Working to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional workers in Africa.
Within the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, at the 2014 4th EU-Africa Summit, the EU and Africa committed to further promote higher education in Africa through mobility of students and staff, and to provide greater support to its higher educational institutions. The commitment recognised the crucial role of higher education in driving economic and social development, and the potential for greater mobility to improve its quality. By encouraging the use of transparency and recognition tools, it is recognised that institutions can develop better services to send and receive foreign students and researchers.
The Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme is implemented through calls for proposals; the first one was organised in 2016, and the second one (Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme II) in 2017.
The overall objective of the project is to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa. Specific objectives include contributing to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation, and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions. Furthermore, it aims to enable students and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and educationally from the experience gained through studying in another country.
The programme is implemented through seven projects which were selected as a result of an open call for proposals, and aim to facilitate the mobility of academic staff and students between participating higher education institutions. Exchange of good practice with European universities is also expected.
The African Union Commission was involved in the evaluation of the proposals and will jointly monitor the implementation of the activities with the services of the European Union.