MOUNAF is a partnership of 6 African Universities in Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa co-ordinated by Moulay Ismail University (UMI) in Morocco. The members of the partnership are Jimma University (JU), Ethiopia, University of Limpopo (UL), South Africa, Kisangani University (UNIKIS), DR Congo, Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique and Cadi Ayyad University (UCAM), Morocco. These African partner Universities have been selected from geographically, linguistically and economically different parts of Africa, yet each with specific expertise, capacity and experience in international cooperation and activities, which can be complementary in the consortium, so they can provide models of support services and procedures, carry out staff trainings and contribute to the project in terms of transfer of knowledge and experience for the purpose of implementation of all our specific goals.
Université MOULAY ISMAIL (UMI) founded in 1989, is one of the public multidisciplinary higher education and research institutions in Morocco with around 60.500 students, 910 academics and researchers and 606 staff. It has 9 Faculties & schools and 223 Research Units located in 3 towns (Meknes, Errachidia, Khenifra). In recent years, UMI has been involved in several projects, namely Erasmus+ and Erasmus Mundus (25 European programs of mobility). Today, internationalisation of the academic and research offer of UMI is the main objective of the coming decade, allowed actually by hosting international students and the involvement in high-level international research projects (H2020, joint international projects). The public-private partnership is one of UMI’s strategic pillars, allowing the creation of strong and active links with the private sector at regional, national and international levels. More information can be found on the website of Université MOULAY ISMAIL.
Hasselt University (UHasselt) is an innovative university which has a pronounced international orientation. Founded in 1971, it is the youngest university in Belgium and it is situated in the heart of Europe, within a stone’s throw of cities such as Brussels, Aachen, Paris and London. Hasselt University stands for excellence in education, top research in spearhead fields and active commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall objective is to combine academic excellence with economic and social relevance. This is reflected by its ranking amongst the 4% best institutions worldwide in U-Multirank 2017. Furthermore, Hasselt University is ranked in the top 500 of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, and as number 15 in the Times Higher Education Best Small Universities Ranking. Hasselt University has an extensive international network and actively participates in a variety of EU and international research and education projects. The university has an international office with a lot of experience in international projects and also has a longstanding tradition in the follow-up of inter-institutional university development cooperation projects, funded by the Flemish Government (VLIR-UOS). Within the MOUNAF project, Hasselt University is the EU technical partner, which means that it will not host or send students, but will provide support in the management of the project and in the organisation and implementation of the mobilities.More information can be found on the website of Hasselt University or you can watch the UHasselt video.
Jimma University (JU) is a public higher educational institution established in December 1999 by the amalgamation of Jimma College of Agriculture (founded in 1952) and Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (established in 1983). Jimma University is located 352 km Southwest of Addis Ababa at Jimma town with an area of 409 hectares. Currently it is the second largest University in Ethiopia next to Addis Ababa University. The University is formed by Higher Education Proclamation No. 4/1995 and council of ministries regulation charter no. 63/1999 to produce qualified and skilled man power for different sectors of development and services in the country. JU aspires to be one of the premier universities in Africa and renowned in the world by 2025. It has four campuses, namely Jimma University main campus, Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, College of Business and Economics and KitoFurdisa (Jimma University Institute of Technology) and the fifth Campus called Agaro campus is under construction 45 Km away from Jimma. Colleges like Social Sciences and Humanities, Law and Governance, Natural sciences and Education and Behavioral Sciences and The Jimma Institute of Health are located in the main campus. Jimma University Teaching and Referral Hospital, one of the biggest in the country and serving more than fifteen Million people in the South western part of the country, is also situated in the main Campus. Currently the University enrolls more than 43,000 students in fifty seven under graduate and 137 post graduate programs in various disciplines. It employs 1500 academic, 3500 administrative and 270 health professional staff members exerting their efforts to realizing its mission of becoming“the leading Public Higher Education Institution in the country, renowned in Africa and recognized in the world.” It has almost realized its leading position in the country by standing first from among all Public Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia for the five successive years. The University is known for its Community Based Educational (CBE) philosophy. The CBE promotes community based and problem oriented education, multidisciplinary training and integrated training, research and service. It is aimed at about palpable change in the community through active community participation and inter sect oral collaboration. Moreover it helps to strengthen partnerships and linkages with local, national and international institutions for the purpose of rendering high quality training, applied research and services. The University has entered in to partnership agreements with wide range of academic and research institutions across the globe with whom several research and developmental projects have been carried out. It foresees several other collaboration and experience sharing forums with institutions in the south and the north to improve its research management capacity, teaching and learning process and community services. www.ju.edu.et
