Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

Professors for Development

A few years ago,  the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, visited our university during the celebration of the 85th Dies Natalis of our university. Her call to realize good education in Africa, and particularly in Liberia, has been taken up by a number of involved (emeritus) professors of Tilburg University.

These professors commit themselves pro bono to universities in Africa. They will do this by 'teaching the teachers'. They will give master classes, teach them various research methods or writing skills for good scientific papers and supervise PhD students. It means a lot for the development of university education in Africa when these emeriti can share their knowledge and experience with students and teachers in a country where there is, or has been, so much instability. These activities are done under the condition that they are not a substitute of the local experts and that these initiatives are embedded in the programs of the partner universities.

What does this project need?

The emeriti will work pro bono. In general they will stay for at least two weeks in a country to teach students and teachers. However there are expenses associated with this initiative. The average costs for a professor to teach in Liberia for two weeks are between 1,000 and 4,000 Euros. These are the minimum travelling and accommodation costs. It is not always possible for the receiving university to pay these expenses, simply because there is no budget. In such situations, we are aiming for a “hardship” fund of at least 50,000 Euros. Therefore we need your help. In this way, our professors can help that university to take a step forward. 

News Update (August 2016): By means of crowdfunding, about 20.000 euro has been raised for this project in the last few years. The project continues and will expand to countries like  Zambia, Namibia, Congo. Additional gifts are most welcome!