MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) Program 2020-2021 (Fully-funded)

MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) Program 2020-2021 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Applications are open for the MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) Program 2020-2021. The MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) program at MIT strives to foster innovation in science and engineering education in tertiary academic institutions in Africa through an intense engagement with faculty members from African universities.

The overarching goal of MIT-ETT is to facilitate the development of young African faculty leadership in science and engineering education who will introduce innovation and creativity into science and engineering curricular. There are two main objectives of the MIT-ETT program: to provide young African professors with exposure to cutting-edge pedagogical methods in the highest-rated engineering and science departments in the U.S. and to provide American faculty who have a deep interest in connecting with those in their disciplines in emerging economies a concrete means of engagement.

Program Approach

In an attempt to address the problems articulated above, MIT established the MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) Program lead by Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (EECS). The program invites young, brilliant and upcoming African academics, who recently completed their doctoral degree, to spend an intensive and inclusive semester at MIT in a bid to understudy the mode (& dynamics) of curricula development and content delivery at MIT.

The aim is to facilitate in African institutions improved teaching content development that is geared towards (1) students-centered content delivery (2) problem solving and (3) creativity. This amongst other things will result in the development new courses and the modification of existing curricula to ones that are geared towards critical thinking, open ended problem solving and hands-on design but also promote innovation and creativity. While at MIT, these African academics developed new course content for their home universities which are consistent with the objectives of developing these skills in their students.

During their semester at MIT, Fellows do the following:

  • Observe instruction in their own disciplines & subjects
  • Interact with MIT faculty teaching in their own disciplines & subjects
  • Develop courses based on problem-solving approach inspired by equivalent course at MIT
  • Discuss & explore curricular enrichment & reform through both formal and informal interaction with the MIT community


  • Open to engineering professors who are currently teaching at local universities in Nigeria and who recently completed their Ph.D.


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