Academic mobility to strengthen African higher education, Institutional News 2012

Academic mobility to strengthen African higher education

Institutional Office – The North-West University (NWU) is one of eight partners to take part in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States academic mobility project funded by the European Union.

This exchange programme will encourage the exchange of knowledge, skills and experiences amongst partner universities through its comprehensive scholarships.
The eight partners are Ardhi (Tanzania), Buea (Cameroon), Hawassa (Ethiopia), Makerere (Uganda), KNUST (Ghana), NWU (South Africa), Polytechnic of Namibia (Namibia) and the University of the Free State (South Africa).

The programme, which will be known as STREAM (Strengthening African Higher Education Through Academic Mobility), aims to increase access to quality higher education for students, staff and academics.  This will enable them to benefit from experience gained in the context of mobility to another country. Furthermore, ACP students are encouraged to undertake postgraduate studies and to promote student retention in the region while increasing the competitiveness and attractiveness of the institutions themselves.

The NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus is expected to commence with this programme shortly. There will be initial advertisements sent out across the African continent for interested applicants.

Each partner institution is responsible for screening their applicants and must make a short list and a reserve list.

Prof Nicholas Allen, NWU Director: International Liaison said: “As a result of the enormous prestige that this project engenders for our institutions’ mission, it is critical that the NWU respond positively to this opportunity.”

For detailed information on how to apply and supporting information, please visit:

In the back from left to right: Dr Anna Matros-Goreses (Director: Research Service Centre, Polytechnic of Namibia), Ms Neavera Olivier (Director: Planning and International Relations, Polytechnic of Namibia), Mr Kobby Yebo-Okrah (Registrar: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana), Mr Lameck Mawewa Jr (Dean: School of Natural Resources and Tourism. Polytechnic of Namibia), Mr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi (administrative officer: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana), Prof Dr Nicholas PL Allen (Director: International Liaison, NWU, South Africa), Ms Tshegofatso Phage (NWU STREAM Coordinator) and Ms Sonja Yolande Samuels (Secretary to the Dean: School of Natural Resources and Tourism, Polytechnic of Namibia).
In the front from left to right: Ms Taimi Nangula Itembu (International Relations Officer: Polytechnic of  Namibia), Prof Nalova Lyonga  (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching, University of Buea, Cameroon), Prof Frikkie van Niekerk (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Technology, NWU, South Africa), Prof Joyce Endeley (Head: Academic Affairs, University of Buea, Cameroon), Prof Mengiseny E Kaseva (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Affairs, Ardhi University, Tanzania).