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.

Stories about previous UAlberta-AWB Projects


Call for Project Proposals

This call for project proposals is limited to the member institutions of the AWB Network of Canadian universities and colleges, which includes UAlberta. 

Current or recently-retired UAlberta faculty and staff are invited to submit a proposal introducing a capacity-building project in an institution of higher education in the developing world to AWB.

Given the uncertainties regarding international travel during the course of the pandemic, in this call for project proposals, we will prioritize submissions that can be implemented in whole or in part online.

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).

It is important to understand that even though these proposals arise through this call for project proposals the resulting projects are partnerships between AWB and the developing world institution. Should you act as a volunteer on the project you propose, you would do so under the auspices of AWB. Although the AWB Network institution has no formal role in the project, benefit often accrues to the institution by virtue of the volunteer’s participation and through unanticipated relationships that are formed during the course of the activities.

Deadline: March 8, 2021

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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Virtual Volunteer Opportunity: AWB Program for Graduate Employment Readiness

AWB is seeking volunteers to assist with the implementation of an employment readiness program in partnership with the European School of Management (ESMT) in Germany and Strathmore University in Kenya.

ESMT’s Industry Immersion Program strengthens the employability of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math graduates, by providing a hands-on, supplementary business curriculum to those who seek a career in African industry or business. The program offers a mixture of academic and practical learning and skills development (including an internship), which helps participants to transition from a scientific environment to an applied industry setting.

Volunteers will work with the program leads to learn all aspects of the content and delivery of the Industry Immersion Program. They will also collaborate with and advise local staff at Strathmore University (Kenya) as the program is delivered in the summer of 2021. This will prepare the volunteers to provide future mentorship to local faculty and staff as the program is implemented at other institutions.

2-3 volunteers are being sought to fill each of the roles of academic tutor mentors and program manager mentors.

Applicants should be senior level university or college faculty and staff (working or retired). Applicants with experience working in academic settings in low and middle-income countries are especially encouraged to apply.

In addition, Academic Tutor Mentor volunteers should have broad knowledge and experience in business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Program Manager Mentor volunteers should have demonstrated experience in program management in any discipline.

Application deadline: March 12, 2021

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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Virtual Volunteer Opportunity: Support Implementation of an Institutional Environmental Policy

In partnership with AWB, the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is seeking a volunteer to support implementation of its new institutional environmental policy.

AIMS is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for post-graduate training, research, and public engagement in the mathematical sciences.

The environmental policy for AIMS, developed with the support of an AWB volunteer, was recently approved by the AIMS Board of Directors. AIMS now seeks the assistance of an AWB volunteer to mentor the Institute’s senior program leads on the implementation phase of the environmental policy.

The volunteer will work remotely with the program leads at AIMS and the designated policy champions at the individual centres across the institution. Together, they will develop an implementation strategy for the policy and the content of an online workshop which will be delivered to AIMS senior management, administration, faculty and students.

One volunteer is being sought for this project.

Ideally, we are seeking an environmental policy specialist who has previous professional experience in leading institutional change and environmental policy implementation in post-secondary institutions or international organizations. Candidates with policy development and facilitating institutional-wide change in areas other than environmental policy are also invited to apply.

Application deadline: April 30, 2021

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

Learn more (PDF)