CAS in African Affairs

Do you work in Africa? Or do you engage with African partners, staff or clients? Working in an African context, characterised by rapid change and striking continuity, vast opportunities and manifold risks, is as compelling as it is challenging. The CAS in African Affairs was developed to equip professionals working in an African context with the knowledge, skills and resources to efficiently and sustainably communicate, collaborate and organise.

The study programme consists of an introductury course, several thematic short courses and an individual project. You have the option to specialize in one of the following fields:

  1. Politics and society
  2. Art and popular cultural
  3. Resources and development
  4. Intercultural competence

As a participant, you will engage with local cases, continental phenomena, global processes and cross-cultural interaction. In addition to the teaching in class, you will carry out independent study and implement a project according to your individual interests and professional requirements, which allows you to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed to a practical challenge or a particular problem set. The total workload of the study programme is approximately 300 hours, which is equivalent to 10 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). 


  • Consolidate your professional experience in an African context
  • Enhance your knowledge in the fields of African society, politics and economy
  • Deepen your appreciation of the continent’s potential and challenges
Target audience

The CAS in African Affairs and Intercultural Competence is designed for professionals in private enterprises, public agencies and NGOs who work in an African context or aim to do so. It is ideal for professionals who work in Africa or engage with African partners, staff or clients.


Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) issued by the Advanced Study Centre of the University of Basel.


Courses are taught in English. Project reports and summaries may also be written in German or French.

Course fee

CHF 6200 incl. course documentation, coffee and snacks; travel expenses, accommodation and meals are not included

Directors of Study

Prof. Dr. Elísio Macamo
(Chair of the Programme Board)

Dr. des. Pascal Schmid
(Programme Coordinator)

“Some things were exactly as I’d expected (e.g. great range of topics, fun group of people, pleasure to be back studying, etc.). Other aspects were surprises, such as the highly impressive spread of lecturers, the great atmosphere in the Centre and the groups average age. So if you ask me whether the course met my expectations, I can’t ‘fully agree’. But if the question really means ‘Did you enjoy the course and get as much out of it as you had hoped?’, then the answer is yes!”
Paul Castle (Communications Manager, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture), CAS 2013/14

«Der CAS-Kurs hat die in seinem Outline formulierten vier Ziele bei weitem übertroffen. Für meine berufliche Tätigkeit konnte ich die Fähigkeit weiterentwickeln, Länderbeurteilungen nicht nur nach sicherheitspolitischen, sondern auch nach wirtschaftlichen, gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen Kriterien vorzunehmen. Ich kann den Kurs jedem empfehlen, der beruflich mit Afrika zu tun hat.»
Peter Marti (Stv. Chef Verteidigungs- und Rüstungspolitik, VBS), CAS 2015/16

«Die Erwartungen, die ich zu Beginn des CAS formuliert habe, sind alle erfüllt. Die Auseinandersetzung mit verschiedenen Themen zusammen mit kompetenten Dozent/innen und vor allem die Reflexion der eigenen Erfahrungen waren sehr wertvoll für mich. Ich gehe mit noch mehr Motivation und Freude meinen beruflichen Alltag an und fühle mich in meinen Kompetenzen gestärkt.»
Beatrice Bürge (Programmverantwortliche Kenia/Sambia/Simbabwe, COMUNDO), CAS 2014/15

“The wide range of experts involved helped us participants not only to confront some of our often overly simplistic assumptions about Africa, but also to sample many different aspects of African studies and develop an 'African network' in Switzerland. The CAS has greatly helped me to place some of my personal experiences and 'issues' in a wider and richer historical and social context. All in all, I felt my time was well spent and would warmly recommend the course to others wishing to develop and enrich their encounters with Africa's diversity.”
Silvia Dingwall (Board member, CABOZ AG/President, CABOZ Action), CAS 2013/14

“During the course we studied and discussed an extremely wide range of topics. It is especially useful for people who are dealing with Africa in their everyday life - even if you think you know a lot it becomes obvious quickly that there is an enormous amount to learn, yet. The participants were encouraged to take part in the discussion at almost all times and the course was perfectly organised.”
Ursula Schoepfer (CEO/Owner, Dispopharm Services), CAS 2013/14

“One of the main gains of this course is to deal with so many aspects of ‘Africa’ in breadth and depth, getting updated information and thinking about so many issues. The beauty of the course, and what makes it different from others, lies in its intimacy - on the one hand you have all these highly qualified experts at your fingertips to answer many of your questions, and on the other you really get to engage with the group, interesting and interested, experienced, funny, knowledgeable people - delve in and enjoy!”
Sibylle Ganz-Koechlin (Owner/Head of Business, TripleT trainingthetrainers), CAS 2013/14

“What made this course particularly valuable is the balance between input session and space for reflection as well as the various lecturers with different backgrounds and expertise.”
Florence Seabra (Communication Manager Africa Middle East, Syngenta), CAS 2014/15

“I was searching for a catalyst to boost up my modest knowledge about Africa in a short time. This was essential for my work as a president of an NGO and as a wife of a newly elected politician in Kenya. What I got was this and much more: a great setting, excellent lecturers and interesting participants. On the one hand I learned a lot about Africa but even more so about myself, my way of thinking, my prejudices and way of looking at Africa. A very enlightening course!”
Barbara Fuhrer (President, Pro Ganze Kenya), CAS 2013/14

The new study regulations for the CAS in African Affairs are going through the approval process. Registration for the study programme is currently not possible. Please contact us if you are interested in the programme: