University Administration Support Program (UASP)

University Administration Support Program (UASP)

The UASP Fellowships in Research Management support the development of university research management capacity through a six-week fellowship in the United States for mid- to senior-level research managers. Two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a virtual learning environment, and a four-week placement at a respected US university support participants to build their universities into leading research institutions. Following the placement, fellows are supported to implement reforms in their home institution.

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The UASP Fellowships in Research Management support the development of university research management capacity through a six-week fellowship in the United States for mid- to senior-level research managers. Two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a virtual learning environment, and a four-week placement at a respected US university support participants to build their universities into leading research institutions. Following the placement, fellows are supported to implement reforms in their home institution.

Goals

  • To equip the next generation of research managers at public universities across Africa and Eurasia with the capabilities to build their institutions as leading research universities
  • To assist UASP fellows in developing new knowledge, skills, and perspectives to strengthen and improve institutional research capacity and be catalysts of change

Project Activities

  • Human and institutional development: Following intensive training in Washington, DC, and a placement at a US Public University, UASP alumni create their own Implementation Plan with a view to implementing research management best practices at their home institutions. UASP provides coaching, technical assistance, and opportunities for seed funding for reform projects at participants’ home universities.
  • Sustainable partnerships: UASP fellows, their US counterparts, and their institutions create collaborative partnerships that result in new ventures such as administrator and faculty exchanges, joint research papers, and the organization of international conferences.
It was a big eye-opener.... The practical training we received has given us experience, confidence, and we are now able to come up with innovative activities. Felicia Takramah, University of Education-Winneba

Quick Facts

  • Between 2001 and 2017, UASP supported 180 fellows from 14 countries across Eurasia and Africa.
  • More than 80 leading universities across the US have hosted UASP fellows.
  • More than 84% of fellows implement reform projects at their home universities thanks to UASP participation.
  • Reform projects have included establishing offices of sponsored research, creating technology transfer centers, developing research ethics policies, and launching courses and training on research methods, proposal writing, and grants management.
  • More than 63% of UASP alumni maintain contact with their US host advisors, some for over a decade.
  • More than 33% of alumni established formal collaborations between their home universities and US host universities.

People

Partners

Carnegie Corporation of New York

African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)

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