University of Limpopo (UL) was established as a result of the merger between the former University of the North and the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) on January 1st 2005. Historically, the University of the North was established in 1959 under the apartheid regime´s separate ethnically-based institutions of higher learning policy. MEDUNSA was established in 1976 to provide tertiary education and training facilities to the educationally disadvantaged fields of Medicine, Allied Health and Nursing Sciences, and Dentistry intended to meet the health needs of the country. The merger led to the configuration of the academic structures, establishment of single governance and management structures. These configurations resulted in the University establishing four Faculties, namely, Health Sciences, Humanities, Management and Law as well as Science and Agriculture. The University has boasted an average of 22,000 student population since this transformative process. Though the University has previously operated under the Standard Institutional Statute, its own statute was promulgated by the Higher Education and Training Minister on 23 August 2010. Following nine years of the merger, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, on 26 May 2011, raised an intention to separate the MEDUNSA Campus from the competency of the University of Limpopo. As of 1 January 2015, UL became a standalone institution following the completion of the unbundling process with the MEDUNSA Campus which has now been incorporated into a new university, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. The decision to unbundle the MEDUNSA Campus from UL is an attempt to increase the number of higher education and training institutions in the country. The UL Campus is situated to the north-west of Pretoria in Mankweng about 30km east of Polokwane. Its grounds extend over some 350 ha adjoining the Ga-Rankuwa Township and are easily accessible by roads and rail. Regular bus and taxi services operate between Pretoria and Dr George Mukhari Hospital as well as between Mabopane and Medunsa. The University nestles in the foothills of the Hwiti (Wolkberg range) in Mankweng, midway between Polokwane and the spectacular splendour of Magoebaskloof. UL is an African university established in South Africa which offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has ample links with relevant development actors in the country in general and the Limpopo Province in particular. Moreover, UL involved in a number of international collaborative projects including Erasmus Mundus mobility programme (EUROOSA) with European and South African universities, Belgian funded VLIR-UOS programs, etc. For more information please visit the university official website:www.ul.ac.za .
Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) is the oldest public institution of higher education in Mozambique, it was founded on August 21, 1962. Currently, it has 11 faculties, 6 schools (4 in other provinces of Mozambique) and 14 research centers. As a comprehensive and multidisciplinary institution it is based on training, research and extension services and operates aiming to enhance the human knowledge development in Mozambique. Nowadays, this institution is in the process of implementing its new vision to be national, regional and international reference university in the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as innovation, highlighting research as the foundation of teaching and learning processes, extension and outreach activities and new mission, which is to produce and disseminate scientific knowledge and promote innovation through research, extension and outreach activities, while imparting humanistic values onto generations to face contemporary development challenges of the society, aiming at last to promote economic growth and poverty alleviation in Mozambique. On the cooperation sphere, it has more than 700 agreements with partners at the local and international level, and have been embracing the Mobility as one of the strategic pillars through the implementation of mobility projects of students, academic and non-academic staff. More information can be found on the website of Eduardo Mondlane University or you can watch the Eduardo Mondlane video.
UNIKIS, University of Kisangani (UNIKIS) is located in the city of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was founded in 1963 by Protestant missionaries as the University of the Congo (French: Université libre du Congo, ULC); it was transformed into part of the National University of Zaire in 1971, and in 1981 was separated from that National University, along with the University of Kinshasa and the University of Lubumbashi, assuming its present identity as the University of Kisangani. UNIKIS is a fast-growing university which recently build its strategy on developing mobility programs and is considerably willing to promote the internationalisation of its staff and mobility. The MOUNAF project constitutes for UNIKIS an opportunity to make it come real with participating to ingoing and outgoing mobility. For more information please visit: www.unikis.ac.cd .
Cadi Ayyad University (UCA) was founded in 1978. It consists of 14 Faculties and Schools that cover all the scientific, technical, economic, legal, medical, and social sciences. UCAM is present in 4 cities: Marrakech, Safi, Essaouira and Kelaa Sraghna. The University has about 85,000 students, 1400 teachers and researchers, administrative 850 and more than 600 foreign students from 50 nationalities. UCA maintains over 500 partnership relations with foreign universities and participates in many international cooperation programs in the context of European and international funding. Internationalization openness is one of the strengths of Cadi Ayyad University like attest the number of signed agreement with partners around the world and the participation on various cooperation programs. For more information please visit the Cadi Ayyad University Website: www.uca.ma.