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Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Report Of Outcome of MU Selection

Cohort-1, Preps For The iAfrica Cluster

Meeting Feb 7-8 And Finances

Meeting for Preparation for threefold Agenda:

 

Agenda

  1. Intra-Africa Cluster Meeting February 7-8 2018 in Belgium
  2. Finances for the Belgium trip; UM5R funds; Mobility funds for Cohort-1
  3. Finalization of the Selection of Students for Cohort-1

 

Place and Time – Noble Hotel, Mark´s Hall at 4:00 pm

Date- 31st January, 2018

 

Participants in the meeting:

 

# Name Engagement
1 Prof. Omar Egesah Convenor/Project Focal Person
2 Prof. Anne Nangulu Oversight/Project Coordinator
3 Dr. Billian Khalayi Administrator and Secretariat

 

Report Details

The meeting began with a brief on the previous meetings for the selection of Cohort-1 applicants.

 

It was reported that on the 16th of January 2018, Prof. Omar Egesah presented the tentative outcomes of the selection process to the Moi University School of Arts (SASS) Management Board meeting held at the office of the Dean of SASS, Moi University and attended by all the SASS Heads of Department.

 

Among these Heads of Departments, were those whose Departments will host in coming AMAS Mobility students and staff and also Heads of Departments from which postgraduate students and staff are emanating for mobility to AMAS Partner Universities.  In attendance thus, were crucial stakeholders to the AMAS Project course. During the meeting it was proposed that;

  1. All Moi University students who qualified for the award of the mobility scholarships especially to Addis Ababa University be considered for the Award. Addis Ababa University, will decide how many of these they can accommodate and host, and this is important for decision making on the awards (refer to Annex 2018 Doc SRL-2- MU to PUs- Selection Ranked List- MU Cohort1- Master & Doctorate 16012018).
  2. That the following Departments were ready and prepared to host incoming mobility students from the end of the week of February 2018, as follows (refer to Annex 2018 Doc SRL-1- PUs to MU- Selection Ranked List- MU Cohort1- Master & Doctorate 16012018);

 

Award List Cohort-1, Target-1: From other Partner Universities to Moi University

No. Name Home PU

/ Country

> Gender % Points Position (overall) Award Remark Decision
MASTER
Master of Arts in Public Administration and Public Policy: Special Benefit Programmes (SBP)
1 GHANNAM YASSER UM5R, Morocco M 71 1 (1) Award Invite for mobility Admit February 2018. The Department is ready to host
2 JBARI LAILA UM5R, Morocco F 70 2 (2) Award Invite for mobility Admit February 2018. The Department is ready to host
DOCTORATE
PhD in Development Studies: Special Benefit Programmes (SBP)
1 MOSSISSA ALMAZ AAU, Ethiopia F 70 1 (1) Award Invite for mobility Admit February 2018. The Department is ready to host
Master of Arts in Gender Studies and Development: Common Field of Study (CFS)
1 DAOUDA LABOT YOUSSOUFOU UAC, Benin M 68 1 (4) Award Invite for mobility Admit September 2018. The Department NOT ready
4 Students; 3 Master & 1 Doctorate, 2 Males and 2 Females- All to be Awarded for Credit Seeking Mobility

 

  1. Preparation for the Intra-Africa Cluster Meeting February 7-8 2018 in Belgium

The representatives for this trip are Prof. Omar Egesah representing the AMAS Project Coordinator Prof. Anne Nangulu from Moi University; Prof. Dodji Amouzouvi, representing all the Partner Universities and; Dr. Emnet Woldegiorgis, representing the Technical University.

 

The trio will present at the meeting on the 7th of February 2018 a poster depicting how The AMAS PROJECT Contributes to Innovation in Africa. The poster draft was presented at the meeting by Prof. omar Egesah and the team worked on it to capture the following sections (see Appendix 2018 iAFrica AMAS Project Poster, Brussels EACEA 7-8 2018- Omar, Dodji, Emnet): Background; the AMAS innovative idea wheel; project’s potential to contribute to innovation at individual, institutional and/or country/continental level in Africa.

