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 with Bahir Dar University School of Law, Ethiopia 

    Bahir Dar University School of Law recently launched a doctoral program in law to meet the increasing demand for qualified legal professionals and educators with advanced research skills.

    In order to mount its programs with limited internal resources, the School of Law has successfully built on existing and new collaborative arrangements with other universities in Ethiopia and internationally, and these have already yielded results.

    Gaps remain, however, in some specialized areas of teaching in the program.

    This AWB volunteer opportunity involves teaching a course: Contemporary Issues in International Human Rights Law and Criminal Justice.   

    The course will be delivered in the future by Bahir Dar University faculty and, thus, the AWB volunteer will be expected to play a substantive role in working closely with Bahir Dar University colleagues to refine the course content and to develop more detailed course objectives, learning outcomes and assessment methods, and reading materials.

    One volunteer is being sought for this project.

    Applicants should have a PhD in Law or Philosophy (with a specialization in legal philosophy). They must have the rank of Associate Professor or equivalent and a minimum of five years of teaching and research experience along with experience supervising graduate students. 

    Application deadline: April 6, 2020


    If you would like to participate, please contact: 
    Dan Fredrick

    University of Alberta International
    dan.fredrick@ualberta.ca
    (780)248-1260 

    Learn more (PDF)


    Volunteer Opportunity with the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda

    In partnership with AWB, the University of Global Health Equity is seeking a volunteer to act as an interim director of the University’s Educational Development & Quality Center and to mentor the local faculty who have been identified to lead the Center.

    The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is committed to the improvement of teaching and learning and to the promotion of leadership in educational excellence at UGHE and across Rwanda, particularly in global health, health sciences, and medical education.

    The Educational Development and Quality Center is a new centre designed to ensure faculty and student success at the institution through various means, including providing teaching and learning support, professional development, monitoring and evaluating programs and curricula, and conducting research on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. A strategic plan for the Center is currently being developed with the assistance of an AWB volunteer.

    One volunteer is being sought for this project.

    Applicants should have a master’s degree in Education, Quality Assurance, Teaching and Learning, or related disciplines and associated experience. Applicants with experience in current approaches to pedagogy, student learning, and quality assurance in medical education are encouraged to apply.

    Application deadline: April 8, 2020


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

    Learn more (PDF)