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AAU NEWS: Issue 86

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 hope that you and your loved ones will continue being safe in the midst of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key Announcements for 2021
15th AAU General Conference and 21st COREVIP
I am pleased to announce that the 15th AAU General Conference and 21st Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities will take place from 5-8 July 2021 as a virtual event. We are calling for submission of abstracts under the theme: “The Future of African Higher Education”. In order to submit an abstract please visit this link and to see the first announcement of the 15th General Conference click here. The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 31st March 2021.
Call for Nominations/Applications for the AAU Governing Board (2021 – 2025)
The Association of African Universities 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. Duly accredited representatives of members of the Association in good standing are therefore invited to submit their candidacy or make nominations for election to the office of President or Vice-President and Members of the Association by completing the online forms, no later than 20th June 2021. Please read the full call from here:

Virtual Workshops 
The Association issued an Open Call to Higher & Tertiary Education Institutions in Africa to Apply for the 2021 AAU Facilitated Institutional Workshops. This Call is available from this link.

The Association also issued an Open Call for Workshop Facilitators who are interested in working with us to deliver our 2021 Higher & Tertiary Education Virtual & Face-To-Face Workshops. This Call is available from this link.

I trust you will find the news items that we have compiled for you useful.
Yours in the service of higher education in Africa
Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile
  • Job Announcement by the Association of African Universities – Data Specialist READ MORE 
  • Vacancy notice by the AAU   - Policy Specialist READ MORE
  • The AAU in partnership with Warwick Employment Group (WEG) and Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA) is pleased to announce that  the African Jobs Board Platform is now live. VISIT THE SITE HERE
  • 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
  • Call for Papers - AAU   15th General Conference READ MORE
  • AAU  is calling Higher & Tertiary Education Institutions in Africa to Apply for the 2021 AAU Facilitated Institutional Workshops READ MORE
  • General: Academics empowered for challenges in 2021 READ MORE 
  • General:  African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, Nigeria mourns Professor Ibidapo Obe READ MORE

Featured Videos from AAU Television
  • Agenda 2063: Media Dynamics around AfCFTA WATCH VIDEO
  • Agenda 2063: A conversation with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) on AfCFTA and Agenda 2063 WATCH VIIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Funding Issues in Higher Education WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Renewable Energy for Africa's Development WATCH VIDEO
  • AAU Talks: Facilitating Doctoral and Knowledge Production in Africa WATCH VIDEO

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

  • The ACE impact project requests for Expression of Interest for the position of Procurement Specialist – Francophone| Deadline - February 18, 2021  READ MORE
  • The ACE impact project requests for Expression of Interest for the position of Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist – Francophone| Deadline - February 18, 2021 READ MORE
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquee (ENSEA) opens call for applications to its 2021 Econometrics Summer School| Deadline: February 26, 2021 READ MORE 
  • Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) detects new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19 Virus) READ MORE
  • ACEGID details how the COVID tests work and the different types available READ MORE 
  • Access the Newsletter for the Centre of Excellence for Reproductive Health (CERHI) READ MORE 

  • HealthAfrik: Dental Surgeries 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
  • Impact Stories: Personality Profile of Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann WATCH VIDEO
  • New: Post-Doctoral Fellowship Announcement by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana | Deadline - February 25th, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Papers -  SARUA Virtual Higher Education Conference| Deadline - 05 March 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Course Invitation - Building African Entrepreneurial University being implemented under the Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation. This is a partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa| READ MORE| Register for the Zoom Sessions starting February 2, 2021 
  • New: Nominations are open for the 2022 World Food Prize| Deadline - May 1, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: 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
  • New: Call for Applications - The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program 2021| Deadline - 14 February, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for Applications for appointments at the Faculty of Law, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana | Deadline- 12 February, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Call for applications by the Goethe-Institut Nigeria to support  Nigerian Art and Culture Projects 2021 | Deadline - 24 February 2021 READ MORE 
  • New: Call for nominations - UN Environment Young Champions of Earth Prize for 2021 | Deadline - February 12, 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Zayed Sustainability Prize for pioneers of global sustainability | Deadline-May 6th, 2021 | READ MORE
  • INASP  is seeking a new Chair of the Board of Trustees, to lead the organisation | Application Deadline -February 12, 2020| READ MORE
  • The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 program| Deadline -February 5, 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 
  • International Climate Protection Fellowship for young climate experts from developing countries | Deadline- March  1st , 2021 READ MORE 
  • 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:    Finance Workshop on Emerging Issues in Higher Education Management | 16 -26 February, 2021 ACCESS FLYER AND PROGRAMME 
  • 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
  • New: Best Practices in Higher & Tertiary Education Funded Projects| 2-17 February, 2021 REGISTER HERE 
  • New: Quality Assurance in Project Grants Writing Workshop| 17 - 26 February , 2021 REGISTER HERE
  • New:  Quality Assurance in Higher & Tertiary Education Digital Marketing | March 2- 30, 2021 REGISTER HERE
  • New: Quality Assurance in Higher & Tertiary Education Campus Security | March 3 - April 1, 2021 REGISTER HERE 
  • New: Quality Assurance in Higher and Tertiary Education Teaching and Learning |  6-29 April, 2021 REGISTER HERE
  • New: Academic Writing Skills Support for Quality Research Output Workshop-14th April-29th April REGISTER HERE

