YEBO logo“Yebo! Development of the Internationalization of PhD Studies in South-Africa” (2017-20) is an Erasmus+ funded project focused on further developing the internationalisation of doctoral education in South African universities. Three approaches contribute to achieving this objective:

  • Developing a web‐based portal that encompasses research and funding networks, identification of funding opportunities, with an emphasis on training materials and videos accessible to all
  • Four themed conferences focusing on best practices for the internationalisation and promotion of doctoral education, and fostering networking and cooperation opportunities
  • Three training sessions, organised in South Africa, with a focus on supervision capacities

EUA is a project partner and will advise the consortium on the application of its “Framework for the Internationalisation of Doctoral Education” (FRINDOC). This framework helped inspire Yebo! and will serve as the basis for its activities. It consists of four principles for the internationalisation of doctoral education:

  • Research capacity and capability: universities must provide access to good research environments with appropriate supervision and resources
  • International profile: universities must be engaged in international activities at the institutional level, through the work of both supervisors and doctoral candidates
  • Institutional structures: universities must have sufficient institutional structures to manage, administer and develop the internationalisation of doctoral education
  • Mobility: universities must facilitate mobility for both doctoral candidates and staff

Yebo! is funded under Erasmus + Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity building in the field of Higher Education.


The Yebo! project is carried out by a consortium of 15 European and South African partners and is coordinated by the University of Montpellier (UM, France). The project partners are:

European project partners

  • Ghent University (UGent, Belgium)
  • Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin, Germany)
  • University of Montpellier (UM, France; project coordinator)
  • Uppsala University (UU, Sweden)
  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU, Lithuania)
  • Coimbra Group (CG, Belgium)
  • French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD, France)
  • European University Association (EUA, Belgium)

South African project partners

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
  • Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)
  • Stellenbosch University (SU)
  • Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
  • University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • University of Pretoria (UP)
  • University of Western Cape (UWC)

More details can be found on the project website. For further information on EUA’s role in the project, please contact Bregt Saenen.

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