IDEAS Project Advisors
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Beverly Dyason

MiEt Africa

Beverley Dyason, MiEt Africa, is a Senior Manager and Materials Development Specialist based at the Knowledge Management Unit at MIET Africa. MIET Africa is a forward-thinking not-for-profit African education organization that aims to improve the lives of children and youth through supporting the provision of quality education for all.

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James Otieno Jowi


James Otieno Jowi, is the founding Executive Director of African Network for the Internationalization of Education (ANIE). He heads the ANIE secretariat and provides leadership and strategic direction to the development, execution and monitoring of ANIEs activities, programs and plans. The secretariat also serves members and maintains links with partners and stakeholders. Dr Jowi teaches Comparative and International Education at the School of Education, Moi University, Kenya. His interests are in internationalization, governance, leadership and management of higher education in Africa.

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Stanley Ndambakuwa

ACFE Group

Stanley Ndambakuwa, ACFE Group, is the Founder and President of the African Community Fund for Education (ACEF) Group, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the President of the Society of Monash University's Geographers and Environmentalists. Stanley has held other positions including Vice-President of the Monash University Student Organisation South Africa. He is currently working on programs that focus on the empowerment of Africans through education and leadership development, with particular focus on marginalised groups in the society which include destitute women and girls.

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Chika Sehoole

University of Pretoria

Chika Sehoole, University of Pretoria, is the Dean of the Faculty of Education. Prior to this role he was Head of Department and Associate Professor, Department of Education Management and Policy Studies. His research areas and field of expertise include higher education policy, internationalization and globalization of higher education, international higher education, higher education in Africa, education policy, and education policy development and implementation.

IDEAS Project Partners
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The Open University (website)

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK with 173,889 students. It has an astonishing track-record of using of new and emerging technologies to make higher education available to all people around the world. The OU teaches through its own unique method of distance learning, called ‘supported open learning’, which is: Flexible, All-inclusive, Supportive, and Social. Since the OU’s launch in 1969, 1.89 million people worldwide have achieved their learning goals by studying with the university. For more information please visit the website.

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University of South Africa (website)

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is Africa's leading open distance learning (ODL) institution. It offers internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources that inspire learners to create meaningful futures on their own terms. UNISA is a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible ODL institution that is motivating a future generation. For more information please visit the website.

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African Community Fund for Education (website)

African Community Fund for Education (ACFE) Group is a Not-for-Profit organisation that focuses on empowering the disadvantaged in marginalised African communities through education and leadership development. Its core existence lies in providing education and financial support to the destitute in underprivileged communities. For more information please visit the website.

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ANIE (website)

The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental Pan-African network and think-tank. It is committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building, information sharing and exchange, transnational networking and cooperation. It carries out policy advocacy on the internationalization of higher education that enables the growth and development of African universities. For more information please visit the website.

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ESRC (website)

ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. ESRC’s total budget for 2016/17 is around £192 million. At any one time it supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. For more information please visit the website.

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National Research Foundation (website)

The mandate of the National Research Foundation (NRF) is to promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge, and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans. For more information please visit the website.

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Newton Fund (website)

The Newton Fund’s aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries, through working with the partner country, to address the well-being of communities. It does so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA). For more information please visit the website.

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University of Leicester (website)

The University of Leicester is one of the biggest suppliers of higher education distance learning courses in the UK. Courses have been designed to be studied at a distance, giving students the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework. This allows students to combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. For more information please visit the website.