WUN Community of Learning for African PhD Fellows (COLA) Workshop

The Community of Learning for Africa (COLA) is a platform that supports and stimulates research. COLA is developed to assist specifically young African PhD fellows in order to increase the quality of their research publications and support them to collaborate with other researchers and disseminate research outcomes in internationally used outlets. COLA builds a network of African PhD fellows, their supervisors and international researchers, working in the fields of Governance, Public Policy, Innovation, Technology and Economic Development.  

This workshop will bring together the global network of scholars that make up COLA to drive forward the collaboration. 

This event is part of the WUN Conference & AGM 2016


0830-0900   Arrival Tea

0900-0915   Welcome

0915-1030   MOOCs and the use of online courses for PhD Education

1030-1100   Morning Tea

1100-1230   Open Educational Resources and their use in Africa

1230-1330   Lunch

1330-1500   Long Distance Supervision of PhD Students

1500-1530   Afternoon Tea

1530-1700   What's Next?


  • Dr Han Aarts, Maastricht University
  • Shivani Achrekar, Maastricht University
  • Kirsten Haaland, UNU-MERIT
  • Dr Marco Kalz, Open University of the Netherlands
  • Dr Ismael Peña, Open University of Catalonia
  • Dr Martin Rehm, UNU-MERIT
  • Dr Jacques Rousseau, The University of Cape Town
  • Dr Bukola Salami, University of Alberta
  • Dr Mindel van de Laar, Maastricht University
  • Professor Bart van den Borne, Maastricht University
  • Dr Danielle Verstegen, Maastricht University

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Room A1.23, School of Business & Economics

Tongersestraat 53

Maastricht University


Special delegate rates have been negotiated at a number of hotels in Maastricht. Student guides will be based in the lobby of official conference hotels throughout the conference to provide advice and assistance; and for events that require bus transport, buses will only pick up from official conference hotels. 

Getting there and away 

Delegates can book airport transfers from Düsseldorf (DUS) or Brussels (BRU) at a cost of €30 each way, or Amsterdam (AMS) at a cost of €50 each way.

Delegates who have already booked airport transfers from Brussels Airport but wish to cancel or change their transfer to Dusseldorf Airport or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport should email transportation@jacobsbus.com

Delegates arriving through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) might also consider taking a train to Maastricht. Trains depart from the airport terminal every 30 minutes. Delegates must change trains (briefly) in Utrecht. The train journey takes approximately 2.5 hours. For more information visit Dutch Rail.

Visiting Maastricht

Maastricht is a charming Dutch town with a rich history, engaging culture and delightful cuisine. You may choose to extend your stay in Maastricht following the conference. To learn more about Maastricht go to Visit Maastricht.

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