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Association of Africa Universities (AAU), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU)




Tuning Africa is a network of interconnected communities of academics who reflect, debate and elaborate instruments and share the around a discipline or theme in the conscious context of building mutual trust and confidence. They work in international, intercultural groups, communicating deep respect for the autonomy of co-participants at the institutional, country and regional level and generously sharing knowledge and experiences


The Tuning Africa pilot Project (2011  –  2013) implemented in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy was led by 60 universities  representing the five sub-regions of Africa, with their great linguistic (French, English, Arabic and Portuguese) and cultural diversity, focused on  5 subject area groups: Medicine, Teacher Education, Agricultural Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering. The aim of the project was to build the capacity of universities to develop curricula, tailored to the needs expressed by society in relation to a particular job. It followed the first steps to the design of degree profiles, defining and consulting generic and subject-specific competences


Tuning II (2015 – 2018), as a concrete deliverable of the 2014-2017 Roadmap of the 2014 EU-AU Heads of State and Government Summit, will complete the process of design, taking into consideration theagreements achieved in the pilot project. Its works in 8 subject areas (Agricultural Sciences, Civil Engineering Tuning Africa II will work with 8 Subject Area Groups: 5 SAG`s which have participated in the pilot project (Medicine, Agriculture, Teaching, Civil and Mechanical Engineering), 2 new subject areas (Economics and Applied Geology) and 1 transversal area (Higher Education Management)

Besides, it is necessary to focus on the issue of  implementation. It is  certain that the pilot phase has revealed a relatively large number of participants who can now spread the Tuning Africa methodology. But these stakeholders, once in their universities, have to deal with many daily tasks that will compete for time with the  demanding task of publicizing Tuning Africa. The challenge for this second phase is how to implement the project at the level of the universities. Furthermore, this new phase  increases the participation of African countries and universities in order to broaden the scope of the discussion and the potential results to be developed


The Agricultural Sciences group is composed by 17 members from 15 universities: Université Catholique de l'Afrique de l´Oest , UCAO-UUC (Benin) ; Université d'Abomey-Calavi (Benin) ; UNIVERSITE DE NGOZI (Burundi) ; Université de Dschang (Cameroon) ; University of Ghana (Ghana) ; Université Nangui Abrogoua (Côte d'Ivoire) ; Egerton University (Kenya); Université d'Antananarivo (Madagascar); University of Mauritius (Mauritius); Université Mohammed Premier (Morroco); Federal University of Agriculture (Nigeria); University of Ilorin (Nigeria); Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (Senegal); Sudan University of Science and Technology (Sudan); University of Swaziland (Swazilandia); Federal University of Agriculture(Nigeria)

Specific Competences

http://tuningafrica.org//upload/grupo/doc/2/report-on-workshop-results.docx Have the Knowledge and understanding of Agricultural production, and basic sciences

Should be able to identify problems and apply knowledge to solving day to day agricultural challenges.
Ability to evaluate and manage agricultural projects, as well as carry out financial appraisals.
Should possess entrepreneurial and creative skills. Should be able to design, plan and implement agricultural research.
Should be able to do business in any part of the world.
Ability to understand, and adapt to new and emerging technologies in Agriculture, including ICT.
Ability to implement sustainable practices and technologies for the management of natural resources.
Have ability for independent thinking and be able to work with minimal supervision in the area of agriculture.
Ability to adapt and transfer technology, as well as be able to create new technologies.
Ability to know, advice and implement agricultural policies, and regulations.
To make sustainable use of water and other natural resources for agricultural use.
Ability to understand and work within the organization, business and community management of the rural sector.
Ability to identify pests, pathogens, and weeds associated with crops, animals and their products.
Ability to improve quality and safety along the agricultural value chains.
Ability to select and manage machinery, implements and equipment for agricultural use in different farming systems