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"The establishment of Centres of Excellence (CoE) for training future executives and managers in Sub-Saharan Africa is a pillar of the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) new programmes for Africa. Its goal is to significantly raise the quality and relevance of education in selected fields at African universities, to expand research capacity and promote networking among African universities, research institutions and German partners. In this process, the promotion of future leaders in different fields of society plays a special role.

The new centers should provide them with an up-to-date training corresponding to international standards of quality. At the same time, the centres shall create an environment that is conducive to research and offers favourable preconditions for international cooperation. The aim is that each centre develops its own impact in the region and beyond, develop a supra-regional influence. The centres are to network with one another and work on cross-cutting issues (in research, teaching and management)." (DAAD)

In this context, Frankfurt School has been chosen by the DAAD to establish the Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance in collaboration with the Université Protestante au Congo (UPC)


The following Centres have also been established as part of the African Excellence project:

South African-German Centre for Development Research and
Criminal Justice
Double Centre at the University of the Western Cape

1. Department of Criminal Justice
Partners: University of the Western Cape, Faculty of Law (UWC)
Humboldt University of Berlin, Faculty of Law

2. Department of Development Research
Partners: University of the Western Cape, School of Government and Institute for Social Development
Ruhr University Bochum, Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE)

Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies and Health ResearchDouble Centre at the University of Ghana, Accra

1. Department of Development Research:
Partners: University of Ghana, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research
University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF)

2. Department of Health Research:
Partners: University of Ghana, School of Public Health, Accra
Heidelberg University Hospital

Tanzanian-German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law

Partners: University of Dar es Salam, Faculty of Law
Bayreuth University, Institute of African Studies

Namibian-German Centre for Logistics

Partners: The Polytechnic of Namibia
University of Applied Sciences Flensburg