Partner Institutions

University of Botswana

History

The University of Botswana was established in July 1982 by an Act of Parliament. The University campus consists of the two former universities (UBLS and UBS), previously referred to as the Gaborone Campus. The University is closely involved in the national development process of Botswana.

The key functions of the University are:

1. To engage in improving the quality and expanding the quantity of the human resources needed for development
2. To act as the repository of the collective knowledge and experience of the nation and the world

The University strives to fulfil its mandate through various teaching and training mechanisms.The first of these functions is fulfilled through teaching programmes offered by the University leading to the award of degrees, diplomas and certificates. The second function is carried out individually and collectively by University staff and its affiliated institutions, namely through the research and development, consultancies and information services.

The University has seven established faculties including, Business, Education, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies.

Participating faculties and departments

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities concentrates mainly on studies that specialise in deepening our understanding of what it means to be human. It is concerned with the spiritual and cultural issues that arise as the result of the processes of development and change both at local and global levels. In doing so the Departments within the Faculty place particular emphasis on people in Africa and their place within a global community. Departments in the faculty have a crucial role to play in the discovery and heritage of the societies of Africa in general and of Southern Africa and Botswana in particular.

Participating departments

• African Languages and Literacy
• English
• History
• Media Studies
• Religious Studies
• French

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the oldest faculties of the University of Botswana. It currently comprises of eight departments which offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in various fields. With over 2300 students, 180 full-time academic staff, and wide array of programs and research centres, the Faculty of Social Sciences plays a vital role in contributing to critical thinking within Africa’s social science.

Participating departments

• Political and Administration Studies
• Population Studies
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Sociology

Contact

University of Botswana
Private Bag UB 0022
Gaborone
Botswana

T: +267 355 0000

Website

http://www.ub.bw

The University of Dar Es Salaam

History

The University of Dar Es Salaam is the oldest and largest public university in Tanzania. It is situated on the western side of the city of Dar es Salaam, occupying 1 625 acres on the observation hill, 13 kilometres from the city centre. It was established on 1 July 1970, through an Act of Parliament and all the enabling legal instruments of the constituent colleges. Prior to its formal establishment, the University College, Dar es Salaam began as an affiliate college of the University of London in July 1961.

It had only one faculty at the time - the Faculty of Law, with 14 students. In 1963, it became a constituent college of the University of East Africa together with Makerere University College in Uganda and Nairobi University College in Kenya. Since 1961, the University of Dar es Salaam has grown in terms of student intake, academic units and academic programmes.

Vision

To become a reputable world-class university that is responsive to national, regional and global development needs through engagement in dynamic knowledge creation and application.

Mission

The unrelenting pursuit of scholarly and strategic research, education, training and public service directed at attainment of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development of Tanzania and the rest of Africa.

Participating college and departments

College of Arts and Humanities
The College of Arts and Humanities (CoHU), formerly known as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), was formed in 1964 second to the Faculty of Law. It was transformed into a college in April 2009, as a result of the Institutional Transformation Programme (ITP), designed to spearhead transformation in the University organizational structure in order to correspond to local and global changes and challenges.

The establishment of the College of Arts and Humanities was a significant event in the history of the University. Its foundation marks a new era of modification in teaching, research and consultancy; however, efficiency of services provided by CoHU is essential in its support of the mission and vision of the University of Dar es Salaam.

The College is made up of several units which comprise of eight departments and one training unit. These departments provide various academic programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, these units provide technical support, research and consultants services on various issues. CoHU intends to promote inter- and multi-disciplinary activities in its services in order to transform social communities.

Participating departments

• Geography
• Political Science and Public Administration
• Literature
• Foreign Languages and Linguistics
• Sociology and Anthropology
• Fine and Performing Arts

Contact

University of Dar es Salaam
Central Administration

P.O. Box 35091
Dar es Salaam

T: +255-22-2410509 I +255-22-2410628

Website

http://www.udsm.ac.tz

University of Ghana

History

The University of Ghana is the largest university in Ghana founded as the University College of the Gold Coast by Ordinance in 1948 for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research.

From its inception, the University College of the Gold Coast was admitted to the Scheme of Special Relationship extended by the University of London to certain English and overseas University Colleges. Under this scheme, the University College was allowed to teach for the external degree examinations of London University. It also allowed the College to modify the London syllabuses to suit local conditions and to take part in the setting and marking of examinations.

