In 1996 USHEPiA was initiated for the purpose of building institutional and human capacity in African universities, and promoting collaboration amongst African researchers in the generation and dissemination of knowledge.
UCT was successful in raising funds from the international community for post-graduate fellowships available to academic staff at the partner universities, in the form of split-site PhD (and a few Masters) degrees, where Fellows work on topics of local or regional concern jointly supervised by academics at their home university and UCT.
Partners: Universities of Botswana, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Makerere University, and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
THE NEW USHEPiA:
At a USHEPiA Vice Chancellors Board Meeting, the members decided the USHEPiA model is invaluable to abandon and opted to self-fund the programme in the light of the donors shifting focus to sponsor contemporary academic initiatives and opting not to renew funding,
Partners: University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Ghana, Ghana; Makerere University, Uganda; University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Zambia, Zambia
- Since inception 83 full degree fellowships were awarded.
- Generated 11 Cohorts.
- 56 degrees conferred.
THE STATUS OF COHORTS:
- Cohorts Science & Engineering 1996, 1998 and 2004.
- Cohort Humanities & Social Science 1997, 2000, 2004.
- Cohort FS 2003.
- Cohort Science and Engineering 2002 .
- Cohort Humanities & Social Sciences 2006.
- USHEPiA Cohort 2010
- USHEPiA Cohort 2013
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