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.
Gender and Diversity Division at Freie Universität Berlin
The division of Gender and Diversity at Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin is led by Prof. Dr. Gülay Çağlar who is the program director of the Master Degree Program “Gender, Intersectionality and Politics”. The division of Gender and Diversity is involved in several international research projects within the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS. Prof. Dr. Gülay Çağlar has conducted research together with Dr. Jennifer Chan de Avila on diversity politics in higher education (“Shiny Happy Universities? A Comparative Analysis of Diversity Politics in International Higher Education”) is now co-leading a project on “Varieties of Diversity Scripts” together with Prof. Dr. Yasemin Soysal and Prof. Dr. Kathrin Zippel within the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS.In addition to these research projects, the division of Gender and Diversity is dedicated to strengthening institutional bonds with the EQUIP-project partners at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and at Kenyatta University, Kenya in order to mutually learn and 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.EQUIP is funded by the program DIES-Partnerships with Higher Education Institutions in Developing Countries by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).