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.

 


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