London University gave final approval to courses and examinations since the degrees given were those of the University of London. For thirteen years, the University College looked up to two separate institutions in Great Britain: to the Inter-Universities Council for guidance on its broad policy, and to the University of London for approval and control of details of degree regulations.

In the 1960/61 academic year, the College Council made a request to the Government of Ghana for legislation to constitute the University College into a University with the power to award its own degrees. The Government appointed an International Commission to examine the problem.

On the recommendations of that Commission, the University of Ghana was set up by an Act of Parliament in October 1961. Then President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, became the first Chancellor of the University, with Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, BLitt DPhil (Oxon), Omanhene of Essikado, as the (Interim) Vice Chancellor.

The University is poised to distinguish itself in the area of research to make an impact at national and international levels.

Vision

To become a world-class research-intensive University over the next decade.

Mission

We will create an enabling environment that makes University of Ghana increasingly relevant to national and global development through cutting-edge research as well as high quality teaching and learning.

Participating faculties and departments

The College of Humanities

The College of Humanities is the largest in terms of student numbers and the most diverse of the Colleges of the University of Ghana. Against this backdrop, the college’s vision is provide effective leadership and a collegial environment that will enhance the reputation and stature of the College through excellence in teaching and learning; in scholarship and research; and in service to and engagement with the University and the wider community. The vision falls within the overall framework of the mission and vision of the University of Ghana; to develop world-class human resource to meet global development needs and to attain world class status by 2020.

The College of Humanities is made up of six schools, three research institutes, five centres and the University of Ghana Accra City Campus. The College has 23 academic departments, over 20 000 students, 596 support staff, and nearly 450 teaching faculty who have expertise across the Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Law.

Participating departments

• Geography and Resource development
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Sociology

Contact

University of Ghana
College of Humanities
P.O. Box LG 25
Legon, Accra

T: +233 (0)302 500381

Website

http://chs.ug.edu.gh

Makerere University (Uganda)

History

Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. Established in as a technical college in 1922, Makerere University was affiliated to the University of London until 1963 when it became one of the three constituent colleges of the University of East Africa. It became an independent University in 1970 by Act of Parliament. This status continued until 2001 when the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act was enacted.

Vision

To be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa.

Mission

To provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

Participating college, schools and departments

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of five Schools, five Centers and one Institute. The Schools include: Social Sciences, Psychology, Languages, Literature and Communication, Women and Gender Studies, and Liberal and Performing Arts.

The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to create and transmit ideas, knowledge, virtues and values to students with a view to preparing them to be leaders and workers for their country in particular and the world at large.

Apart from being one of the oldest and largest in the University, the College has a reputation for excellence and a commitment to ensuring that its students are well prepared for the ever-changing job market. Aware of the global challenges, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences designed new strategies to provide its students with more favourable and marketable programs and courses. Professional programs and new subject combinations have been introduced at the undergraduate level and are now being offered. These programs provide specific knowledge, skills and attributes that graduates gain from their respective areas of study. The choice of subject combinations entirely depends on one's interests, strengths and career aspirations.

Participating schools

• Languages, Literature and Communication
• Liberal and Performing Arts
• Psychology
• Social Sciences
• Women and Gender Studies

Contact

University of Makerere
P.O. Box 7062
Kampala, Uganda

T: 0414-542803

Website

https://www.mak.ac.ug

University of Malawi

History

The University of Malawi was founded in October 1964, under the University of Malawi (Provisional Council) Act which was later replaced by the University of Malawi Act of 1974. The Act was further amended in 1998.

Teaching started in September 1965 at the newly established campus, which used to be an Asian Secondary School in Blantyre. Only 90 students had been enrolled. By 1967, the then Institute of Public Administration at Mpemba, the Soche Hill College of Education, the Polytechnic, all these in Blantyre, and Bunda College in Lilongwe were incorporated as constituent colleges of the University of Malawi.

Except Bunda College and the Polytechnic, the other colleges moved to Zomba in 1973 to form the now Chancellor College campus. Kamuzu College of Nursing became the fourth constituent college in September 1979 and the College of Medicine in Blantyre became the fifth constituent college when it was established in 1991. At present 7 371, students are enrolled in various degree, diploma and certificate programmes.

Vision

To be an academic institution providing relevant world-class education, research and services for sustainable development of Malawi and the world.

