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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) together with your contribution.
The deadline for sending the final version of your contribution is 25 June 2017.
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.
- Adonaï da Matha Sant'Anna - Université Catholique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest - Benin
- Nigel Yoven ARMOOGUM - University of Mauritius - Mauritius
- Stellina Cynthia ANDRIATIANA - University of Antananarivo - Madagascar
- Caroline Wambui MAINA - Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT - Kenya
- 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
- 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
- Daniel Tchikoko VINDOSE - Katyavala Bwila University - Angola
- Robert Farayi NYABAWA - Botho University - Botswana