 

 

  • Finances for the Belgium trip; UM5R funds; Mobility funds for Cohort
  • Finances for the Belgium trip-

 

 

We discussed the budget for three participants in the meeting: Prof. Omar Egesah (representing Prof. Anne Nangulu, the AMAS project coordinator), Prof. Dodji Amouzouvi (representing the partner universities at the meeting), Dr. Emnet Woldegiorgis (representing the technical partner in the meeting)

 

 

  • Finances for UM5R lump sum disbursement

 

Deliberations were made over viable solutions to withheld lump sum money sent to University of Mohammed V, Rabat (UM5R)– Morocco by the University Bank in Rabat.  

 

It was reported that evidences were there showing the lump sum amount was remitted to the University account in Rabat from the Moi University projects account in September 2017.  An error was indicated on the details of the recipient; the AMAS Project and this caused trapping of the money in the Rabat Account.

 

By 20th November, 2017 the corrected bank details were sent by Moi University finance section to the UM5R bank in Rabat. This proof for initial disbursement, the request to re-channel the funds to the corrected account details, and a chronology of correspondences showing all efforts made to effect the disbursement of the funds to the AMAS Account at UM5R were eventually forwarded to the Focal Person of the University of Mohammed V, Rabat; Prof. Yamina El Kirat, to make a follow-up.

 

 

  • Plans to disburse Academic Mobility funds for selected student applicants for all the partner universities  

 

Following what was agreed upon by all the AMAS Focal persons during a Partners’ meeting at the University of Bayreuth, Germany in December 2017, it was agreed during this meeting that Moi University will release mobility funds only for students who were selected by each Partner University and ascertained to take up the academic mobility with effect from February 2018. Moi University was awaiting the lists of selected and ascertained students from all the Partner Universities, to effect the disbursement of mobility funds according to the project budgets and financial management guidelines.

 

 

  • Finalization of the Selection of Students for Cohort-1- Moi University

 

It was reported in the meeting that three Masters Students and one Doctorate Student were selected for the award of the Academic Mobility Scholarship for Credit Seeking at Moi University.

 

The selection process was rigorous and transparent and applied a score card tool (refer to annex; AMAS Applicants Score Card Temp Cohort-1 16012018). The Score Card was administered by two reviewers for each candidate and an average score on the 5 items on the tools, taken. Using grades scored by each candidate in the programmes applied for, as indicated in table 1 above, three Masters Students and one Doctorate Student were selected for the award of the Academic Mobility Scholarship for Credit Seeking at Moi University. The table also shows that Moi University is ready to kick of the mobility for three students in February 2018, and for one student in September 2018. A reserve list of eleven candidates was also drawn using the score card tool and in addition two candidates did not qualify neither for selection nor for the reserve list (refer to annex; 2018 Doc SRL-1- PUs to MU- Selection Ranked List- MU Cohort1- Master & Doctorate 16012018)

 

Moi University had indicated that it is ready to host three (2 masters and 1 PhD) students starting from the last week of February, 2018. However, they will be ready to host one beginning of September, 2018. Preparations towards receiving, settling and hosting the students is underway.

 

Likewise, Moi University went on to select a provision list of Moi University students who applied from Moi University to study by academic mobility in other Partner Universities (Target-1), and those from other Universities in Kenya and Africa, who applied through Moi University seeking to study by academic mobility in the other Partner Universities (Target-2). A provisional Award list of 10 students; 5 Masters and 5 Doctorate was reached by the same review process using score card by two reviewers for each candidate. In addition, a list of thirteen students qualified for the reserve list (refer to annex; 2018 Doc SRL-2- MU to PUs- Selection Ranked List- MU Cohort1- Master & Doctorate 16012018).

 

Way Forward

Preparations for the Belgium meeting were ready and the Poster was to be finalised and shared with all the Focal Persons and EACEA by 2nd February 2018. Prof. Yamina was expected to report back about reception of the lump sum funds as soon as it happened. Finally, the list of selected candidates was to be circulated to all the Focal Partners and the technical partner for ascertaining and plans to invite the awarded students were to start in earnest.

 

Prof. Omar Egesah (PhD)

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Moi University

 

 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.