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This is an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility project of Leiden University’s Faculty of Science with the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute.

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Types of mobility:

  • Staff & student exchange

Project duration:

  • 2022-2025

Project summary

The European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (E-ROAD) at the Faculty of Science, Leiden University, regards collaboration and exchange with the ROAD office in Ethiopia as an important strategic goal. Both offices are part of a global network, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and one of the aims is to strengthen bonds with sister offices by sharing the research and management expertise available in each region. This will equip astronomers in low-income countries with the necessary technical and soft skills and therefore stimulate capacity building. The project will thus contribute to sustainable development.

Collaboration and exchange between the E-ROAD in Leiden and the East African ROAD in Ethiopia will increase Ethiopian research capacity in astronomy and related technological fields, including project management, and will build capacity in skills that can be applied both within and outside academia. Exchanges between the ROAD offices in Ethiopia and the Netherlands are an important goal for both partners, to share research and management expertise and promote mutual learning.

The 2022 project builds on previous successful collaboration between Leiden and Ethiopia through the ICM programme. For more information about the previous project, take a look at the 2020 project page.

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