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AAU NEWS: Issue 87

Secretary General's Message
Dear stakeholders of our member institutions and other valued colleagues

I bring you greetings from the Association of African Universities Secretariat here in Ghana – and also from our Regional Offices in Khartoum, Sudan; Cairo, Egypt and Washington DC, USA. 

I am pleased to invite you to participate in key events being organised by the AAU and partners as follows;
1.  The Africa Private Sector Virtual Summit on Doing Business under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).  This event comes off from March 8 -12, 2021 and is being hosted in collaboration with the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, various regional chambers of commerce, and the Wealth Masters Group . Please register here to participate.

2. Celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) and Consultative Forum for the Launch of the African Women in Higher Education Network (WoHEN) holding on March 8th, 2021.  Please ensure that your university is represented at this important event. Access  further information here

3. Ongoing and Upcoming AAU Quality Assurance Workshops. Please read the full call here

Also be informed that preparations are on course towards the hosting of the AAU's 15th General Conference and 21st COREVIP scheduled to take place from 5th -8th July, 2021 under the theme 'The Future of Africa Higher Education'. The deadline for the receipt of abstracts remain 31st March 2021.  This is one of the biggest gatherings of Higher Education stakeholders on the continent and we encourage everyone to get involved by registering via this link -

 Finally, the AAU  is calling for nominations from its members for the positions of President, Vice-Presidents and members of the Governing Board to serve for the period 2021 – 2025. The deadline for completing the online forms, is 20th June 2021. Please read the full call from here: . 

J'invite la communauté francophone à explorer le bulletin d’information présenté en français, que nous avons compilé dans la rubrique « FRANCOPHONE CORNER » 

I trust you will find the news items and various opportunities that we have compiled for you useful.
Yours in the service of higher education in Africa
Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile
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  • Call for Papers - AAU   15th General Conference READ MORE
  • The AAU is calling for nominations from members of the Association for the positions of President, Vice-Presidents and members of the Governing Board to serve for the period 2021 – 2025 READ MORE
  • Celebrating International Women's Day;  AAU to host a virtual event to mark The Day - READ MORE
  • The 15th AAU General Conference and 21st Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities will be held from 5-8 July 2021. READ THE CONCEPT NOTE | REGISTER HERE TO PARTICIPATE
  • General: University research and the vaccine race – who benefits? READ MORE
  • General:  Benin outperforms rest of world with women engineers READ MORE
  • General: Breaking the glass ceiling is a win for all women; Okonjo-Iweala in the World Trade Organization top position READ MORE

Featured Videos from AAU Television
  • AAU Talks: Impact of Covid-19 on General University Research WATCH VIDEO
  • Agenda 2063: Righting Africa's Business Wrongs WATCH VIDEO
  • Events Update: Upcoming Events in Higher Education Institutions in Africa WATCH VIDEO
  • Upcoming Event-  Africa Private Sector Virtual Summit  WATCH PROMOTIONAL VIDEO 
  • Agenda 2063: A conversation with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) on AfCFTA and Agenda 2063 WATCH VIIDEO

News From the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACEs)

  • West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) trains 140 extension Officers READ MORE
  • Energy and Power LIEPNES, collaborates with Center of Excellence for sustainable Power and Energy Development (ACE-SPED) to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria READ MORE
  • The Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication Africa Center of Excellence (CApIC-ACE) introduces the High-Performance Computing workshop for System Administrators from April 5-16, 2021| Deadline for registration- March 30, 2021 READ MORE
  • Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxins and Food Safety (ACEMFS) staff undergo IBM training to improve online teaching READ MORE
  • Access the Newsletter for the Centre of Excellence for Reproductive Health (CERHI) READ MORE 

