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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) is a joint institution of German universities and student bodies for developing their international relations. With its funding programs, the DAAD offers German higher education institutions opportunities they can use to expand their networks and implement their internationalization strategies.

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) AIMS - ESMT Industry Immersion Program

    AIMS - ESMT Industry Immersion Program

    Funding type:  DAAD University-Business-Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Business Partners in Germany and in Developing Countries
    Funding period: 2017-2020
    Team at ESMT: Nick Barniville, Wulff Plinke
    Cooperating institutions: African Insitute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

    ESMT Berlin and the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) have launched the Industry Immersion Program (IIP) to prepare African graduates to transition from an academic environment to an applied industry setting. The six-month IIP includes two academic modules to build business readiness skills as well as a 12-week internship with industry partners across Africa. Professors from ESMT faculty will be teaching pro bono, covering areas such as organizational behavior, corporate strategy, finance, and accounting. The pilot program has received funding support from the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The program starts with 30 master’s graduates. The launch of the IIP will coincide with the “G20 Africa Partnership – Investing in a Common Future,” held on June 12-13 in Berlin and hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Finance, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Deutsche Bundesbank.

    On July 3, the first class of mathematically trained Master of Science graduates from eleven countries across Africa such as Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal, among others, will start the first module in Cape Town, South Africa. On average, the participating students are in their early 20s. Internships will begin in South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, and Kenya in mid-August.

    The initiators of the IIP, ESMT Founding Dean Wulff Plinke and Associate Dean Nick Barniville, will present the program during the G20 Africa Partnership conference. Facilitating high-level dialogues between G20 and African decision makers, the conference is a central project of Germany’s G20 presidency. High-ranking representatives from civil society, the private sector, and both G20 and African states will discuss opportunities and contributions for sustainable investment and employment promotion.