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UDI-A: University Development and Innovation - AFRICA

Goal: https://online.unl.pt/udi-africa/

The UDI-A project wants to empower HEI from partner countries to play an effective impacting role in fostering sustainable and inclusive development in their region and country. African partners will play this role by helping their students to connect with local economic activity and local social processes in a way that these students will either create new value chains or help to enhance the existing ones.

UDI-A project aims to enhance the quality of teaching and research at four African universities (in Angola and Mozambique) in selected areas, where there is a lack of qualified teachers and a high demand for graduates. In both countries, the project counts one big established university in the capital city and one smaller institution in a province.

Each of the African universities will work in pairs with one European partner (TWIN). Academic staff at the African institutions will be trained both in terms of scientific content and teaching methodologies. Administrative staff will be trained in international affairs, student placement and entrepreneurship. The Consortium will organise collective training activities with an emphasis on soft skills development, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Each African partner will select 16 academics and 4 administrators (CHAMPIONS and JUNIORS) to take part in the training and other project activities. As from the 4th and final semester the activities will be open to other staff members and students as well.

The two year project will result in 4 x 20 staff members, internationally networked and trained to provide state-of-the-art higher education and services in their respective areas.

In parallel to the training, these teams will build or renew at each of the four African institutions a 'Centre for Academic Development and Innovation' (CADIs). The CADIs will provide the infrastructure and framework conditions to help promote and ensure continued networking and training for more cohorts of staff beyond the project lifetime.

Date: 15 October 2017 - 15 April 2020

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Open access Papers, Presentations, Reports, Posters, Newslatters, Vídeos and Testimonials of UDI-Africa are available at:
 
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Videos and written testimonials of the Target Groups of the Project UDI-Africa:
Champions, Juniors, Staff, Students and leaders of the Partner Country Universities at
 
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A look back at the most important events in UDI-Africa!
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UDI-AFRICA Infographics
 
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The UDI-A project wants to empower HEI from partner countries to play an effective impacting role in fostering sustainable and inclusive development in their region and country. African partners will play this role by helping their students to connect with local economic activity and local social processes in a way that these students will either create new value chains or help to enhance the existing ones. UDI-A project aims to enhance the quality of teaching and research at four African universities (in Angola and Mozambique) in selected areas, where there is a lack of qualified teachers and a high demand for graduates. In both countries, the project counts one big established university in the capital city and one smaller institution in a province. Each of the African universities will work in pairs with one European partner (TWIN). Academic staff at the African institutions will be trained both in terms of scientific content and teaching methodologies. Administrative staff will be trained in international affairs, student placement and entrepreneurship. The Consortium will organise collective training activities with an emphasis on soft skills development, social innovation and entrepreneurship. Each African partner will select 16 academics and 4 administrators (CHAMPIONS and JUNIORS) to take part in the training and other project activities. As from the 4th and final semester the activities will be open to other staff members and students as well. The two year project will result in 4 x 20 staff members, internationally networked and trained to provide state-ofthe- art higher education and services in their respective areas. In parallel to the training, these teams will build or renew at each of the four African institutions a 'Centre for Academic Development and Innovation' (CADIs). The CADIs will provide the infrastructure and framework conditions to help promote and ensure continued networking and training for more cohorts of staff beyond the project lifetime
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Angola e Moçambique enfrentam os desafios de populações muito jovens em rápido crescimento, mas em grande parte com baixo nível de escolaridade. Ambos os países são ricos em recursos naturais, mas as cadeias de criação de valor têm vindo a ser amplamente subcontratadas. Estes países têm sérios problemas sociais em relação a qualificações de recursos humanos, economia informal, justiça social e consciência cívica. A motivação fundamental para o Projeto University Development and Innovation-Africa / UDI-África é fazer o reforço de capacidades em quatro universidades angolanas e moçambicanas, para desempenharem um papel de impacto efetivo na promoção do desenvolvimento sustentável e inclusivo na sua região e país. Isso será alcançado através de formação para a inovação de professores que ajudarão os alunos a contactarem com a atividade económica e os processos sociais locais, de modo a poderem criar novas cadeias de valor ou ajudarem a melhorar as existentes. Palavras-chave: Cooperação África-Europa, Desenvolvimento Académico, Empreendedorismo Social, Erasmus+, Inovação, Mobilidade
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For all the publications produced within the framework of the UDI-Africa Project the following disclaimer is applied:  “The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”
 
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Check the reports of the high representatives on the impact of UDI-Africa in the Partner African Universities (Universidade Katyavalla Bwila, Universidade de Lúrio, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane e Universidade Agostinho Neto.
 
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CENTRO DE INVESTIGAÇÃO, DESENVOLVIMENTO E INOVAÇÃO UNIVERSITÁRIA (CIDIU) /Universidade Katyavalla Bwila
Este Manual foi concebido para dar apoio aos alunos do Curso de Empreendedorismo Social e Inovação.
This Handbook was conceived by the CIDIU team to support the Course on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Parabéns /Congratulations!
Great Job!
 
