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2021 Intake Announcement for MIP Program at Africa University

The closing date for accepting applications is February 28, 2021.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP) Program. The Degree is 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 duration is twelve months, from May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022, structured in three parts, as follows:

  • First Part (May 1 to July 22, 2021): WIPO Academy Distance Learning Courses, undertaken via the Internet;

  • Second Part (August 1 to December 10, 2021): 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 11, 2021, to April 30, 2022): Dissertation Phase requiring research and writing on an approved topic.

The Program adopts a comparative approach, with particular emphasis on Africa. Lectures are given by leading academics, intellectual property practitioners, intellectual property officers, and other experts drawn from across Africa.

  • The MIP Programme is open to government officials, industry practitioners, senior students, and young professionals from academic, research and development or other relevant backgrounds who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in Intellectual Property 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 a minimum of two years of work experience as well as a pass in DL 101 (WIPO Free Course).

  • Proof of English proficiency is required, therefore, students coming from countries where the official language is not English will need to submit evidence of proficiency in an appropriate internationally approved English examination e.g IELTS, TOEFL.


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.


With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of Intellectual Property in Africa, WIPO, ARIPO and the Government of Japan will provide approximately 30 scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition fees, registration fees, and medical insurance.


Interested candidates fulfilling the above-mentioned requirements are invited to apply online using the following link: http://www.africau.edu/applyonline.html.

Detailed information concerning the MIP Program is provided on the websites of Africa University (http://africau.edu/programmes/MastersinIntellectualproperty.html), the WIPO Academy (www.wipo.int/academy) and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).


To apply for scholarships online, please use the following link

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