- The AKAFÖ (Akademisches Förderungswerk) is a non for profit institution, delivering student services for the the institutions of higher education in the region of Bochum. -It is responsible for the delivery of servics towards student needs in the field of finances, accommodation, social und cultural needs and internationalization. - The AKAFÖ has 400 employes. - For information on our budgetary recourses and our sources of funding. please see our annual report 2010 attached, page 4. - Especially in the field of internationalization and culture, action is taken by concrete projects, like students and personnel exchange, excursions and forum discussions. - the AKAFÖ has a cooperation treaty with the three Student Services in Tunisia.
Our Mission is to contribute to the Bochum Area as a place of academic excellence and as a part of the global village by delivering student services at its best in the field of accomodation, finance, culture and internationalisation. The services in the field of internationalisation aim to enable our students, coming from abroad, to include their culture into an international campus culture, and to enable our German students to meet with the world, enabling them to become global citizens. The cooperation with the Student Services in Tunisia persues a vivid participation of Tunesiaon culture as part of our campus culture, enabling our personnel to get a better understanding of Tunisian culture, but also to create meeting opportunities with our "german" culture" for the tunesian Student Services and tunsian students.
In 2009 a first Excursion of the AKAFÖ to the Student Services North, Mid and South in Tunesia took place. In May 2011 a visit of a tunesian delegation followed. In September 2011 a delegation of the AKAFÖ and the Student Union (AStA) of the Ruhr-University Bochum visited the Student Services in Tunesia and several institutions of higher education, accompanied by tunesian students. Several seminars and workshops with the main topic of student participation at management of Student Services and institutions of higher education took place. As an outcome of this visit, a "association des étudiants Tunesien" was founded. In 2012 a visit of this association to Bochum is planned.
by bringing in our projects into the actions of the national network, s. answer above.
We are convinced, that the Anna Lindh Foundation offers us the perfect network for further projects in this field, bringing in our projects of cultural and political participation of tunesian students into a larger field of actors, working on a dialog between european and mediterranean cultures.