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ETH Masters in Africa – Engineering for Development 2022 for African Students

Applications are open for ETH Masters in Africa – Engineering for Development 2022 for African Students

When is the Application Deadline:

24th September 2021

Tell Me About Award:

ETH Zurich and Ashesi University in Ghana, together with industry partners, are offering a master’s programme in mechatronic engineering taught in Ghana by faculty of both institutions.

The past year has seen a growing partnership between Ashesi University, Ghana, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and our industry partners. This collaboration is dedicated to developing and presenting a master programme in mechatronics engineering at Ashesi University that is aimed at promoting the next generation of leaders in sub-​Saharan Africa who will take responsibility for sustainable development in the region.

The collaboratively developed programme will be taught in tandem between faculty from Ashesi University and ETH Zurich over the coming years to gradually build capacity at our partner university and to establish a graduate programme that can be sustainably presented beyond the collaboration phase of the initiative. The close interaction between faculty members of Ashesi University and ETH Zurich over the coming years will support knowledge transfer in both directions. Specifically, valuable for the wider ETH community and its students is the exposure that will be gained during the collaboration, which would ensure that research and teaching at ETH Zurich effectively works towards solving the most urgent challenges and opportunities of the future.

Structured as a series of block courses over three years, graduates of the joint programme will be awarded with both an MSc degree from Ashesi University and an ETH MAS degree. The involvement of our industry partners, all of whom are operationally present in Africa, ensures that the programme addresses regional market needs and introduces graduates to the local industrial environment. In addition to providing mentorship and industrial internship opportunities, our industry partners offer limited conditional scholarships to prospective students. More information on the programme, course content and scholarships can be found here. 

We are currently open for applications from students from across Africa to join the programme as part of our first cohort. Interested candidates can view the application process and all requirements on the application landing page of Ashesi University.

Crucial funding for our unique programme is secured with the support of the ETH Foundation. We are very grateful to our supporting partners for their financial contribution, which makes possible the implementation of this initiative.

Which Field(s) is/are Eligible?

Master in Mechatronic Engineering

What Type of Scholarship is this?

Master

Who is Eligible?

1. Applicants with a bachelor or master degree (second class or higher) in mechatronics, mechanical, electrical, computer, allied engineering, or other related degrees will be considered for the programme.

2. Applicants with aforementioned degrees awarded beyond five years as at the time of their application can also apply, if they can show evidence of consistent on-the-job professional development.

How are Applicants Selected?

Though we place an emphasis on academic merit, our admissions process also focuses on factors such as character, participation in extracurricular activities, and volunteer experience. Here’s a guide to creating a strong admissions application

Which Countries are Eligible?

Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. 

Where will Award be Taken?

Ashesi University, Ghana

How Many Scholarships will be Given?

5

What is the Benefit of Scholarship?

The scholarships will cover:

  • Tuition and other academic fees
  • Laptop and equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Health insurance
  • One trip home per year
  • Monthly stipend
  • Job offer after graduation

Students funded by industry partners will also undergo an onboarding period with their scholarship provider before starting the academic programme. Their mentorship and industrial internship will also take place with the scholarship provider.

How Long will the Program Last?

3 years

How to Apply for Scholarship:

Applicants with a bachelor or master degree (second class or higher) in mechatronics, mechanical, electrical, computer, allied engineering, or other related degrees will be considered for the programme.

2. Applicants with aforementioned degrees awarded beyond five years as at the time of their application can also apply, if they can show evidence of consistent on-the-job professional development.

English Language Requirement
Students for who English was not a language of instruction must submit evidence of English language proficiency, including but not limited to the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Other Tests (Subject to Verification)


Transcripts or other supporting documents submitted by international applicants in a language other than English must be translated and certified as copies of the original document(s).

Supporting Documents

  • Official Transcript: Transcripts should give detailed information of the individual grades received in university-level qualifications to date. Please upload official documents issued by your institution. Transcripts not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • CV/Résumé: Please upload a document of one to three pages highlighting your academic achievements and any relevant professional experience.
  • Motivation Letter: Statements of motivation should explain your motivation for applying for the programme, your relevant experience and education, and the specific areas that interest you and/or you intend to specialise in.
  • References: Please provide contact details of two references, at least one academic, who will support your intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation and interest in the programme and the subject area, and your ability to work effectively in a group and independently. 


Interview
Interviews will be held as part of the admissions process. Invited applicants will be given sufficient time to prepare for the interview. At the interview, applicants will be asked specific questions on designated subjects to facilitate wider discussion, and to allow applicants to display their experience and problem-solving skills. Applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, leadership potential and motivation will also be assessed. Interviews will take place virtually, with video preferred.

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