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AAU NEWS: Issue 72

Secretary General's Message
Dear Colleagues
I and my staff at the Secretariat bring you greetings and I am pleased to give you an update on our activities during the month of October 2018.

The Secretariat has been heavily involved in facilitating the desk review of 110 proposals submitted under the ACE for Development Impact (ACE Impact) Project which was approved by the World Bank. These proposals were carefully reviewed by experts in the various thematic fields of Health, Agriculture, Environment, Social Sciences and STEM. Secretariat staff also handled the logistics for the remote panel evaluations. Subsequently 65 proposals were shortlisted, and onsite visits were undertaken to the higher education institutions which submitted them. Please read more from here:

Our AAU Television Crew has traveled to the University of Cape Coast here in Ghana to record some documentaries. The Secretariat is appealing to the Member Universities to support the AAU TV content creation by inviting and funding the TV Crew to visit their campuses. Please email if you would like to work with the AAU TV Crew to document your university's success stories.

I traveled to Harare in Zimbabwe to witness the 2018 Graduation Ceremony for Women’s University in Africa and the Inauguration of their 3rd Chancellor, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang on 26th October, 2018. We congratulate Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang who is also an ex-board member of the AAU .

The Secretariat is launching several surveys as a response to the need for us to be responsive to the requirements of our African Higher Education stakeholders. The first survey is seeking to understand the training needs of our African Higher Education Community. We have initiated several capacity building initiatives – and we are using this survey to find out if we are on the right track and what we could improve. Please take 10 minutes to respond to this survey which is found here:

Several of our stakeholders have indicated that there are concerns about the quality of the supervision of post graduate students in African Universities. We have designed a Post-graduate Students Satisfaction Survey and we request that post-graduate students in African Universities complete it. The survey is found here:

The African University Week Celebrations here in Ghana (12-16 November 2018) will be attended by a High-Level Delegation from various Universities in Sudan. The Delegation includes 12 Vice Chancellors and other very senior staff. I invite Vice Chancellors in Ghana and those in the continent to participate in the AAU-organized African University Week Celebrations and benefit from interacting with our Sudan colleagues.

Finally, I call on African Universities to recognize the African Universities Week during the period 12-16 November 2018. This can be done through organizing seminars, debates, talks, exhibitions, open days and others. Additional information on the African Universities Week Celebrations can be found from this:  
Yours in the Service of Higher Education in Africa
Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile
Zimbabwe: Midlands State University launches Doctor of Business Leadership Degree READ MORE

Uganda:  Is 'too much freedom' to be blamed for poor performance at universities? READ MORE

Nigeria: Senate Passes Bill for the establishment of Federal Territory University of Science and Technology

South Africa: Durban University of Technology to host the 25th Southern African Association for the Institutional Research READ MORE

Kenya: Kenyatta University loses Sh518m in Kigali, Arusha campus closures READ MORE

Ten Innovators Pitch for AU Education Innovation Prizes READ MORE

New student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG)  to undergo drug test READ MORE

Namibia:  Malaysia plans to set up a University in Namibia

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

 WACCI Director receives GCHERA World Agriculture Prize 2018  READ MORE

Processes for ACE Impact commences READ MORE

CEA-CCBAD holds workshop to exchange and share ideas with its partners READ MORE (in French)

CERSA trains over 40 youth in poultry production READ MORE (in French)

African Center for Reproductive Health and Herbal Medicine visits CERHI READ MORE 

WACCI Commissions multi-purpose building to aid Research and Development READ MORE

CERSA partners with National Union of Professional Poultry Farmers of Benin (UNAP-Benin) to train Beninois students in poultry production (In French) READ MORE

