YEBO!Which meanYES! in Zuluis the new Erasmus+ Capacity Building project coordinated by the University of Montpellier. This project was launched on December 4 and  5th 2017in Montpellier.
Themain purposeof the YEBO! project isto 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 approacheswere 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 byhelping to promote doctoral studies, to give abetter access to necessary informationandtrain 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.

ThePhd portal, theconferencesand thetraining sessions– will benefit to both South African and European partners. Theconferences 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 toopportunities, ranging fromfunding to co-supervisionwithin partner universities, anincrease in the number of trained supervisors, and anincrease in the international visibility of South African institutionsare envisioned.

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

TheEU university partnerswillgain 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 tolearn from one anotherand 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.

Funding and duration

  •  The Erasmus+ Program of the European Union granted this project940 000€.
  • This project launched onOctober 2017and will end inNovember 2020.