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

    at the Moi-University, Kenya
    in cooperation with the University of Oldenburg, the Nelson Mandela University, the University of Dar es Salaam & the Uganda Management Institute

    Content and Goals

    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, CERM-ESA focuses on:

    • Research: Advancing and expanding excellent innovative educational research on methodologies, instruction techniques and management strategies for African contexts;
    • Teaching: CERM-ESA academic programme which includes a Master’s programme in educational research, annual Research Schools and mentored online modules, as well as an exchange programme for lecturers and students;
    • Capacity Building: The CERM-ESA capacity building programme for academic and administrative university staff is open to all partners of the DAAD-funded Centres of African Excellence;
    • Professional Teacher Development: Supporting teachers and principals to develop professionally and advance their competencies in relevant areas of educational practice, curriculum implementation and school management in their local contexts.

    CERM-ESA students and staff at the 6th International CERM-ESA Research School, January 2020, Port Elizabeth

    Programmes and How to Apply

    All CERM-ESA call for applications for scholarships and capacity building programmes are published here. Master’s and PhD scholarships are announced in October and after three selection steps, scholarships are awarded in April of the following year. The CERM-ESA Master’s and PhD programmes at Moi University start on the 1st of September each year. As part of its capacity building programme, CERM-ESA has developed a number of Short Learning Programmes for lecturers, supervisors and postgraduate students, including:

    • Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision
    • Publishing your Research
    • Academic Written and Graphic Presentations
    • Achieving Research Coherence
    • Quality Assurance in Online Teaching and Learning
    • Quantitative Research Methodologies

    These Short Learning Programmes are offered in blended and online learning formats and are announced on the digiface and CERM-ESA websites. All courses and capacity building workshops in the Teacher Professional Development Programme take place in a blended or face-to-face format and are announced on the CERM-ESA website.

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

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    Two PhD SCHOLARSHIPS (up to three years) in Educational Research and Evaluation at Moi University

    Call for applications: deadline is the 19th of July 2021 PhD_Announcements_2021Download


    Academic Written and Graphic Presentations: Training for multipliers

    Call for applications: if you have completed the 'Academic Written and Graphic Presentations' online course with us already and would like to be a facilitator…


    How the DAAD-Funded African Excellence Centres Contribute to the SDGs

    CERM-ESA is proud to represent the Centres of African Excellence as an example for DAAD’s contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please click here or…


    Call for Applications: CERM-ESA Master / PhD Scholarships 2021 in the DAAD In-Region/ In-Country Scholarship Programme

    As part of the „In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme” DAAD offers scholarships for Master and PhD studies in Education for candidates from East Africa via the CERM-ESA…



    Invitation to join the Webinar on Wednesday, 3rd of June, 2-4pm (Johannesburg time zone). DIGI-Face and CERM-ESA participate in the discussion: Invite_WEBINAR_Digitalised_Ways_of_Doctoral_Studies_in_COVID-19_Times_6-2020 Webinar Programme


    My participation at the Kick-Off Meeting – DIGI-FACE

    As part of the Kenyan delegation, Susan, John & Raymond had the distinct pleasure of attending the much-awaited Digital Initiatives for African Centres of Excellence…


    African-German Cooperation towards Decolonising Higher Education: CERM-ESA Approaches and Lessons Learnt

    Dear all Please find an article reflecting on CERM-ESA’s approach to cooperation in the German-African context that you might also find interesting with regard to…


    CERM-ESA project leaders Prof John Changach of Moi University and Prof Paul Webb of Nelson Mandela University during a Capacity Building for Lecturers and Supervisors Programme in Accra (2019).

    CERM-ESA staging a colloquium on the competence based curriculum in Nairoi (2019).

    Capacity Building Programme for education managers to improve the research management at CERM-ESA's partner universities (2017).

    Education managers of all CERM-ESA partner universities meeting at Oldenburg Unvierstiy (2017).

    CERM-ESA PhD students during CERM-ESA International Research School in Port Elizabeth (2020).

    Capacity Building for Lecturers and Supervisors for the West African Centres of Excellence (2019).

    CERM-ESA International Research School at the Centre (2019).

    Visiting Moi pre-primary and primary school (2019).

    Four of CERM-ESA's PhD students during the Launch of CERM-ESA's second funding phase (2019).

    Our Members and Alumni strive for Excellence

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    Bernd Siebenhüner Professor of Ecological Economics Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
    Kareri Raphael
    Susan Kisilu Teacher Mamba primary school
    Assoc. Prof.Proscovia Ssentamu Head Quality Assurance Dept. Uganda Management Institute
    DrPhilip Mwei
    Dr.Albert Tarmo Lecturer and coordinator of postgraduate studies University of Dar es Salaam
    Janeth Mlay
    Noel Japheth Project Research Assistant CERM-ESA, Moi University
    Peter Korir
    MrMqondisi Moyo Student Moi University
    Achieving Coherence in Post-Graduate Research Projects


    Academic written and graphic presentations


    Strengthening Post-Graduate Supervision

    Strengthening Post-Graduate Supervision


    Publishing your research