09 May Mobilizing Regional Capacity Initiative (MRCI) PROJECT
The MRCI Project covered a period of two years from 2009 to 2011. The Key partners in the project included: The Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), and the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). The project study covered several countries in Africa such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa among others. The MRCI project focused on the role of internationalization of higher education in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in Africa.
The project main aim was to strengthen the international dimensions of higher education in the continent by sharing the available resources on this important but relatively ignored area. ANIE received a grant from the Association of African University (AAU). The MRCI Project enabled ANIE to carry out several activities which included the development of a virtual forum for sharing resources on the internationalization of higher education in Africa.
The name of the virtual forum is AFIRE (African Forum on Internationalization Resource Exchange) and it continues to run up to date on the ANIE’s website. AFIRE promotes close interaction of information and educational resources on internationalization, thereby insuring researchers, practitioners, policy makers and institutional leaders have a constantly widening access to information thus inspiring others to participate. The MRCI grant also enabled ANIE to build capacity and advance research on the role of internationalization of higher education by issuing grant to 12 young scholars from 7 African countries (as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, and South). The project also enabled the development of a strategy for dissemination of output emanating from internationalization activities.