The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, in short BIGSAS, was founded 2007 in the framework of the excellence initiative of the Federal government and the states at the university of Bayreuth and is considered world wide the largest and most diversified graduate school in the field of African studies.
Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
She is being promoted by the German Research Foundation with ca. 15 million Euros until October 31. 2017 for altogether 10 years.
The BIGSAS offers, postgraduates from 32 countries and five continents, in close cooperation with six African partner universities, as well as numerous colleagues in Africa individual support for doctorates. They are offered care and extensive scientific training, which prepares for a carrier inside- as well as outside of science.
More than almost 70 scientists, who belong to the institute for Africa studies (see IAS), shape the interdisciplinary humanities environment. They research interdisciplinary issues with reference to Africa and teach in the areas of history- culture- politic-social- law- literature-media science, study of religion, linguistic and geoscience. In addition to the only professorship for literature in African languages in Germany, a new professorship for transdisciplinary research between culture and technology, was established recently in Africa.
Since the beginning of the BIGSAS more than 78 graduates received their degree (status January 2016). They made their careers mainly in their home universities and are scientifically active and recognized worldwide.
BIGSAS acts in the city of Bayreuth amongst others with the following:
BIGSAS@school (in close cooperation with the city of Bayreuth as well as the center of teacher education)
BIGSAS in Town (in close cooperation with the city of Bayreuth)
BIGSAS Festival of African- and African-Diasporic literatures (in close cooperation with the city of Bayreuth)
The BIGSAS journalist award (in close cooperation with the university club)
In addition, BIGSAS is a network of seven universities on two continents, Europe and Africa: University d´Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin, Addis, Ababa University, Ethiopia, University Bayreuth, Germany; University Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco and Moi University, Eldoret, Kenia.