In the Focus Area Higher Education, the decisive phase in the development of the models for their implementation in the context of the COMENGA programme is about to commence. In 2013, an extensive discussion and work process occurred between various university management, teaching staff and researchers, foreign offices and student bodies from African countries and Germany. During four decentralised symposia, representatives from various African and German universities coming from differing disciplines discussed ways and means to expand the commitment to partnerships between German and African universities. The aim was to consider the underlying conditions for partnership-based projects in the university sector, as well as to discuss the requirements, experience and potentials of the participants. Various project ideas resulted from this:
- University mapping: This concerns the preparation of an overview of the current African university scene and situation. Although an increase in the networking between German and African universities has occurred over the last few years, such international cooperative activities has been based on just a handful of major institutions. German universities, and especially the smaller and mid-sized ones, have difficulties finding suitable partners for cooperations as there is a lack of information about the capacities and structures of the African universities. The intention is to utilise this model to close this gap.
- German-African business founder initiatives at universities: The aim of this model is the targeted support of new business start-ups by students and graduates at German and African universities.
- Establishment of mobility windows for German and African students.
- Mediation and arranging of German-African university partnerships.
On 21 and 22 June 2014 we invited all those interested to the first "German-African Campus" in Berlin . With "Researching Together, Learning from Each Other, Establishing Partnerships!" as its motto, our-two-day "Adjustment Conference" provided a framework for the further designing and structuring of the models as described above, as well as to identify and discuss additional future models for German-African partnerships in the university sector. More than 150 participants from Austria, Benin, Cameroon, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Uganda took part in this event. For more information about the results of the conference please visit our Campus Website.
Go Africa… Go Germany…