IGAD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Addis Ababa University and the UN affiliated University of Peace, Africa office. The Addis Ababa University has opened an Institute of Peace and Security Studies whose implementing partner is the University of Peace Africa office. The institute is operational since the end of 2006 and is now training students in a Masters program of peace studies.
Tuesday, 01 July 2008
The objective of the MoU is to work together in capacity building in the IGAD region for Peace and sustainable development through promoting peace studies and related researches in the region. The collaboration program will specifically concern the admission of students from IGAD region for the Masters Degree program in peace and security studies offered by the Institute of Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of the Addis Ababa University.
Based on the memorandum IPSS will waive the tuition fees for the program and IGAD provide subsistence allowance through the generous support of the GTZ. The scholarship program covers for two students from each member state. Based on the criteria of selection set by the institute the students will be nominated by their respective governments from among their civil servants involved in peace and related activities of the member state. IGAD and University of Peace together will support similar initiatives in member state academic institutions in the future.