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DAAD Program „DIES-Partnerships with Higher Education Institutions in Developing Countries“

This DIES partnership between Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana entails a four-year plan for a collaborative project between the two universities to develop and implement crucial equal opportunity measures. The approach to this goal is twofold. Firstly, the main objective of the project is to realize equal opportunities at UCC by establishing conducive structures and professionalizing actors during the first stage. Secondly, the project aims to establish UCC as a hub for disseminating equal opportunities, knowledge and good institutional practices in Africa, starting with a pilot partnership with Kenyatta University (KU) in the third year. Throughout the project, equal opportunity actors at the partner universities network and through their collaboration undergo varying stages of sensitization, knowledge building and incorporation of intersectional perspectives to their work towards creating more equitable higher education institutions. During this joint effort, an Action Plan for Equal Opportunity is developed and a Continuing Education Program for Equality Officers is established at UCC.

Our Partners

Gender and Diversity Division at Freie Universität Berlin

The Gender and Diversity division at Freie Universität Berlin is the home of the MA program Gender, Intersectionality and Politics. It is also involved in several research projects related to diversity in higher education at the international, national, and local university level. Through initiatives including a comparative analysis of diversity politics at international higher education institutions, ethnographic research conducted at Freie Universitaet Berlin, and this collaboration with the University of Cape Coast and Kenyatta University, the Gender and Diversity Division is working on strengthening institutional bonds in order to promote gender and diversity initiatives both at home and abroad.

CEGRAD: Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy, and Documentation at the University of Cape Coast

CEGRAD operates as a Research, Advocacy and Documentation focal point on Gender and Women Studies, ensures adherence to gender sensitivity in the university wide policy and programmes, supports faculties, schools and institutes to engender their taught programmes and teaching approaches, offers a framework for monitoring adherence to gender sensitivity in policymaking and for feedback on effort at promoting gender equality at UCC, facilitates the protection of women’s rights and the promotion of gender equity at UCC and beyond, and coordinates relations within and beyond UCC for the promotion of gender interests.

Kenyatta University

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