Vision, strategy and values
Our vision is to promote Africa's next generation of academics, professionals and leaders through partnership and collaboration on the continent. Our mission is to build and sustain world-class doctoral programmes on and about the African continent, collaborating with African institutions, focusing on the arts, humanities and social sciences.
To achieve the overall objective, all of the necessary elements were joined together into a coherent programme strategy which rests on the belief that the interchange of human capital between the global North and South will become more equitable when African institutions are recognised - in Africa and abroad - as sustainable sites of research and higher learning. The Partnership for Africa's Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA) is thus a network of African universities working together to become the lead institutions in the execution of this strategy. Among others they develop research capacity on site, participate in exchange schemes, workshops and training seminars alternated between the various partner campuses, joint projects and supervision. In the long run they aim to establish joint doctoral degrees.
The PANGeA partnership is grounded in the principles of investment, reciprocity, equity and trust.
Link to the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences (Stellenbosch University)
Stellenbosch University's contribution to the PANGeA network was the establishment of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences (as a pilot case) to strengthen and advance doctoral training and scholarship on the African continent.
The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences has enrolled a total of 135 full-time PhD students, from 14 sub-Saharan African countries, since it was launched in 2010. Of the 135 students already enrolled, 40% are junior academics and staff members that were nominated by the PANGeA partner institutions to pursue their doctoral degrees full-time at Stellenbosch University. To date, 26 candidates from within the PANGeA network have graduated from Stellenbosch University. All 26 PANGeA graduates have since resumed their academic posts at our partner universities which is a clear indication that the PANGeA initiative is a safeguard against the brain drain to the south of the continent.
For more information, visit www.pangeaonline.org