The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, a joint initiative of the African Union and the European Union, is being implemented under the auspices of the Pan-African Partnership. The programme is directly managed by the European Commission through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, under the supervision of the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development and in collaboration with the African Union Commission Department for Human Resources, Science and Technology.
The overall objective of the programme is to enhance human capital development in Africa, while strengthening intra-African collaboration as called for by Agenda 2063.
The programme’s specific objectives are to:
- increase the employability of students;
- improve the quality of higher education in Africa and its relevance to Africa’s development vision;
- strengthen the modernisation and internationalisation of African higher education institutions, and promote the development of an African higher education and research space.
Mobility of students and staff between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is expected to help them acquire stronger knowledge and skills and contribute to improve the quality and relevance of teaching and learning through exchanges of practices. Within the African Union vision, this is also essential for developing higher education capacity to generate African solutions to African challenges and to build an African higher education and research space.
In addition, the scheme will contribute to strengthen the modernisation and internationalisation strategies of HEIs through the establishment of mechanisms to manage the mobility flows. This will in turn increase HEIs’ capacity to forge partnerships with other institutions to undertake joint collaboration and research.
Furthermore, the programme is bringing together HEIs from different regions which will have to set up adequate mechanisms to organise the exchanges, such as arrangements to compare curricula and recognise the study periods abroad. It is therefore expected that the programme will enhance harmonisation and standardisation of higher education in line with the African Union Strategy for Harmonisation of Higher Education. It will provide specific lessons for the implementation of the Pan African Quality and Accreditation Framework and make a substantial contribution to regional integration.
Call for Scholarship
ESIMSAD Project First Round Scholarship Call for Application is open.
The deadline is extended until September 15, 2021