The intra-ACP academic mobility scheme promotes cooperation between higher education institutions (HEIs) and supports mobility in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) regions. The programme aims to increase access to quality education that will encourage and enable ACP students to undertake postgraduate studies, and to promote student retention in the region along with mobility of staff (academic and administrative), while increasing the competitiveness and attractiveness of the institutions themselves.
The intra-ACP academic mobility scheme provides support to:
This programme builds on the African Union’s Mwalimu Nyerere programme for Africa, granting additional funding, and setting up a similar scheme for the Caribbean and Pacific regions. It is funded through the European Development Fund (EDF).
The intra-ACP academic mobility scheme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education to:
Cooperation between HEIs and mobility of students (at masters and doctoral level) and staff will take place within:
- Lot 1 – the African component of the intra-ACP academic mobility scheme - which aims to support and fully expand the Mwalimu Nyerere Scholarship Scheme of the African Union Commission (AUC);
- Lot 2 - the Caribbean and Pacific component of the intra-ACP academic mobility scheme - that will facilitate academic mobility within and between these two regions.
The European Commission, in partnership with ACP Secretariat, oversees the management of the intra-ACP academic mobility scheme. It manages the budget and sets priorities, targets and criteria for the Programme. Furthermore, it guides and monitors the general implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the Programme.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), with the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) will be in charge of the implementation and follow-up this programme (phase one). Measures will be put in place by the AUC and by the relevant Caribbean and Pacific bodies to strengthen their internal capacity with the aim of transferring the management of this programme to them (phase two).