What has been done so far?
The Joint Africa-EU Strategy and first Action Plan (2008-2010) emphasised the importance of cooperation in higher education to increase the mobility of students and staff, and develop a harmonised education system in Africa.
The Nyerere Programme was established in autumn 2010 to fund exchanges of 250 postgraduate students between participating African universities. In 2011, the EU’s intra-ACP scheme was launched to build on the work of the Nyerere Programme, granting additional funding and setting up similar schemes in the Caribbean and Pacific. The aim of the scheme is to establish cooperation partnerships between universities from different countries in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific region and increase mobility for students, researchers and university staff.
The Pan-African University (PAU) was also launched in 2011 as a network of African universities. Three of the five regional hubs have already been established in Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria. Supported by the African Union, this network aims to provide opportunities for advanced graduate training and postgraduate research to high-performing African students.
In the field of education, the Joint Africa-EU Strategy Action Plan 2011-2013 continued to prioritise supporting the mobility of students and teachers, and the creation of a harmonised African education system.
Waht are the next steps?
The fourth and fifth regional hubs of the PAU are expected to be established in Algeria (2014) and the southern Africa region (2015).
In addition to higher education, the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership also promotes basic education through cooperation under the Africa-EU Strategic partnership on the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs). The targets of the MDG must be met by 2015.