Overview

The Partnership for Africa’s Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA) is a collaborative network consisting of leading African universities focused on fostering excellence in scholarship across the arts, humanities and social sciences on the African continent.

Our vision is to promote Africa’s next generation of academics, professionals and leadersthrough partnership and collaboration on the continent.
Our mission is to build and sustain world-class doctoral programmes and scholarship communities through partnership and collaboration with leading African universities, focusing on the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The network aims to:

  • Develop research capacity and confidence in bringing Africa’s expertise to Africa’s problems
  • Develop research capacity on site
  • Participate in exchange schemes, workshops and training seminars alternated between the various partner campuses
  • Joint projects and co-supervision
  • And, ultimately joint doctoral degrees

Responding to the challenge of the brain drain from Africa and to reverse the decline of science and scholarship in African higher education – particularly in the arts, humanities and social sciences - the network aims to strengthen the development of higher education in Africa.

The network focuses on creating opportunities for collaborative research and exchange among partner institutions, full-time doctoral study and, in the long term, the establishment of joint doctoral degree programmes in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

History

PANGeA was founded in 2010 by the University of Botswana, the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Makerere University (Uganda), the University of Malawi, the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Four years later, the University of Ghana and the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon joined the consortium.

The PANGeA initiative came into existence during a workshop held at Stellenbosch University for deans of faculties of arts, humanities and social sciences in November 2006. Discussions resumed in Uganda in March 2009 around the establishment of a resilient partnership between the partner universities to recruit students and staff to participate in the PANGeA network and resulted in the signing of a Letter of Intent.

A second meeting held late 2009 in Tanzania produced a draft multilateral memorandum of understanding which was negotiated by management on the partner campuses and officially signed by all partners in Stellenbosch on 12 November 2010.

21-11-2017
Third series of PANGeA-Ed workshops (Ghana)
01-06-2017
First cohort of early career fellows
01-05-2017
Second series of PANGeA-Ed workshops (Tanzania)
01-03-2017
Fifth cohort of doctoral graduates
01-12-2016
Fifth cohort of doctoral graduates
01-09-2016
Launch of PANGeA-Ed and first series of workshops
01-03-2016
Fourth cohort of doctoral graduates
01-12-2015
Fourth cohort of doctoral graduates
01-03-2015
Third cohort of doctoral graduates
01-12-2014
Third cohort of doctoral graduates
01-03-2014
Second cohort of doctoral graduates
01-12-2013
Second cohort of doctoral graduates
01-03-2013
First cohort of doctoral graduates
01-12-2012
First cohort of doctoral graduates
01-11-2010
MMoU signed by all partners in Stellenbosch
01-01-2010
First cohort of doctoral students in PANGeA scholarship programme
01-12-2009
Drafted multilateral memorandum of understanding in Tanzania
01-03-2009
Discussions resumed in Uganda and resulted in the signing of a Letter of Intent
01-11-2006
First meeting of deans of faculties of arts, humanities and social sciences in Stellenbosch

Advantages and expansion of PANGeA

Students from partner institutions are accorded in accessing places in the summer and winter schools of the African Doctoral Academy, and in the “scholarship communities” (seminars, workshops and colloquia) around approved research themes.

Similarly, staff from partner institutions are given priority in academic exchanges and in the supervision training. Partners are able to tap into and make available the expertise located in partner institutions.

To sustain the programme, expansion on the following fronts will be necessary:

  • Research themes: Consolidate and strengthen current themes and encourage partners to contribute new themes based on their particular strengths in staffing, facilities, finance and access

  • Recruitment: Recruit the best available talent including nominations of junior academics by partners, through interviews with potential candidates and consultation with referees

  • Partnerships: Recruit new partners to create wider participation and self-sufficiency in promoting the next generation of academics, professionals and leaders equipped with skills suitable to accept the challenges of Africa’s development

  • Modes of participation and joint degrees: Develop various modes of participation to suit the needs of different partners and ultimately implement several joint doctoral degree programmes between the partner institutions

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