Délégation de ParisTech au College of Architecture and Engineering de l'Université de Nairobi (juillet 2019)
@ParisTech - Florence Lelait
On 16th July, the Erasmus+ Agency announced the recipients of the latest round of funding awarded under the International Credit Mobility (ICM) scheme. The ParisTech schools, represented by MINES ParisTech, have secured funding to finance mobility projects with the University of Nairobi.
In 2019, five of the ParisTech schools (AgroParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Institut d’Optique and MINES ParisTech) were selected as beneficiaries of the “Support for the Development of French Higher Education in Africa” (ADESFA) programme, allowing them to explore partnerships with the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and with two universities in Ghana – the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST, Kumasi) and the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT, Tarkwa). Since then, the schools have made two trips to Africa, and in February, ParisTech had the honour of hosting a group of delegates from the University of Nairobi.
With a view to extending this exploratory phase and allowing staff and students from the two countries to get to know each other better and start working together, the ParisTech schools joined forces and applied for European funding under the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) scheme.
On 16th July, to their delight, the schools learned that their application had been successful. The funding will allow them to finance several types of exchange over the next three years, including doctoral research placements in the laboratories of the ParisTech schools, student work placements or periods of study abroad, and overseas training exchanges and teaching assignments for administrative and academic staff.
The ParisTech schools and the University of Nairobi are now going to be busy making arrangements so that the first exchanges can take place as soon as the current travel restrictions relating to the pandemic have been lifted.