GERMANY-AFRICA: Funding for masters students

Germany's Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, is providing funding of CFA46 million (US$94,000) for bursaries for African masters students, reported Sudonline of Dakar.

The funding, for the 2010-11 university year, is being made available under a partnership between DAAD and CESAG, the African Centre of Advanced Management Studies.

Through the programme Postgraduate Training and Research in African Regional Networks or Centres of Excellence, Germany will contribute to developing the skills of future African managers, said Le Soleil , also of Dakar.

DAAD maintains about 15 partnerships with higher education and research institutions under its regional African network of centres of excellence. Beneficiaries of the programme are young Africans who want to follow postgraduate studies outside their own country. They submit applications directly to the centres, and DAAD selects those who will receive a bursary.

DAAD is the biggest institution promoting international exchanges of students and scientists in the world. Set up in 1925 it has supported 1.5 million individuals in and outside Germany, and has 14 offices abroad, 50 information centres and 500 'assistantships', reported the two publications.

Two institutions in Senegal joined DAAD's network of excellence three years ago: Dakar-based CESAG and CERAAS, the Regional Centre of Studies for Drought Alleviation and Adaptation, located in Thiès.