Africa is endowed with a huge proportion of natural resources, including many dynamic young people who find themselves un- or underemployed, no matter what degree of education they have undergone. Higher education institutions (HEI) in the continent face challenges such as, weak links to the wider socio-economic context, textbook based curricula that do not address local socio-economic problems and inefficient pedagogical methods of teaching and learning.

This project is designed to reform Higher Education (HE) to ensure curricula that are highly relevant to the contemporary economic and social needs of Africa, equipping graduates with skills and competences for employability and self-employment. The project involves trans-African and trans-continental cooperation between HEIs in East and West Africa and in the EU, as well as local cooperation with external stakeholders.

Project outputs will be 5 study programmes, aligned with local, national and regional needs, partly or fully redesigned in close collaboration with external stakeholders, to integrate entrepreneurship, innovation and environmental, social and economic sustainability into curriculum contents, delivered through student-centred learning approaches, such as, problem based learning, challenge driven learning, team based learning etc.

These curricula will serve as ‘best practice’ examples within the HEI and after project completion each HEI will have a team of trainers who have the knowledge, skills and competences to train and assist colleagues in designing similar programmes. In this way the project will impact on HE, first in the institutions involved and later at national and regional levels.

For further information you may contact project coordinator: Bente Nørgaard, Aalborg University, Denmark ( bente@plan.aau.dk ).