28 June 2023#13
afrika Platform

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela


Universities launch Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence

At their recent summit in Brussels, the Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (The Guild) - of which Ghent University is a proud member - have launched seventeen research clusters that aim to transform the nature of collaborative research, foregrounding equity as a precondition for excellent and impactful research to address our common societal challenges.

Book publication: Rebellious Riots

Two UGent colleagues from the Conflict Research Group, Sam Kniknie and Karen Büscher, edited a book with scholars from all over Africa on the relation between war and popular protest across urban and rural geographies.

Is violent conflict in Africa urbanizing? How do urban protests and civil war intersect? How do narratives, mechanisms and identities of contention move between urban and rural arenas? These questions constitute the basis of investigation and analysis of this unique cross-disciplinary volume.

Lecture by colleague from the Coast General Provincial Hospital in Mombasa: Impact of geography on pathology - 29/6/2023

On 29 June, Dr. Kishor Mandaliya will present on the impact of “geography on pathology”, explaining how geographical, cultural and social particularities co-define expertise in this field of medicine.

His presentation will be succeeded by an interactive discussion with the audience on the possibilities and obstacles for international collaboration. A small reception will be provided after the meeting.

Seasonal School: The climate, migration and health nexus: mechanisms of mitigation, adaptation & loss and damage - registration deadline extended to 21/8/2023

CliMigHealth is organizing a transdisciplinary course on the climate-migration-health nexus. Topics cover understanding the nexus linkages and mechanisms, exploring innovative solutions, and examining governance factors and implications.

Seize the opportunity to enhance your critical thinking and expertise on this highly relevant topic for our society and future world. Interact and network with fellow doctoral researchers, CliMigHealth network partners, and partnering universities’ in-house experts.

Evénement final sur les femmes entrepreneures - Slotevent female entrepreneurship - 8/9/2023

Hoe ervaren onderneemsters met een diverse herkomst het ondernemerschap in België? Hoe steunt hun netwerk hen? Straalt hun herkomst af in hun type onderneming? Op die vragen zocht en vond het onderzoeksteam van Arteveldehogeschool a.d.h.v. uitgebreide gesprekken met 31 onderneemsters én 5 ondersteunende organisaties het antwoord.

Seminar: Linguistic diversity in our education system - 19/9/2023

When Flanders was still ranking high in international quality studies such as PISA and PIRLS, there was already great concern about the great inequality of educational opportunities in Flanders. Today, this inequality is now accompanied by serious concerns about the declining quality of education. Once again, linguistic diversity is in the eye of the storm. But what is linguistic diversity? Is it a cause of educational inequality? Of declining educational quality? Does linguistic diversity offer opportunities?

We invite you to our seminar, based on joint research between Ghent University and the University of the Western Cape. International researchers will shed light on our challenges, followed by a panel discussion with policy makers, practitioners and young researchers.

IOM Survey: Understanding People's Motivations and Behaviors to Send Money to Countries of Origin

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Belgium and Luxembourg is conducting a study on the motivations and behaviors of people sending or bringing money to their country of origin. This survey, within the framework of IOM’s O-REMIT project, is intended to collect information on the profile of remitters, their motivations to send or bring money (remittances), the use of this money in the country of origin and the factors that influence the choice of remittance method.

So, are you residing in Belgium and sending money to your country (countries) of origin? Do you want to contribute to lowering the costs of remittances, so you can send more money to your country of origin? Then we count on your participation!

Ecole Supérieure des Industries du Textile et de l’Habillement (ESITH) in Casablanca receives EUR-ACE label

One of Ghent University's strong partners in Morocco, ESITH (Ecole Supérieure des Industries du Textile et de l’Habillement), a HEI based in Casablanca, received a landmark achievement in its development by being the first Moroccan Engineering School to be awarded the EUR-ACE label by the CTI-Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs, the French Engineering Accreditation Committee.

This accreditation covers two engineering programs: Industrial Management and Informatics and Systems Management.



Call for applications for the Insecure Livelihoods Fellowship - focus on Congo - deadline for applications: 9/7/2023

A call for applications for the Insecure Livelihoods Fellowship (ILF) is open in the framework of the research project "Conflict Analysis in Eastern DRC" funded by GIZ through its ProPaix II project.

The ILF fellowship programme will provide eight researchers based in Congo with a monthly grant for six months from September 2023, as well as a budget to carry out their research project, a mentoring programme provided by experienced researchers and three multi-day retreats consisting of several workshops.

New EU calls on democracy and human rights in Senegal, DRC, Guinea

A number of EU calls were recently launched within the democracy and human rights programme for Congo, Guinea and Senegal.

Internationaliseringsinitiatieven Oost-Vlaamse kennisinstellingen - projectoproep 2023 - deadline: 30/9/2023

De provincie Oost-Vlaanderen hecht veel belang aan de internationaliseringsinitiatieven van de kennisinstellingen en geeft deze al meerdere jaren een duwtje in de rug.

Bij deze oproep komen volgende activiteiten in aanmerking voor financiering:

  • Internationale docentenmobiliteit
  • Internationalisation@home
  • De uitbouw van gemeenschappelijke curricula
  • Gezamenlijk onderzoek uitvoeren, waar mogelijk met economische finaliteit
  • Het leggen en/of onderhouden van contacten

Projecten kunnen tot € 5.000 per deelnemende Oost-Vlaamse kennisinstelling krijgen.



Launch GAP Short Stay Research Fellowships 2023 - application deadline: 1/10/2023

The Africa Platform of Ghent University Association is proud to launch this year's call for applications for visiting fellows. These Africa Platform fellowships are aimed at postdoctoral researchers who are affiliated with an African higher education or research institution.

The fellowships consist of a grant of € 1000 + flight ticket for a minimum stay of two weeks, which is meant to cover (or contribute towards) travel and accommodation costs and living expenses.
The fellowships can be taken up at any time in 2024.

GAPSYM16: Knowledge production, research ethics and authorship in African contexts

This 16th multi-disciplinary conference of the AUGent Africa Platform will be co-organized by the University of the Western Cape. It hopes to showcase how scientists, policy makers, engineers, artists, writers, opinion makers and educators reflect on the highly topical subject of knowledge production and authorship in Africa.

This conference will explicitly be a platform to engage on this topic, also beyond the academia, including the organization of writeshops, round tables and seminars to rethink existing paradigms on the position African research takes in scholarly production.


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