Intra-Africa Academic Mobility SchemeAcademic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS
Partnership Composition And Cooperation Mechanisms
The composition of the AMAS project partners is excellently balanced not only because of its diversified expertise in terms of management, organisation and content of the studies’ programmes, but also with respect to the regions of the African continent.
All African regions are represented in this consortium; Northern Africa by Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco; Western Africa by Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin; Eastern Africa by Moi University, Kenya, and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and Southern Africa by Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique. This regional diversity covers also different African language families and offers opportunities to the students to be exposed to and possibly develop interest and learn languages beyond Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.
In addition, the four regions represent diverse cultures found on the African continent, and presents a chance for academic mobility beneficiaries to be exposed, to learn and to experience and engage different cultural and phenomenological contexts. The composition of the partners accommodates the specific needs of mobile academics in Africa who seek complementation in skills and competences and thus are ready to benefit from the diversity of the partnership. A particular unique asset of the partnership and network is the establishment of a link between Northern Africa with Sub-Saharan Africa, which is significant and much desired given the fact that these two regions have rarely collaborated in academic matters back in time.
In respect to the academic contents of AMAS project, the five universities drawn from four regions of Africa offer in sum 39 study programmes that are both common and also unique to address mobility opportunities in learning, research, leadership, and employability in the field of Social Sciences and Governance. The AMAS project is designed to ensure bilateral benefits between two exchanging partners in such a way that each partner offers good practice benchmarks to be borrowed and used by the other partners. The partner universities involved in the project are experienced in the management of international projects collaborations and cooperation and in academic mobility and students and staff exchanges at both institutional and personal levels.
The partners shall collaborate as defined precisely in the AMAS Project Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The coordinators of all partner institutions in Africa form part of the international steering committee, which includes as well the coordinator of the technical partner. The role of the latter is to support the management, partnership, organisation and implementation of the mobility planned within the project. In addition, it shares its experience in internationalisation and offers advice for financial management and accounting to the coordinating institution. The technical partner does not participate in the mobility itself.
The steering committee comprises of one focal person from each of the collaborating universities including the technical partner. The steering committee will assure the quality of the programme and it will regularly assess the implementation of the project in general and will mediate the action of all partners. In particular, the committee analyses the needs of the students, supervises the implementation of the process of mobility and the progress of the programme in the different universities. Students and staff of the partner universities will regularly review and evaluate both the programmes and services provided to guarantee continuous quality assurance.
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.