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Open Calls for Scholarship Applications

DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme (Intake 2021)

Master and Phd Studies in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

Target Group: Graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Sahara African country (In-Region scholarships).

The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies at selected host universities for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel.

Please note: There are different selection processes depending on the study location

  • Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi:
    Applicants must first apply for their studies at the respective host institutions using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. The host institutions will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list the applicants. DAAD reserves the right of final selection. The host institutions will provide the shortlisted candidates with the link ot he DAAD-Portal. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit an DAAD application.
  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda:
    All applicants are asked to log in the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit the applications. Afterwards the selection process (including the pre-selection process at the host institution) starts.

You can find all details regarding the selection process in the respective calls at the DAAD scholarship database

Please find an overview of the different programmes attached:

Call for Application: Scholarship Programme New Leadership for Africa

The Leadership for Africa (LfA) programme is open to bachelor’s degree holders who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. The scholarship is open to applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

More details on the scholarship can be found at

https://www.daad.or.ke/en/study-research-in-germany/leadership-for-africa/

https://www.daad.or.ke/en/study-research-in-germany/leadership-for-africa/.

The deadline for application is this Friday, 16 October 2020.

 

For further information, one can contact the LfA team on  lfa.nairobi@daad.de mailto:lfa.nairobi@daad.de or also per telephone on 0733 929 929.

Web seminars on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 and the very final one on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2:00 pm EAT will be conducted to elaborate more on how to apply via the DAAD portal as well as to answer any questions that one may have. The links to join in the Web seminars are:

i) Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT  – : https://daad.reflact.com/e289v7tg2goh/event/registration.html

ii) Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT – : https://daad.reflact.com/epmx967w9kie/event/registration.html

Interested participants are encouraged to register at least a day before the date for the Web Seminar, so that they can receive the link for participation on time.

Meanwhile, still virtual visiting hours will be offered every Thursdays from 10 am – 11 am EAT. The link to join in the visiting hour on Thursday, 15 October 2020 is: https://daad.reflact.com/e729gp6fpp0b/event/registration.html <https://daad.reflact.com/e729gp6fpp0b/event/registration.html

 

The LfA team on behalf of
Beate Schindler-Kovats
Director Regional Office for Africa
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Madison Insurance House- Upper Hill Close Road, community area, Nairobi, Kenya

 

New Platform online soon

Via the DIGI-FACE Project a new Platform for our African Excellence Network is about to be developed. This Platform with its rich functions, like the Learning-Management-System Moodle, a Project-Management-Tool, the blog function, detailled member and profile overviews and a publication section will be accessible via this link: https://www.digiface.org

In the following some insights and impressions of the new platform:

Insight into the Moodle Platform:

Appel à candidature pour les bourses Master CEGLA 2020

Dans le cadre des activités du Centre d’Excellence de Gouvernance Locale en Afrique (CEGLA), nous sommes heureux de porter à votre connaissance le lancement de bourses de formation Master en « Décentralisation et Gouvernance Locale » financées par l’Office Allemand d’Echanges Universitaires (DAAD).

L’ensemble des modalités à respecter et des documents à fournir pour le dossier de candidature se trouve dans les documents suivants:

Appel à candidature national bourse de formation Master de Niamey

Appel à candidature national bourse de formation Master de Bamako

Appel à candidature international bourse de formation Master de Bamako

La date limite d’introduction des candidatures est fixée au 26 septembre 2020.

 

 

DIGI-FACE Kick-Off Meeting: A Move Towards Digital Ecosystems

*Version française de l’article*

A ‘Kick-Off’ Meeting was held from the 3rd to the 6th of March in South Africa to launch the innovative “Digital Initiative for African Centres of Excellence” project (DIGI-FACE). This event, which brought together pedagogical, media and technical experts from DAAD’s African-German Centres of Excellence, was jointly organised by the University of Applied Sciences Kehl (lead agent) in cooperation with one of its DIGI-FACE consortium partners, namely Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

DIGI-FACE is funded by the DAAD with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office. The project aims at supporting and improving the digital skills of all members and alumni of DAAD’s African Centres of Excellence and its network via the development of e- and blended learning modules and digital tools. The participants at the Kick-Off Meeting comprised 60 delegates drawn from Centres located in South Africa, Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, Mali, Namibia and Germany.

Key ideas shared

Professor Cheryl Foxcroft, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at Nelson Mandela University, officially opened the meeting. She emphasised the need for all universities to prepare for student learning in digital spaces. Prof Ewald Eisenberg (University of Kehl), Prof Bernd Siebenhuener (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg), Junes Arfaoui (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management) and Prof Paul Webb (Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth) outlined the structure, objectives and activities of the DIGI-FACE project.

Inspiring presentations and inputs from lecturers and experts with great experience in implementing professional e-learning formats on digital platforms stimulated the participants’ expectations. Prof Michael Samuel, the moderator of the event from University of KwaZulu Natal, gave a mind-expanding presentation on collaborative approaches to capacity development and digitalisation through constructive disruption.

Dr Dorothee Weyler, the DAAD programme manager of the African Excellence programme, explained the background of the project from the DAAD perspective. She noted that the DIGI-FACE programme was created to help achieve the overall goals of the African Excellence Programme more efficiently and effectively. These goals include improved teaching and learning and the creation of a better research environment for greater impact via digitalisation. She pointed out that DAAD’s interest goes far beyond the platform that is going to be established. The project has great potential to open its content and outcomes to other users, learners, researchers and projects beyond the African Excellence programme. Consequently, the DIGI-FACE project is a pilot example to show what is possible when using digital components to produce (open) short courses that will be useful for other university staff and students across Africa, beyond this project.

Alexander Knoth, Senior Expert for Digitalisation at DAAD emphasised that DAAD wants to avoid “digital islands” and instead supports the creation of digital ecosystems that bring together different skills, knowledge and experience. The aim is to give students the opportunity to get to know different cultures and languages via intercultural communication, not only through international mobility, but also through “virtual mobility”.

Prof Johan van Niekerk from the Noroff School of Technology and Digital Media in Norway gave insights and perspectives from an online focused university. He pointed out that a professional production team is not absolutely necessary for the production of technology-supported learning content. He noted however, that there is still a great need for human resources to produce appropriate content. Mike Swanepoel, who leads digital transformation at Nelson Mandela University, encouraged the delegates to address current challenges and accelerate curriculum and classroom design in the future based on mobile and digital learning technology. He emphasised that educators need new skills if digital transformation is to succeed and stressed that transformation is not only about digital technologies, but also about people and their mind-sets. Both Johan van Niekerk and Mike Swanepoel emphasised that the main challenge is to produce content in a way that the material has added value and a relevant benefit for the end user. Simply filming normal teaching activities does not make for a successful online-course – a clear script and concept that provides for meaningful online activities, support and assessment is vital.

Hands-on activities and practical sessions

Following the presentations, hands-on activities and practical sessions enabled the delegates to experience how digital content can and should be developed in an exemplary manner. They developed scripts, short videos and quizzes for an online course in small groups and, with the use of a Padcaster and sequencing tools, they discovered that producing e-learning material is not that complicated. These activities included pedagogical inputs and advice, which allowed the participants to reflect on how to use which tool and scenario to prepare and produce e-learning modules and materials in a worthwhile and proper way.

After the practical sessions, the delegates discussed their own visions and action steps, the challenges and responsibilities of digitalisation, and how DIGI-FACE and digital transformation can be implemented in the Centres and throughout the African Excellence network. Delegates from each Centre reflected together on the profile, skills and needs of their target group in order to identify centre-specific approaches. Upon having outlined the different responsibilities at each Centre for this project, they will report to their universities and create teams that will contribute to DIGI-FACE.

Project leaders and coordinators, pedagogical experts, multi-media and ICT heads of the Centres, as well as representatives of the Alumni association, worked in transdisciplinary and transnational groups. They pooled their experiences and needs to define how the project could contribute significantly towards improving higher education and research activities both within each Centre and between the African-German Centres of Excellence. The heterogeneous nature of the groups ensured that meaningful ideas and fruitful ideas on how to enhance cooperation, build networks and provide opportunities for exchanges via digital solutions.

