Development of a Guide of issues concerning collaboration with Higher Education in Africa

  • Munoz-Descalzo, Silvia (PI)

Project: UK charity

Project Details


Over the past four years, a project of pan-African scale has been launched through the NGO DrosAfrica ( and in collaboration with The University of Bath and Cambridge University. This project seeks to establish a research community in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The common model guiding this goal is the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, used as a model organism in Genetics and Biomedicine. The advantages of using the fruit fly are its low maintenance cost, the ease of implementing the system and the scientific quality of the potential results.
The main objective of this project is to impact on the Higher Education system of various developing countries and establish links of collaboration with the British HEIs.
With this project, we intend to write a basic guide to the main challenges and problems encountered by researchers from the different African research centres. In particular, the cases of the University of Saint Augustine (Kampala, Uganda), University of Ibadan (Ibadan, Nigeria), University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Tanta University (Tanta, Egypt) will be studied as these are the Institutions collaborating with DrosAfrica.
This guide will be a valuable resource for all institutions that initiate collaborations with African institutions interested in implementing social and economic development policies based on the improvement of Higher Education through research.

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Effective start/end date7/12/16 → …