University Development and Innovation Africa (UDI-A)


About the Project

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University Development and Innovation – Africa (UDI-A) is a project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project gathers a consortium consisting of four African universities, from Angola and Mozambique, four European Institutions and EFMD.

The project main objective is to support the African partners, to play key role in the inclusive development of their regions and countries. In order to achieve this, UDI-A:

  • supports the African universities to work in pairs with the European institutions for the implementation of trainings for academic and non-academic actors, with emphasis on management and scientific development, social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • supports the African partners to build or renew at their institutions a 'Centre for Academic Development and Innovation' (CADIs), in order to connect with the local economic activities through the organization of management and entrepreneurship trainings
  • facilitates the development and implementation of entrepreneurship projects for local impact, with the participation of academic and non-academic actors

During its 2-year implementation the project will carry out the following activities:

  • a 2-month study tour of 40 academic and non-academic stakeholders from the African partner countries, to the four European institutions
  • a follow up training of at least 60 academic staff in Angola and Mozambique on management development and social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • the establishment of 4 Centres for Academic Development and Innovation (CADIs) in different regions in Angola and Mozambique
  • the development of more than 30 innovative projects through the CADIs, between the African institutions and their local communities, with the support of the European partners
  • the realization of two regional conferences, in Angola and Mozambique and one in Brussels, Belgium
  • the establishment of an international network, extended in Africa and Europe, for academic innovation and development.

The project consortium is led by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, (NOVA) in Portugal and consists of the following partners from Europe and Africa:

EFMD - The Management Development Network (EFMD), BE
King's College London (KCL), UK
Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), BE
Universiteit Maastricht (UM), NL
Universidade Agostinho Neto (UAN), Angola
Universidade Katyavala Bwila (UKB), Angola
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Mozambique
Universidade de Lúrio (UNILURIO), Mozambique
Instituto de Empreendedorismo Social - Associated Partner, PT
Reseau des Universites des Capitales de L'europe (UNICA) - Associated Partner, BE
Fundação Girl Move - Associated Partner, MZ

EFMD is leading the Internal Quality Assurance of the project activities and is coordinating the execution of the External Evaluation procedures, to ensure the overall quality and timely implementation of the project.

EFMD is also involved in the dissemination of the project activities, through its communication network in Africa and Europe.