The WAI-CEDIR collaboration on Higher Education is a bi-regional collaborative research initiative between the West Africa Institute (WAI) and the Centre of Studies on Regional Integration and SADC Law (CEDIR) of Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique, to support academic research to further the integration process in both regions. The collaboration aims at critically exploring potential areas of research on the nexus between regional integration and higher education in West Africa and SADC.
Regional Integration and Higher Education are both critical to socio-economic development and are mutually supportive. Regional integration provides the opportunity for member states to pool their resources, thereby reducing the cost of implementing projects, programmes and policies. In this regard, regional integration can reduce the cost of higher education, research and innovation. On the other hand, higher education provides the platform for research and innovation to support the integration process and socio-economic development on member countries. However, integration among the higher education institutions in the various regional economic blocks in Africa is very low. Resolving this problem must begin with scientific research on the inter-relationship between the two fields. The WAI-CEDIR academic cooperation responds to this challenge. It aims at building capacity for research to support the regional policy making process in West Africa in particular, and regional integration in general.
The West Africa Institute (WAI) focuses on undertaking academic research on regional integration and social transformations in West Africa. On the other hand, the Centre of Studies on Regional Integration and SADC Law (CEDIR) of Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) focuses on regional collaborative research and capacity building to support the implementation of protocols and projects in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). For many years, both the West Africa Institute and the Centre of Studies on Regional Integration and SADC Law have developed experience in academic cooperation and networking for research on regional integration issues in their respective sub-regions. Pooling the experiences acquired and the capacities built over several years of research on regional integration will ensure cross-fertilization of ideas, which will be useful for not only regional integration in these regions, but regional integration as a whole.
The fellowship analyzes a series of questions relating to regional integration and higher education including:
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