Mission

To advance knowledge, promote wisdom and understanding and provide services by engaging in teaching and research and by facilitating the dissemination, promotion, and preservation of learning responsive to the needs of Malawi and the world.

Participating college, faculties and departments

Chancellor College is the largest college of the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. The college has five faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Science and Faculty of Education.

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities has a growing number of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of academic programmes. The Faculty is a flourishing market place of ideas where our accomplished academic staff exchange their ideas with our students in a lively environment. The Faculty cultivates and refines the intellect in order to produce critical, analytical and creative thinkers and problem-solvers; sharpen a range of professional and expressive skills required in various business and cultural environments; and nurture the human character in our learners.

Participating departments

• African Languages and Linguistics
• Classics
• English
• Fine and Performing Arts
• French
• Language and Communication Skills
• Philosophy

Faculty of Social Science

The mission of the Faculty of Social Science is to contribute to the socio-economic development of Malawi and the region through teaching and learning, research and consultancy services in various social science fields. The vision of the Faculty is to be an academic centre of excellence in the field of social sciences for Malawi’s social-economic development and the region.

Participating departments

• History
• Political and Administrative Studies
• Population Studies
• Psychology
• Sociology

Contact

University of Malawi, Chancellor College
P.O Box 280
Zomba
Malawi, Central Africa

T: 01 524 222

Website

http://www.chanco.unima.mw

University of Nairobi

History

The inception of the University of Nairobi is traced back to 1956, with the establishment of the Royal Technical College, which admitted its first lot of A-level graduates for technical courses in April the same year. The Royal Technical College was transformed into the second University College in East Africa on 25 June 1961 under the name Royal College Nairobi. The College was admitted into a special relations with the University of London whereupon it immediately began preparing students in the faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering for award degrees of the University of London. Meanwhile, students in other faculties such as the Faculty of Special Professional Studies (later renamed Faculty of Commerce) and Faculty of Architecture continued to offer diplomas for qualifications of professional bodies/institutions.

In May 1964, the Royal College Nairobi was renamed University College Nairobi as a constituent college of inter-territorial, Federal University of East Africa, and henceforth the enrolled students were to study for degrees of the University of East Africa and not London as was the case before. In 1970, the University College Nairobi transformed into the first national university in Kenya and was renamed the University of Nairobi. In view of the rapid expansion and complexities in administration, the University underwent a major restructuring in 1983 resulting in decentralization of the administration, by creation of six colleges headed by principals.

Vision

To be a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence.

Mission

To provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge.

Participating college, faculty, schools and departments

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is one of the six Colleges of the University of Nairobi. The College comprises of a faculty, four schools and five institutes and a centre. CHSS is the largest College of the University with over fifty percent of the total student enrolment and staff. The College operates in several locations namely, Main, Parklands, Lower Kabete, Mombasa and Kisumu campuses and at the National Museum. The faculties, schools, institutes and centres offer a wide array of academic and research programmes. The mandate of the College is to co-ordinate the implementation of University policies and programmes in the humanities and social sciences.

The vision of the Faculty of Arts is to be a Faculty of international academic repute that is at the cutting edge of research and transmission of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. Their mission is to promote excellence in the teaching, research and publications in the humanities and social sciences, generation and dissemination of knowledge on our cultural, socio-economic, political and geographical environment, while preserving and encouraging the best in our national heritage.

Participating departments

• Communication Skills and Studies
• French
• Geography
• History
• Linguistics
• Literature
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Sociology

Contact

University of Nairobi
Faculty of Arts
P.O Box 30197-00100

Website

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke

Stellenbosch University

History

Stellenbosch University (SU) dates as far back as the 17th century, when regular school education was initiated in the town of Stellenbosch in 1685. With the start of the Theological Seminary of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1859, higher education became established in the town. In December 1863, the foundation was laid for the establishment of the Stellenbosch Gymnasium, which became a reality in 1866. Less than a decade after the establishment of the Gymnasium, in 1874, the so-called Arts Department was founded. In 1879, the decision was made to build a proper college building to create more teaching space.

The new building was inaugurated on 6 November 1886 and renamed Victoria College in 1887 in honour of Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, the 50-year celebration of her ascent to the British throne. The adoption of the University Act in 1916 by the then Union of South Africa Parliament paved the way for the establishment of a university. On 2 April 1918, Victoria College became Stellenbosch University thanks to a £100 000 donation by a local benefactor, Mr Jan Marais of Coetzenburg. Today, his statue can be seen on the Red Square on mid-campus, while his Victorian residence on Coetzenburg houses Maties Sport. By 1917, Victoria College had 503 students and 40 lecturing staff.

