Collaborative PhD Program

Students from the Collaborative PhD Program

EfD, in collaboration with the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg runs bilateral collaborative PhD programs in Economics with Addis Ababa University and the University of Rwanda. The collaboration involves provision of second year specialisation courses, such as Development Economics, Applied Econometrics, Behavioural and Experimental Economics and Environmental Economics, plus co-supervision of PhD students’ dissertations by colleagues at the University of Gothenburg and the collaborating Universities. The program also provides post-doc and visiting scholar opportunities to colleagues at Addis Ababa University and University of Rwanda to come to Gothenburg and conduct collaborative research. 

The collaboration benefits both parties significantly. Addis Ababa University and University of Rwanda get the opportunity to train their PhD students in collaboration with one of the most prestigious economics departments in the world. This will have strong impact on the quality of their PhD graduates. EfD and the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg also benefit from the collaboration by keeping their connection and collaboration with academic institutions in Africa, an important indicator of internationalisation and diversity of an academic department. Moreover, colleagues who jointly supervise PhD students will likely produce joint peer-reviewed articles which will improve the research output of both universities. 

The short-term goals of the collaboration is training high-quality PhD graduates and co-production of research knowledge by all institutions. The long-term goals are improving the research culture and environment of Addis Ababa University and University of Rwanda, and contributing to the internationalisation of all departments. The collaboration creates a platform for both parties to internationalise their research and education and learn more and contribute to the economic transformation of two of the most rapidly growing African countries – Ethiopia and Rwanda.

The program is generously funded by Sida.

For more information contact:

Franklin Amuakwa-Mensah (PhD)
Director, Collaborative PhD Programs


Updated: 11 August 2020