African Doctoral and Masters Academic Society: A Knowledge Exchange Model to Develop the Capacity of Universities
Keywords:Academic society, Diaspora, university, Ethiopian
This report is from a research work interested in the development of knowledge exchange between African Scholars in Africa and African Scholars and friends of Africa in the diaspora and; in addressing problems regarding postgraduate studies, research and the shortage of qualified academic staff. The long-term objective of Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) is, therefore, to coordinate and channel the resources, expertise and creativity of Africans in the Diaspora. The diaspora initiatives have long been recognised by the African Union which started with its official designation as the “Sixth Region” of the African Union, alongside North, South, East, West and Central Africa in 2003. Furthermore, considerations related to Diaspora engagement are woven throughout the African Union’s various programmes. GKEN’s ultimate aim is to create appropriate knowledge exchange and experience sharing model of African Doctoral and Masters Academic Society (ADMAS) that will have the capacity not only to help improve the quality of education but also create an impact that will drive better socio-economic competitiveness of Africa. We urge other academic networks to adapt this development model in sister African Nations.