German-funded cooperation programmes in higher education in Ghana

Three people are standing at a high table looking at something.
© DAAD / Joshua Cleopas

The following are selected high-profile cooperation programmes with Ghanaian higher education institutions are funded by German agencies and mostly administered by the DAAD:

  • West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana
    PhD programme in Plant Breeding
    WACCI website
  • Regional Institute for Population Studies(RIPS), University of Ghana
    Master of Arts Population Studies
    PhD Population Studies
    RIPS website
  • University for Development Studies, Department of Public Health in Ghana (UDS)
    Master Phil Community Health and Development
    Master Public Health (Environmental and Health Science)
    UDS website

DAAD in close collaboration with the GIZ assisted programme “Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA)” is able to offer scholarships for postgraduate studies within the Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA)”. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to the topic of ‘Sustainable Governance’. Governance we define as the interplay of informal and formal rules for steering public affairs, embedded in social, material and cultural practices of everyday life. MIASA’s three research foci are: sustainable environmental transformation, sustainable conflict management, and sustainable democracy.

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WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany.

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The interdisciplinary Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability’ is a collaborative training network for graduate students by the University of Hildesheim (Germany), the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana).
The initiative focuses on innovative research that brings together approaches from performance, arts and culture to bear on sustainable development as defined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A specific focus lies on issues of peace and conflict resolution.

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The Africa Institute for Mathematical Sciences is a network of Centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research and public engagement in mathematical sciences. The German funding partners of AIMS are the DAAD, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

AIMS Ghana,  which was established in 2012 is also a UNESCO Category II Centre of Excellence.

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