Two tertiary institutions, Jacobs University and Oxford International Education Group team up to offer students in Ghana the opportunity to study for an undergraduate degree program at one of Germany’s top universities as it welcomes its first group of international students in September 2021.
Germany has become a destination of choice for international students, with Ghanaian students contributing to this trend. Nearly 1,000 Ghanaian students enrolled in German higher education institutions in 2018, representing a year-on-year increase of 27.7% and an increase of 60% over five years.
According to OECD figures, Ghana ranked third out of sub-Saharan African countries for the number of their students who are studying in Germany.
Among the first pathway providers to establish an international college with a German institution, Oxford International Education Group’s one-year, tailored preparatory programme will equip international students to succeed in their degree studies.
The course will deepen their English language skills, prepare them for the multifaceted academic world, and offer an on-campus living experience. During the COVID pandemic, students at Jacobs University have been offered blended learning.
After completing the foundation course, students progress onto their undergraduate course of choice at Jacobs University. It is ranked among the Top 300 best universities worldwide, and having the most international outlook in Germany according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, with an international student population of 80%.
Jacobs University teaches entirely in English and offers a wide variety of subjects to study; including International Business, Management, Computer Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering and Robotics.
With Germany facing a skilled workforce shortage, attracting the most talented migrants via education has become a key priority. Favourable immigration rules through the post-study work option offers international students significant potential to pursue a career in Germany, with some 70% currently opting to stay in Germany and work once they have completed their studies.
Jacobs University is working hard to expand access to as many students from Ghana as possible. Once Ghanaian students complete the one-year foundation course and start their undergraduate studies at Jacobs University, they are eligible to receive a tuition deferral which offers to cover up to 100% of their tuition fees.
Oxford International Education Group also works with agents in Ghana who assist students with their visa applications.
Lil Bremermann-Richard, the CEO of Oxford International Education Group said,
“The life-enhancing experience of international study is one of the many things the coronavirus pandemic has taken from many Ghanaian students in 2020. But in this new year, I hope we will see the world open up once more and we hope to help students from Ghana and all over the world enrich their futures by studying at one of Germany’s leading universities.”
She also adds that, the Oxford International Education Group has delivered some of the most successful student experiences through their existing university partnerships. She shares their excitement at becoming the first pathway provider to establish an international college with a German university, where their deep expertise in providing comprehensive and tailored tuition will support students as they pursue their studies in the country.
Lil concludes that, they look forward to working with Jacob’s University to unlock the potential as well as opportunities that a German higher education will be offering Ghanaian students.
The President of Jacobs University, Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, commented that,
“Jacobs University International College is an important milestone in our mission and commitment towards opening more chances for international students for an excellent education. In a dynamical and connected world, we are convinced that JUIC will empower our social and educational impact and help students to discover and achieve their full potential.”
According to him, the Oxford International Education Group already has a strong track record of partnerships with four UK universities: Bangor University, De Montfort University, the University of Dundee and the University of Greenwich. Of which 90% of students complete their pathway programmes and progress onto the undergraduate degree course of their choice.
MEST Africa: Applications Opens to Aspiring Tech Entrepreneurs in Class of 2022
MEST Africa calls for applications into the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology Training Program Class of 2022. This is a twelve (12) month graduate-level training program for aspiring tech startup founders on the continent of Africa. Deadline is the 29th of April, 2021.
The MEST Africa entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local, regional and global markets, received follow-on funding from global investors and gotten into top accelerator programs such as Y-combinator, 500 startups and TechStars.
The MEST Africa Training Program is the leading entrepreneurial training program in Africa in business, communications and software development which includes extensive hands-on project work for trainees, culminating in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed investment and grow their businesses.
The successful world-class MEST Training Program annually runs with the help of an internationally recognized faculty. Its teaching fellows come from some of the best universities around the globe with the likes of Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and more.
They as well offer selected entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) the opportunity to be mentored by real-life Entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from all over the world. Some of its guest lecturers are executives of Uber, Facebook, Safaricom, Samsung, Interswitch, etc.
This year, MEST Africa says it is welcoming entrepreneurs living in Ghana and Nigeria mainly because of the way organizations operate around the world today due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, causing travel restrictions and moving many workplaces to adopt digital solutions.
Who qualifies to to be accepted into the MEST Africa Training Program?
- A degree from a top university or Technical College or equivalent experience with at least two (2) years corporate and startup experience (preferred)
- Deep skills in either communications, business or software development (from the onset or acquired during the Pre-Learning stage)
- Young persons crazy about tech and entrepreneurship, and how to use technology to achieve business results
- Should be ready to commit to a full residential program for a whole year
- Disciplined, motivated self-starter who can work and deliver on assignments and projects – demonstrate this by completing the required Pre-Learning courses and MEST’s rigorous recruitment process
- An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company
- Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
- Ability to work well in teams, proven academic or professional excellence
- Demonstrated leadership abilities
- Confident and independent thinking
- Excellent people skills
The MEST Africa Training Program commences on the 1st of September and ends on the 31 of August, 2022. All interested persons should find out more about the Curriculum Structure. You will complete their pre-learning courses, take an aptitude test and the Training Program Application form. This is a fully sponsored training for all qualified entrepreneurs.
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