Implementation Partners

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development with more than 17,000 employees. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. Our business volume exceeds 2.1 billion euros. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government – in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – and public and private sector clients in around 130 countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. With this aim, GIZ works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. As a service provider with worldwide operations in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development, GIZ works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. GIZ is a public-benefit federal enterprise and supports the German Government as well as many public and private sector clients in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security.

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Inter-University Council For East Africa (IUCEA)

In 1980, after consultations involving permanent/principal secretaries responsible for higher education in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya, the vice-chancellors of the universities in the three countries met in Nairobi (Kenya) to discuss the future of the cooperation of their institutions. They agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing them to maintain cooperation between their universities within the IUC framework. The MoU was subsequently signed, which also led to the transformation of IUC into the current Inter-university Council for East Africa (IUCEA). The MoU spelled out the objectives, functions, membership, and governance of IUCEA, and, just like IUC, IUCEA continued and still is hosted in Kampala, Uganda. IUCEA played its role very well until 1992 when the decline in financial support from the three governments of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda made it impossible to carry out the collaborative activities. This raised concern about institutional sustainability and hence prompted a study by the Commonwealth Higher Education Management Services (CHEMS) between November 1998 and March 1999 with a view to revitalizing IUCEA. The aim of the study was to develop a viable strategy for expansion and sustainability of IUCEA and the Vision is to become an exemplary common higher education area for a prosperous and sustainable East African Community by 2030 by encouraging and developing mutually beneficial collaboration between Member Universities and between them and Governments and other organizations, both public and private.

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Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. The motto of the DAAD is “Change by Exchange” – a concept that applies to more than the students and researchers we support. For the DAAD as a funding organisation, change means welcoming the challenges of this dynamic process and participating in shaping it. The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year. We also promote internationalisation efforts at German universities, help developing countries build their own systems of higher education, and support German Studies and German language programmes abroad. The DAAD contributes to development cooperation in numerous ways and with a broad range of scholarships, partnership programmes and advising services. We strive to achieve our development policy goals with an approach that is based on partnership, sustainability and transparency. The most important funding body in the field of development cooperation is the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The majority of the projects are implemented by universities in Germany and the developing countries.

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The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology

In a 2005 report, the Commission for Africa, a 17-member panel of experts convened by the then UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, recommended that Africa promotes science and technology through partnerships with other developing countries such as Brazil and India, international organizations such as the World Bank and donor nations. The Blair Commission recommended the development of African centres and networks of excellence.
In February 2001, the late Nelson Mandela proposed to Heads of African States and the World Bank, the establishment of a network of African Institutions of Science and Technology (AISTs) for knowledge building and the advancement of SET in SSA with a view to improving living conditions in the region by ensuring economic diversification, increased productivity, accelerated growth and job creation. It was thus Nelson Mandela's great concern about the knowledge gap between SSA and the rest of the world, and his strong desire to see an African Nobel Laureate during his lifetime, that prompted the development of the AISTs Concept, at the turn of the 21st Century. It is recognized that realization of such a vision requires the establishment of institutions which would serve as the foundation for cutting-edge research and postgraduate training in SSA, for there is no worthy research without great and world class institutions. The AISTs are tasked with training and developing the next generation of African scientists, engineers and technologists, who will impact on the continent's development through the application of science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI).

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Carl von Ossietzky Oldenburg University

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s younger universities. It aims to find answers to the major challenges society faces in the 21st century – through interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research.
The pathways on the Oldenburg campus are short: the University‘s academic and administrative staff work closely together, using an interdisciplinary approach. Many are integrated into special research areas, research groups and European clusters of excellence.
The University cooperates closely with more than 200 other universities worldwide and is also affiliated with non-university institutes in the areas of research, education, culture and business.
The University of Oldenburg is preparing over 13,700 students for professional life. It offers a broad range of disciplines, from language studies, cultural studies and the humanities to educational sciences, art and musicology, the economic and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and the new medicine and health science programmes established in 2012.

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Academic Partners

University of Technology and Arts of Byumba, Rwanda

University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB), is a private higher learning university and is functioning in accordance with the law no. 04/2012 governing organization and functioning of non-governmental organizations. Before being upgraded from Institute to University status on 10/12/2015, UTAB was previously known as Institut Polytechnique de Byumba (IPB). IPB opened officially and solemnly its doors on January 26, 2006, with one faculty: the "Faculty of Social Sciences, Management and Development Studies" and it’s grown with three faculties today such as Faculty of Education and Faculty of Environment Management. IPB was granted the definitive accreditation by the Government of Rwanda by Ministerial Order no. 002/2010/MINEDUC of 16/06/2010. Upon the recommendation of the Board of the National Council for higher Education and on the basis of the Law no 24/2013 of 24/05/2013 governing the organization and functioning of higher education.

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University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The University of Dar es Salaam is the oldest and biggest public university in Tanzania. It is situated on the Western side of the city of Dar es Salaam, occupying 1,625 acres on the observation hill, 13 kilometers from the city centre. It was established on 1st July 1970, through parliament act no. 12 of 1970 and all the enabling legal instruments of the constituent colleges. Prior to 1970, the university college of Dar es Salaam had started on 1st July 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. It had only one faculty- the faculty of Law, with 13 students. In 1963 it became a constituent college of the University of East Africa together with Makerere University College in Uganda and Nairobi University College in Kenya. Since 1961, the University of Dar es Salaam has grown in terms of student intake, academic units and academic programmes.

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Hochschule Mannheim, Germany

For more than 100 years, the Hochschule Mannheim – University of Applied Sciences has been anticipating future educational demands. We can look back on a dynamic tradition and commitment to meeting future challenges with innovative educational concepts. The Hochschule Mannheim sees its primary mission as the training of highly-qualified, responsible, independently-minded and critical graduates who are able to present, discuss and implement solutions. Through the practical orientation of our programmes and through our activities in applied research, we can guarantee the quality of up-to-date degree programmes. The University's outlook is global, and we actively promote international, scientific and cultural exchange between students. Our degree programmes increasingly focus on the demands and opportunities of the international community.

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Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt, Germany

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research as Germany’s space agency, the DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency.

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Kabale University, Uganda

Kabale University Uganda was established as a not-for-profit community institution, owned by the people of the Kigezi district. Students hail from all parts of Uganda, and the neighbouring countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo (DRC) and South Sudan and currently number around 4000. In 2015, Kabale University was transformed from a private to a public University and is with this transition a unique institution in Uganda. Kabale University offers short courses, undergraduate and graduate programmes as well as doctoral degrees. Students can choose between a wide range of subjects from Agriculture to Social Sciences, Medicine or Computing.

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Political Partners

East African Community

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of 6 Partner States: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The EAC is home to 177 million citizens, of which over 22% is urban population. With a land area of 2.5 million square kilometres and a combined Gross Domestic Product of US$ 193 billion (EAC Statistics for 2019), its realisation bears great strategic and geopolitical significance and prospects for the renewed and reinvigorated EAC. The work of the EAC is guided by its Treaty which established the Community. It was signed on 30 November 1999 and entered into force on 7 July 2000 following its ratification by the original three Partner States - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Burundi acceded to the EAC Treaty on 18 June 2007 and became full Members of the Community with effect from 1 July 2007. The Republic of South Sudan acceeded to the Treaty on 15 April 2016 and become a full Member on 15 August 2016.

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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Federal Republic of Germany became involved in development policy for the first time in 1952 by participating in the "Extended Support Program of the United Nations for Economic Development of Underdeveloped Countries and Regions". Further activities followed and step by step development policy became a new state task - which eventually led to the establishment of a separate Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) in 1961. The "birthday" of the BMZ is November 14, 1961. On this day Walter Scheel was appointed the first Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation.

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