We seek to promote mutual knowledge sharing and capacity development to embed new modes of global-Africa research cooperation among the next generation of scholars and academic leaders. Fostering the University’s active involvement in Africa-led research capacity strengthening initiatives (such as CARTA and PASET-RSIF), curating bespoke bilateral exchange schemes, and connecting like-minded colleagues whose work addresses collective global issues are 3 broad strands of this work.
PARC is exploring opportunities for UoB collaboration in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), and in the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (PASET-RSIF) initiative. We have continued to pursue collaboration with these key Africa-led research capacity strengthening initiatives for the purpose, ultimately, of engaging the next generation of scholars on the rationales for and approaches to a transformation in Africa-global North research relations and their roles in nurturing such a shift.
Upon request from PASET-RSIF we have finalised plans for a joint workshop in Spring 2022, focused on exploring the spectrum of approaches to partnerships in PhD training. We have moreover progressed plans for a more formal UoB-RSIF partnership centred on the hosting of ‘sandwich’ PhD guest students. This would provide an important opportunity for mutual learning around transformed partnerships among RSIF and UoB postgraduate students. Similarly, discussions with CARTA have focused on where and how we might work together to engage postgraduate students on the rationale and approaches for a transformation in Africa research and partnerships.