African, Caribbean, Pacific Mobility Scheme has “substantial impact” says EU Report

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 18 March, 2021

An EU survey of 1,741 scholarship holders from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries has found that the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme has had a substantial impact on their specialised knowledge (92%), personal development (96%), skills and expertise (95%), and their career (88%).

The programme not only impacted on the student beneficiaries but on their institutions as well with  respondents pointing to strengthened research capacity (69%), development of scientific/academic capacity (67%), and research innovation (60%) as key outcomes.

Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme Scholarship holders’ impact survey results

The survey reveals a powerful inclusion dimension indicating that 55% of the respondents’ mothers and 38% of their fathers either had no formal education or attained only primary level of education.

The Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme promotes co-operation between higher education institutions (HEIs) and supported mobility of students and university staff in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) regions.  It funded partnerships between HEIs from different countries within these regions and granted scholarships for students (Masters and Doctorates) and university staff (administrative and academic) to carry out studies, research, or teaching activities in another country covered by the programme.  Mobility took place within two separate lots, namely Lot 1 – Africa and Lot 2 – the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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