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The Dissemination Plan aims to provide the whole partnership with information and responsibilities on the communication activities related to the project. The structure showsthe objectives, the target groups and the means of communication proposed to implement the activities. The Dissemination Plan sets up information channels to ensure efficient communication between the project management, coordinator and partners of the project. It lists the ways in which the outcomes of the project have been disseminated to partners and key stakeholders. The strategy suggests communication tools geared to both partners and audience, including regular updates on the project progress and work with the key stakeholders and media. All the dissemination activities aimed at reaching the target groups in the best way, and involving as many as beneficiaries as possible for all the project duration and beyond. The main language of communication in UDI-Africa was English, but whenever possible or necessary Portuguese was also used. https://online.unl.pt/udi-africa/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/UDI-A-DisseminationPLan14apr.pdf
1. Introdução O Projeto Universidade Desenvolvimento e Inovação-África (UDI-África) foi financiado pela União Europeia (UE) em 2017, em resposta a um concurso do Programa Erasmus+ para o reforço das capacidades no domínio do ensino superior. O UDI-África inclui quatro universidades de Angola e Moçambique, universidades da Bélgica, Holanda, Portugal e Reino Unido, além da Fundação Europeia para o Desenvolvimento da Gestão (EFMD), numa parceria coordenada pela Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA). O projeto visa melhorar a qualidade do ensino nas instituições africanas, facilitando resposta mais eficaz aos desafios socioeconómicos locais. A estratégia UDI-África enquadra-se no âmbito dos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS) da Agenda 2030 da Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU) (United Nations, 2019). Este artigo visa apresentar o projeto UDI-África, os seus principais objetivos, atores e progressos. Apresentamos também uma análise crítica do impacto local e social do projeto na primeira metade da sua implementação. No que se segue, a introdução descreve os propósitos gerais do desenvolvimento sustentável, explicando como este projeto aborda alguns dos ODS, e os implementa no contexto da relação entre as instituições Europeias e Africanas. 1.1. Desenvolvimento Sustentável O Desenvolvimento Sustentável deve responder às necessidades atuais sem comprometer as gerações futuras. Isto requer esforços concertados para a construção de uma sociedade inclusiva e adaptável. Em 2016, os 17 ODS da ONU entraram em vigor. Os ODS são uma chamada universal à ação para acabar com a pobreza, proteger o planeta e garantir que todas as pessoas usufruam de paz e prosperidade (United Nations, 2019).
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Background: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 focuses on North/South partnerships for sustainable development. Literature on research partnerships and capacity -building often neglects how these processes are carried out in practice, their social impacts and participants' subjective experiences. Recognizing the increasingly global dimensions of Higher Education Institutions, the University Development and Innovation - Africa project (UDI-A) was designed to train lecturers and administrative staff of Angolan and Mozambican Universities through collaborations with European institutions, aiming at strengthening African academic and social landscapes through knowledge translation and dissemination. This paper examines potential outcomes of UDI-A on participants' academic pathways, investigating the conflict between different imaginaries of capacity-building and partnerships, focusing on how Angolan and Mozambican health sciences researchers experience international collaborations. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven health academics, as well as a focus group discussion involving all participants. These were recorded, fully transcribed, anonymized and coded to identify common themes. A consent form was signed by all participants. Results and discussion: UDI-A was considered innovative, fostering the improvement of pedagogical skills and increasing social entrepreneurship activities. Participants arrived with a specific institutional mandate and believed that the training received should be incorporated into institutional practices to "modernize" these specific Portuguese speaking African Universities and the health sector. The institutional mechanisms put in place to attain this goal, Centres for Academic Development and Innovation ("CADIs"), were considered potential research and development hubs and drivers of academic and societal transformation. Nevertheless, participants shared a sense of asymmetry (infrastructural, financial, in terms of access to information) between them and European trainers. Although this asymmetry was the underlying basis of this capacity-building project, they argued that UDI-A did not fully acknowledge their local contexts, compromising the prospective development of partnerships in the health field. Conclusions: More attention should be devoted to understanding how participants experience capacity building processes, integrating the diversity of their aspirations and perceptions into subsequent phases of the project, requiring the development of methodological innovations to increase the impact of these programs.
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2nd  International Conference entitled:
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: the role of the Centres for Academic Development in Higher Education Institutions (IES).
The event will take place on November 5-6, 2019, in the Main Campus of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM).
Those interested in participating must send an extended abstract to conferencia.udia2019@uem.ac.mz
The Conference program is available at:
 
