Masters Degree in IP jointly offered by WIPO Academy, ARIPO and Africa University
Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP)
Jointly offered by:
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy;
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) ;
and Africa University (AU)
The Program is jointly organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU) with financial support from the Government of Japan. The Program is held at AU in Mutare and at ARIPO in Harare.
The Program will last from April 29, 2013 to April 29, 2014. It is structured in three parts, as follows:
- First Part (April 29 to July 20, 2013): participants shall be required to take courses under the Distance Learning Program (DLP) of the WIPO Academy.
- Second Part (August 5 to December 6, 2013): participants will attend classes at Africa University in Mutare (Zimbabwe) and undergo practical training at ARIPO in Harare.
- Third Part (December 7, 2013, to April 29, 2014): participants shall write, complete and submit a research project on a specific topic.
Lectures are given by leading academics, legal practitioners, intellectual property officers and other experts drawn from various universities and IP offices in Africa..
The provisional curriculum of the Program is available on the following websites: AU (www.africau.edu/academic/faculties/iplg/wipo/mip_advert.html), the WIPO Academy (www.wipo.int/academy) and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).
The MIP Program is designed for young professionals who wish to upgrade their skills in IP law. The Program is based on a comparative approach.
Candidates are required to hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any discipline. English proficiency is required. A minimum of two years of work experience is recommended.
The participants who successfully finish the Program will be awarded a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by Africa University on behalf of WIPO.
FEES AND COSTS
Tuition fees are US$2,500 (18 credits x 125 per credit) (subject to annual review) and registration fees are US$30 per person.
Cost of accommodation is estimated at US$725 per person for the whole duration of the residential phase; cost of meals is estimated at US$350 per month per person.
With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of IP in Africa, WIPO and ARIPO will provide approximately 25 scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa.
The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition fees, registration fees and medical insurance.
Any person fulfilling the above mentioned requirements is invited to send his/her application to the following address:
Assistant Registrar-Academic Affairs
P.O. Box 1320
or online through the Africa University link below.
Application forms shall be accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, certified copies of university degree certificates/diplomas and transcripts, and at least two letters of reference. These documents are to be sent to Africa University no later than February 28, 2013.
Upon receipt of the above documents, suitable candidates will be selected for admission to the Program. Applicants wishing to be considered for the WIPO and ARIPO scholarships should indicate that specifically in their application.