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The Student Voice in African Harmonization Process in Higher Education (Student Voice for short)

The active involvement of students in the Harmonization process in higher education in Africa is essential for the transformation and enhancement of learning and for the mission of the institutions within which they learn.

The participative student voice is integral to the realization of effective student centred learning. In the Harmonisation with Tuning, a Pan African, multi-disciplinary project supported by the African Union Commission and the European Commission, student representatives are involved in contributing to the success and outcomes of the project. They attend the twice yearly Tuning general meetings, between meetings they work with other students on project objectives and key themes such as the main competences required to enter to University.  For each Tuning general meeting up to 16 students are selected for sponsorship to cover the cost of attendance. These students participate in their subject group and contribute the student perspective to discussions about the implementation process. Each meeting provides an opportunity to review and develop the role of students in the project.

Which students can participate and how do they join

There are eight subject areas involving 105 Higher Education Institutions distributed throughout Africa. Normally an institution is associated with only one of the eight subjects and has nominated a member of academic staff in that subject to represent the institution in the Tuning project. Among other objectives the project involves the designing or re-designing of a degree in the subject. Each    phase of the project recruits a balanced cohort of students, taking into account considerations of equality and geographical inclusion.The selected students should all be studying in one of the Project subject areas, on a degree programme at the same level as the one which is either being  designed or re-designed by the subject area group. The longer term objective is to establish student subject area groups in all the regions and universities.

What will the students do?


The student groups are briefed on the development of the project and invited to contribute fully to the on-going discussion of issues. Students from each country are expected to consult widely among their peers, prepare one contribution for their subject area and send it by mail to mortiz@deusto.es together with the student’s details on the table included in this call. The contributions from this phase of the project will be presented at the plenary project meeting in Brussels, in November 2017.

All selected contributions will be made available on the Tuning Africa website.

How will the students be selected to attend the Tuning Africa II general meetings

Student travel grants awarded on a merit basis.
The criteria for selection includes:
- timely completion of work required for the contribution sent to Tuning Africa project coordination; 
- respect for the guidelines;
- quality of the contribution assessed by experts

What each Subject Area Group member needs to do:

1. Launch the Call for student volunteers.
2. Meet the volunteers to clarify the processes and explain how to register on the Tuning Africa Students’ Call
3. Provide appropriate logistical support.

Guidelines for the Students

Guided by the European Union and the African Union and, managed by the Tuning Academy, 105 partner universities from 41 African countries are working, either on revising existing higher education programmes or creating new (often joint) Bachelor and Master degree programmes so that they are genuinely outcome and ‘student centred’. To realise the outcome ‘student centred’ objectives the project is committed to securing effective student representation in each subject area group so that as members of the groups the student voice contributes to the discussion.

We invite you to be one of these students and bring your fellow students’ voices into the higher education harmonization discussions in Africa.

By participating you will
- ensure that the voice of students from your institution and country contribute  to university reform ;
- participate in a potentially transformational Pan-African initiative  - the African Harmonization process;
- gain experience of national and international networking, working in inter, multi,-cultural teams;
- produce creative, innovative reports for presention by selected students at international seminars;
- enhance your CV;
- have fun.
Participation will contribute to developing of a wide range of graduate competences that future employers will appreciate, including:

● Self confidence, entrepreneurial spirit and skills.
● Commitment to preserve and to add value to the African identity and cultural heritage
● Professionalism, ethical values and commitment to UBUNTU (respect for the well being and dignity of fellow human beings).
● Leadership, management and teamwork skills.
● Capacity to use innovative and appropriate technologies.
● Communication and interpersonal skills.
● Capacity for critical evaluation and self awareness.
● Ability to evaluate, review and enhance quality.
● Ability to work in an intra and intercultural and/or international context.
● Ability to communicate effectively in official/ national and local language.
● Ability for creative and innovative thinking.

What questions to explore at institutional level

In this Call we focus on social needs and admission competences to University. For that purpose, your contribution should be focused on two main topics:

1) Needs in your country: think of the needs of your country:
- what type of people your country needs would be?
- what should be their values, attitudes towards life, work and society?
- what skills and capacities do they need?
- what knowledge do they need to help your country develop?

2) Entrance to University: name 4 characteristics that you consider essential for a person who starts a university degree programme in order to come as close as possible – by the end of their university studies – to the type of person your country needs. For each of these characteristics (competences, attitudes, dispositions, capacities, skills, etc.), explain why.  In what ways did your pre University education prepare you for University study and what competences do you wish that you had acquired before starting at University?

Prepare a 3-minute video, upload it to the Youtube and send us the link together with your name, surname, country where you study, university where you study, year of studies and your degree programme.

The students can be asked and can answer in any of these languages: English, French or Portuguese. Note: The language of instruction during the meeting in Brussels will be English.



To be able to join the Call, please send the following information to María Ortiz-Coronado (mortiz@deusto.es) together with your contribution.


Format of your contribution

  1. Format of your contribution
The contribution must be in a video format, and each student should upload it to the Youtube and send to mortiz@deusto.es the link together with name, surname, country, university, year of studies and degree programme. You will need to send the contribution (in English, French or Portuguese). The video must be maximum 3 minutes.


The deadline for sending the final version of your contribution is 25 June 2017.

  1. What next?

All contributions from selected students will be uploaded to the Tuning Africa II website. All students who satisfy the criteria will be considered eligible for sponsorship to attend the 5th Tuning Africa general meeting (Brussels, November 2017) to present their group’s findings. The award of a sponsored travel grant will be based on merit applying the criteria indicated above. A maximum of 2 sponsorships can be awarded per subject area.  In order to secure the widest representation only one student per university will be sponsored.

Fifth General Meeting Brussels (Belgium) 13 -15 November 2017




Fourth General Meeting Johannesburg (South Africa), 3 - 5 April 2017



Contribution of selected students


Third General Meeting Accra (Ghana), 17 - 19 october 2016


  • List of students selected to participate in Tuning Africa II Third general meeting 

            List of students

  • Contribution of selected students

           Agricultural Sciences

            - Adonaï da Matha Sant'Anna - Université Catholique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest - Benin

            - Nigel Yoven   ARMOOGUM - University of Mauritius - Mauritius

           Applied geology

            - Stellina Cynthia  ANDRIATIANA - University of Antananarivo - Madagascar

            - Caroline Wambui  MAINA - Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT - Kenya

          Civil Engineering

            - Elizabeth Nyarkoa  OSEI - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology - Ghana

            - Jacob Kout Daniel  DOMKOC - Juba University - South Sudan


            - Tsepang Juliet  KHUMALO - National University of Lesotho (NUL) - Lesotho

            - Jacob  Ogari BIYOGO - Masinde Muliro University of Sciences and Technology - Kenya

          Higher Education Management

            - Chidiebere Isaac  OSOUJI - Nnamdi Azikiwe University - Nigeria

            - Novel FOLABIT LENA - University of Yaounde II - Cameroon

          Mechanical Egineering

            - Mohamed Abdelbassir Khalil  ATTIA - Cairo University - Egypt

            - Eyuel   Abate LEMMA - Jimma University - Ethiopia


            - Omnia Sayed Saadeldin Awadallan  OTHMAN - Suez Canal University - Egypt

            - Marie Claire   WANGARI - University of Nairobi - Kenya

          Teacher Education

            - Daniel Tchikoko  VINDOSE - Katyavala Bwila University - Angola

            - Robert Farayi NYABAWA - Botho University - Botswana