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    DIGI-FACE is an online platform providing teaching, learning, research, and communication opportunities for the African Higher Education community.

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    DIGI-FACE Official Launch: Participants share in the excitement

    Ninety-three participants attended the official launch of the DIGI-FACE platform that took place on the 1st of October 2021. Among the attendees were representatives of…


    Education 4.0: New Frontiers for a Hyperconnected World
    Education and skills development

    The disruptive COVID-19 has been a distractive, destructive and distancing disease, but also a disruptive agent. The disruption is a silver lining of sorts; it…


    The 3rd Biennial CEMEREM Conference

    The 3rd Biennial International CEMEREM Conference on “Sustainable Mining and Natural Resource Management in Africa” successfully took place on 16th and 17th September 2021 at…


    Call for Applications: Master’s and PhD Scholarships in Education Research 2022 (CERM-ESA)

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    Call for applications Postdoc fellowships

    DAAD climapAfrica: Africans in climate research | Deadline 17 November 2021 The DAAD Climate research Alumni and Postdocs in Africa (climapAfrica) program brings together high-potential…


    Inscription au colloque hybride du CEGLA du 21 au 23 octobre 2021

    Le Centre d’Excellence de Gouvernance Locale en Afrique (CEGLA) vous invite à prendre part en ligne aux activités de la 3ème édition du colloque international…


    Call for Applications to Master Programme “Embedded and Mobile Systems (MSc EMOS)”

    CENIT@EA at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania, offers a 2-year Master in Embedded and Mobile Systems (MSc…


    Q+A – Platform Launch

    As recently reported on the blog, our DIGI-FACE platform celebrated its official launch two weeks ago. In a virtual meeting on 1 October 2021, the…


    Conference Programme: Third Conference Of The African-German Research Network – Part II – Zoom (Online) 2021

    Part II: The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice is grateful for receiving superb paper abstracts and is looking forward to the second part…


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    Our Centres in Africa

    Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA)

    To respond the concrete needs of the digital transformation in the region, CENIT@EA established a market-driven master’s programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems (MSc EMoS) and offers short-term technical trainings for ICT professionals, unemployed graduates and university lecturers to provide them with the relevant digital skills.

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    Promoting Academic Capacities for Sustainable Agricultural Resources Use in West Africa (Pro-RUWA)

    Pro-RUWA aims to train a new generation of regionally and internationally educated young scientists, entrepreneurs, and administrators. Future decision makers in francophone West Africa will be capacitated to jointly overcome bottlenecks in resource overuse and food insecurity at the national and regional level by fostering university education, international relations, regional development, and operational links between the academic, public and private sector.

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    Sustainable Operations for Resource Management and Food Supply (SCO)
    West African German Centre for Local Governance in Africa (CEGLA)

    French speaking countries in Africa like Mali, Niger and Senegal are confronted to important social, economic, environmental and security problems. Situated at the doorway to Europe, both continents Africa and Europe, are affected by these issues which lead to precarious living conditions for the population, mistrust into government structures and massive migration.

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    West African German Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT)

    The WAC-SRT develops interdisciplinary, transnational research and teaching programs that will contribute to sustainable rural development and political stability in West Africa by producing the required expertise, applicable technological solutions, locally adapted business models and administrative approaches.

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    Kenyan German Centre for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management (CEMEREM)

    The CEMEREM programmes train African students in the development and environmentally friendly extraction of raw materials.

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    African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice (TRANSCRIM)

    The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice was established after the 10-year-funding period for the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice, which was supported by the German Academic Exchange Service and offered an LL.M.- and PhD-Programme, has ended in 2018.

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    South African German Centre for Development Research (SA GER CDR)

    The SA-GER CDR at the University of the Western Cape trains the next generation of executive elites in Master’s and PhD degree programmes related to Development Studies. Students of the centre are given the preparation needed to meet the specific economic, social and political challenges which will arise in the course of the region’s development processes.