  • AAU Talks: Funding Issues in Higher Education WATCH VIDEO
  • HealthAfrik: The Benefits of Yoga for Stress Management WATCH VIDEO
  • African Students’ Voices: The Youth as Change Agents in Environmental Sustainability WATCH VIDEO
  • African Students’ Voices: Releasing the Potential of Women for Development WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Renewable Energy for Africa's Development WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Facilitating Doctoral and Knowledge Production in Africa WATCH VIDEO
  • New: Call for Abstracts and Participation (digiTAL2K) -  International conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning in the Digital age. Date for event -  December 2 -3, 2021 | Durban, South Africa/Virtual READ MORE| ACCES CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FLYER
  • New: Higher Ed Ally - an institution dedicated to advancing the quality, competitiveness, and visibility of higher education and research institutions - is calling on higher education administrators to explore its innovative capacity enhancement programs. (1) How to Boost External Funding, Research, Scientific Publication, and Institutional Visibility and (2) How to Add and Offer New Online Graduate Programs Without the Cost and Faculty Burden
  • New: Call for Applications -OWSD PhD Fellowships 2021/2022 for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries| Deadline  - April 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Participation - Times Higher Education Southern Africa Impact Forum themed 'Reimagining universities for transdisciplinary knowledge co-creation' | 9-10 March | READ MORE
  • New: Call for Applications - Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, Dakar Online Cohort 12 Training Programme for francophone countries | Deadline  - March 26, 2021 READ MORE 
  • New: Call for expressions of interest -IDRC Canada/Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) AI4D Africa Initiative 2021 for African Research in Artificial Intelligence (AI)| Deadline -March 19, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: The Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM)invites applications for six short-term fellowships for early career researchers in the social sciences from September to December 2021. This call for applications is open to researchers from all African countries| Deadline - March 15, 2021  READ MORE
  • New: Call for partnership by Dubai Cares for the implementation of education related projects | READ MORE 
  • New: Call for proposals - International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning Symposium to be hosted from June 2-4, 2021 | Deadline for submission - March 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for entries-  British Council ELTons Innovation Awards 2021 in English Teaching and Learning|  Deadline - March 21, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Applications- French African Foundation's Young Leaders Programme - 2021 edition| Deadline - March 21, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for entries- 8th Continental Essay Competition for the year 2021|Theme: “The role of Standardisation in promoting Arts, Culture and Heritage – The Creative Economy in Africa”| University and College Students are encouraged to participate| READ MORE  
  • Call for Papers -  SARUA Virtual Higher Education Conference| Deadline - 05 March 2021 READ MORE
  •  Nominations are open for the 2022 World Food Prize| Deadline - May 1, 2021 READ MORE
  • Call for Applications - TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics)  to either individual young researchers, or to research units| Deadline - 14 April 2021,  READ MORE
  • Zayed Sustainability Prize for pioneers of global sustainability | Deadline-May 6th, 2021 | READ MORE
  • Call for Participation - Second University of South Africa Biennial International Conference on Library and Information Science Research In Africa (UNILISA), March 2021 READ MORE | Call for exhibitors 
  • The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation| Deadline - March 31, 2021 READ MORE

Events by AAU

  • New:  Celebration of International Women's Day (IWD) and Consultative Forum for the Launch of the African Women in Higher Education Network (WoHEN)| March 8th, 2021 | REGISTER HERE 
  •  New: African Private Sector Summit on Doing Business Under the African Continental Free Trade Area  (AfCFTA) | March 8 -12, 2021| REGISTER HERE | READ MORE
  • New: Virtual Training Workshop on Trends in Academic Writing and Publishing in an ongoing Pandemic, organised by the Accra Technical University (ATU) Library in collaboration with AAU | March 4, 2021| REGISTER HERE   
  • The 15th AAU General Conference and 21st Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities| Dates:  5-8 July 2021 READ THE CONCEPT NOTE
  •  Quality Assurance in Higher & Tertiary Education Digital Marketing | March 2- 30, 2021 REGISTER HERE
  • Quality Assurance in Higher & Tertiary Education Campus Security | March 3 - 25, 2021 REGISTER HERE 
  •   Academic Writing Skills Support for Quality Research Output Workshop- March 9 -24,  REGISTER HERE

  • New: Webinar Series on "Mental Health & Agriculture by the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS)| Date & Time - March 5, 12, and 19, from 14.00-16.00 CET REGISTER HERE | ACCESS FURTHER DETAILS
  • New: OBREAL Global In Focus  Event dedicated to ‘Charting the course for South-South-North cooperation and beyond’. The event features presentations, panel discussions and debates linked to the activities of OBREAL Global’s regional Chapters in Africa, Central America and other areas. |  Date -  March 10th, 2021. REGISTER HERE
  • New: Call for Participation -The Auburn University Office of International Programs' IPUTL (International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning) 2020 symposium |June 2-4, 2021| READ MORE 
  • New: The World Future Forum organised by the Future Institute Research Center, on the theme 'An Ideal Vision on K-16 Education and Beyond'. Topics to be covered include  Remote/distance learning; Student mental health; Curriculum, instruction and assessment; Dropout prevention etc. | April 22- 23, 2021 READ MORE 
  • New: 15th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2021)| Date: 8-10 March 2021 READ MORE
  • Humanitarian Virtual Training Courses by Perk Group Africa - online virtual training classes on Change Management, Project Planning and management, and Results Based Management courses READ MORE
  • Information Webinars by the World Food Prize Team on the Nomination Process Wednesday, March 24| How to register: Send an email to
  • Education, Leadership, Research and Policy Conference | 3-4 March 2021| READ MORE


