Supported by the IHEA Foundation – Italian Higher Education with Africa
MISSION AND CONTEXT
Africa’s role is central in global policies and will become increasingly strategic along the strengthening of national economies and the population growth. Global challenges have proven to be complex and multidisciplinary, sometimes unpredictable as experienced in 2020. In this context, academic training and scientific research play a primary role as they can enhance change via innovation and knowledge.
The mission of this Specializing Master course is to support African Universities by contributing to upgrading their staff and nurturing a qualified generation of skilled young researchers and lecturers.
The specific objective, is threefold:
– to increase the attendants’ knowledge about the global challenges of sustainable development and clarify the implications for the Continent
– to provide the attendants with tools to pursue research and education actions in this field and being able to transfer their knowledge within their home University
– to enforce the partnership between the attendants’ home Universities and Italian Universities
The Specializing Master aims to strengthen transversal knowledge on issues in line with the Agenda 2030 and the Agenda 2063.
It is designed around 6 didactic modules (1 intro module, 2 transversal modules, 3 technical modules).
The overall objective is to nurture a qualified generation of skilled young researchers and lecturers on two main issues:
teaching innovation projects and sustainability.
The course includes the assignment of a project work to be carried out in groups. This will allow the attendants to apply the knowledge acquired within the modules by writing a research proposal on a topic of interest for their home University or by designing the programme and the syllabus for a new teaching course aligned with the Specializing Master topics.
From February 2022 to February 2023
The course is designed as a combination of distance learning (online using the Microsoft Teams platform) and lessons in person held in Politecnico di Milano and Addis Abeba (subject to the evolution of the sanitary emergence).
The course is designed for young talents with an academic perspective: young lecturers and junior researchers. Ethiopian Universities will assist the IHEA Foundation in the selection of a highly qualified candidates
1st level Specializing Master Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Cultural Heritage: Empowering Higher Education in Africa
The Specializing Master will be taught via online classes. The didactic modules will be scheduled during selected weeks, from Mondays to Fridays for 2/3 hours per day and on Saturdays for 5/6 hours. Weekly workload is designed to allow the candidates to continue their other research and teaching commitments
*Didactic in presence will be organized as soon as the sanitary emergency will be managed
July 5th, 2021
September 5th, 2021
September 8th, 2021
Start of the selection phase
February 7th, 2022
Start of the didactic activities
Module 2: Project Research Management – Innovative Teaching | March 14th – April 30th, 2022
Module 3: Sustainable Food | May 9th – June 11th, 2022
Module 4: Energy Resources, Power Technologies, Energy Scenarios and Planning | June 14th – July 23rd, 2022
Module 5: Cultural Heritage | September 26th – October 22th, 2022
Module 6: One Health: introduction to system thinking, Health and Sustainable Lifestyle, Pollution and Health| November 8th – November 12th, 2022
Project Work: November 15th, 2022 – February 15th, 2023
Sustainable development and the Africa challenge
The introductory module focuses on the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs implementation in Africa. The analysis of the progress towards these SDGs on the Continent – with special attention to the management of natural resources and cultural heritage – will be carried out by adopting a retrospective and a prospective approach, investigating the causes of unsustainability in specific cases.
The overall objective of this module is to frame the issue of Sustainable Food into a more general framework of development economics. The lectures will provide an introduction to agrifood systems and rural development in LDCs.
The module examines different aspects of cultural heritage in Africa focusing on: the legal framework and wide-ranging actions of the main international UN-based actors working in Africa; the role and functions of preventive archaeology; the relationships between cultural heritage, local communities and society; digital humanities.