Eric Abraham Academic Visitorships

African partnerships & programmes: Management of African academic partnership programmes

USHEPiA programme

The University Science Humanities & Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA), is a partnership of eight South and East African Universities (including UCT). It was established in 1996 to build institutional and human capacity in the participating institutions. USHEPiA offers post-graduate scholarships to staff members of the partner universities. Students work on research topics of local concern jointly supervised by their home university and an away university, which to date has been UCT. USHEPiA offers both supervisors a visit to each university. The ultimate goal of USHEPiA is to develop a network of African researchers capable of addressing the developmental needs of the continent.

USHEPiA fellows

Since its inception in 1996, the programme has offered 64 full degree fellowships and 38 students have graduated from UCT to date (31 PhD's and 7 MA/MSc). USHEPiA has emerged as the flagship Africa programme at UCT. 19 Fellows are currently continuing with their studies.

The USHEPiA partners are Universities of Cape Town, Botswana, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, and University of Nairobi (Kenya), Makerere (Uganda), Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The USHEPiA programme also has an Intellectual Property initiative. This was established in 2006 to provide services in IP management to the USHEPiA partner universities. Current activities include raising awareness and sensitising universities about the importance of IP issues, managing research agreements as well as formulating appropriate policies and strategies for the protection and exploitation of IP in the university.

Mr Saudin Jacob Mwakaje was appointed as the Intellectual Property Coordinator in 2006. He is based at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and is working with all the USHEPiA Universities.

For more information about USHEPiA click here.

Eric Abraham Academic Visitorships

The Eric Abraham Academic Visitorships project is an Africa-based project that parallels the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) based in New York. SAR is an international network of universities and colleges responding to academics at risk. SAR promotes academic freedom and defends the human rights of scholars and their communities worldwide. SAR member institutions save lives by providing sanctuary to academics who suffer threats in their home country.

Eric Abraham Academic Visitorships are aimed at helping academic scholars who are at political risk in African countries and/or those at academics within African countries at risk through lack of resources or governmental funding, many of whom are women. It also includes some academics defined as 'at risk' through the Scholars at Risk organisation.

27 Visitorships varying from 3 months to 12 months duration have been offered to academics to enable them to further their studies, build their CV's and re-establish their careers at UCT. The programme will run for 6 years. IAPO welcomed its first round of 'At Risk" academics in 2008. They are from Zimbabwe, Ghana, Iraq, and Belarus.

For more information log into the Scholars at Risk Network.

Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS)

UCT has an institutional agreement with TWOWS which is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental body based at the offices of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. TWOWS offers post graduate fellowships to female students from Sub Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC 's) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD at Centres of Excellence in the South (developing countries) outside their own country.

For more information about TWOWS log into here.

The Association of African Universities /USHEPiA Research Publication Network (AU-RPN) (Project Completed)

This project was implemented in 2001 and its aim was to promote publication of African research in the international peer-reviewed literature and strengthen research linkages across the participating universities in the USHEPiA network. 16 Fellowships were awarded. Fellows were hosted by all the USHEPiA partner universities and came from all over the African continent.

For more information visit USHEPiA website.

UNESCO Pilot African Academic Exchange (UPAAE) (Project Completed)

In 2000 UNESCO provided funding for a pilot African Academic Exchange programme. 30 Fellowships were awarded to Senior African academics to spend up to 6 months doing research at one of the 5 Western Cape Higher Education Institutions (Cape and Peninsula Technikons, Universities of Cape Town, Western Cape and Stellenbosch) or affiliated institutes such as the SA Astronomical Observatory.

Adamastor Trust, a foundation formed by the Western Cape Higher Education Institutions to promote regional higher education collaboration subcontracted the IAPO to run the programme in 2000 - 2001. A total of 28 fellows were brought to the Western Cape for a stay of a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 6 months. Each of the Fellows had an impact on their host academic, department, university, as well as the students and the broader community (e.g. church members, other visiting academics, etc).

For more information visit USHEPiA website.