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AMBassadors for sustainable transITION

Joint Honours Programme for PhD students, towards the sustainable transition in Europe and Africa


The Joint Honours Programme

Online Web series on Complementary Skills

Game-based learning activities (restitution phase)

Evidence-based policy brief

Sustainable Innovation Schools

Online Web series on Complementary Skills

These short courses (2 hour each) will focus on ethical, social and political dimensions of the STEM disciplines. They will deal with topics  such as project proposal writing, policy brief preparation, impact assessment of research. They will enable young Ambassadors to reflect on, discuss and explain the societal implications of their research.

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Game-based learning activities

The participants in AMBITION will co-create a game-based lesson plan on global development from the European and African perspectives. They will also share their knowledge during cascading sessions at local high schools. The aim is to connect students from Europe and Africa in a multicultural and multigenerational perspective.

Evidence-based Policy brief

PhD candidates will learn how to draft a policy brief applicable to the decision-making process, learning how to address global challenges using scientific evidence in policy-making. They will collaborate to create specific policy briefs  related to the different contexts in which they research and act and based on evidence-based research results.

Sustainable Innovation Schools

The first two Sustainable Innovation Schools will be hosted by Strathmore University (Nairobi) for two consecutive weeks in November 2023, while the third school will be hosted by TU Delft in May 2024.

13-24 Nov 2023: 2 weeks in Nairobi, Kenya

  • School 1 | 13-17 Nov
    Life cycle sustainability assessment a methodology to support industrial sector to measure contribution to SDGs
    Managed by RWTH Aachen
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  • School 2 | 20-24 Nov
    Integrated Energy and cross-sectorial modelling for the sustainable transition
    Managed by Polimi
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May 2024: 1 week in Delft, The Netherlands

Target audience

PhD students with 2+ years to graduation, enrolled in one of the partner Universities




Honours Programme from 11/2023 to 06/2025 (20 days commitment)


  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Delft, The Netherlands

Awarded title

  • Certificate of participation
  • Diploma Supplement or support letter

Blended format

  • 3 in presence weeks
  • Online web series and collaborative activities

Project numbers


Joint Honours Programme


one-week long Sustainable Innovation Schools (1 week each)


web series of online short courses on complimentary skills


leading partner universities from 7 countries in Europe and Africa, plus 1 NGO


students from each university


PhD participants


network of Ambassadors for Sustainable Transition

Project aims

AMBITION (AMBassadors for sustainable transITION) is the first IDEA LEAGUE joint EU-AU project, targeted at PhD students.

Prepare scientific ambassadors across countries

AMBITION is aN EU-funded project targeted at PhD students and aimed at contributing towards raising a future generation of scientific ambassadors for sustainable transition in both Europe and Africa, through a Joint Honours Programme in technical disciplines involving seven universities and a non-governmental organisation.

Education in sustainability sector

The participants in AMBITION are empowered to carry out research projects tailored to the different economic, environmental, and cultural constraints whose evidence-based results can inform the policy-making. AMBITION aims to strengthen the capacity of the PhD programmes of partner universities and enrich the participating PhD students’ experience to leverage on evidence-based knowledge for sustainable development and green technology.

A strategic researchers target

The need for an increase in integration and interconnection among PhD programmes in the European and African context brought the partner universities to the design of a Joint Honours Programme in which PhD candidates from partner universities can bring together their different backgrounds, acquire shared knowledge and skills suitable for the role of AMBassador for sustainable transITION.

Project partners

Partner Universities

  • Politecnico di Milano – Italy (coordinator)
  • Chalmers University of Technology – Sweden
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich – Switzerland
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana
  • RWTH Aachen University – Germany
  • Strathmore University – Kenya
  • Technische Universiteit Delft – The Netherlands

Partner NGO

  • Green Growth Africa Sustainability Network – Nigeria

AMBITION is the first joint IDEA LEAGUE project, funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ initiative.

Project ID: 2022-1-IT02-KA220-HED-000087055