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About the intra-ACP academic mobility scheme


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:

  • higher education institutions to set up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from different countries within the ACP regions;
  • individual students, researchers and university staff to spend a study / research / teaching period in the context of one of the above mentioned cooperation partnerships;

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:

  • provide access to higher education for students including those from disadvantaged groups;
  • contribute to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation, and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions;
  • enhance the international cooperation capacity of HEIs in ACP countries;
  • enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another country;
  • enhance, in the medium-term, the political, cultural, educational and economical links between the participating countries.

Geographical windows

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.

Programme management

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).

Last update: 12/12/2013  Print | Top of page