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The East and South African Centre of Excellence in Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) is one of 11 ‘Centres of African Excellence’ in Sub-Sahara Africa ( . CERM-ESA is the only one that focuses on education research, management and teacher education. The German Academic Exchange Service – with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office – is funding this programme.

CERM-ESA is being funded for two phases with approx. 3 Mio Euros.

Phase I: August 2014 – December 2018.
Phase II: January 2019 – December 2023.


Moi-University, Eldoret and Nairobi

The Moi University School of Education is based in Eldoret and offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It plays a vital role in educational development in the region.

The Nelson Mandela University

The Nelson Mandela University is one of the leading universities in the field of teacher education and education research in South Africa. It cooperates with universities all over Africa and beyond.

University of Oldenburg

The University of Oldenburg builds on an almost 200-years long tradition in teacher education and is known for excellent, research-oriented study programmes in initial teacher education and professional development of teachers.

Networking Partners

The Uganda Management Institute and the University of Dar es Salaam complement CERM-ESA research, teaching and capacity building with specific expertise in educational and management sciences.



Team Oldenburg and Steering Committee, 2/2022

Prof John Chang’ach

Project Leader- Moi University

Dr. Eugenia Kafanabo
Project Leader – UDSM

Dr. Proscovia Namubiru
Project Leader- UMI

Prof. Dr Bernd Siebenhüner
Project Leader – UOL

Dr. Malve von Moellendorff
Coordinator – UOL

Dr. Susan Kurgat
CERM-ESA Coordinator – Moi University

Professor Paul Webb
Project Leader – NMMU

Prof. Dr. Karsten Speck
Project Leader – UOL



Professor Laban Ayiro
Advisory Board

Professor Catherine Odora Hoppers

Advisory Board

Professor Birgit

Advisory Board

Professor Jackson Too

Advisory Board

Ina Grieb

Advisory Board




Moi University

Noel Japheth

Stellah Rutto

Mike Kurgat

Julius Chumba


University of Oldenburg

Birgit Schelenz

Per Ruppel


CERM-ESA Objectives

The overall objective of CERM-ESA is to implement and run a Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) at Moi University, Kenya, with partners in Germany (University of Oldenburg), South Africa (Nelson Mandela University), Tanzania (University of Dar es Salaam) and Uganda (Uganda Management Institute). The Centre wants to deliver excellent academic results that serve as a basis for evidence-based decision making and for improving educational practice in the regions of East and South Africa particularly. Hence, specific objectives of CERM-ESA are to:

  • Advance and expand excellent and innovative educational research on methodologies, instruction and management strategies for African contexts;
  • Teach and train future educational leaders in terms of research methodologies, innovative management solutions and instruction techniques on Master’s and PhD level;
  • Advance capacity building and professional development in academia and management of the participating universities for sustainable institution building and for teachers and school principals to improve education and leadership in schools.