The Centres welcomed the project’s activities and recognised many positive points and benefits. They believe that DIGI-FACE will enable the Centres to reach more students and a broader public, facilitate cross-national cooperation, enhance the skills of lecturers, staff, alumni and students and will strengthen network activities. The delegates were highly motivated in terms of contributing to the project. They indicated their willingness to integrate existing courses as e-learning material into the platform and look forward with curiosity to the announcement of training courses.

Planning for project sustainability

Following presentations on the results of the group work session, the consortium representatives from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Nilly Chingaté Castaño and Junes Arfaoui, sketched out ideas and the basis for the project’s activities for developing a business plan. They pointed out the imperative of implementation of DIGI-FACE in a sustainable way in order to cover the costs of operating the platform, investing in innovation and developing content by the Centres beyond the funding period.

To this end, the delegates met in groups independently of their Centre affiliation to work in-depth on various topics of the project, including digital content and skills, training and the production of generic courses, as well as how to create a specific sustainable business plan for the project. They also discussed aspects of the successful management of the project and the necessary digital infrastructure.

The final kick

During the closing session of the Kick-Off Meeting, Dr Weyler presented the upcoming DAAD “African-German Network for Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer” (AGRIT) programme to the delegates. This programme aims at enhancing the research capacities of the African Excellence Programme and generating synergies together with the activities and digital tools of DIGI-FACE. After a short introduction by Dr Weyler, the delegates discussed in groups how this programme could be integrated into the African Excellence programme and DIGI-FACE.

The motivated involvement of the delegates and inspiring inputs resulted in better understandings by all of the architecture of the DIGI-FACE project, and an appreciation that the development of the project is a co-determined process involving all of the African-German Centres of Excellence.

After the official closure of the Kick-Off Meeting, everyone enjoyed a joint dinner together and a pleasant excursion on the following day – both which strengthened personal relationships and enabled fruitful informal exchanges.

 

Workshops on developing digital and online competencies will be held in East- and West-Africa during 2020. These workshops will include project leaders, academic leaders and multimedia- and ICT staff of the Centres. The format of these workshops depends on national and international travel restrictions and health advisories.

 

 

Digitalisation of the Centres of Excellence – Innovative digital project DIGI-FACE launched

In the frame of the African Excellence program a new project for improving higher education and research at the Centres of Excellence via digital components and capacities has been launched. The new project called

DIGITAL INITIATIVE FOR AFRICAN CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE (DIGI-FACE)

is financed by the funding of DAAD with support of the German Federal Foreign Office. The aim of this new project is to support the African Excellence program objectives by setting up and using digital tools to be developed in order to promote digital learning, teaching and research competencies at the Centres. It addresses all the Centres of Excellence and aims on strengthening the African Excellence Network, so that geographically separated participants become part of a broad community of learners and practitioners of interactive digital learning progress and reflexive research supervision. Students, doctoral candidates, alumni, lecturers and research supervisors will contextualise their learning and research issues within their own disciplines and institutional policy frameworks, and communicate their contextualised view clearly to others via an appropriated range of digital modalities.

DIGI-FACE will develop and implement a needs orientated interactive learning platform based on existing learning management system software and appropriate multidisciplinary online training courses. The platform will provide a wide range of possibilities for connecting learners to tutors and to peers for sharing and online collaborating.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute via better digital learning and teaching facilities to a more effective and efficient functioning of societally relevant areas in African countries through the activities of graduates in key positions in teaching, society and business. Further, the program will contribute via the digital elements to build up internationally competitive, sustainably operating and socially perceivable Centres of Excellence.

DIGI-FACE is managed by the consortium of the German Universities of the Centres of Excellence CEGLA (Centre for Local Governance in Africa), CERM-ESA (East and South African-German Centre for Educational Research, Methodologies and Management), CCAM (Congolese German Centre for Microfinance) and WAC-SRT (West African German Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation) and will serve all the partners of the African Excellence program.

 

The Kick-Off Meeting of DIGI-FACE project involving all interested Centers of Excellence will take place from 3 to 6 March at Nelson Mandely University in Port Elizabeth.