In 2014 the French Centre commissioned a research on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture. The aim of this study was to assess to what extent alumni who had carried out part or all of their degree studies in Europe, e.g. through the EU programmes, and the African academic diaspora based in EU universities are contributing to capacity building in the field of higher education in Africa. The study intended to understand the role played by EU supported programmes in the potential contribution made by African diaspora and alumni towards higher education development in Africa. The focus was principally on EU programmes, such as Erasmus Mundus, but there were also two Member State case studies (Germany and France). Five 2nd year Global Studies students were involved in the project in the framework of their research internship and their Master theses.