Our goal: Make university education accessible for everyone

With a scholarship program for high-quality online degrees at internationally accredited universities

The challenge: A growing gap in university access in Africa & relevance of skills for employers

Only ~9% of the young population in Sub-Saharan Africa is enrolled in higher education, around 4 times less than the world average. But the demand for higher education is around 2-4 times higher than available spaces.

At the same time, unemployment rates among university graduates in Africa are high today. To change this, workforce fit is key – employers are looking for highly qualified people with relevant knowledge and soft skills.

What if we could close the gap with high quality, highly scalable online university education with great employability?

The Study Access Alliance aims to do just that.

We want to provide 100,000 full scholarships for online degrees at top universities to people in African countries.

By making university education with a focus future skills and employability accessible to financially disadvantaged students on a large scale, the initiative reduces inequalities, solves pressing digital skills needs, and thereby contributes to overall sustainable economic development.

Full university scholarships

for high-quality online Bachelor and Master degrees at Germany’s largest university, focus on equal access for the disadvantaged

Student support program

for the students on digital learning methods, empowerment, entrepreneurship, career and soft skills

Links to the job market

by establishing partnerships for opportunities to apply skills during and after studies

Our academic partner IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany’s largest university, offers its Bachelor, Master and MBA online degrees for more than ten times less the regular price for each scholarship. Further university partnerships may be established in the future.

For Partners For Students

The tuition is covered by our partners – students study at no cost.

The Study Access Alliance directly works towards 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – and has indirect positive effects on many more
SDG 4: Quality Education
Providing access to university education with accredited high quality online degrees, thus enabling individual growth and furthering upward socioeconomic mobility
SDG 5: Gender Equality
Focusing on gender balance when awarding scholarships to empower especially women to grow and participate equally in society, economy and politics
SDG 8: Decent Work and Econimic Growth
Ensuring employability of degrees and strong links to the job market by working closely with businesses and focusing on future skills for the African economy
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Using and conveying new technologies to students to fuel sustainable industrialization, resilient infrastructures and innovation
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities Tackling
inequalities in access to higher education access with overall positive impact on economic, social and political equality
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
Realizing the initiative with strong, inclusive partnerships on local, national, regional and global levels to contribute the overall achievement of the SDGs together