The demand on the Kenyan labour market for qualified specialists with practice-oriented degrees has been increasing for years. Introducing elements of application- oriented teaching, applied research and closer collaboration between university and industry into the Kenyan higher education system may be a solution to that challenge. Germany’s Universities of Applied Sciences have implemented these characteristics of practical orientation for many years.

The main objective of a new programme sponsored by DAAD and the German Foreign Office is to familiarize interested Kenyan universities, academics and junior academics with the teaching practices at Universities of Applied Sciences. The programme wants to lay the foundation for sustainable networks for “Applied Sciences” higher edu­cation partnerships between Germany and Kenya.