Nigeria: ECOWAS launches academic mobility scheme

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU), launched its  Academic Mobility Scheme in Abuja with its president, Professor O.Oyewole, disclosng that the programme will not only promote mobility of students but also the internationalization of universities in West Africa.

The scheme aims to promote regional integration through a fellowship and Staff Exchange Programme by facilitating academic mobility and encouraging networking among regional institutions.

ECOWAS Presidemnt Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, represented at the event by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Culture, Dr. Jean-Pierre Ezin, stated that the launching ceremony was very symbolic for ECOWAS with history showing humanity that the main pillar of social and industrial development is knowledge.

According to him, it is the main reason why ECOWAS Heads of State and Government place emphasis on education helping the West African region to accelerate development and eradicate poverty in the process.

The  programme, to be funded by ECOWAS and managed by the AAU, will have staff from universities in West Africa or West African academics in Diaspora, sponsored to undertake visits to universities in the region to offer services such as teaching, graduate theses supervision, serving as external examiners or engaging in joint research.  

Similarly, the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme (EFP) for Masters and PhD courses, will seek to promote capacity building within the region by providing full fellowships for training and educating nationals of member states in education institutions of ECOWAS.
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23 سبتمبر 2015 17:55:17

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