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Partner Universities

Six of the universities in Africa with whom the University of Bayreuth engages in academic exchange and dialogue form the focus of collaboration for BIGSAS. They have been chosen to become partners of BIGSAS on the basis of their high educational and academic standards and their expressed willingness to engage in a large-scale, long-term cooperation with BIGSAS. These universities are located in the Arabic, English, French and Portuguese speaking regions of the continent.

Université d'Abomey Calavi, BeninHide

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The University of Abomey-Calavi, led by Prof. Maxime da Cruz, was founded in 1970 and consists of 25 different schools/institutions. With around 67,000 students, spread on various campuses and institutions, the University of Abomey-Calavi is the principal university in Benin.

Coordinator

Prof. Dr Dodji Hippolyte Amouzouvi

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Addis Ababa University, EthiopiaHide

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AAU was founded in 1950 as UCAA and is the oldest teaching and learning institution in Ethiopia. With various academic units, AAU is a leading university in the fields of teaching-learning, research and community service. The different departments draw a picture of diversity: from Social Sciences, to Law and Governance Studies, as well as Performing and Visual Arts. Various institutes (such as the Institute of Peace and Security Studies) and schools (including the school of journalism and communication) complete the profile of the Ethiopian university. The AAU is led by a president, who is assisted by four vice presidents and an executive director and has around 49,000 students.

Coordinator

Prof. Dr Brook Lemma Mamarou

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Moi University, KenyaHide

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Moi University, led by Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Kosgey, was founded in 1984 and consists of 14 different schools. With around 34,000 students, spread on various campuses Moi University is the second-oldest university in Kenya (after University of Nairobi). The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) is led by Prof. Peter Simatei, who stays in close contact with BIGSAS as well as the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, as the SASS is an African Cluster Centre.

Coordinator

Prof. Dr Anne Nangulu

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Université Mohammed V de Rabat, MoroccoHide

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The Mohammed V University of Rabat, led by Prof. Mohammed Rhachi, was founded in 1957 and consists of 18 different schools and institutions. With around 87,000 students, spread on various campuses, it is the first modern university in Morocco after al-Qarawiyyin University in Fez. The Mohammed V University of Rabat has 19 Research Centres, and six are involved in the Human and Social Sciences, among others the Languages, Literature, Arts and Societies Centre (LLASC) and the Interdisciplinary Science Centre for Educational Sciences (ISCES).

Coordinator

Prof. Dr Yamina El Kirat

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Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, MozambiqueHide

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UEM was founded in 1962 and turned into an accredited university in 1968. The university is led by Prof. Dr Orlando António Quilambo (Dean), Prof. Dr Amália Alexandre Uamusse (Vice Dean Academia) and Prof. Dr Armindo Daniel Tiago (Vice Dean for Administration and Resources). UEM consists of eleven faculties, e.g. the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and six schools contributing to a multidisciplinary environment. Furthermore, UEM offers various research areas compiled in 17 different centres (such as a Policy Analysis Centre or Centre for African Studies among others).

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University of KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaHide

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal with more than 46,000 students was founded in 2004 - as a merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The University of Durban-Westville was founded in the 1960s and the University of Natal as early as 1910. The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first South African institutions. Four colleges belong to the university, which has a total of 19 schools. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is the Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prof. Nana Poku is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Coordinator

Prof. Dr Radhamany Sooryamoorthy

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Academics from the Partner Universities collaborate with BIGSAS in recruiting, training and mentoring doctoral candidates. In this respect, various models are possible: studies in Bayreuth accompanied and supported by mentors from the Partner Universities, joint training in Bayreuth and at a participating university abroad and also a Cotutelle.

Frequent invitations of academics from the Partner Universities ensure a lively exchange in research and teaching between BIGSAS and its African partner institutions as well as among the Partner Universities themselves. Moreover, co-organised conferences, seminars and workshops strengthen the bond between the institutes. Research visits at the African Partner Universities and fieldwork conducted with particular assistance by local colleagues complete the Individual Research and Training Plans (IRTP) of the Junior Fellows.

In 2016, the Partner Universities successfully applied for funding of the EU project “Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development” (AMAS) within the framework of the EU programme “Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme”. Six of the network universities collaborated in establishing a cooperation between African Universities in terms of mobility of students and researchers and promoting exchange and transfer of ideas and knowledge among different regions of the African continent.


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