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    East and South African-German Centre for Educational Research, Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA)

    In view of the need for excellence in educational research, training and management in Sub-Saharan Africa related to the processes of empowerment and advancement of educationists and educational institutions.

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    Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL)

    Efficient logistics are pivotal in gaining access to regional and international markets. Both the population and industry depend on goods and commodities being available in sufficient volume and in good time. Logistics, therefore, play a key role in the continuing economic development of southern Africa.

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    Congolese German Centre for Microfinance (CCAM)

    Microfinance plays a decisive role in the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa and in its battle against poverty and deprivation. However, African banks and ministries of finance often suffer from a lack of qualified experts. The Centre for Microfinance aims to bridge this gap and offers a needs-orientated programme for future microfinance specialists.

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    Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies (GGCDS)

    Ghana and other African countries have seen major economic and political achievements in recent years. But despite economic growth and political stability fundamental development problems continue to exist.

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    Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL)

    The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) offers structured and highly specialised LLM and PhD programmes to aspiring lawyers from all Partner States of the East African Community and beyond to qualify them for leading positions in the region.

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    The Centres of African Excellence offer many opportunities

    The “African Excellence” programme was developed in 2008 to improve academic education qualitatively and quantitatively in a sustainable manner. On the one hand, the programme is designed to increase the quality of teaching and to widen the research environment of selected universities in sub-Saharan Africa, with the cooperative support of German universities. On the other hand, it was also designed to train students to develop ‘soft skills’ such as leadership, decision-making and managerial abilities, in addition to supporting their personal development. The main goal of this programme, therefore, is to educate Africa’s future decision-makers, leaders and experts – for the continent’s benefit. In order to meet these goals, the DAAD supports cooperation projects – with a budget from the German Federal Foreign Office – between German and African universities. Consequently, the partner universities in each project can flexibly use the different sponsorship instruments offered by the DAAD. For instance, they can put them toward training courses for teaching staff from African universities, courses for administrative personnel, scholarships for studying on-site, and even to facilitate mobility opportunities for students, teaching staff and project managers. These funds can also be invested in summer schools and conference participation. more

    • Study in another African country
    • Master Programmes
    • PhD Programmes
    • Scholarships
    • Support with finding a place to stay during your study
    • Summer Schools in Germany
    • Language Support in basic Germany
    • International scientific conferences

    Our Members and Alumni strive for Excellence

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    The heart of our platform is our network of members coming from the African Centres of Excellence. This is the ideal space to connect with other members and to learn more about their areas of expertise as well as their achievements.
    If you belong to an African Centre of Excellence get registered and become a part of our excellent community!

    Craig Lucas
    Craig Lucas Student University of the Western Cape
    Josephine Mbandi
    Josephine Mbandi Student The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
    Emma Laigaisse
    Emma Laigaisse
    Collene Goeda
    Collene Goeda
    Janeth Mlay
    Janeth Mlay Assistant Lecturer University of Dar es Salaam PhD Candidate CERM-ESA University of Dar es Salaam
    Cornelia Claus
    Cornelia Claus
    Fofana Daouda
    Fofana Daouda Assistant du projet CEGLA
    Jame Ayuk
    Jame Ayuk
    Riyaaz Kippie
    Riyaaz Kippie None

    One of our main pillars is the creation and dissemination of digital modules. There are several types of modules: Generic and specific skills mini-modules as well as discipline-specific modules of the African Centres of Excellence.
    Check out below our most valuable generic modules created for academics, postgraduate students and administrative personnel!

    Exploring the Online Learning Environment

    This course will introduce participants to the DigiFace online learning management system and allow them to explore while learning how to create activities.


    Introductory Training & Practice
    Explorer l’environnement Online


    Introductory Training & Practice
    Academic written and graphic presentations


    Introductory Training & Practice
    Achieving Coherence in Post-Graduate Research Projects