African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Chairperson: Pieter Boele van Hensbroek, University of Groningen (p.boele[at]

Contact person in the CG office: Anna Quici (quici[at]

The ACP Countries Task Force (ACP TF) is one of the External Relations Task Forces of the Coimbra Group. The External Relations Task Forces of the Coimbra Group complement, for well-selected geographical areas, the worldwide internationalisation activities undertaken by the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group.
The task of the ACP TF is to disseminate knowledge about the Coimbra Group universities and the European higher education system among higher education institutions in ACP countries. At the same time, the Task Force aims at improving, among the Coimbra Group universities, knowledge about universities in ACP countries. The ACP TF will also facilitate and support collaboration projects between Coimbra Group members and partners in ACP countries. Moreover, the ACP TF aims at strengthening links in Coimbra Group universities between academics and administrators working in the field of development co-operation.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Related Projects

Coimbra Group Development Master Initiative

The Coimbra Group Development Master Initiative (CGDMI) aims to provide students with the best possible entry into contemporary Development Studies by linking a number of programmes of prominent European uni¬versities. Students are given the possibility to migrate between the participating universities in order to gain specialist knowledge in specific fields and in order to experience alternative approaches to development. Students can thus explore different cultural backgrounds already during the university studies. Each of the European programmes also has its own links to partner universities in countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, thus opening diverse windows for students for internships and thesis research.

Read more on the CGDMI brochure


Coimbra Group Summer School on Development

Every other year the ACP Task Force organises a Summer School on development issues. The first one took place at the Unievrsity of Padova in September 2007, followed by the University of Barcelona in July 2009. The third Coimbra Group Summer School on Development was hosted by the Unievrsity of Geneva in August/September 2011.

CG Summer School : "Health and Human Rights", University of Geneva, 29 Aug - 3 Sept 2011


Programme and eligibility criteria

CG Summer School : "Migration: Analyses, Practices and Policies", University of Barcelona, 5-11 July 2009


CG Summer School : "Poverty and Exclusion", University of Padova, 2-12 September 2007

Report Summer School-fr

Report Summer School-en

EU Projects

2010-11: Feasibility Study into the Relevance of a Tuning Approach for Higher Education in Africa
- Report from African Higher Education Harmonization and Tuning Validation workshop Programme:

2008-10: AUDIS (

ACP Service Contract with the EU

Scholarship Programme for young African researchers from sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2008 the ACP Task Force has run a Scholarship Programme to allow young researchers from African universities to spend a short research stay at a Coimbra Group University



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