funded by the ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Higher Education (EDULINK) from October 2008 to September 2011.
IMMIS was the joint curriculum development and research project on African Migration and Gender by Makerere University, Kampala/Uganda, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan and Oldenburg University, Germany.
IMMIS will implement African migration studies by joint curriculum development and collaborative research, facilitated by fellowships, faculty exchange, conferences, publications, and the improvement of academic infrastructure. Networking of the four partner universities will increase their capacities in the field of African migration research and gender studies.
IMMIS aims at making a major contribution to strengthen the (East-)African voice in this process through academic research, teaching and public discussion on local, international as well as global migration, including the gender issues related. With a focus on East Africa resp. the Great Lakes Region, the contributions to policy development on the national and regional level are expected to help improve migration management and finally better the situation of refugees and migrants.
The gender dimension of migration processes, including forced migration, will be of key concern. Thus, the action will contribute to improved information and new actors/professionals with transnational perspectives. It will also bridge academia in Africa and Europe, and promote a network of networks. The curriculum development according to Bologna criteria will promote the existing links between African and European universities in general, while the joint development and establishment of an African-European study programme will bring new dimensions into the social sciences of both African and European universities and create synergies. The specific objective of the action is to implement African migration studies in Sudan and Uganda on two sustainable and transnational levels: the first concerns existing MA programmes, the second is the establishment of an African-European Master in migration studies, based on blended learning.
Find out more about IMMIS on the project website.