YEBO! Which mean YES! in Zulu is the new Erasmus+ Capacity Building project coordinated by the University of Montpellier. This project was launched on December 4 and  5th 2017 in Montpellier.
The main purpose of the YEBO! project is to foster and develop the internationalization of doctoral studies in South Africa.

This project focuses on the promotion of the internationalization of doctoral studies in South Africa, and aims to address the problems within doctoral studies. Three main approaches were identified in response to the needed development of capacities in South African universities:

  • the evaluation of partners’ internationalization rate,
  • the creation of a PhD portal,
  • the organization of conferences and training sessions.

The project proposes to address their internationalization needs by helping to promote doctoral studies, to give a better access to necessary information and train supervisors.  The expertise brought by EU partners with the internationalization of their own doctoral studies, combined with the experience from the three non-university partners will provide valuable input to the SA universities so as to accomplish these goals.

The Phd portal, the conferences and the training sessions – will benefit to both South African and European partners. The conferences will allow all types of organizations and a diverse audience – universities, associations, students – to meet, discuss and discover new opportunities and methods.
This will increase the access to opportunities, ranging from funding to co-supervision within partner universities, an increase in the number of trained supervisors, and an increase in the international visibility of South African institutions are envisioned.

Furthermore, the PhD portal will create sustained communication and network channels between the SA and EU partner institutions.

The EU university partners will gain from enhanced networking with SA universities and organizations. This will pave the way for spin-off projects between EU and SA universities, such as developing cotutelles and cosupervision programmes. They will also have the occasion to learn from one another and from the SA universities during the conferences, and subsequently be able to question and revise their own practices regarding the internationalization of PhD studies as a result of the project.