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Projects and Initiatives

In order to better take stock of current work being done in the realm of doctoral education, ‘Projects and Initiatives’ presents information about projects being carried out by organizations related to postgraduate training and management. Projects listed here share a common focus, all or in part, on African higher education.

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IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education. Its services are available on the priority basis to Members but also to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students.


Tasks: Information, Research, Bibliographic Database, Network, Training

Target: Deans, Management, Academic Staff

Country: All African Countries


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Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa 

The IAU project "Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa" is built on a first phase .which allowed to develop a self-assessment tool that was used by six pilot institutions to determine the nature of and challenges facing doctoral programs on the continent. The self-assessment tool is available to all and is to assist with improving data collection and storage mechanisms that can be used by institutions to develop institution-wide doctoral education and research strategies. 

The development of the interactive portal www.idea-phd.net is a result of work undertaken since 2009 thanks to financial support provided by Sida, the Spanish Development Agency, and ACUP; Association for Catalan Universities. Data gathered on the portal have beeen provided by African higher education institutions and by various organisations. 


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