Specializing Master in Sustainable Management of Resources and Cultural Heritage for Local Development
  • Fully Funded

Applications are open for the Specializing Master in Sustainable Management of Resources and Cultural Heritage for Local Development supported by Italian Higher Education with Africa! Apply now!

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Africa’s role is central in global policies and will become increasingly strategic along with the strengthening of national economies and population growth. Global challenges have proven to be complex and multidisciplinary, sometimes unpredictable as experienced in 2020. In this context, academic training and scientific research play a primary role as they can enhance change via innovation and knowledge. The mission of this Specializing Master course is to support African Universities by contributing to upgrading their staff and nurturing a qualified generation of skilled young researchers and lecturers. The specific objective is threefold:

  • To increase the attendants’ knowledge about the global challenges of sustainable development and clarify the implications for the Continent
  • To provide the attendants with tools to pursue research and education actions in this field and being able to transfer their knowledge within their home University
  • To enforce the partnership between the attendants’ home Universities and Italian Universities


The overall objective is to nurture a qualified generation of skilled young researchers and lecturers on two main issues: Teaching Innovation Projects and Sustainability. Scholarships covering the entire cost of the Specializing Master will be available for 35 applicants coming mainly from Ethiopian Higher Education and/or Research Institutes.


  • MODULE 1 | Sustainable development and the Africa challenge
  • MODULE 2 | Project Research Management – Innovative Teaching
  • MODULE 3 | Sustainable Food
  • MODULE 4 | Energy Resources, Power Technologies, Energy Scenarios and Planning
  • MODULE 5 | Cultural Heritage
  • MODULE 6 | One Health: introduction to system thinking, Healthand Sustainable Lifestyle, Pollution and Health

Awarded title:  1st level Specializing Master Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Cultural Heritage: Empowering Higher Education in Africa.


The course is designed for young talents with an academic perspective: young lecturers and junior researchers. Ethiopian Universities will assist the IHEA Foundation in the selection of a highly qualified candidates. Admission is selective and the requirements are:

  1. Bachelor or Master of Science in disciplines connected to the topics of the Specializing Master:
    • Copy of the degree in the original language and its translation into Italian/English/French or Spanish
    • Copy of the transcripts with the list of exams in the original language and their translation into Italian/English/French or Spanishor Diploma Supplement
    • Copy of a valid passport
    • Curriculum Vitae
  2. Motivational letter by the candidate
  3. Letter of support by the candidate’s home University, preferably issued on headed letter by an institutional representative (head of the unit/department of the candidate)


  • To hold a position in a local Universities (lectures, assistant, fellow researchers…) will be an additional asset of merit.
  • Good knowledge of written and oral English is requested, a language certification will also be an additional asset of merit
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • STEP 1 – Upon the receipt of applications, the Department of Energy will assess the eligibility criteria as above described, for each applicant with respect to the degree requirement. Applicants who pass this first step will move on to step 2. The Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano will share the list of the eligible candidates with the IHEA Foundation.
  • STEP 2 – The IHEA Foundation will identify, at its sole discretion, the applicants to be enrolled through evaluation of qualification, letter of motivation and letter of support. Based on this evaluation IHEA Foundation, at its sole discration, might invite for an individual interview a selected group of candidates. During the interview the following elements will be assessed:
    • Provided with capacity to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English
    • Stimulated by Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063
    • Endowed with good communication skills
    • Committed to work on a project work for his/her home university on one of the subject of the Specializing Master
    • Availability to act as trainers of trainees within the home university to multiply the benefit and the impact of the Master in their home University

The interview follows a defined structure and patterns will be supplied with the necessary template with questions for the interview and an interview assessment sheet. To ensure transparency and quality of the interviews the interview is public.

Individual applications will not be taken into consideration, as it is a requirement to be referred by the applicant’s home university. The Specializing Master will be available to additional postdoc fellows and young lecturers at full cost. The list of the selected candidates will be shared with the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano.

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Application Deadline: September 19, 2021

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