Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  And Social Sciences :

Federalism and Governance

Name of the HEI offering the course: Addis Ababa University (AAU)

Type of academic programme: Doctorate

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Federalism and Governance

Duration in each case (in semesters): Two Semesters or one years of course work (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months) with the second and third years left for PhD research proposal development and conducting the research. With strong justifications this is extendable for one or two semesters.

Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 24 – Maximum 27 hours

Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

This program is related to the thematic area of Governance and Social Sciences since the general objectives of the above PhD programme is to produce high level human power for institutional management and leadership with skills to undertake scientific research and development interventions. These programmes impart sets of knowledge, skills and competences that if shared through academic mobility shall enhance the contribution of HEIs in sustainable development of the African continent and its regions in leadership, management, research, consultancy, planning and implementation of development projects relevant to Africa’s contexts, and academia. The value of exchanging experiences through seminars and joint research programs will enhance the usability of knowledge developed on similar or comparable settings of different African regions. All the departments mentioned above have adequate staffing and they are interfaced with the applicable Swedish and other international universities with grants form Sida-Sweden. With Swedish support visiting professors and external examiners are invited to maintain, calibrate and backstop the PhD programs at AAU. The same Swedish support is also used to send PhD candidate to partner universities in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe and the USA for short-term research. With the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility added to the fertile grounds at AAU, the PhD programs will be strengthened further in quality and relevance to national development of African countries.

Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

In Federalism and Governance PhD Program, course work, seminar paper writings on contemporary issues of the area, conduct independent work whereby each student is expected to do short original research work before jumping into PhD research, written examinations, field reports, travel to at least one international university as part of the dissertation research, publish two or three papers before graduation, make a series of field trips with respect to the specific course they take and come up with technical reports and so on. When the research proposal is developed students are expected to have, in most cases, two supervisors, preferably one national and another international. Each proposal before it is launched into active research, it has to be presented to the department staff and approved. With the research in progress, students are expected to make status reports each academic year to keep them on the right track. The PhD programs are subject to review every four to five years.
At grading, the seminars presented, field reports, international travel reports, examinations’ results, etc. are considered. Anything above 85 is graded as A, 75-84 as B, 65-74 as C. Generally, PhD students are expected to score B or above. This by default entails a requirement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or above to graduate successfully. All C grades are expected to be repeated and other grades less than that are failing grades. At any stage if PhD students score CGPA of less than 3:00, they are subject to dismissal.

The rationale for the PhD programme in Federalism and Governance stems from the need for qualified personnel for teaching and research in the institutions of higher learning in Ethiopia. The programme also aims at research-based training for policy analysts and practitioners of governmental and non-governmental organizations. The proposed PhD programme also contributes to the staff development efforts of the AAU and the newly established universities in the country. The courses for Federalism and Governance include: Comparative Federal Political Systems, Federalism and Nation Building in Multi-ethnic Societies, Federalism, Decentralization and Regional Integration in the Horn of Africa, Federalism, and Governance and the Management of Resources.

Finally, thesis defence is open to the public with external examiners always coming from abroad after their CV in the field are examined by the department examining board. These are rated as excellent, very good and good. Anything below is subject to re-write up or modifications as the case may be.

Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

Doctoral students who have successfully completed their studies are expected to have the following profiles.
• serve as experts on fiscal and resource management between the federal, regional state and local units;
• provide expertise on issues related to institution building and institutionalization of power;
• design institutions of governance to be able to be participatory, inclusive, transparent and accountable
• design alternatives on how best to manage diversity and reduce conflict at various levels, including interstate conflicts;
• design policies and framework on intergovernmental relations between the federal, regional state and local governments;
• be competent experts in promoting local good governance by building the capacity of these institutions through enhancing transparent, accountable and participatory systems and thereby ensuring local development;
• Contribute to the growing international and regional academic interest in federal studies
• Demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of federalism and governance by considering their complex interactions;
• Carry out teaching and research responsibilities including the development of curricula;
• Design and carry out interdisciplinary research independently and produce research reports of publishable quality;

Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

Programs at Public Universities in Ethiopia are automatically accredited through the university Senet decisions

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:

All PhD programs after curricula developments, they are assessed by senior professors of the field, defended at curriculum review conferences, approved by the respective department councils, academic commissions of the relevant college, approved by the AAU Senate and finally accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia.
AAU is a legal entity with Proclamation 214/2011; 17th Year No. 37; 11 May 2011.

Period of validity of accreditation:

The validity of the PhD curricula prevails until the next program review period which is usually done between 4 to 5 years.



 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.


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