The “German-African University Partnership Platform for the Development of Entrepreneurs and Small/Medium Enterprises” project conducts altogether four entrepreneurship conferences from 2015 to 2018. These conferences will provide opportunities of learning, sharing and networking to all university faculty members & students with the corporate world.
The annual conferences are are alternately hosted by one of the three project partners:
Practice-oriented education combines academic theory and practical experience, and incorporates inputs from the business world in order to react in a flexible way to the rapidly changing needs of the labor market. Students benefit from the strong practical focus of their study programs as they acquire up-to-date, professional, real-world knowledge and skills. Internships, projects and partnerships with companies, non-profit organizations and the public sector are an integrative part of a practice-oriented curriculum. In this area we focus on the development of applied curricula.
Nowadays a world without interactions between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and business is inconceivable, with discussions on cooperation with business no longer being about whether University Business Cooperation (UBC) is necessary, but rather how best to interact for the benefit of all stakeholders. However, imagine for a moment an environment where students are being prepared theoretically without an intimate understanding of the world they are about to enter; scientists researching topics with no thought of the practical situations in which their research might be most needed; entrepreneurs not benefiting from the extensive knowledge and potential new innovations on offer from within HEIs; and business not receiving new discoveries, knowledge or appropriately skilled human resources from HEIs.
This project aim is to provide a benchmark German UBC for African UBC to outline potential reasons, influencing factors, drivers and barriers to University applied research activities in developing countries.
This project provides an opportunity for faculty exchange among all three partner universities every year with the overall goal of joint research and joint practice-oriented teaching.
Faculty exchange is not only limited with the department of Business Studies; any faculty member from any department who wants to contribute his research and practice-oriented teaching could be a part of faculty exchange program.