A workshop to deliberate on the need for collaboration for three universities in Sweden and four universities in Eastern Africa was held at the University of Nairobi Kenya Science Campus, on 5th and 6th February, 2020. The name of the proposed Institute is Research Institute for Eastern Africa and Sweden (RIEAS) The aim of the partnership is to establish a Centre for Postgraduate education (Master of Education and Doctoral Studies) that contribute to increased opportunities for Eastern Africa students to achieve masters and PhD degrees. RIEAS will offer masters/PhD courses that are required for all or most programs in humanities and social sciences, like qualitative and quantitative research methods, theory of science and research ethics as well as interdisciplinary courses offered by institutions in Eastern Africa and Sweden. Both seminars and supervision will be offered online, as well as Open Educational Resource. (OER)
The proposed partners of RIEAS are University of Nairobi (Kenya), Moi University (Kenya), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Hawassa University (Ethiopia), Linköping University (Sweden), West University (Sweden) and University of Borås (Sweden).
The initiative has three main objectives:
- To organize seminars of interest and relevance for Swedish and Eastern African scholars in humanities and social sciences
- To enhance educational opportunities for students in Sweden and East Africa to participate successfully in postgraduate studies in masters and PhD levels
- To establish a collaboration between researchers - PhD and masters students and academic supervisors from different countries in Eastern Africa, and between Swedish and Eastern African researchers.
A sequel to the Kenya Science Workshop (5th – 6th of February, 2020) is scheduled to take place on the 7th and 8th of April, 2020 in Addis Ababa. A steering committee was formed comprising of members from the partner institutions from the three countries (Kenya, Ethiopia and Sweden) to foresee the formation of the Centre.