  • New: Fellowship opportunity -  The Young African Leaders Programme (YALP) of the School of Transnational Governance is calling for applications | Deadline - March 31, 2021 READ MORE | ACCESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • New: Applications for the 2021 AfDB Fellowship by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation  are open until 15 March READ MORE
  • New: Call for Applications for Mastercard Foundation Scholarship 2021 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana|  Deadline  -  May 31, 2021 READ MORE 
  • New: Call for Applications - Government of Mauritius Scholarship scheme for African Students (undergraduate, Masters, PhD studies) | Deadline - May 14, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: The 2021-22 International Scholarship Programme application cycle by the Aga Khan Foundation  is now  open| Deadline - March 2021 READ MORE.
  • New: DAAD South Africa In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme for African Students | Deadline - June 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 Rotary Peace Fellowship program|  Deadline -  May 15, 2021
  • New: The Jim Ovia Foundation Scholarships is accepting applications from Nigerian students for undergraduate studies READ MORE
  • New: ACCESS Kenya is offering scholarships for Kenyan citizens for undergraduate studies | Deadline - May 31, 2021 READ MORE 
  • New:  AFRIKA KOMMT Fellowship for future leaders from Africa (sponsored to Germany) - Deadline - April 2, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) 2022/2023 for Study in Harvard University| Deadline - April 30th, 2021 READ MORE 
  • New: Call for Applications - The Fulbright Program for Foreign Students and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) READ MORE
  • Applications are now open for ICRA - Scholarships for Professionals in Agriculture| courses for August-November 2021| Deadline  -  March 22, 2021| READ MORE
  • The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for 2022 Rotary Peace Fellowships| Deadline - May 15, 2021 READ MORE 
  • IMU–Simons African Fellowship Program to support research sabbaticals for mathematicians from African countries|  - READ MORE
  • OBREAL Global with support from SARUA (South Africa) and LINED (Universidad de Mar del Plata, Argentina), have designed an impact Study of EU projects and programs in Higher Education and research in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia". 
    The study has different phases, with the first phase consisting of a survey. They are inviting all stakeholders to respond to the survey which takes maximum 15 minutes  to complete. Please refer to this link for details -  
Nouvelles de Fevrier 2021
  • Appel à candidatures : Formation des Secrétaires généraux des universités de l’espace UEMOA – Mars 2021. Lire la suite
  • L'UNESCO lance un appel à propositions pour la Bourse de recherche pour la jeunesse sur les Routes de la Soie 2021. Lire la suite
  • Appel à projets 2021 : Programme IntenSciF. Lire la suite
  • Appel à candidature Ingénieuses 2021 – Prix de l’élève-ingénieure France. Lire la suite
  • Le Prix L’Oréal-UNESCO Pour les Femmes et la Science distingue cinq chercheuses en mathématiques, astrophysique, chimie et informatique. Lire la suite 
  • Appel à projets du Campus franco-sénégalais :Nouvelles formations professionnalisantes et/ou à distance Année 2021. Lire la suite 
  • L'OEACP accorde des subventions à huit consortiums pour renforcer les capacités de recherche et d'innovation. Lire la suite 
  • L'OEACP lance un appel à manifestation d'intérêt dans le cadre de son nouveau mécanisme de soutien aux politiques de recherche et d'innovation. Lire la suite 
  • Le Prix Indianocéanie 2021 : une 3ème édition 100% numérique. Lire la suite 
  • In-FINE, premier Forum International du Numérique pour l’Éducation est reporté aux 2-3 et 4 juin 2021.  Lire la suite 
  • Le CRDI lance la Stratégie 2030 pour un monde plus durable et inclusif. Lire la suite 
  • Concours : création du logo du 60ème anniversaire de l’AUF. lire la suite

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