Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP)
Jointly offered by:
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO);
and Africa University (AU)
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP) Program jointly offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU), with financial support from the Government of Japan.
The Program runs for twelve months, from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016 and is structured in three parts, as follows:
First Part (May 1 to July 20, 2015): WIPO Academy distance learning courses, taught via the Internet.
Second Part (August 3 to December 4, 2015): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at Africa University in Mutare (Zimbabwe) and practical training sessions at ARIPO in Harare.
Third Part (December 6, 2015, to April 30, 2016): Dissertation writing on an approved topic.
The Program adopts a comparative approach, with particular emphasis on Africa. Lectures are given by leading academics, IP 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 website: (http://iplg.africau.edu/index.php/masters-in-interllectual-property), the WIPO Academy (www.wipo.int/academy) and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).
The MIP Program is open to government officials, mature students and young professionals from academic, research and development or other relevant background who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in IP law and practice. To be eligible, candidates are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (second lower class) from a recognized university in any discipline and have at least two years work experience. Proof of English proficiency is required.
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by Africa University on behalf of WIPO and ARIPO.
FEES COSTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of IP in Africa, WIPO, ARIPO and the Government of Japan will provide approximately 30 scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa. The scholarship will cover tuition, registration and accommodation fees estimated at US$4900.00 (subject to annual review). The scholarship shall also cover the cost of a return air ticket, and medical insurance for the duration of the residential program.
Self-sponsored students may be eligible for partial tuition waiver by Africa University. The estimated cost of meals during the residential phase of the program is about US$350.00 per month.
Interested candidates fulfilling the above mentioned requirements are invited to send their written applications to the following address:
Assistant Registrar-Academic Affairs
P.O. Box 1320
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 received by Africa University no later than February 28, 2015. Applicants wishing to be considered for the various scholarships should specifically indicate so in their application.
Detailed information concerning the MIP Program is provided on the websites of Africa University (http://iplg.africau.edu/index.php/masters-in-interllectual-property), the WIPO Academy (www.wipo.int/academy) and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).