Is the COVID-19 pandemy affecting ASAF activities?
Partly. ASAF services such as member registration and communication via email (firstname.lastname@example.org for general information, email@example.com for specific questions regarding membership, and firstname.lastname@example.org for content related questions) are maintained.
However, ASAF will follow the health recommendations of the European Commission. This means that, until green light is given, no events with physical presence will take place.
You can find the European Commission’s response to the COVID-19 pandemy here:
What is ASAF?
ASAF is a platform offering opportunities for exchange, collaboration and capacity building to African beneficiaries of international mobility scholarships funded by the European Union and supported by the African Union.
Which are the objectives of ASAF?
- contribute to the political dialogue between the African Union and the European Union, in particular in the framework of the Africa-EU Partnership and the Africa-EU Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs
- contribute to Africa’s sustainable development through our proactiveness and our students’ and alumni’s skills and resources
- strengthen young people’s networking, innovation, participatory and leadership skills and skills for employability
- enhance student and alumni participation in the educational processes, strengthening links between higher education and the labour market
- promote dialogue and networking among stakeholder associations on issues of common concern
- “giving back”: make others aware of the international mobility opportunities which we have enjoyed and help them to do the same
Why join ASAF?
ASAF offers you a platform to
- network: developing and becoming part of a Pan-African community spread across the whole continent gives you huge opportunities to interact with different people, to learn about different countries and cultures, and to make your own country and culture better known across the continent; to learn from others and let others learn from you, to exchange good tips and practices
- develop, implement and promote innovative projects for the benefit of young people, students and staff – in particular for improving skills and competences and building stakeholders’ capacities
- take part in training activities to improve your skills and know-how
- be part of a dialogue with policy makers on the modernisation of African higher education to better respond to today’s and tomorrow’s skills and labour market needs, and on the internationalisation and the harmonisation of higher education in Africa
- help stakeholders and decision makers from Africa and the European Union to furtherdevelop international mobility programmes and boost their impact
- proactively harness opportunities for community engagement and contributing to societal progress
- help to strengthen Africa’s common identity
What are the membership criteria?
Members of ASAF are individuals of African origin who have taken or are currently taking part in one of the following international mobility schemes:
- Erasmus+ short-term International Credit Mobility,
- Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees,
- Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme,
- Intra Africa Academic Mobility Scheme,
- African Union’s Nyerere Scholarship and Academic Mobility Programme (only if the scholarship holder is currently taking part or has taken part in an international mobility scheme).
In addition, there is an understanding that members have no economic or political benefits intended towards ASAF and that every member accepts the ASAF mission and principles.
How to volunteer and participate in ASAF’s work?
Become a member and you can become involved in one of the task forces, work on the development of ASAF and help establish action plans for the specific task forces. Alternatively, volunteer and organize your own project/event by applying for the ASAF projects (more information will be provided soon). Share your expertise and knowledge and discuss current and relevant issues with other stakeholders! There are numerous great opportunities to become engaged within ASAF.
How to become a member of ASAF?
An individual can become a member of ASAF by filling in the online application form (https://community.asaf.africa/application). When all requirements have been met and the eligibility has been checked the applicant will be accepted as a member.
Do I have to pay to be a member?
No, you do not have to pay to become part of ASAF.
As a member of ASAF do I get compensated or remunerated?
No, ASAF is based on volunteer work and benefits from its engaged members. As a member you will get reimbursed for your expenses such as public transport to an event, visa costs, additional meals during travel and other costs such as accommodation, meals or travel will be covered by the Contractor for you when you take part in any official ASAF events. Please see the point: “Why join ASAF?” to understand what benefits you would receive by being part of ASAF.
What kind of programmes/projects does ASAF focus on?
ASAF focuses on programmes/projects that improve the quality of higher education and research capacities within Africa and can help national modernization efforts in the area of higher education. The focus is on cooperation and support between African universities as well as between African and EU universities, promoting and facilitating two-way mobility flows within Africa as well as between Africa and the European Union. Another aim of these projects is to involve young people through workshops, panel discussions and other activities to raise awareness of the African students’ needs.
Who is ASAF supported by?
ASAF is funded by the Pan-African Programme of the European Union and implemented under the joint steering of the European Commission and of the African Union Commission. A Contractor, which is a consortium of the companies Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V., wiminno, Insitut für Höhere Studien and MOSAIC, has been appointed to support ASAF’s setup concerning logistics, content, IT-issues and surveys etc.
Where does ASAF have a representative office?
ASAF does not have a representative office. The Contractor holds an office that can be best compared to a representative’s office and may act on ASAF’s behalf for the time being.
Does ASAF have a mentoring programme?
No, ASAF does not have its own mentoring programme at the moment.
How does ASAF help its members find jobs?
ASAF provides a platform for a variety of informative events about career opportunities and professional development.
Does ASAF provide any job search facilities?
No, ASAF does not have its own job search facility at the moment.
Does ASAF have any local activities in my city, country or region?
ASAF will conduct activities all over Africa and will empower its members to do so. Four regional kick-off workshops were already held in Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, and Ethiopia in November and December 2019. Other activities may include career fairs and local projects. More information will soon be provided in the ASAF online Community and on Facebook:
How can I purpose local projects in my city, country, or region?
Registered members of ASAF later on can organise their own activities through the „ASAF local Projects“ programme. More information on upcoming calls for local projects will soon be provided on the ASAF website.
What scholarships does the EU offer?
In addition to national scholarship schemes, the EU offers a plethora of opportunities to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad. Have a look at these pages to find ideas on scholarships with the Erasmus+ Programme ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/planning-studies/scholarships-costs_en: https://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/planning-studies/scholarships-costs_en
...with the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/intra-africa_en
...or with the Nyerere Scholarship and Academic Mobility Programme implemented by the African Union: https://www.edu-au.org/programs/nyerere-scholarship-program
Are there any scholarship opportunities for PhD studies?
EC Scholarships for PhD studies are available under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. The number of applicants accepted per PhD programme and programme deadlines depend on the field of study, usually called a "project". More information about the Marie Curie Actions programme and other European PhD scholarships and fellowships can be found on the Euraxess website: www.euraxess.de/jobs/funding/phd-fellowship-marie-sk%C5%82odowska-curie-itn-european-training-network-inspire-development.