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 Opportunities at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia 

In partnership with AWB, Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia is seeking volunteers for the following three opportunities.

1. STRENGTHEN QUALIFICATIONS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE FACULTY MEMBERS THROUGH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION

The volunteers will support the faculty to supervise eight (8) PhD in Political Science candidates and mentor the supervisory committees regarding best practices in graduate supervision.

We are looking for 4-8 volunteers for this project.

Deadline: January 6, 2020

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2. LEAD AN INTENSIVE PROGRAM ON RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION SKILLS IN THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

The volunteer will work to enhance the faculty members’ knowledge of research design and analysis and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

We are looking for 1 volunteer for this project.

Applicants should have a PhD in one of the Social Sciences, Education, or a related discipline and a significant publication record in their field.

Deadline: January 6, 2020

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3. SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

The volunteer will assist the faculty in the development of a strategic plan and an accompanying implementation strategy for its future direction. Specifically, the volunteer will provide training to the faculty management on strategic planning in academic settings and support them to ensure the collection and provision of all necessary information and documents; the organization of stakeholder meetings; the development of instruments for data collection and data analysis; and the compilation of the draft strategic plan and implementation strategy for presentation to the faculty and university community.

We are looking for 1 volunteer for this project.

Deadline: January 6, 2020

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

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


Volunteer Opportunities at Injibara University in Ethiopia 

In partnership with AWB, Injibara University in Ethiopia is seeking volunteers for the following two opportunities:

1. DEVELOPMENT OF DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS OF FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS

The volunteer will assist the faculty to increase the use of ICT in education delivery by integrating ICT into the curriculum. Initially, the volunteer will work with faculty members to conduct a situational analysis, including a review of the existing curriculum, to understand the current use of ICT throughout the institution and provide recommendations to increase the digital literacy of the faculty, staff, and students.

Deadline: January 6, 2020

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2. DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPONENT FOR ALL PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY

The volunteer will assist with the development of entrepreneurship component to be integrated into all programs institution wide. Initially, the volunteer will work with Injibara University faculty to conduct a situational analysis of the current curriculum offerings and regional entrepreneurship opportunities.

Deadline: January 6, 2020

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

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


Volunteer Opportunity in Kenya

In partnership with AWB, Meru University of Science and Technology is seeking a volunteer to assist in the development of an MSc in Medical Physics program.

The volunteer will support the faculty to develop the curriculum for the new program and will lead faculty workshops necessary for the development of the curriculum. In addition, following its approval, the volunteer will assist by co-teaching components of the program during its first year.

One volunteer is being sought for this project.

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

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

The deadline for applications is December 5, 2019.

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AWB Open Call for Proposals 

You are invited to submit a proposal introducing a capacity-building project in an institution of higher education in the developing world to AWB. Your proposal must conform with AWB’s mission and operating principles and be in countries in which AWB works (see the full proposal application details).

With new funding from Mastercard Foundation, AWB is poised to ramp up the number of projects. Thus, AWB will be able to approve a greater number of strong proposals in this call than would otherwise have been the case.

 
An AWB project is a collaboration between AWB and the partner institution in the developing world that involves AWB volunteers. This collaboration begins with this proposal and continues to the conclusion and evaluation of the project.
 
AWB is engaged with the partner institution and volunteer in all stages of the project design, selection, implementation and evaluation.This call for project proposals is designed to build on established relationships between you and your colleagues at an institution of higher education in a developing country. The existing knowledge, networks, and trust between you and the people with whom you have worked contributes to sustainable change. 


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

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

The deadline for applications is November 8, 2019.

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