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Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Academic Quality

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.

The Roadmap 2014-2017 of the Joint Africa-European Strategy (JAES), underlines the crucial role of Higher Education for economic and social development and the strong potential of academic mobility to improve the quality of higher education, by accelerating the use of transparency and recognition tools, and by helping institutions develop better services to send and receive foreign students and researchers.

Academic mobility for students and staff in our project is destined to enhance exchange of knowledge and experiences, which can go a long way in improving quality and outcomes of teaching, learning, research and public service for Africa. Despite differences in the size of institutions, African universities have shown extensive growth in their capacities in the past few decades. Because of this, the participating African universities have a lot they can share through intra-Africa Academic Mobility to enhance quality outcomes in teaching, learning, research and services for the benefit of other universities on the exchange programme.

Quality assurance is crucial in the choice and delivery of Master and Doctorate programmes offered in the AMAS programme. The partner universities (MU, AAU, UM5R, UAC, UEM and UBT as technical partner) donate to the AMAS project, a consortium of deliberately selected persons representing the partner universities, with expertise to achieve the project’s objectives using experience and viable strategies, procedures and carefully planned activities as proposed here, to successfully organise and implement the mobility. The team has carefully planned the services and facilities offered to enrol students and staff as well as the way the partnership intends to ensure effective participation of these students and staff in the mobility scheme.

Under the quality criterion, an indicative list of identified Master and Doctorate programmes in the priority thematic field of Social Sciences and Governance is presented. We provide a description of each programme and demonstrate that they are of high quality to warrant effective and useful academic mobility flows in the five African partner universities. Within the vast field of Social Sciences and Governance, we identified “Common Fields of Study” (CFS) on the basis of the existing Master and Doctorate programmes offered at the Partner Universities. In other words, all partners share study programmes that are located in the following four areas relevant to the topic of Social Sciences and Governance: 1. Governance and Public Administration; 2. Development Studies; 3. Sociology; 4. (Social) Anthropology. Notwithstanding, the main motivation for a student to go to another university in another country is in our understanding, the chance for him/her to have a special study offer at the host university, which (s)he cannot find at the home university, and which can assure unique specialisation for the student.

A list of ‘Special Benefit Programmes” (SBP), which are offered at the partner universities, has been identified for utilisation on our mobility flows. These are mostly unique programmes found at the universities involved in the programme, to address emerging trends of change, wellbeing and sustainable development in Africa. SBP programmes and courses focus on topics of great relevance and interest for Africa and include for example: at Moi University “Forced Migration Studies”, at Addis Ababa University “Managing Peace and Security in Africa”, at Université Mohammed V de Rabat “Contemporary Islamic Thought and Social Issues”, at Université d’Abomey-Calavi “Bi/plurilingualism and Interculturality”, and at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane “Rural Sociology and Management of Development”. In addition to the uniqueness of these programmes, some of the courses at the SBP are offered by experts, whose focal activities lay outside academia, like e.g. specialists of the African Union. This combination of SBP with teaching by experts of practice offers exceptional study opportunities and fosters higher employability chances.

The AMAS project lists 39 courses for academic mobility on the basic rational that leadership skills in Africa derive from a vast variety of disciplines. In this respect, the project aspires to provide a wide range of choices for applicant who want to contribute for the development of leadership and governance in Africa. We have also a strong understanding on the fact that leadership and governance should encompass a broad spectrum of knowledge from diverse fields of Social Sciences. For quality assurance, all mobility flows will be implemented only in accredited Master and Doctorate academic programmes.

All programmes are approved by partner universities Senates and they are accredited by Ministries responsible for Higher Education or respective higher education regulatory bodies, in each country. In addition, the partner universities have offered to this project programmes that are internally evaluated through university specific evaluation/audit systems that adhere to academic procedures of each university, including the following common quality assurance strategies; Course evaluation by students and staff; Evaluation of course instructor; Assessment of students through examinations; External moderation of examinations and Curriculum reviews. These quality assurance tools aim at the continual enhancement of courses and programmes through direct use of feedback results from evaluation results and reports. Besides, the AMAS project shall conduct its own evaluations aimed at improvement of academic programmes on the mobility flows for immediate and even future benefits.

 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

 

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.