    Events by Stakeholders
  • New: 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
  • New: Global Business School Network (GBSN) and Ecobank Academy Talent for Africa upcoming series - the Talent for Africa Virtual Forum| January -March 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Information Webinars by the World Food Prize Team on the Nomination Process Wednesday, March 24| How to register: Send an email to
  • New: IIEP-UNESCO Strategic Debate on Teachers on the Frontline: Lessons from COVID-19| 16th February 2021 READ MORE
  • New: Education, Leadership, Research and Policy Conference | 3-4 March 2021| READ MORE
  • The National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates will host its annual conference  virtually| February 15-20, 2021| READ MORE


  • New: IMU–Simons African Fellowship Program to support research sabbaticals for mathematicians from African countries| Deadline - READ MORE
  • New: Call for Applications- AWARD One Planet Fellowship (aims to build a network of scientists to lead research on the impacts of climate change on Africa’s agriculture and food systems) | Deadline - February 15, 2021 READ MORE 
  • New: Call for Junior Researcher to participate in the 'Pitch Your Generation IV Research Competition' | Deadline - February 28, 2021, READ MORE
  • New: United Nations University 2021/2022 Masters and PhD Scholarships in Sustainability Science for Developing Countries| Deadline - 26th February ( MSc) & 9th April (PhD) 2021 READ MORE
  • New: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Fund Internship Program for International Students (Masters and PhD Students in Economics) | Deadline - 15th February, 2021 READ MORE
  • New:  Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Scholarships 2021/2022 for Students in Muslim Communities (Fully-funded Undergraduate, Masters, PhD)|  Deadline - READ MORE 
  • New: E-JUST TICAD7 African Scholarship for Science, Technology and Innovation Fields 2021/2022 ( to be taken in Egypt) | Deadline -13th February, 2021 READ MORE 
  • DAAD In-Country/In-Region PhD and Master Awards for Sub-Saharan African Students | Deadline for applications by West Africans: February 10,  2021 READ MORE
  • International PhD Positions in Clean Water Technologies, New Zealand| Deadline: February 15, 2021 READ MORE
  • International Masters in Rural Development (IMRD) Scholarships 2021/2022 for Students in Developing Countries| Deadline - February 28, 2021| READ MORE
  •  New: Learning in Crisis: COVID-19 pandemic response and lessons for students, faculty and Vice Chancellors in sub-Saharan Africa
  •  New:  Top 4 lessons from the COVID-19 response for University and College Vice Chancellors
  • Quarterly Newsletter of the Pan African Writers Association -  ACCESS IT HERE
  • The Future of Universities Thoughtbook  - Universities During Times of Crisis Edition READ MORE HERE
Bulletin d’information de Janvier 2021
  • Bourses de recherche doctorale et postdoctorale « Eugen Ionescu » Appel à candidatures 2021. Lire la suite 
  • Les deux tiers d’une année académique perdus dans le monde à cause des fermetures dues au Covid-19, selon l’UNESCO. Lire la suite  
  • Appel à manifestation d’intérêt pour développer des projets innovants en agroécologie. Lire la suite
  • Journée mondiale de la culture africaine et afro-descendante. Lire la suite 
  • Brexit : le Royaume-Uni quitte le programme Erasmus, jugé trop cher. 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 
  • Conférence mondiale sur l'enseignement supérieur. Allez a la page pour plus de detail
  • Le Fonds ACP de l’Union européenne finance deux projets de l’AUF pour renforcer la recherche et l’innovation (R&I) en Afrique subsaharienne. Lire la suite 

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