In the subsequent decades, the number of students and staff at Stellenbosch University has drastically increased and its academic offering has been expanded to the current ten faculties: AgriSciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law and Theology; spread over five campuses.

In 2016, 30 854 students were enrolled at Stellenbosch University with a lecturing staff complement of 1060. A total of 63 percent of students were enrolled in undergraduate programmes, 33 percent in postgraduate programmes and 4 percent as occasional students (non-degree purposes. Stellenbosch University is among South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence.

Vision

Advancing health and equality in South Africa and beyond.

Mission

• Creating and sustaining a culture of transformative learning;
• Contributing to the discovery, sharing and translation of knowledge that will promote health and development; and
• Benefiting the broader community by means of active citizenship

Participating faculty and departments

Graduate School - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The mission of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is the discovery, transfer and application of knowledge for the promotion of the human sciences, and the enrichment and enhancement of the quality of life of the people of this region, country and continent. The Faculty wishes to be a dynamic and internationally acknowledged centre of academic leadership in the Western Cape, South Africa, and the rest of Africa that:

• is considered a sought-after base for training in the humanities, in particular the Arts, Languages and Social Sciences
• provides excellent teaching and research that is relevant to the region, country and continent, and is internationally competitive
• implements innovative initiatives in community service and makes a contribution towards developing a just society,
• is accessible to all members of the South African population who qualify for university admission
• is enriched in its teaching, research and service provision by a representative staff, with an institutional culture that promotes the optimal fulfilment of human potential and characterised by a participative, empowering ethos that exploits language and cultural differences as an asset

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has 18 departments that represent three broad disciplinary groups, namely Arts, Languages and Social Sciences, and has 10 centres.

Participating departments

• African Languages
• Afrikaans and Dutch
• Ancient Studies
• Drama
• English
• General Linguistics
• Geography and Environmental Studies
• History
• Journalism
• Modern Foreign Languages (French, German)
• Music
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Sociology and Social Anthropology
• Visual Arts

Contact

Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1
Matieland, 7602
South Africa

T: +27 21 808 9111

Website

http://www.sun.ac.za

University of Yaoundé I

History

The University of Yaoundé I (Université de Yaoundé I) is a public university in Cameroon, located in the capital Yaoundé. It was formed in 1993 following a university reform which split the country's oldest university, the University of Yaoundé, into two separate entities; the University of Yaoundé I and the University of Yaoundé II.

The University is divided into three faculties:

1. Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines)
2. Faculty of Sciences (Faculté des Sciences)
3. Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (Faculé de Médecine et de Sciences Biomédicales)

The institution is spread over several campuses, the main one being the campus of Ngoa-Ekelle.

Participating faculty and departments

Faculty of Arts, Letters and Human Sciences

The Faculty of Arts, Letters and Human Sciences (FALSH) is a public institution of the University of Yaounde I. Formerly called Faculty of Arts and Humanities, it owes its current name to a university reform in 1993. The university reform decrees 93/027 and 93/036 of 19 January 1993 the President of the Republic respectively with common provisions for state universities and the administrative and academic organization of the University of Yaounde I, assigned to the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Human Sciences the following missions:

• Search
• The practice and development of bilingualism;
• Teaching through the transmission of knowledge;
• The support to the development and the social and cultural promotion.

At the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, Arts teaching allows learners to have an aesthetic vision of the world that must continually be improved by well-trained visionary for a better life of men in society. As to the teaching of languages, it is a communication tool of choice worldwide. Who masters the language can feel no stranger either can become an indispensable intermediary between populations of different origins. Finally, humanities constitute the human crucible that conserve and national heritage, as well as regional and global mastery of human societies.

Participating departments

• Department of German
• English Department
• Department of Anthropology
• Department of History
• Department of African Languages and Linguistics
• Department of Bilingual Letters
• Department of African Literature and Civilization
• Department of Modern French Letters
• Department of Philosophy
• Department of Psychology
• Department of Language Sciences
• Department of Sociology

Contact

University of Yaoundé I
P.O. Box 837
Yaounde
Cameroon
T: (237) 222 22 13 20

Website

http://www.uy1.uninet.cm