The WASCAL Graduate Studies Programme supports and facilitates academic education amongst West African universities in association with German counterpart institutions. The activities focus on the training of doctoral and Master’s students.
The Graduate Studies Programme consists of ten (10) Doctoral programmes and two (2) master’s programmes.
Each of the ten doctoral programmes and two master’s programmes is autonomous and based at one lead university selected in a consultative process among the candidates’ countries. The programmes pool the scientific and educational strength of faculties in the West African region and thereby facilitate high quality research and education. A significant part of the WASCAL effort is the strengthening of this trans-national communication and capacity building.
Added value is gained by cross-linking experts and university institutes between the ten identified priority fields, thus enabling an interdisciplinary working approach. This involves teaching, student supervision, and exchange of cross-border experiences.
German Partner Universities
The German partner universities collaborate with the Doctoral Programs and Master’s Programs through curriculum development, visiting professorships and co-supervision of graduate students. In addition, West African students and faculty members are given the opportunity to conduct research at German universities or to visit counterpart research institutions.
Language of all the programmes is English, but applicants are not rejected should they only have a limited command of the English language. Language training programmes for graduate students are provided for both English and French.
Resources and Facilities
The WASCAL Competence Centre is a common resource for all the WASCAL students, and faculties that will have access to all facilities. Their research is integrated in the overall WASCAL agenda. The overall programme is coordinated by the Capacity Building Department located at WASCAL Headquarters in Accra.