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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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Doctoral students are instrumental to the long-term development of universities as well as the public and private sectors. They make significant contributions to the University’s research. The education offered in our doctoral programmes gives students the competence and skills to conduct research independently, enables a deep understanding of the subject area, fosters proficiency in disseminating knowledge and enables the learning of others. 

Tasks: Training, Network, Information, Research

Target: PhD Students, Academic Staff, Deans, Management, Supervisors

Country: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo DRC, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Cote d'Ivore, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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ISP - International Science Programme

International Science Programme (ISP), established at Uppsala University in 1961, aims to contribute to the growth of scientific knowledge in developing countries. ISP provides support to institutionally based research groups and regional scientific networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America, assisting them to build and strengthen their domestic research capacity and postgraduate education in the basic sciences – chemistry, mathematics and physics. Current support is directed to research groups located at universities and academic institutions in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Myanmar, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Regional networks are coordinated from countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


The basic operational mode of ISP is to provide long-term support for developing active and sustainable research environments locally. The support is adapted to the specific needs of the partners, and may be used for e.g. equipment, consumables, literature, computing tools, exchange of scientists, and postgraduate training. The supported activities are demand driven, of relevance to the countries and regions concerned, and in accordance with local strategies and plans. 


The ISP model is designed to prevent brain drain by improving local facilities and by employing “sandwich” postgraduate training when needed, where students spend part of their research training at their home university and part at a more resourceful host university abroad. The continued contact with the home institution throughout the postgraduate training, in combination with improved facilities, are considered the two main contributing factors to why a large majority of the students from ISP supported groups and networks stay in their home countries and regions after graduation. Collaborating host institutions are located in the north, mainly in Sweden and Europe, or in the partner regions. ISP serves as a link between the supported groups, networks and collaborating institutions worldwide – providing funding, coordination and mentoring. 


ISP’s main funding comes from the Swedish government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Other important contributors are Uppsala University and Stockholm University.  ISP is continuously looking for new collaborating partners to broaden the funding base, to scale up the model and provide support to new partner countries. 


More information visit: www.isp.uu.se

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Nordic African Institute

The Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet) is a center for research, documentation and information on modern Africa in the Nordic region.Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries and to strengthen the co-operation between African and Nordic researchers. As a hub and a meeting place in the Nordic region for a growing field of research and analysis the Institute strives to put knowledge of African issues within reach for scholars, policy makers, politicians, media, students and the general public. The Institute is financed jointly by the Nordic countries.


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