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This paper analyzes capacity building in practice, addressing the expectations, imaginaries and experiences of health researchers from Mozambique and Angola. The empirical data stems from the Erasmus+ funded project “Uni-versity Development and Innovation – Africa (UDI-A)”, a consortium established between European and African institutions to promote the mobility and empowerment of African academics, the establishment of North/South research partnerships and the strengthening of African institutions. Through qualitative research methods – semi-structured interviews and a focus group with African participants, and participant observation – this article analyzes the experiences of African academics working in the health field, their perceptions of capacity building and aspirations during their stay in Portugal in 2018. By addressing some of their concerns and achievements, this paper reflects on the performativity of capacity building methodologies, exploring a wide range of issues that emerge within the framework of North/South partnerships, inquiring whether it would be possible to decolonize capacity-building methodologies
O projeto “University Development and Innovation – Africa (UDI-A)” é um consórcio liderado pela Universidade NOVA de Lisboa em parceria com instituições académicas europeias e africanas e que visa melhorar o currículo académico e científico de quatro Universidades – duas em Angola e duas em Moçambique - e capacitá-las para o empreendedorismo social. Este artigo visa compreender as experiências, motivações e críticas dos académicos africanos (designados como Champions), valorizando as vozes dos participantes do Sul Global, cujas narrativas são frequentemente ignoradas pela literatura sobre capacitação e parcerias. Os dados apresentados neste artigo foram recolhidos entre março e abril de 2018 através de metodologias e técnicas qualitativas (participação observante, entrevistas semi estruturadas, um grupo focal e análise documental) de recolha de dados junto de todos os Champions associados ao setor da saúde. As entrevistas e grupo focal foram transcritos na íntegra e foi realizada uma análise de conteúdo temática das transcrições. Os resultados indicam que as motivações iniciais dos Champions estão relacionadas com a combinação das áreas da investigação, docência e empreendedorismo, mas também a possibilidade de se estabelecerem parcerias e projetos de intervenção comunitária. Em termos da experiência, o contacto com metodologias de ensino inovadoras foi reconhecido pelos Champions como uma mais valia. Na conclusão são apresentadas algumas propostas para a reconfiguração dos exercícios de capacitação.
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Resumo: Angola e Moçambique enfrentam os desafios de populações muito jovens em rápido crescimento, mas em grande parte com baixo nível de escolaridade. Ambos os países são ricos em recursos naturais, mas as cadeias de criação de valor têm vindo a ser amplamente subcontratadas. Estes países têm sérios problemas sociais em relação a qualificações de recursos humanos, economia informal, justiça social e consciência cívica. A motivação fundamental para o Projeto University Development and Innovation-Africa / UDI-África é fazer o reforço de capacidades em quatro universidades angolanas e moçambicanas, para desempenharem um papel de impacto efetivo na promoção do desenvolvimento sustentável e inclusivo na sua região e país. Isso será alcançado através de formação para a inovação de professores que ajudarão os alunos a contactarem com a atividade económica e os processos sociais locais, de modo a poderem criar novas cadeias de valor ou ajudarem a melhorar as existentes. Palavras-chave: Cooperação África-Europa, Desenvolvimento Académico, Empreendedorismo Social, Erasmus+, Inovação, Mobilidade
How an African/European partnership designed and implemented capacity building activities to improve the impact of the African universities on their communities. Abstract: UDI-Africa is a EU-funded project that supports two universities from Mozambique and two from Angola in their efforts to address the social and economic challenges of their regions. The project provides capacity-building activities for staff and faculty and set up 4 local Centres of Academic Development and Innovation. These centers coordinate a number of local developmmental activities which have brought an impressive social and economic impact on the local communities. The session will discuss the most effective ways to implement capacity building in a developing environment. It will also illustrate the challenges of maintaining a transcontinental cooperation while remaining focused on local impact. Learning Objectives: 1. Understand capacity building for impact from theory to practice. 2. Understand the process of developing and sustaining an international project while remaining focused on local impact.
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The UDI-A project wants to empower HEI from partner countries to play an effective impacting role in fostering sustainable and inclusive development in their region and country. African partners will play this role by helping their students to connect with local economic activity and local social processes in a way that these students will either create new value chains or help to enhance the existing ones.
UDI-A project aims to enhance the quality of teaching and research at four African universities (in Angola and Mozambique) in selected areas, where there is a lack of qualified teachers and a high demand for graduates. In both countries, the project counts one big established university in the capital city and one smaller institution in a province.
Each of the African universities will work in pairs with one European partner (TWIN). Academic staff at the African institutions will be trained both in terms of scientific content and teaching methodologies. Administrative staff will be trained in international affairs, student placement and entrepreneurship. The Consortium will organise collective training activities with an emphasis on soft skills development, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Each African partner will select 16 academics and 4 administrators (CHAMPIONS and JUNIORS) to take part in the training and other project activities. As from the 4th and final semester the activities will be open to other staff members and students as well.
The two year project will result in 4 x 20 staff members, internationally networked and trained to provide state-of-the-art higher education and services in their respective areas.
In parallel to the training, these teams will build or renew at each of the four African institutions a 'Centre for Academic Development and Innovation' (CADIs). The CADIs will provide the infrastructure and framework conditions to help promote and ensure continued networking and training for more cohorts of staff beyond the project lifetime.