This Masters Degree is offered jointly with the WIPO Academy, Africa University (Mutare, Zimbabwe) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), with financial assistance from the Government of Japan. The program is structured in three cycles stretching over twelve months:
|First Part (April 29 to July 20, 2013):||WIPO Academy distance learning courses via the Internet;|
|Second Part (August 5 to December 6, 2013):||Residential part of the program consisting of face-to-face classes held at Africa University and including three weeks of practical training at ARIPO Headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe;|
|Third Part (December 7, 2013, to April 29, 2014):||Research project and dissertation writing on a selected and approved topic.|
- General Introduction to IP
- Trademarks and Geographical Indications
- Competition and Antitrust
- Industrial Designs
- Copyright and Related Rights
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Convention on Biological Diversity, International Union for the Protection of the New Varieties of Plants System and Public Health
- Traditional Knowledge, Folklore and Genetic Resources
- Transfer of Technology and IP Asset Management and Strategic Planning
- IP and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Large Enterprises
- Enforcement of IP Rights
- Practical Sessions at ARIPO
- Research Project
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded a “Masters Degree in IP” by the Africa University on behalf of WIPO and ARIPO.
The 35 places in this Masters Degree are open to senior students and young professionals from either academic or research and development institutions and who must hold a minimum of a Bachelor (second lower class) degree from a recognized university in any discipline. Proof of English proficiency is required.
Registration for this Masters Degree is open from November to February. Any person fulfilling the above mentioned requirements is invited to send a duly completed application form and detailed curriculum vitae, together with copies of university diploma and transcript, and any other appropriate supporting documents, to the Assistant Registrar-Academic Affairs, Africa University, P.O. Box 1320, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Applications and supporting documents are to be sent to Africa University no later than February 28, 2013.
WIPO and ARIPO offer scholarships for approximately 70% of students in this Masters Degree. The scholarships are granted to highly motivated persons from Africa with a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of IP in developing countries. Each scholarship covers a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition and registration fees.
Applicants who seek to benefit from a WIPO and ARIPO scholarship should attach a motivation letter to their application.