The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has partnered the University of Leipzig in Germany to implement an Africa Centre for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS) program. According to the Ghana Country Coordinator, Mr. Ralph Nyadu-Addo, the initiative is being spearheaded through the International SEPT Program, of the University of Leipzig in Germany.
Mr. Nyadu-Addo stated that Ghana through KNUST is among six other countries benefiting from the five years ACCESS program across Africa which ends in 2024 with a funding component of €3.8 million from DAAD with the support of BMZ, Germany. He added that ACCESS is organized as a predominantly virtual network (because of COVID-19), the partners plan to bundle existing cooperation projects between African partner universities and Leipzig University in order to create a practice-oriented collaboration interface for Africans.
The Ghana Country Director also indicated that the project is expected to integrate all its partners to foster programmes and activities that will enhance the employability of university graduates.
Under ACCESS, KNUST is hoping to introduce new teaching methods in consultation with industry by integrating job-relevant, hands-on innovative learning approaches into the curriculum to enhance graduate employability.
KNUST with its local network of Higher Education Institutions, together with the other African partner universities and Leipzig University, hopes to draw a strong network to successfully implement the ACCESS goals.
Mr. Ralph Nyadu-Addo also revealed that the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has already shown interest in supporting the project. He also hinted that equipment and audio-visual gadgets have been purchased to enhance the smooth delivery of the project.
Speaking to the Global Director, Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger, expressed the view that with the successful implementation of the goals of ACCESS, graduate unemployment and underemployment will be reduced. ACCESS is a follow-up to earlier projects where KNUST successfully partnered the University of LEIPZIG to implement over the years.
Some of the successful partnerships include the Intelligent for Innovation (iN4iN) which span 2012 to 2016 and African German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA) which lasted 2017 to 2020.