Rhodes University has been awarded an EU Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme grant to lead a five-year multi-partner project – the African Water Resources Mobility Network (AWaRMN) within the Institute for Water Research (IWR). “Given that water underpins development, and in the context of COVID-19, water is needed to maintain basic hygiene and sanitation, the AWaRMN partnership is well positioned to build capacity across the African continent for sustainable water resources management and to share experiences” said the partnership coordinator Dr Nelson Odume.
Apart from the Institute for Water Research at Rhodes University, the other partner institutions are the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria; Makerere University, Uganda; The National Higher School of Hydraulics, Algeria; University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Delft University of Technology as the technical partner.
AWaRMN invites students from across the African continent who are suitably qualified and outstanding candidates for full-time study in any of the doctoral academic mobility scholarship programmes of the African Water Resource Mobility Network (AWaRMN).
According to IWR Large Grants Manager, Zenobia Louw, students can apply to any of the higher education partner institutions, including Rhodes University.
“Students who are nationals of an African Union member state and resident in Africa at the time of application are eligible to apply. There are two groups of students who will be considered for this mobility scheme. The first is students who have been registered and/or admitted in or have obtained a degree from one of the higher education institutions included in the partnership. The second group comprises students who have been registered and/or admitted in or have obtained a degree from a higher education institution established in Africa that is not included in the partnership,” explained Louw.
“Rhodes University will be benefitting from this by building capacity, furthering its research ties with other African higher education institutions. It will assist in solving African challenges whilst aiming to achieve the water-related Sustainability Development Goals set by the United Nations. We are the leading institution for this particular scheme and as a partner institution, Rhodes University students will have the opportunity to study at other partner African higher education institutions. This will broaden and build their research networks,” said Louw.
To apply, or see if you qualify, please visit https://www.ru.ac.za/intra-africa-awarmn/