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ACE PROPOSAL PREPARATION GUIDELINES. NUC WORKSHOP FOR NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES ON THE WORLD BANK-SUPPORTED AFRICAN CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE PROJECT 16 th JULY 2013. M. T. Usman. ACE – The Thrust.

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ACE PROPOSAL

PREPARATION GUIDELINES

NUC WORKSHOP FOR NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES ON THE WORLD BANK-SUPPORTED AFRICAN CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE PROJECT

16th JULY 2013

M. T. Usman


ACE – The Thrust

ACEs will be competitively selected and charged with the responsibility to promote regional specialization among participating universities in areas that address regional challenges and strengthen the capacities of these universities to deliver quality training and applied research


ACE – The Competing countries

Countries participating in the first call include; Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo

Beneficiaries of demand-driven regional services

Liberia

The Gambia


ACE – Noteworthy points

We seek to participate in a regional competition and to emerge as ACE-hosting institutions

Key word is “competition”

Each institution therefore needs to put its best foot forward


ACE – Scoring Template

TECHNICAL EVALUATION

Potential for regional development impact 25

Potential for excellence 25

Sustainability 10

Social responsibility 5

Quality and consistency 5

TOTAL 70



Ace expectations

  • The qualifying universities (within their specialized topic and knowledge, and focusing on regional development challenges), will specifically:

  • Strengthen post-graduate programs for a regional student body;

  • Offer specialized courses for industry professionals in the region;

  • Establish a regional faculty body, improve their faculty and attract additional top-level faculty;

  • Provide learning resources, labs and minor rehabilitation of existing facilities;

ACE – Expectations


ACE – Expectations and knowledge, and focusing on regional development challenges), will specifically:

  • The qualifying universities (within their specialized topic and knowledge, and focusing on regional development challenges), will specifically:

  • Establish linkages with companies, government agencies, and research centres for workplace learning, input into curricula, consultancies and joint research; and

  • Collaborate with partner institutions as a means of sharing the benefits of the investments. For instance, sharing through training of faculty, sharing of curricula and sharing of learning resources.


Ace indicators of success

Number of Local and International students in new PG programmes or short courses.

Percentage of females in these programmes

Number of Internationally accredited programmes

Number of students/faculty with at least one month internship in Industry

Quantum of externally generated revenue through the programmes

New collaborations with regional and international institutions

Number and depth of collaborations with

industry

ACE – Indicators of success


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must tie into national development priorities and to extant policies and guidelines in the sector to show how the ACE will contribute to national development.

  • A history of working relationship(s) with relevant MDAs in the field of interest is a strength that should be emphasised. Indications of how these will be utilised to support proposed research and training programmes would be boosters.


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must tie into subregional and continental development priorities to show that they can contribute to the larger aspirations of the continent.

  • A tie-in into the goals of the ECOWAS strategy for Higher Education development and of the AUC as enshrined in the second decade of education for Africa, the AU- CAPST, etc.


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must have linkages with industry to demonstrate relevance of training and research programmes to industrial growth and consequently, job creation and poverty alleviation

  • Existing linkages with relevant industry players should be emphasised. Where none exist, evidence of plans to initiate new linkages (e.g. for internships) and how they will help achieve PDOs should be stated and supported with documentation.


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must show strong existing academic collaborations and how these will be utilised to enhance quality postgraduate training and research competencies

  • Proposals are required to be;

  • inter-disciplinary

  • multi-departmental

  • multi-institutional

  • International

  • multi-lingual (bridge the anglophone – francophone bridge) – the NUC is

  • available to facilitate links where necessary

The bigger the resource pool, the better.


ACE- Project Contacts programmes or short courses.


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must demonstrate existence of requisite learning and research resources in staffing and equipment. Emphasis on the acquisition of new heavy equipment will be a big minus

  • Proposals should flaunt the credentials of interdisciplinary teams of experts

  • Proposals should flaunt state-of-the-art equipment

  • Proposals should flaunt high-impact journal articles and other publications in the area.


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must demonstrate institutional capability and readiness to sustain proposed training and research programmes

  • Include evidence of previous institutional sustenance of development-partner-supported activities

  • Include evidence of counterpart funding of such activities if any

  • Show plan/readiness to utilise existing funding opportunities to sustain project


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must be socially and environmentally responsible, e.g. be gender-inclusive in the implementation of outreach activities

  • Include plans for social inclusiveness through; direct and indirect benefits to the poor and the disabled, (gender) affirmative action, etc

  • Show adherence to environmental guidelines (applicable laws & guidelines, World Bank safeguards)


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must demonstrate consistency with institutional strategic plan

  • Show aspects of current institutional plan that the project ties into. Where a current plan is not in place, show links to old plan(s) and to institutional statutes/laws and provide evidence of ongoing activities to review the plan, if any


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Proposals must demonstrate institutional leadership commitment. A statement of which should be part of the submission

  • A Vice Chancellor’s statement of commitment to support the proposal is a big plus. The VCs are to be interviewed as part of a verification process to ascertain this level of engagement


ACE- programmes or short courses.Ts & Cs for Winning Proposals

  • Competing institutions should ensure project awareness campaigns are conducted on their campuses to secure buy-in and cooperation during institutional evaluation

  • Members of the University community will be interviewed to gauge awareness levels. This will form part of the assessment of the level of institutional readiness


Insights from Initial Project Design programmes or short courses.


ACE- Tips (Activities to propose) programmes or short courses.

  • Introduction of new or enhancement of existing curricula

    • Postgraduate programmes

    • Short courses

      • In-service

      • Skills acquisition

    • Through

      • Curricula development workshops

      • Hosting of Professors/industry experts

      • Development/Acquisition of content and/or LMS

      • Facilitation of access to partner contents


ACE- Tips (Activities to propose) programmes or short courses.

  • Limited refurbishment of facilities

    • Opportunity for demonstrating counterpart funding capabilities

  • Leverage ICT to promote extensive collaboration while limiting travel costs

    • Opportunity to illustrate the complementarity of the NgREN project and institutional ICT investments

  • Opportunities for Staff exchange with local and international partners (institutions/industry)


ACE- Tips (Activities to propose) programmes or short courses.

  • Organisation of, and/or participation in, training workshops/seminars/conferences

    • Plan to attend others’ events but plan to host too to underscore peer acceptability

  • Opportunities for Staff exchange with local and international partners (institutions/industry)

    • Plan to activate existing MoUs or pursue new ones

    • Propose knowledge transfer partnerships with industry


ACE- Tips (Activities to propose) programmes or short courses.

  • Development of research activities as bases for;

    • Collaboration

    • short-term training visits or fieldwork

    • PG and PostDocscholarships

  • Provision of Research internships

    • industry-based internships

  • Publication of research findings

    • Target top-tier journals

    • Link to existing citations credited to ACE Team members


ACE- Tips (Activities to propose) programmes or short courses.

  • Outreach activities

    • Communication

    • Community engagement

    • Local and international Staff and student recruitment drives

  • Coordination of collaboration between partners

    • Emphasise use of ICT infrastructure for easy and less costly coordination

    • Language services

    • Propose complementary roles for all partners


Merci pour votre attention programmes or short courses.

Thank you for your attention

Je vous souhaite bonne chance

I Wish you Good Luck


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