Posted by: africanpressorganization | 10 February 2010

EAC Nyerere Centre for Peace Research offers scholarships to students from partner states / The number of scholarships to increase in future





EAC Nyerere Centre for Peace Research offers scholarships to students from partner states / The number of scholarships to increase in future



ARUSHA, Tanzania, February 10, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The East African Community Nyerere Centre for Research (EAC-NCPR) has offered eleven scholarships to students from the EAC Partner States for undergraduate and internship programmes to be conducted at the EAC-NCPR in Arusha.


”The programmes are aimed at exposing the students to the regional integration, best learning practices and widen their knowledge of different cultures”, said Ms Pamela Atukunda, the Coordinator of EAC-NCPR.


This is an opportunity for students from the EAC Partner States, among others, to increase their scope of understanding the EAC integration and related issues, added Ms Atukunda.  She further said the plans are afoot to increase the number of scholarships in future.


” Depending on the availability of the funds, we’re determined to open up more places for students from the EAC at NCPR,” she said. The students programs and scholarship opportunities are organized in cooperation with Arcadia University of the United States of America on an exchange basis.


 ”The exchange program will give the students a chance to learn more about the region and the opportunity to share experiences with their counterparts from Arcadia University,” remarked Ms Atukunda.


The undergraduate semester began on Monday and will last for four months whereas the internships start on 1st March and will stretch up to 30th June 2010.


The course structure will include of class work, guest speakers and independent research. In addition, the programme is designed to include visits to international and regional organizations based in Arusha.


Nyerere Centre for Peace Research (NCPR) was launched on 13th July, 2007 as an institution of the EAC. It is envisaged that the NCPR will be developed as a centre of excellence in capacity building and research as there is need to constantly identify the strengths and weaknesses of, opportunities for and threats to the Community, for which appropriate regional responses need to be put in place. The Centre also embraces late Tanzania’s President Nyerere’s vision of a prosperous East Africa built on tenets of peace and unity.


NCPR’s vision is to be a Centre of excellence that conducts cutting edge research on peace and security, good governance and common foreign policy pursuits that enhances regional integration and development while its mission is to undertake policy research and capacity building that contributes to the creation of peaceful environment that enhances human security, regional integration and development.


Its operational objectives include among others; undertaking both empirical and policy oriented research that will promote peace and security as a means of enhancing regional integration and development; networking and collaborating with like-minded local, regional and international organizations to tap good practices and approaches to research and training; and enhancing students’ interest in the EAC regional integration process.


Its strategic importance to the Community derives from the fact that regional entities are credible, cost effective and more efficient than individual institutions. As such, NCPR seeks to complement the vision, mission and objectives of the EAC.



For any further information please contact:


Ms Pamela Atukunda


EAC Nyerere Centre for Peace Research

P.o.Box 1096


Tel +255 27 2504253/8 Ext 698

Fax +255 27 2504255/4481



East African Community (EAC)


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