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AERC Joint Facility for Electives Ends Successfully in Nairobi

The 2017 Collaborative Master’s Programme (CMAP) and Collaborative PhD (CPP) Joint Facility for Electives (JFE) has ended successfully at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) in Nairobi, Kenya. The venue was just about 15 kilometres from the Nairobi city centre. The programme was officially opened on July 4, 2017 by Prof. Lemma W. Senbet, AERC Executive Director, who reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to equip Africa’s young economic researchers’ capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into the problems pertinent to the management of African economies.


 There were 63 CMAP students and 22 CPP students – giving a total student population of 85 from 12 African nationalities on the two programmes managed by the AERC. This is usually the largest gathering of graduate students from across the sub Saharan Africa. The CPP programme had 44% female participation, this was the highest in the programme so far, and it was a significant improvement over the 28% female enrolment in 2016. For CMAP, 45% were female, a significant improvement from the 38% female enrolment in 2016.

 Furthermore 20 highly qualified lecturers and professors, majority of them of African nationalities participated in the teaching of CMAP and CPP courses at the facility. One of the training strategies for AERC is to ensure that the programmes’ high standards are maintained through managing the JFE, a residential programme that serves both CMAP and the CPP as part of its collaborative graduate programmes. The JFE presents high quality elective courses that are generally beyond the existing capacity of the participating universities.

 The bringing together of students and lecturers of different nationalities in one facility allows the formation of networks among African scholars that become extremely valuable long after the students have completed their studies. This is an African Union of its own kind because when the students leave the facility; they have made an ever-lasting academic and social relationship with their colleagues from other parts of Africa. Moreover, bringing students together in one common location in a mutually enriching environment has the advantage of nurturing pan-African spirit with long-lasting relationships that continue beyond the JFE.

 The JFE is an annual 14 to 16-week residential programme where Masters and PhD students are taught a wide range of elective courses. The electives are taught by highly qualified teaching faculty drawn from Africa and beyond. The idea is to ensure that the programmes’ high principles are upheld, as well as to bring students together in a mutually enriching atmosphere.

 To participate in the JFE, students must have successfully completed the core courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods) at their respective universities as a precondition. After the JFE, students return to their institutions for comprehensive exams (PhD students only) and thesis research (for both Master’s and PhD students). AERC is the executing agency responsible for resource mobilization, logistics and contractual arrangements. 



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