HAW Africa University Network goes Berlin

Flensburg/Berlin, 15/12/2022: Dr. Karamba Diaby MdB, Chair of the Parliamentary Group West Africa and Head of the Africa Discussion Group of the SPD Parliamentary Group invites to a discussion event.
The topic is: “Applied sciences as a driver for innovation in Africa – How can the developmental contribution be supported?

Thursday, 26 January 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jakob Kaiser House R. 1.302
Dorotheenstraße 100
10117 Berlin

The practice- and demand-oriented education of Universities of Applied Sciences (HAWs) could counteract the shortage of skilled workers triggered by the rising graduation rate, especially in Africa. Closer cooperation between companies and universities in Africa could ensure innovation and growth. Support from German research and development policy could promote cooperation between science and business for this purpose.

In cooperation with the HAW Africa University Network and the German-African Business Association, Dr Karamba Diaby MdB would like to discuss the following questions with you:

  • What role can HAWs play in solving the shortage of skilled workers in Africa?
  • How can application-oriented German-African university cooperation that is interlinked with business be supported sustainably and effectively?
    be supported?
  • Under what conditions do German-African university and business partnerships strengthen regional innovation systems?

After a welcome address by the host, Prof. Dr. Thomas Bayer, Director of the Africa Institute at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, will give a keynote address from academia. This will be followed by a keynote from the business world by Dirk Meyer, Head of Department 1 of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Prof. Dr. Kay Pfaffenberger will represent the CBTA in the subsequent discussion round and debate with 3 other experts from science and business.
The experts are Prof. Dr. Rosemunde Boohene, Vice President of the University of Cape Coast and Dr. Letticia Osafo-Addo, Managing Director of Samba Foods from Ghana as well as Prof. Dr. Ndèye Coumba Toure Kane, Director of the Université du Sine Saloum El-Hádj Ibrahima NIASS from Senegal.
The panel will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bode, Vice President Internationalisation and Diversity of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Christoph Kannengießer, Managing Director of the German-African Business Association, will close the discussion.

Registration by email to brandl@afrikaverein.de is possible until 23.01.2023.
Simultaneous German-English translation will be provided.