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Terms of reference

Role of The Members of the Working Gruop for the project Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa

  • Assist in the overall elaboration of the project framework, determining the most appropriate (possible) countries to select, the key questions upon which to focus the comparative study, the rationale to use for identifying the specific English and French speaking African university programmes which to include and the kind of information that should be gathered;
  • Advise IAU on the best manner to conduct the study with participating universities (selection of African HEIs or open call for proposal; detailed questionnaire sent to all or interviews by consultant, etc.), and what would be, in addition to analytical and comparative reports, other, most useful outcomes of the project;
  • Provide suggestions with regard to disciplinary focus, specific aspects of Doctoral programmes to consider, experts to contact;
  • Identify and share previously undertaken studies and research this area to inform the IAU project;
  • Advise on any similar project currently underway in other parts of the world or in Africa so that IAU can liaise with project leaders;
  • Help identify experts to act as consultants in the project and/or partner organizations that might be interested in contributing to the overall IAU project;
  • Review and comment on reports elaborated by participating institutions and take part, as appropriate, in meetings/group discussions/Seminars organised by IAU.

Members of the Working Group


  • Ernest Aryeetey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Members (in alphabetical order)

  • Abdul Ambali, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

  • Judy Backhouse, Associate Professor in Information Systems, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Gilles Breton, Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

  • Julie Brittain, Director of Programmes, Deputy Executive-Director, INASP, UK

  • John Ddumba-Ssentamu, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

  • Etienne Ehile, Secretary-General, Association of African Universities (AAU), Ghana

  • Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University, New York, USA

  • Phyllis Freeman, JD, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA; Co-Editor, Journal of Public Health Policy

  • Nadja Gmelch, Project Manager, Association of Catalan Public Universities (ACUP), Barcelona, Spain

  • Inger Lundgren, Research Advisor, Division for Research Cooperation, Dep. for Global Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Sweden

  • Goolam Mohamedbhai, Former Secretary-General AAU, Former President IAU, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius

  • Olive Mugenda, Vice-Chancellor, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, PhD Coordinator, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

  • Patricia Pol, Policy Advisor for European and International Affairs, Agence d’évaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement supérieur (AERES), Former VP International, Université Paris 12 - Val de Marne, France - Université Paris 12

  • Morshidi Sirat, Expert, University Sains Malaysia, Minden, Malaysia

  • Julie Stackhouse, Research Manager, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), UK

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