Featured videos from AAU Television

  • Interview with Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede on the Relevance of Open, Distance and E-Learning in Africa WATCH VIDEO
  • Interview on the Higher Education Space in East Africa with Prof. Mike Kuria of the IUCEA WATCH VIDEO  
  • AAU Talks:  Open Access Publication- the Role of University Administration WATCH VIDEO 
  • African Students Voices: The Role of Students in Higher Education in Africa WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Celebrates Open Access Week-  Watch the Secretary General's Statement on Open Access WATCH VIDEO
  • Talks:Academic Fraud in Africa's Higher Education WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Alternative Funding Avenues for Higher Education WATCH VIDEO
  • Member University Documentary:Regent University College of Science and Technology, Ghana WATCH VIDEO
  • New: Call for Applications for Postgraduate Programmes,  University of Malawi Medical School READ MORE
  • New: Call for Abstracts - 9th International African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) Conference READ MORE , Deadline -November 16, 2018
  • New: Call for Membership- Chemistry Research Network of West Africa READ MORE
  • New: Call for Abstracts:  Quality Promotion Conference 2019, Deadline-30 November 2018 READ MORE
  • New:  Call for Papers and Participation, International Research Initiative  READ MORE
  • New:  Call for Applications: Several vacancies at Botho University,  READ MORE
  • New: African University of Science and Technology, Abuja  is calling for application for its new programmes READ MORE
  • New:  Call for Poster Proposals -  British Council Going Global  2019, Deadline - January 21, 2018 READ MORE
  • Takemi Fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Deadline-December 31, 2018 READ MORE
  • Call for Institutions to host  Scholars- Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program|Deadline- December 9, 2018 READ MORE
  • Call for Papers:  NAAAS & Affiliates 27th  Joint National Conference, Dallas, Texas, February 11-16, 2019 READ MORE
  • New: The African Universities' Week Celebrations comes off from 12th-16th November 2018. All institutions are encouraged to participate in the interesting programmes lined up this year. READ MORE.
  • New: Workshop on Innovations in Teaching and Learning, 19-23 November 2018, Lilongwe, Malawi READ MORE
  • New: Data Ethics and Skills for Reproduction of Research Findings Using Stata Workshop, 4th -7th December, 2018, Osun State – Nigeria READ MORE
  • Executive Seminar on Legal Issues, Procurement & Contract Management in HEIs, November 20-23, 2018, Ebene, Mauritius READ MORE
  •  Good Assessment Practices in Higher Education: Improving Teaching and Learning, November 27 -30, 2018, Akosombo, Ghana READ MORE
  • Financial Management Workshop, November 27-30,2018, Accra, Ghana READ MORE
  •  Third Regional Workshop on KOHA, November 6-9, 2018, Maputo, Mozambique READ MORE
  • University Advancement Workshop titled 'Africa’s Higher Education institutions in the 21st century: An age of discontinuity', 7 -9 November, 2018 Nairobi, Kenya READ MORE

  • New: International Data Week 2018,-5-8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana READ MORE
  • New: International Conference on 'Urbanisation  and Sustainable Development in Africa”,  December 4 -6, 2018, Lagos Nigeria READ MORE
  • New: Universities #JoinTogether Network calls for African participants in an upcoming event, January 2019, United Nations HQ, New York Contact| READ MORE
  • 5th Annual Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) Stakeholders Conference, November 28 -29, Zanzibar, Tanzania READ MORE
  • New: Call for Participation: Quality Promotion Conference 2019, by the Council on Higher Education, South Africa, February 2019 ,READ MORE
  • Call for Participation - International Data Week, Co-organized by the University of Botswana, November 5-8, 2018,Gaborone Botswana READ MORE
  • New: Call for participation-11th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference,Florence, Italy, 28-31 May 2019, READ MORE


  • New: African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence (AUKNASE): Continental & Regional Awards 2018 Edition Deadline- November 10, 2018 READ MORE
  • New: The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)-UNESCO Associateship Scheme : 2018 Call for applications| Deadline - December 15, 2018 READ MORE
  • New:French Government EIFFEL  Scholarship Programme 2019 for Masters and PhD, Deadline- January 11, 2019 READ MORE
  • New: Ashinaga fully funded university scholarships for undergraduate study in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S.A READ MORE
  • New: Yousif Badri Civic Engagement International Prize Deadline - November 20, 2018 READ MORE
  • New: Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program for African-Born Scholars, Deadline-December 9, 2018 READ MORE 
  • New: Scholarship opportunity by the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development Deadline - December 1, 2018 READ MORE
  • New: University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme (2019/2018) for study in Canada (fully funded) Deadline- November 9, 2018 READ MORE
  • New: IIASA Young Scientists Summer Programme (YSSP) 2019 for Young Researchers Deadline - January 11, 2019 READ MORE
  • New: University of Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation (undergraduate and Postgraduate) Scholars Program 2019/2020 for study in Scotland (fully funded) READ MORE
  • New: Archbishop Tutu Fellowship Programme 2019 for Emerging African Leaders Deadline-January 15, 2019 READ MORE
  • New: Yale Greenberg World Fellows Program,  Deadline-  December 5, 2018 READ MORE
  • Chevening Scholarships (fully funded)| Deadline-November 6, 2018 READ MORE
  • Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program 2018/2019 for Africans (fully funded)  Deadline- December 2018 READ MORE
  • This survey is seeking to understand the Training Needs of our African Higher Education Community. Please take 10 minutes to respond to this survey which is found here: 
  •  We have designed a Post-graduate Students Satisfaction Survey and we request that post-graduate students in African Universities complete it. The survey is found here:
  • Press Release - AAU Joins Scoss to help secure the future of open Science READ MORE

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