A graduate of the Pan-African University (PAU) sits smiling in a lecture hall alongside other graduates. Copyright: GIZ/Carlos Vaga (Kopperkollektive)

Service Point Higher Education for Development

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector project

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2023 to 2026

  • Other Stakeholders

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), KfW

  • Products and expertise

    Economic development and employment


Higher education and academia play an important role in economic, social and technological development. They train skilled professionals and researchers who are drivers of social change and generate valuable knowledge for solving local and global challenges.


The activities of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the field of higher education enhance the impact of development cooperation as a whole.

A young scientist adjusts laboratory equipment. Copyright: GIZ/Carlos Vaga (Kopperkollektive)


The Service Point Higher Education for Development works in partnership with relevant stakeholders. With funding from BMZ, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) establish university cooperation arrangements and implement scholarship programmes that are relevant to development. BMZ also implements technical and financial development measures with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

The lessons learned in BMZ-financed measures in higher education are also relevant to other areas of development cooperation. The service point’s job is to build bridges between the different stakeholders to foster sustainable knowledge exchange.

The service point is a one-stop shop for dealing with the entire process of setting up cooperation arrangements with universities and academic institutions. It operates in two areas:

  • Advisory services: The service point informs German and international universities and academic institutions about BMZ-financed support programmes and other opportunities for participating in development cooperation.
  • Networking: The service point brings together German and international universities, academic institutions, actors in development cooperation and beneficiaries of programmes financed by BMZ. Its series of events entitled ‘Higher education and science meet practice’ promotes exchange between the groups involved on key topics relevant to development.

Last update: July 2023

A student reading in a university library. Copyright: GIZ/Tristan Vostry

Additional information

GIZ expertise: Universities and research institutions (giz.de)

Project: Inclusive gender-sensitive TVET for a green and digital future (giz.de)

Overview: Global (giz.de)