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Congratulations to University of Oldenburg and Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology!

Congratulations to University of Oldenburg and Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology!

DAAD and IUCEA jointly launched a call for tender for a “Centre of Excellence in ICT in East Afrika” for the establishment of a master’s programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems on June 1st, 2017. Applications from four EAC member states in cooperation with universities in Germany had been submitted. A selection committee, formed by experts from Africa and Germany, considered the application of Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in cooperation with University of Oldenburg the most promising concept, and approved therefore the support of this project.

The Centre of Excellence shall contribute to reinforcing the teaching and learning capabilities of East African universities in ICT-related fields. It will also foster linkages between universities, the private and public sector as well as civil society. As a result of the cooperation of these stakeholders, employability, employment and entrepreneurship will be strengthened in East Africa.

The heart of the Centre will be a state-of-the-art master programme in “Embedded and Mobile Systems”. The linkage to industry ensures a strong focus on technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship. The master programme will be established at Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania.


The Centres of African Excellence programme welcomes two new centres in West Africa!!!

Following a journey of Chancellor Angela Merkel to West Africa in 2016, the DAAD was mandated by the German Government to support the establishment of two new Centres of Excellence. The Centres shall contribute to the mitigation of increasing economic hardship and a widespread lack of prospects for much of the population in West Africa, which affect the region in a crucial way, additionally to political instability, conflicts, and wars.

Through intraregional cooperation and institution building in higher education the new Centres aim to contribute to the creation of long-term prospects to fight the structural causes of flight and migration.

The call of tender published by the end of June 2017 specifically envisaged the strategic integration of Partner universities from Mali and Niger into the Centres, as the main migration routes pass through these countries to the Sahara and then on to the Mediterranean coast.

DAAD appointed a commission of German and African professors and experts to select the new Centres among the proposals submitted by German-African University Partnerships.

On August, 19th, the commission selected the University of Bonn in cooperation with the University for Development Studies in Ghana to establish a Centre of Excellence focusing on Sustainable Rural Transformation. The Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger will be part of the triangular cooperation project.

The second Centre will be established by the partners from Kehl University of Applied Sciences and CESAG Business School in Senegal. Focusing on Governance for Sustainable and Integrative Local Development, the Centre will also cooperate with Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger and additionally with Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako, Mali.

Both projects plan the establishment of Master’s and PhD-courses starting in the second half of 2018.

By establishing two Centres of Excellence at universities in West African countries, the DAAD seeks to create practice-oriented and sustainable educational opportunities that offer competitive training opportunities for young people at a local level in this region heavily affected by flight and migration. Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Centres will be integrated into the overall African Excellence Programme line of DAAD. Both Centres will be encouraged to engage in networking and exchange with the existing Centres of Excellence to strengthen interregional networking and exchange.


8th Network Meeting of the Centres of African Excellence in Voi, Kenya, April 5 -April 8

Less than a week from now the representatives of the eight Centres of African Excellence will meet for the 8th time at Taita Taveta University in Voi, Kenya.  The Meeting will be hosted by the Kenyan-German Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management (CEMEREM). The main theme of the meeting this year is “Creation of perspectives with and for Africa”.

A highlight of the meeting will be the official inauguration of CEMEREM on April 6th which will take place with the participation of the Kenyan Minister for Mining, the German Ambassador as well as representatives from the industry and academia.

We are very much looking forward to this event and to meeting our partners there!

CERM-ESA announces 10 Master Scholarships of Education in Research funded by DAAD

The East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) has announced 10 Scholarships for a Master of Education in Research.

For application Details see


Autumn School on Educational Research Methodologies

Autumn School on Educational Research Methodologies
in African Contexts
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, April 2016
Port Elizabeth, April 2016 – The East and South African-German Centre for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) staged the first intensive learning phase for its Master’s and PhD scholarship holders and for associated students who work on CERM-ESA related topics. 25 postgraduate students from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa engaged themselves with research paradigms and theoretical frameworks, qualitative and quantitative methodologies and immersed deeply into issues of ethics, participatory and mixed-method approaches in educational settings. Not only the students benefited from the courses and discussions: 15 members of the CERM-ESA Faculty – staff members of Moi University School of Education, NMMU, Oldenburg University, Uganda Management Institute and University of Dar es Salaam – who are supervisors of the CERM-ESA scholarship holders, actively participated in the courses. Reflecting on the two weeks at NMMU, one Moi University supervisor said: “The inputs and discussions helped us to better assist and supervise our students and we learned a lot about new and creative methodologies that we have never applied before.”
For the eight Kenyan scholarship holders on Master’s level, the Autumn School was only the start: they are enrolled in the Master’s in Education / Research programme at NMMU and are staying for 3 months in Port Elizabeth to work with their supervisors. Various courses are offered to them during this period, for instance an intensive course on internationally comparative educational research methodologies. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to engage with research and not only learn about it, but apply it in our own projects. We are working very hard and our dream is to come to Germany next year to present our findings at a research conference” Ezekiel Chemwor says, who is one of the Kenyan students in Port Elizabeth.