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Welcome to the African Biomedical Engineering Mobility project

The African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM) project is funded by the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. The scheme is modelled on Europe’s well-established and successful Erasmus-Mundus programme. As part of the Roadmap 2014-2017 of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme underlines the contribution of higher education towards economic and social development and the potential of academic mobility to improve the quality of higher education.

ABEM will build human and institutional capacity in Africa for needs-­based health technology research and development. The project will train postgraduate students with skills and specialisations not offered at their home institutions. Furthermore, it will support the development of biomedical engineering programmes that are being established, or have recently been established, at partner institutions and contribute toward harmonising biomedical engineering curricula across the continent. This will be achieved through the provision of scholarships to cover the full cost of mobility between African higher education institutions.

Overall, the project will enhance employment opportunities for graduates, enhance staff research profiles and teaching competencies, enhance institutional research profiles and inter-­university cooperation, and support the development of solutions for health challenges from an African perspective.

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ABEM will train up to 22 MSc and 10 PhD graduates, and offer development opportunities for up to 9 university staff members.



The first ever ABEM PhD scholarship offers have been awarded. We congratulate all those that made it through the selection process. We celebrate the courage of everyone that submitted their application even when some did succeed. Keep the pursuit. The great news is that in the coming calls, it will now be possible to apply for PhD mobilities as it is for masters. For all applicants for Masters scholarships: the screening of applicants is now completed. We received very excellent applicants and we are excited to share the good news to many applicants during the coming days. All we can say now is that, AFRICA HAS AN AMAZING POTENTIAL, AND THAT IS BECAUSE OF YOU! Don't miss the 2018 call for applications. ...

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