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This is an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility project of Leiden University’s Faculty of Science with two Nigerian universities, the Center for Basic Space Science and University of Nigeria.

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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 Nigeria 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 West African ROAD in Nigeria will increase Nigerian 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.

The Center for Basic Space Science aims to expose its staff to the best international expertise and facilities to improve their professional skills. Upon return, participants will serve as mentors to other scientists at the Center. Leiden University will train the Nigerian staff in astronomy topics and methodologies that are currently lacking. The University of Nigeria is one of the leading universities in Nigeria, accounting for the training of over 90% of astronomers in the sub-region. It encourages staff and students to gain international experience. Exchanges between the ROAD offices in Nigeria and the Netherlands are therefore an important strategic goal for all partners involved, to share research and management expertise and promote mutual learning.

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

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