Abo Akademi University Exchange Programme
The Centre also received sponsorship for an exchange programme student for one of its pioneer PhD students at the Abo Akademi University in Finland in 2010/2011. While there, the student pursued coursework on methodological issues of her PhD thesis on peace studies and conflict resolution
Albina Wambui got an opportunity for a three month exchange programme in Finland at Åbo Akademi University. After her exchange programme and in collaboration with Dr. Emezat Mengesa of Addis Ababa University and with Jane Wambui,a colleague, she got an opportunity to teach a course during the September 2012 semester at Åbo Akademi on gender and conflict. Later in the month of October 2012, she also got an opportunity to teach the same intensive course at Addis Ababa.
Albina has so far succeeded in getting registered as a PhD student at Åbo Akademi. The exposure has so far brought about discourses that will enrich her research.
Veronica Waeni Nzioki
Veronica Waeni from the AWSC Secretariat went to Åbo Akademi University for the autumn 2012 North-South-South exchange programme at the Department of Social Sciences, Women Studies, during the last quarter of 2012. During her time at the Women Studies, she took up courses on: Nordic Perspectives on Gender, Equality and Welfare; Conflict and Gender; Contemporary Perspectives on Gender and Sexualities in South African Contexts; Finnish as a Foreign Language Level 1; and Thesis Seminars. The programme was funded by the Finnish Centre of International Mobility (CIMO).
This gave her an understanding of the welfare state as well as Nordic feminism, specifically key features of the Nordic welfare state and its historical, political, and ideological foundations in relation to gender; work, health, political power, etc; skills in the analysis of the interconnections between gender, conflict and peace building in contemporary interstate conflicts; basic knowledge of the Finnish language which was helpful to her everyday social life within Finland.
Wanjiku Gathoni Gacheche
Wanjiku Gacheche attended an intensive course in Addis Ababa University coordinated by the North-South-South Programme. The courses which ran from 29th October to 7th November 2012were in Gender, Nationalism and the Body. The courses saw the convergence of very eager to learn Gender studies students from the University of Nairobi, Makerere University, the University of Western Cape and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, Abo Akademi University and the University of Lapland, both from Finland and the hosts - Addis Ababa University.
Africa America Higher Education Partnership (aahep) Programme
The Centre has already established a linkage programme with (AAHEP). The programme helps promote scholarship of Women Scientists from Africa or of African descent with the aim of bringing women’s perspectives and experiences into global and regional policy formulation and influence. The programme is a partnership with other higher education institutions in the sub-Saharan Africa with AWSC being the coordination point. The programme has seen Florence Muindi Mbithi, a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, receive a scholarship at the University of Denver in Colorado for the Fall Quarter 2011 for her MSc. in Mechatronics Systems Engineering degree program. After acquiring the MSc. degree in Mechatronics Systems Engineering, she plans to start working on a PhD degree soon afterwards and later work in academia, in the public or private sectors and as a consultant in policy making specializing in technology development and economic decision analysis.
Florence Muindi Mbithi, AAHEP’s programme first beneficiary
Africa-america Higher Education Partnerships (aahep)
AAHEP is a Colorado-Based, non -profit, charitable organization formed in 2011. AAHEP seeks to establish and maintain focussed, long-term (10-15 year) partnerships between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa and the United States of America to enhance the capabilities of each institution to serve its students and the general common good. Such partnerships are envisioned as roughly similar to sister-state and sister-pairings, based upon a symmetry of mutual respect, mutual interests, and mutual contribution to the overall effectiveness of the partnership. Such Partnerships recognize the indespensable role role of (HEIs).
The African Women's Studies Centre has already established a linkage programme with AAHEP. The programme is helping promote women scientists' scholarship in Africa or of women with African descent with the aim of bringing the women's perspectives and experiences into global and regional policy formulation and influence.
The programme is a partnership with other Higher Education Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa with AWSC being the coordination point. The programme has seen Florence Muindi Mbithi, a graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Nairobi; receive a scholarship at the University of Denver in Colorado for the fall quarter 2011 for her MSc. in mechatronics systems engineering, she plans to start working on a PhD soon afterwards and later work in academia, in the public or private sectors and as a consultant in policy making specializing in technology development and economic decision analysis.
Globalization, Knowledge And The Body: Abo Akademi University-finland And University Of Nairobi(african Women's Studies Centre) -kenya
Concerning the Project “Globalization, Knowledge and the Body” Abo Akademi University- Finland and the University of Nairobi (African Women’s Studies Centre)-Kenya agreed on a cooperation whose primary objectives were; to give opportunities for degree students enrolled at the partner universities to study abroad; and to give opportunities for teaching staff to teach at partner universities.
The two institutions agreed to cooperate in the following modes: student exchange on undergraduate, graduate and/or postgraduate level; exchange of faculty; teaching; and network meetings.
Through the programme the African Women’s Studies Centre received a sponsorship for an exchange programme student for one of its pioneer PhD students at Abo Akademi University Finland in 2010/2011. While there, Albina Wambui pursued coursework on methodological issues of her PhD thesis on peace studies and conflict resolution. After her exchange programme and in collaboration with Dr. Emezat Mengesa of Addis Ababa University-Ethiopia and with Jane Wambui, a colleague, she got an opportunity to teach a course on Gender and Conflict during the September 2012 semester at Abo Akademi University. She also got another opportunity to teach the same intensive course at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Albina has so far succeeded in getting registered as a PhD student at Abo Akademi University.
Veronica Waeni from the AWSC secretariat went to Abo Akademi University, Finland for the autumn, 2012 North- South-South exchange programme at the Department Social Sciences, Women’s Studies; where she took up courses on Nordic Perspectives on Gender, Equality and Welfare; Gender and Conflict; Finnish Language; and Contemporary Perspectives on Gender and Sexualities in South African Contexts. The programme was funded by the Finnish Centre for International Mobility (CIMO).
Wanjiku Gacheche attended an intensive course in Addis Ababa University-Ethiopia coordinated by the North- South-South programme from 29th October to 7th November 2012, on Gender nationalism and the Body. The participants of the course were Gender Studies Students from the University of Nairobi-Kenya, Makerere University-Uganda, Stellenbosch University-South Africa, University of the Western Cape- South Africa, Abo Akademi University-Finland, University of Lapland -Finland and the hosts Addis Ababa University- Ethiopia.
Link: Abo Akademi
Trade Policy Analysis And Negotiation: Australia Awards In Africa-short Course Awards 2012-2013: Between The University Of Adelaide , Australia And African Women's Studies Centre, University Of Nairobi
Gunn Rural Management (GRM) is an international development management firm specializing in the provision of project design, management expertise and technical assistance to development projects for bilateral and multilateral funding agencies, governments and corporations, including acting as a management consultant and international project manager to the Commonwealth of Australia. GRM has engaged the services of the University of Adelaide to design and deliver short courses in Trade and Policy Analysis and Negotiation in Australia and/or Africa to sponsored African participants.
The university of Adelaide (Australia) and the African Women’s Studies Centre (University of Nairobi) entered into a Services Agreement on Trade Policy Analysis and Negotiation; Australia Awards in Africa-Short Course Awards 2012-2013: Semester Two, 2012.
On 19th November for the first module in Cape Town, the African Women’s Studies Centre delivered a one day workshop on the relationship between trade and gender issues to African trade officials. Jim Redden, Director of International Programs, Institute for International Trade- University of Adelaide oversaw the programme. The representative from the African Women’s Studies Centre designed and facilitated the one day ‘Gender and Trade’ workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.
Link: Institute for International Trade