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AAU NEWS: Issue 89

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 wish to thank you most profoundly for the support you have been giving to the Association of African Universities, participating in our key and statutory events (including the 15th General Conference which was a huge success), exercising your voting rights to ensure the selection of the current Governing Board members and generally for your enormous contribution to the advancement of African Higher Education.  

At this point, I would like to specially invite you to another big event being organised by the AAU, the African Union, Government of Ghana and other partners - the African-Academic Diaspora virtual Homecoming 2021.  This event comes off from 27-29 September,2021 and participation is absolutely free of charge.  Kindly register HERE to participate.   

Additionally, there are other key events holding in the month of September, including the 6th African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) General Assembly and Conference. Please refer to the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter, and register to participate.  

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
  • Press Release – AAU Supports Science Journalism on COVID-19 and other Infectious Diseases READ MORE
  • President of the AAU participates in the inauguration and investiture of UNISA’s first female Vice Chancellor READ MORE
  • University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Ghana, requests for PhD collaboration with sister African Universities READ MORE
  • Rankings: African universities have made progress since 2018 READ MORE
  • Fluent digital leadership is now vital for every leader in higher education READ MORE
  • Read this Q & A piece on How to stop ‘helicopter research colonisation’  READ MORE
  • Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Nigeria, ranked best private University in research READ MORE

Featured Videos from AAU Television
  • The COVID-19 Diary:  Understanding the Genome of SARS-CoV-2  WATCH VIDEO
  • Agenda 2063: State of AfCFTA Trading & African Products Awards WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Interview with Hon. Badara Alieu Joof on the Education Space in The Gambia WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Preparing Africa’s Future Educators WATCH VIDEO
  • The CGC Show: Insurance Brokering as a Career: WATCH VIDEO 
  • HealthAfrik: Enjoying a Pain-Free Spine with Chiropractic Care READ MORE

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

  • World Bank Africa Centers of Excellence increase pool of researchers READ MORE

  • ACEGID Scientists Share their Experience Sequencing Africa’s First SARS-CoV-2 Genome READ MORE
  • ACE Impact Newsletter (QTR 2) READ MORE
  • WACCI holds Workshop on Public-Private Partnerships READ MORE
  • CERSA officially launches its Alumni Association READ MORE (In French)
  • ENSEA graduates it's 2021 cohort READ MORE
  • Centres of Excellence Gain Recognition for their Contributions READ MORE

  • Diaspora-Connect: The Contributions of the African Academic Diaspora to Kenya WATCH VIDEO
  • Diaspora-Connect: Promoting Transformative Research in Plant and Soil Sciences in Africa through Diaspora Networks WATCH VIDEO
  • Diaspora-Connect: Connecting Undergraduate Students Through U.S. National Science Foundation WATCH VIDEO
  • Diaspora Connect: Opportunities for African Universities and Research Institutions WATCH VIDEO
  • New: Africa Research Excellence Fund – Research Development Fellowships 2021/22 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Proposals for Funding in 2021 and 2022 by the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa READ MORE
  • New: Call for Applications:  Sasol-NRF University Collaborative Research Grant 2022| Deadline - 29 October 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Applications: Research and Innovation Mentorship Platform Intern by the PASET RSIF| Deadline -September 23, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Papers: Journal of African Transformation. Special 2022 Edition titled- Challenges and opportunities for curbing illicit financial flows to boost domestic resource mobilization for financing sustainable development in Africa  READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications - ‘Visiting Scientists' 2022 – Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT) READ MORE
  • New: Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting Workshops on Illicit Finance in Africa 2021 for African Journalists| Deadline - September 27, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications: 2021 Human Rights Prize by the French Government| Deadline- October 17, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for participation- Workshop on journal article writing for young researchers in Africa READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications: knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (in partnership with a German Institution)| Deadline - December 20, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) Scholarship for international applicants seeking admission to pursue a full-time PhD programme at NTU in 2021|| Deadline - June &December 2021 READ MORE 

Events by AAU

  • New:  Register to participate in the African-Academic Diaspora virtual Homecoming 2021, holding from 27-29 September,2021. This event is being organised by the AAU, in collaboration with the African Union, the Government of Ghana, African Diaspora Development Institute and the Pan African Heritage World.  Kindly register HERE to participate for free.
  • New:  Save the Date for the 2021 African Universities Day Celebration (November 12, 2021) 
  • New: Join us for the launch of the 'COVID-19 Diary' Television Programme | Theme- Supporting Science Journalism on COVID-19 and other infectious Diseases in Africa | September 24, 2021| REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE

  • New: Science Summit at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly| September 23, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Join the 6th African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) General Assembly and Conference (28-29 September 2021) READ MORE
  • New: Invitation to Universities South Africa (USAf) Higher Education Conference (6-8 October, 2021) READ MORE
  • New:  THE 2021 Training in TREE-RING Science and its applications, 24th October – 7th November, 2021, Zambia READ MORE
  • Save the Date | 10–11 November 2021, International Symposium on Robotics and AI in Libraries and the Education Sector, hosted by the University of Pretoria | READ MORE


  • New: Open Call for Institutions in West and Central Africa: In Country/ In Region Scholarship programme  by DAAD READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications launched for SCRIPTS Research Training Fellowships for international PhD students| Deadline - November 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications for Cohort 2 - Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D AFRICA) PhD and Post-Doctoral Scholarships| Deadline - September 30, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications by the International PhD Program for Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Rural Development (IPPAE) | Deadline - October 31, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications by the African Union Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture Scientific Exchanges Program| Deadline - October 10, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications- PhD Scholarships by the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) | Deadline - September 30, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: SAWISE Angus Scholarship 2021 for African Women in Science and Technology| Deadline - November 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Amelia Earhart Fellowship 2022 for Women in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering| Deadline - November 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: ISO LOMSO Fellowship for African Researchers | Deadline - February 15, 2022 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Masters Application (for East Africans only) - Master of science in embedded and Mobile systems| Deadline - November 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • 60 scholarship opportunities offered by The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT)| Deadline -September 30, 2021 READ MORE
  • The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Visiting Expert Programme| Deadline - October 1, 2021 READ MORE 
  • New: Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS), Deadline - October 1, 2021| READ MORE
  • Safety and Efficacy of a Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine in Malawian Children READ MORE
  • The synergistic role of academic entrepreneurship patterns in entrepreneurial university transformation: Analysis across three African sub-regions READ MORE
  • Changing Centres of Teaching and Learning an analytical review READ MORE
  • Appel à candidatures : Formation sur l’Assurance Qualité Interne (TrainIQA) 2022 dans les États membres du CAMES Lire la suite 
  • Semaine de la Francophonie scientifique en septembre 2021. Lire la suite 
  • Appel à contributions pour la Conférence économique africaine 2021. Lire la suite
  • Les trophées des campus responsables francophones : lancement de la 8ème édition. Lire la suite 
  • Le projet PRICNAC prépare sa phase opérationnelle : 1 860 000 euros pour financer des micro-projets innovants en Afrique centrale. Lire la suite 
  • Appel à candidatures : 10ème édition du Prix de la Francophonie pour jeunes chercheurs. Lire la suite 
  • Appel à candidatures pour les bourses de formation. Lire la suite 
  • Appel à candidatures pour deux bourses postdoctorales. Lire la suite 

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