WORKSHOP ON GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY THROUGH CAPACITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS IN GHANA
JOINT WORKSHOP HELD AT THE BEST WESTERN PLUS HOTEL, ACCRA – GHANA, FROM 10TH TO 11TH JULY, 2018.
The DAAD in collaboration with Campus France, NUFFIC, the University of Basel and in the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) organized a workshop in Accra under the theme “Graduate Employability through Capacity Building Partnerships in Ghana” from 10th – 11th July, 2018.
The workshop brought together representatives from tertiary institutions in the Ghana, Africa and Europe to chart the way forward in addressing graduate unemployment on the African continent.
Prof. William Baah-Boateng, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Ghana, called for effective collaboration between Universities and industry to curb graduate unemployment. He said it was important for employers to make known to the Universities the kind of expertise they wanted from employees to enable the institutions develop a curriculum to meet the needs of industry.
Prof. Baah-Boateng made the call when he delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the workshop on Tuesday, 10th July, 2018. According to him, the current state of youth joblessness particularly among the educated youth has brought to the fore the relevance of university education to the world of work. He mentioned “skills mismatch” in graduate education and training as a factor contributing to graduate unemployment in Africa. He also said there was limited training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as against Humanities.
Dr. Annette Pieper, Director of Projects, DAAD said the workshop was to provide the platform to showcase the achievements of projects and initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. It also aimed at creating the opportunity for the establishment of international networks and act as a source of inspiration for synergies and future joint activities
The workshop was attended by about 100 participants from Ghana, Senegal, D.R. Congo, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, USA, Switzerland and Germany.