About IRID

One of the main challenges faced by Africa’s regional communities is the lack of adequate capacity to effectively design and implement regional integration programmes at both the regional and national levels. On the other hand, lack of understanding of the opportunities that regional integration brings has also ensured that people do not fully take advantage of those opportunities.

Regional integration is a complex process; to navigate this important process requires expertise for: policy formulation and analysis; managing the process; negotiating treaties, protocols and other regulations/policies; understanding the process; participation in the process - to exploit opportunities; and, training/teaching about the process.

If Africa must achieve and enjoy the fruits of integration then it will need to build capacities to nurture and deliver these fruits. The key strategy for a way forward therefore must be in sustainable capacity building; research and training institutions to address regional integration are an absolute necessity. The situation not-withstanding, this region has not had an institution that offers comprehensive and inter-disciplinary training in regional integration.

At the end of 2011, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) set up the Institute for Regional Integration and Development (IRID) to fill this lacuna.The Institute for Regional Integration and Development is a unique Specialist Post-Graduate University Institute for research and training in regional integration. It brings together academics, researchers and practitioners to provide conceptual, policy and practical instruction of the highest standard on regional integration and global governance. This is intended at building capacity for Africa’s Regional Communities.

IRID aspires to be an emblematic centre for the study of African Integration producing graduates with passion for and expertise African integration. IRID seeks to be the breeding ground for bureaucrats of Africa’s Regional Communities.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission Statement

IRID is setting itself apart as a leading centre for practical, relevant and well grounded inter-disciplinary training in regional integration/global governance and development not just for the EAC region but for COMESA, IGAD, Africa Union and beyond. IRID trains for Africa’s governments, regional communities, other inter-governmental frameworks, non-governmental organizations as well as non-practitioners who would like to gain expertise or just basic familiarization with regional integration/governance issues.

The underpinning factors for IRID are:

  • Training that is practical and relevant to the needs of the continent
  • Unique training approaches with ongoing innovativeness such as visiting fellowships for practitioners
  • High quality education - qualified faculty backed by practitioners of long standing and adequate learning resources
  • Linkages with leading institutions in regional integration/global governance/development training and regional communities
  • Regularly updated course content and new case studies to be in tandem with the dynamic regional integration process(es).


Our Vision

To be the leading University Institite for Regional Intergration Research and Training in Africa.

Why you should choose IRID@CUEA?

  


(a) Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Regional Integration

IRID draws on a wide range of competencies. These include expertise in the core regional integration foundational courses as well as in the various subject disciplines:

  1. The core Foundational RI Courses in conceptual issues and the practice of regional integration and governance. The Institute’s core team is made up of regional integration specialists and leading practitioners.
  2. Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy
  3. Economics, Trade and Monetary Issues
  4. Legal Studies
  5. Public Policy

(b) Practical and Relevant Training

Regional integration is both theoretical and practical - learners will need to be taken through practical case studies and subsequently, most seminars at IRID are practitioner-led. The region has many veterans of the AU, EAC, COMESA, IGAD and national governments who also possess good academic qualifications. IRI is working with these veterans to enrich the experience of its students. These practitioners, who hold IRID Fellowships, contribute to research at IRID and lead seminars.

Consequently, CUEA is a university that offers practical, up-to-date and therefore relevant training in regional integration.

(c) Excellent Facilities

IRID is housed at CUEA’s ultra-modern Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The LRC is the region’s most up-to-date conference facility. The complex houses a sound-proof conference centre with electronic voting facilities and interpretation booths; the new CUEA library, with a Regional Integration Section, and catering facilities.

(d) International Environment

CUEA is a regional university: its staff and students are from across the region. This regional/international profile enriches the experience of the CUEA learners; enrolling at CUEA automatically gives one a regional/international experience.

(e) Partnerships - Private Sector Engagement

IRID is also partnering with the private sector, especially with firms that have a presence across the region. Senior staff with regional responsibilities at these firms will participate in enriching seminars at IRID.

(f) Partnerships - Institutional Linkages

IRID is already setting up partnerships with institutions that have a long history in training in regional integration so that IRID staff and students can benefit from this external expertise through joint research, visiting fellowships and even sharing of library resources.

  1. Full-time Staff
  2. Part-time Staff
  3. Advisory Committee
  4. Our Partners

Research and Training

Master of Arts Program

The M.A. program is an interdisciplinary program intended for students from within and outside East Africa intending to pursue a career in policy-making and governance in regional organizations in Africa. Students are equipped with knowledge and tools for policy development and implementation in regional organizations. The program offers courses drawn from the fields of political science, economics, law, and public policy and administration. Students also get the opportunity to meet and engage academics, researchers and practitioners from several research institutions, governments, NGOs, and regional organizations.

The programme’s philosophy is centered on producing first class managers through imparting students with relevant skills and knowledge in administration, management and understanding how governments and societies work. The programme seeks to train expertise which is crucial in ensuring successful administration and management of development processes globally.

 Academic Schedules

Kindly refer to this link for CUEA Calendar of Activities:

Research on Regional Integration

Quality Commitment


The Future of IRID - Our Commitment

IRID is setting itself apart as a leading centre for practical, relevant and well grounded inter-disciplinary training in regional integration/global governance and development not just for the EAC region but for COMESA, IGAD, Africa and beyond. IRID trains for Africa’s governments, regional communities, other inter-governmental frameworks, non-governmental organisations as well as non-practitioners who would like to gain expertise or just basic familiarisation with regional integration/governance issues.

The underpinning factors for IRID are:

  • Training that is practical and relevant to the needs of the continent
  • Unique training approaches with ongoing innovativeness such as visiting fellowships for practitioners
  • High quality education - qualified faculty backed by practitioners of long standing and adequate learning resources
  • Linkages with leading institutions in regional integration/global governance/development training and regional communities
  • Regularly updated course content and new case studies to be in tandem with the dynamic regional integration process(es).
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