Nach dem Deutschstudium in Afrika wird man – was? Eine Überprüfung der Zielsetzungen der Deutschabteilung der Universität Lomé anhand einer Verbleibstudie

Eva Hamann


This paper reports on an investigation of the value of German Studies in eventual employment of
students in this field. The objectives of German Studies in Africa have to include an indication of how
inclusion in the curriculum is legitimized. Three approaches towards legitimization have developed
since the establishment of German Departments at African Universities, namely (i) German Studies
with a view to research and epistemological science, (ii) German in intercultural studies, and (iii)
career-oriented German language learning. In this paper the implementation of these approaches will
be examined on the basis of the objectives set out by the German Department at the University of
Lomé. This will be done by discussing the results of a survey on the professional whereabouts of
Togolese German Studies graduates to demonstrate the extent to which the objectives of the various
approaches have been met. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings
for the programmes of the German Department at the University of Lomé.

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