International Projects

Academics without Borders

Academics Without Borders’ (AWB) mission is to support capacity development in tertiary education in developing countries, so these countries can educate their own experts and professionals necessary for their development. The University of Alberta is a member of AWB.

AWB carries out its mission by supporting projects in institutions of higher education in developing countries, by working with talented and committed people there, who are initiating and sustaining institutional growth and change. It does this by sending academic volunteers to support these local initiatives.  


    Volunteer Opportunity: Support AWB's Strengthening Engineering Education and Research Program

    AWB seeks volunteers to assist with the development and online delivery of our Strengthening Engineering Education and Research (SEER) training program.

    The SEER Program aims to enhance engineering research capacity in low-resource settings of Africa and other developing regions by training early-stage university faculty members in partnership with local universities.

    AWB is looking for 4 or 5 volunteers to fill one or more of the following roles:

    Workshop Instructor: Develop teaching materials in specific topic areas and teach these on a periodic basis via online sessions. Different instructors will cover particular topics over the course of each workshop.

    Research Advisor: Interact directly (online) with 1-2 SEER trainee teams during and after the workshop period. Activities will include advising teams on the range of activities from identifying potential research questions, exploring research strategies and preparing a research proposal to research implementation, data analysis, and dissemination of results, including preparation of a manuscript for publication.

    For the foreseeable future, this will be a virtual program with its components delivered online. The role may involve working visits once travel restrictions are lifted.

    Applicants should be university or college engineering or applied science professors and/or other engineering professionals (working or retired) who are experienced in engineering research and teaching, including curriculum development. Doctorate in engineering or applied science along with extensive research experience is preferred. Those with a master’s degree and extensive research experience may also be considered.

    Application deadline: September 15, 2020

    If you would like to participate, please contact: 
    Dan Fredrick
    University of Alberta International
    dan.fredrick@ualberta.ca
    (780)248-1260

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