The International SEPT Program at the Leipzig University, Germany, together with six African partner universities; IRGIB Africa University, Benin; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana; Mount Kenya University, Kenya; University of Ibadan, Nigeria; INES-Ruhengeri, Rwanda; and University of Tunis, Tunisia have established the African Centre for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS ) project. In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it aims to support African universities in building a needs-based knowledge and technology transfer, to improve access to labour markets for African university graduates.

Within the next five years, the project, together with local economic and development cooperation partners and actors, will develop and implement interdisciplinary concepts to increase the employability of students and graduates from African universities. This is against the backdrop of the high number of unemployed African university graduates, regardless of the growing number of universities for the continent’s young population.

During the kick-off meeting on 29th June 2020, the leader of the ACCESS project, Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger, points out that “the number of African university graduates continues to increase massively over the next few years. We must, therefore, work together with our colleagues in Africa to offer young talents a professional future at their own doorstep. ACCESS can make a significant structural and methodological contribution in this regard and upscale its interventions to a network of 30 universities”. 

Fr. Dr Fabien HAGENIMANA during the exchange on the Kick-Off meeting at INES-Ruhengeri he underlined that unemployment is a big challenge to universities.  “Promoting the employability of students/graduates it is a must, We need to address this problem,” he said

ACCESS is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation (exceed)” programme. With “exceed”, the DAAD supports the establishment of international university networks on four continents with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

More information about ACCESS is available at https://access-centre.org/.