PROWIBO is our new education policy and practice research think-tank.
How are universities in Africa approaching entrepreneurship? What are the disparities in investment in higher education within and between countries? How do we build confidence among university students? With our team of researchers, we are creating data to answer some of education’s hardest questions. The original research is informed by our experiences and will directly impact our teaching styles.
According to our survey, the top 3 skills employers are looking for in entry-level candidates are teamwork, adaptability to change and productivity. These can be taught in universities and schools, you don’t have to learn this on the job. It is evidence-based research such as this that we incorporate into our programmes. Making measurable impacts on students is in the DNA of PROWIBO. We are excited to announce that on 15 October, we signed an MOU with the Gulf Futures Centre and held a ceremony hosted at Richmond University to kick off the establishment of PROWIBO
Current Research Projects
As an academic organisation, we are constantly revising and revisiting our assumptions, testing the literature and experimenting in the classroom. We are currently running a number of research projects to validate our programs and improve the teaching experience of students. Each project is led by one of our Research Fellows with the support of the professors on the ground and our enthusiastic interns. We currently have seven part-time researchers contributing to our publications.
At the African Rural University, the first all-women’s university in Africa, we will be experimenting with teaching techniques to build confidence in women as learners and professionals.
The value of short courses
While the summer school model has been tried and tested, and short courses continue to increase in popularity, we will test whether we can bring added value to our students in Thailand, Uganda and Sierra Leone with intense short courses focusing on skills development.
Teaching in developing countries
Our lecturers will be tracking their journey, monitoring student performance and documenting successes and challenges throughout the course. These diaries will serve as a basis to develop new theories on teaching and inspiring students in different working environments.
2018 Workshop In conjunction with the Gulf Futures Center, we will be hosting our first teaching and development workshop in September 2018. Our working agenda can be viewed here.
We welcome collaborations with research institutions around the world that share our vision and values. As we are working to expand our Summer Schools globally, we are also keen on collaborating with various think tanks and research institutions to improve our understanding of issues in education and development world-wide.
The Gulf Futures Center (GFC) was founded in May 2015 in London as a non-profit organisation. The aim of GFC is to create a Think Tank which conducts reliable, scholarly researched information, data and analysis to the Gulf Cooperation Council States (GCC), international organisations, policymakers and governments.
By partnering with Prowibo, GFC wants to provide Western countries with a comprehensive understanding of the GCC and neighbouring states. Ultimately, GFC aims to ‘enhance the cooperation and collaboration between the nations in the matters relating to security issues, foreign policies and education by providing a data and information sharing platform.’