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Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Facilities For Students/Staff Members And Follow-Up

Mobility Agreements will be signed by the students, the sending and receiving institutions confirming that they approve the Learning Agreement and that they will comply with all the arrangements agreed upon by all the parties and to apply all the principles stated on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This Agreement will specifically state the rights, obligations and responsibilities of the students and participating institutions. For this particular end, the Mobility Agreement will be developed in accordance with the MOU, the EU commission regulations and national higher education regulations of the participating institutions. In addition to the Mobility Agreement, the project will have research plans describing the programmes participating in the mobility to facilitate academic recognition through mutual understanding among the participating universities. This early initiative of having common programmes for students’ mobility will be a stepping-stone for future programmes harmonization among the participating institutions.

Moreover, for the smooth implementation of the mobility program, all the necessary arrangements will be done for the incoming students and staff members in the host institutions. For this purpose, specific measures will be taken. Among others, brochures that inform the participants of the mobility about the specificities of the programmes, campus life, and administrative issues, regulations of the hosting institutions, schedules of academic programs will be provided upon arrival of student and staff and will also be available online for electronic access. To avoid any complications of timely settlement, the participants of mobility will receive their stipend/per diem, research funds, travel tickets etc. ahead of time as outlined in the financial plans.

To effectively convey the orientation process for the new participants in the mobility, the home institutions will provide information about the hosting institution prior to the departure of staff and students on the mobility program. This will give the participants of mobility enough time to familiarize themselves with the programmes, the institutions and other administrative matters at all stages (before departure, upon arrival and during their stay). The international and student admission offices of each university will be involved in facilitating the smooth reception of incoming students and staff members in the host institution in particular by assisting the participants in obtaining travel visa. Moreover, they provide administrative support prior and during the mobility, welcoming, housing facilities, support for residence permit, coaching, language courses, etc. for participants of the mobility.

In the course of implementing the mobility project, it is important to insure the safety of the participants in all possible ways mobilizing both the institutional and administrative masseurs. For this particular end, the participants will be provided insurance cover for the period of their stay at the host institutions. The host institution through the students’ affairs office will facilitate the arrangements for an insurance scheme guaranteeing that students and staff members in mobility are adequately covered in line with the minimum insurance requirements referred to in the EU proposal.

Generally, the host institution will provide orientation and support to exchange students from the home institution including counselling in administrative and legal procedures as well as to foster their integration, and to assist them in finding suitable living accommodations. In emergency situations affecting visiting students, the host institution will act on behalf of the home institution as appropriate under the circumstances and inform the respective home institution about any occurring events.

Students will receive a grant/allowance for their study/research stays which is based on the application of lump-sums for the organisation of mobility and unit costs for the implementation of mobility. This includes subsistence allowances, participation costs, research costs, insurance and visa costs and travel costs.

 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.