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We are glad to announce that the ACCESS Idea Competition has successfully come to an end with the Award Ceremony on 27th November 2020, from 13:00 – 14:00 CET. The competition aimed to develop and present innovative ideas that deal with the question: How can employability skills be developed and implemented in future university curriculum?

In total, 34 ideas have been submitted by 79 participants of Higher Education Institutions in 6 different countries (Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tunisia). The criteria for the voting were feasibility, adaptability, innovation degree, attractiveness and resources needed.

The three final winning ideas are:

  • - Management of Training within Enterprises in Support to the Curricula of the Universities (Submitted by: Houinsou Dedehouanou from University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin)
  • - Integrating “LDP“ Model in Higher Learning Institutions’ Curricula: Learning, Doing and Productizing (Submitted by: Innocent Ndikumana from University of Lay Adventists of Kigali, Rwanda)
  • - Addressing Youth Unemployment by Matching lifelong Skills Development Needs with Talents and Labour Market Demographics (Submitted by: Nashon Adero from Taita Taveta University, Kenya)

They will receive a 3-month scholarship for further development of the idea. Closing the event, everyone was invited to continue being part of ACCESS activities, e.g. the upcoming ‘ACCESS Wiki Platform’ with information about teaching methods for employability promotion, or the also upcoming ‘Summer Schools’. The Director of International SEPT Program and Project Director of ACCESS, Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger, thanked for the participation in the ACCESS Idea Competition, underlining the necessity of employability promotion for the more than 12 million university students that Africa currently has, and the importance of working together to overcome the challenge of youth’ unemployment.

If you want to know more about the project or watch our Award Ceremony on Youtube, please visit our website: