This Master's 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 (May 1 to July 20, 2015):
||WIPO Academy distance learning courses via the Internet;
|Second Part (August 3 to December 4, 2015):
||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 5, 2015, to April 30, 2016):
||Research project and dissertation writing on a selected and approved topic.
The curriculum aims to provide an in-depth examination of all fields of intellectual property (IP). Subjects covered include:
- 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 “Master's Degree in IP (MIP)” by the Africa University on behalf of WIPO and ARIPO.
The 35 places in this Master Degree are open to government officials, 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 Master's Degree is open from December 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 March 6, 2015.
About 20 scholarships by WIPO and ARIPO are offered to highly motivated persons from Africa to participate in this program. In addition, up to ten places are reserved for self-sponsored participants. Each scholarship covers a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition, registration fees and medical insurance. Applicants who seek to benefit from a WIPO and ARIPO scholarship should apply online and upload required documents. WIPO scholarships are awarded to government officials and persons working in the public sector such as universities, academies, and research and development institutions.