Since 2012, the programme University-Business-Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Business Partners in Germany and in Developing Countries has supported practice-oriented degree programmes relevant to the labour market that are cutting-edge and suit the local context.
The programme of "Universitiy-Business Partnership Programme" is intended to promote in particular this transfer of knowledge between higher education institutions and the industry in order to contribute to the interlinking of institutions of higher education and the industry and to expand the dialogue. In the medium term, the programme contributes to ensuring that higher education is better adapted to the requirements and developments of the labour market. The transfer of knowledge between university and industry is to be promoted so that graduates are better able to meet the requirements and trends of the labour market. Within the framework of the funded partnerships, sustainable structures of cooperation between the participating institutions and economic partners are to be established.
In the context of the Training and Employment Special Initiative, the Programme shall contribute to the strengthening of the work-based approach to higher education in the following countries and thematic areas relevant to the Special Initiative:
-Ethiopia: Textile industry, food processing industry
-Cote d'Ivoire: information and communication technology/technology (incl. renewable energy and energy efficiency), biotechnology, agricultural sciences, mechanical engineering
-Ghana: agro-business/food processing industry, automotive industry, renewable energies, governance/law
-Morocco: automotive industry, agri-food industry, renewable energies, information and communication technology, logistics, water management
-Rwanda: economics (economy), information and communication technology, tourism, sustainable urban development, mobility concepts (incl. electric mobility), creative industries/film, economy/ statistics
-Senegal: agro-business/food processing industry, information and communication technology/digital economy
-Tunisia: automotive industry, aeronautics, digital economy, tourism, textiles, renewable energies
By bridging the gap between the more theoretical higher education and the practice-oriented economy in these fields, more well-qualified graduates will be available for the labour market in the countries concerned, which will have a positive effect on the investment climate in the medium term.
The current call for proposals is pending the approval of the funds by the BMZ.