Yebo! Development of the Internationalisation of PhD Studies in South Africa

October 2017 to October 2020
capacity building
doctoral supervision
intercultural competencies
academic writing
research capacity
doctoral schools
University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
University of Pretoria (South Africa)
University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Central University of Technology (South Africa)
Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa)
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)
Research fields
Science General

Doctoral studies are considered one of the driving forces that generate economic growth and contribute to the development of society, through the gaining of new knowledge. The nature of doctoral studies has been much debated in recent years. Their internationalization has been highlighted as a key component to facilitate the development of research excellence and the quality of doctoral education.
Nevertheless, this internationalization can be seen as unreachable for most universities due to the lack of resources but also because of the lack of experienced supervisors. This is something that the European Union has focused on for years. For the YEBO! project, partners clearly identified a need to train supervisors in order to allow them to be more efficient with PhD candidates.

  • The project aims to achieve:
    • the improvement of the skills of south-African universities concerning the internationalization of PhD Studies;
    • to facilitate the access to information concerning funding, mobility, and administrative procedures of PhD programs;
    • the increase of PhD students and staff trained in the internationalization of the PhD studies;
    • to promote the internationalization of PhD studies in South Africa and Europe.