, labor market in Africa

Academic CV:

2012-2016 B. ED in Accounting from Ekiti State University, Nigeria

2018-2019 M. ED in Educational Evaluation, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

2020-2023 PhD candidate, Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany.

Institute of Applied Sciences Ruhengeri (Rwanda)

Theophile Shyiramunda

Email: ts33susi@studserv.uni-leipzig.de

Host University: INES-Ruhengeri  | Rwanda

 

Biography: Theophile has worked in the education sector in Rwanda for several years, studied Education and is a PhD Candidate at Leipzig University in Germany. Theophile include currently the Higher Education Institutions and Communities.

Current research project: Communities’ Expectations from Higher Education Institutions in their Regions.

Research interests: Higher Education and communities, Educational leadership, Knowledge society, Pedagogy, educational quality & standards, Monitoring & Evaluation

Academic CV:

2016 B.Sc. with Education, Chemistry Education

2019 Master of Education

Since 2020 PhD Candidate, Leipzig University

Contact

Enrica Audano

Coordinator for ACCESS (Research)
Leipzig University
enrica.audano@uni-leipzig.de
+49 341 97

Wyatt Constantine

Coordinator for ACCESS (Research)
Leipzig University | SEPT
wyatt.constantine@uni-leipzig.de
+49 341 97

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