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Improving Study Programs in Ghana by Introducing Green Solutions, Sustainability Modules and Digital Transformation

The cooperative Erasmus+ project ImPreSSion aims to prepare university graduates from the Ghanaian partner universities specifically for challenges in the areas of agriculture, water and energy in terms of sustainable development through capacity development. The project consortium consists of the University of Ghana, the University of Energy and Natural Resources, the University of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Politecnico di Milano and RWTH Aachen University.

In order to gain an overview of the existing challenges, a needs analysis was carried out in advance at the three Ghanaian universities. This revealed that joint efforts are needed to revise and improve three study programs: BSc Water Resources Development, MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering Management and MPhil Crop Science. Furthermore, the teaching staff is lacking qualification and the infrastructure is inadequate.

The project consortium jointly derived five specific project objectives from the findings of the needs analysis:

  1. Identify the real-world challenges through in-depth analysis;
  2. enhance the quality of the identified three study programs through introducing new topics and updating existing ones;
  3. promote and support gender equality through establishing a Gender and Diversity contact point at each of the 3 GH universities;
  4. develop and implement a capacity building program for the academic staff;
  5. digitalize through enhancing the digital infrastructure as well as developing digital contents.

Task of the GDI

The GDI leads the development and implementation of the gender and diversity contact points. The first step is to analyse the status quo at the three partner universities. This analysis allows the awareness of gender and diversity issues and specific needs of students to be uncovered. These findings will then serve as the basis for an exchange with the contact persons at the three universities to work out their needs for necessary capacity development. Through workshops conceptualized by the GDI, the contact persons are then trained in the context of gender and diversity topics and measures, thus enabling them to establish the contact points at their respective universities. Implementation will take place in an initial pilot phase. After this, the experience gained will be analysed. Further workshops will then be held to address any challenges that may arise. The aim is to ensure that the contact persons have sufficient skills to continue running the contact points after the end of the project.

Funding

The international research project ImPreSSion is funded as part of the European Commission's ERASMUS+ program.

Duration

February 2023 to January 2026

 

Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs 4,5,10,17 © UN

The cooperative nature of the project allows the specific local needs to be jointly addressed in line with requirements. Thus, the implementation of a gender and diversity focal point can directly contribute to a more inclusive and integrative higher education, teaching and learning environment. Through the identification and targeted elimination of gender-specific inequalities and discrimination, the participation of women within universities is actively strengthened.

Learn more about the GDI´s teaching and research activities on the following Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals