The Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa Programme (HEPSSA) – supported by the Anglo American Group Foundation and the UK Government through the Global Challenges Research Fund – was established by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016, following the successful pilot scheme, Enriching Engineering Education Programme. This helped to address the engineering skills shortage in sub-Saharan Africa and to showcase engineering’s role in driving economic development in the region.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is pleased to announce the 9 Hub Universities selected to receive funding through the Higher Education Partnership sub-Saharan Africa Programme, supporting over 50 Spoke Universities through 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa:

  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • University of Botswana
  • Moi University, Kenya
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • National University of Science & Technology, Zimbabwe
  • University of Namibia
  • University of Zambia
  • University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • University of Malawi, The Polytechnic

By forming and strengthening relationships between academia and industry, the programme aims to ensure that the higher education system in sub-Saharan Africa produces engineers with the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of industry and to tackle local challenges.

To maximise the impact of this collaboration, the programme is implemented through a ‘hub and spoke’ model. The pilot phase of this programme, which ran between 2013 and 2015, the two Hub universities were the University of Zimbabwe (Southern Africa) and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (East Africa). The Hub universities are funded to undertake bilateral staff and industry work placements with local industry partners, and in turn, share their experiences with a larger number of Spoke universities through a series of workshops that they organise and fund. During the pilot, ten Spoke universities across a further five countries in sub-Saharan Africa participated in the programme.

This programme offers support for travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to conducting visits and exchanges in support of collaborative activities among industry and academic partners in Africa and the UK.

Enriching Engineering Education in sub-Saharan Africa