RSIF Host Universities 2017
African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Nigeria
Center: Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI)
Theme: Materials, Mining & Minerals Engineering
The PAMI Africa Center of Excellence (ACE) aims to train a critical mass of materials scientists and engineers to add value to the minerals and materials resources of West and Central Africa. This is being achieved by engaging teams of mathematicians, physicists, chemists, biologists, materials scientists and engineers in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and education. The ACE is housed at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Abuja, a Pan-African private research university established in 2007 in response to a request from several African Heads of States. It is part of a network of the Nelson Mandela Research Institutes. AUST currently offers graduate level programs by a combination of course work and cutting edge research. Learn more >
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania
Center: Africa Center of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans & Animals in Southern & Eastern Africa (SACIDS)
Theme: Food security
The SACIDS ACE aims to harness innovation in science and technology in order to improve sub-Saharan Africa’s capacity to detect, identify and monitor infectious diseases of humans, animals and their interactions in order to better manage the risk posed by them. It is hosted at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), which offers over 45 postgraduate degree programs and hosts the African Seed Health Centre and a virtual Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance. SUA is the only university in Tanzania to offer agricultural degree programs, including in animal science and veterinary medicine. SUA’s research, outreach and consultancy services are driven by a qualified agricultural, veterinary and natural resource faculty of 452 staff, out of whom 50 percent have PhD qualifications. Learn more >
University of Gaston Berger (UGB), Senegal
Center: Africa Center of Excellence for Mathematics, Informatics, and ICT (MITIC)
The MITIC ACE aims to develop a high quality workforce in the fields of mathematics and information and communications technology, offering masters and doctorate level studies with accompanying research activities aimed at innovations to improve economic productivity. The ACE is housed at the state-funded Gaston Berger University in St. Louis, Senegal, which is the second university to have been founded in Senegal. The University has eight teaching and research colleges, including a college for applied sciences and technology. Learn more >
University Félix Houphouët-Boigny (U-FHB), Côte d’Ivoire
Center: Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Change Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (CCBAD)
Theme: Food security
The CCBAD ACE will focus on preparing high quality graduates and applied researchers in the areas of climate change adaptation, biostatistics, and sustainable production including agronomic, genetic, breeding, pest and disease management. It is hosted at the state-owned University Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, one of the country’s premier universities with over 50,000 students. It comprises of 13 faculties and a research center, providing diplomas from 2-year undergraduate degrees to professional academic, medical, legal, and specialist degrees. It was the main campus of the nationwide University of Abidjan from 1964 to 1996, until it became an independent institution. Learn more >
What are the benefits to becoming a RSIF hosting institution?
Institutions selected as host institutions will benefit in the following ways:
- Recognition across the continent as premier institutions for PhD programs in the thematic areas, having been selected through a highly competitive process.
- Access to collaboration with world-class institutions that have partnered with PASET, to improve the quality of PhD programs through curriculum design, faculty training and exchange visits of students and faculty.
- Eligibility to participate in joint research and development and innovation networks through the RSIF’s research grant and innovation grant windows when they are set up.
Who can apply to become a RSIF hosting institution?
- Any institution that has run a PhD program in the concerned discipline for at least 5 years.
How will the hosting institutions be selected?
Applicants will be required to submit several pieces of information, highlighting the following:
- Prior work and brief description of research and research groups in the proposed PhD program as well as support systems in place for hosting PhD students.
- Strong ownership to serve as a host institution for RSIF Scholars as demonstrated by the willingness to designate an experienced faculty member to lead the initiative.
- Faculty, learning resources and laboratory facilities required for the Program.
- Ability to supply data on the costs of the program, time to completion, and number of students who complete the program.
- History of hosting regional students at the institution, availability of international student support services, and experience in managing scholarship programs.
- Strong institutional financial management system and reporting system, to report on the progress of the RSIF scholars.
- Willingness to follow RSIF’s criteria in addition to the institution’s admission criteria to select students (selection criteria will be shared by RIU as part of the agreement with the host institutions).
RSIF host institutions will be selected based on the merit of their proposal. Applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel comprised of experts from both academia and the private sector, with knowledge in the designated thematic areas, and other individuals with higher education leadership experience in the SSA region. The selected host institutions will be notified by RIU.