July 9, 2007

CENTRE RECEIVES IRISH AID FUNDING FOR AFRICAN UNIVERSITY PROJECT

9 July 2007

The Centre for Cross Border Studies has been awarded nearly €1.5 million by Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s development co-operation agency, to lead an all-Ireland consortium of universities to help build the research capacity of universities in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi.

The funding has been awarded under Irish Aid’s Programme of Strategic Co-operation with Higher Education and Research Institutes, and will go towards research capacity building in the African universities in health, education, ICT and gender issues. All nine Irish universities (North and South) and four African universities – Makerere University in Uganda, Dar-Es-Salaam University in Tanzania, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and the University of Malawi – will participate in the consortium.

The Centre thus becomes the first Northern Ireland-based higher education institution to receive a major grant from an Irish government agency.

The other third level institutions to receive funding in this first round of Irish Aid awards are University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Mary Immaculate College Limerick and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Announcing the awards, the Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Micheal Kitt TD, said: “This funding will enable Irish universities and colleges to build partnerships with universities in developing countries. Together they will work to develop innovative ways to tackle global poverty and underdevelopment. For Irish universities, this is an opportunity to build their expertise in development research. Our work in Irish Aid will be enriched by the research carried out under the programme which will help build Ireland’s academic and professional expertise in respect of development policy and practice.”

See the Press Release and the Irish Aid Press Release.

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