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Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  And Social Sciences :

Language, Culture & Society

Name of the HEI offering the course: Université Mohammed V (UM5)

Type of academic programme: Doctorate

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Language, Culture & Society
Duration in each case: (3 years minimum and 6 years maximum with 200 hours to be validated.

Study credits/hours (per whole program): 200 hours
Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

The Doctoral Program « Studies in Language and Society » aims to prepare well-trained and high quality researchers and leaders and experts in the domains of research. The main objectives are to develop a critical understanding of the linguistic, cultural and social issues that permeate the African societies ; understand the complex dynamics that underline human mobility within and across the partner countries involved in the project ; enable doctoral students to engage with research within the norms of ethics and academic rigor ; contribute to the enrichment of the community of students and faculty at all the partner universities and the academic community across the countries involved in the project ; develop the critical and methodological tools necessary for the production of excellent academic writings and research for all the doctoral students in all the partner universities ; contribute to the training of future African academics and researchers in the areas of language, culture, education, and migration studies ; With the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility added to them, the PhD programs will be strengthened further in quality and relevance to national development of African countries.
Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

The Doctoral Program “Studies in Language & Society” at UM5 follow a national procedure and is regulated by a handbook for the national standards (Cahier des norms pédagogiques). The doctoral program is organized in terms of seminars. Students working in languages, cultures work on the various cultures and languages in use in the country or even in other foreign countries and try to reveal how all these languages interact, and the role they play and address issues related to the national, regional as well as international community.
Doctoral students are selected on the basis of an application they submit in response to a call launched by the university. A first short list is established on the basis on the application file submitted. An interview is scheduled in front of a jury composed of the members of the doctoral program the candidate has applied for. During the interview, the candidate is expected to present his/her research project. The Doctoral Program offers three main modules, of 30 hours each to students from all the doctoral programs in the institution, namely “Research methodology” in first year, “Entrepreneurship” in second year and “University Pedagogy” in thirst year. Besides, doctoral students have to attend seminars, study days, workshops and conferences organized by the doctoral centre and the doctoral program. They also have to attend doctoral defences and publish a minimum of two articles before they can defend their dissertation and achieve their graduation. Doctoral students are also required to do class observations and get involved in teaching under the supervision of their supervisors. With the research in progress, students are expected to make status reports each academic year to keep them on the right track. The doctoral programs are subject to review every four to five years.
Students are assessed on the basis of their progress report, their involvement in the activities organized by the Doctoral Centre and the Doctoral Program they belong to, the conferences they have attended (e.g. national/international conferences), the papers they have published.
Finally, after the completion of the doctorate, the student can submit the dissertation only with the permission of the supervisor. He has also to submit a scientific file including statements justifying all the scientific activities he has attended, the articles he has published, etc. The Dean is the highest authority to validate the members of the jury proposed by the supervisor in consultation with the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program. The defence can take place only after it has been publically announced at least three weeks earlier. The defence is open to the public with external examiners always coming from other national institutions or international institutions in the case of co-supervision. These are rated “Honourable” or “Very Honourable”.
Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

Among the outcomes, the program aims to provide doctoral students from the partner universities with high quality training schemes in the areas of language, cultural and migration studies and prepare a new generation of African university graduates and researchers in the areas of language, cultural and migration studies. A large number of the Doctoral students are primarily employees (high school teaching staff), public or private institutions. The number of full time students is very limited and students may get a job during the process of completing their dissertation. At completion of Doctoral Program, candidates are expected to have acquired the desired expertise in their field, become assistant professor in the national universities when positions are available. Those who already have a position in the public institutions can apply for a position at the university depending on the positions the Ministry of Higher Education can offer.
Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:
The Program has been accredited since 2014 by the Ministry of Higher Education
All Doctoral programs are prepared by the research groups/laboratories according to a pattern developed by the Ministry of Higher Education. After curricula developments, the program is first assessed by the senior professors in the field who are members of the academic commissions of the University Council. The final validation is provided by the commission of experts of the Ministry of Higher Education, which declares the program as accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in Morocco.
Period of validity of accreditation:
The validity of the Doctoral Curricula prevails until the next program review period which is usually done between 4 to 5 years.

 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.