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Report
Proposal for
MONASH Africa Research
Institute (MARI)
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Why MONASH Africa Research Institute?
• No existing African Research Centre in
Australia
• Growing importance of links with Africa – trade
and migration
• Opportunity to build Monash research profile in
Africa
• Opportunity to improve links with MSA and
other universities in Africa
• Opportunity for Monash to lead closer
collaboration with Africa and contribute to
African development goals
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MARI’s Mission:
To promote and support research in
Africa by Australian researchers,
focusing on research and links in South
Africa but also including research in
other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa
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How?
• Australian hub, led by prominent scholar to
provide academic leadership, coordinate and
facilitate postgraduate research
• Australian-based Executive Office with officer
to fund-raise; liaise with business, government
and community; oversee external linkages
• African-based node at MSA with academic
director to coordinate teaching and research in
African Studies at MSA and liaise with
Australian hub
• Eventual transfer of MARI hub to MSA
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Key research areas:
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Economic development
Public policy
Governance
Linguistics
Medicine
Public Health
Water Policy
Climate Change
Migration
History
Anthropology
Ethnography of language, language contact
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Teaching initiatives
• Foster research-led coursework units in
African Studies, both in Africa and
Australia
• Key links with BA (Global) and student
mobility in general
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Research Training
MARI to serve as Virtual Graduate
School to coordinate postgraduate
research study across Australia and, as
technology improves, in Africa
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Funding
Seed funding from DVC(I) for Executive
Director to seek external corporate and
federal funding to fund ongoing
Professor, administrative staff, HDR
scholarships and research fellowships
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Outcomes
• International research linkages/funding
• Increased HDRs
• Internationalised curriculum and curriculum
exchange between MSA and Australia (in both
directions)
• Increased profile for Monash research in Africa
and elsewhere
• Increased impact of Monash research on policy
development in Australia and Africa
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