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5th April 2020                   ISSUE No: 2

Dear All,

We trust that you are staying safe during the lock-downs in various countries.

We are pleased to share with you the second issue of the ACE for Development Impact News. This initiative is in line with enhancing the visibility of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) project through improving information dissemination, communications and engagement among the African Higher Education stakeholders.

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On the 26th and 27th March 2020 the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the World Bank (WB) hosted virtual meetings with the anglophone and francophone Africa Centres of Excellence to discuss the outbreak of the coronavirus and the negative impacts that it is having on ACEs and Higher Education Institutions in Africa. Prior to the meeting, a survey was conducted to gather information on the readiness of the Centers and their universities to cope and respond effectively to the coronavirus disruptions and how they were conducting their activities during this period. The purpose of the meeting was to build on the findings of the survey and discuss issues related to effective and continuous teaching and learning amid the crisis which has led to the closure of many institutions. The meeting identified key challenges faced by universities in ensuring continuity of studies and recommended solutions to these challenges.

The Association of African Universities which is the Regional Facilitation Unit for the ACE Impact Project is responsible for handling communications, project implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning – and has therefore initiated this platform to facilitate information flow and bring to light the important and enormous work being done by the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence. Our other information dissemination platforms include the ACE Impact Facebook (ACE I), ACE Impact Twitter (@theACE_Project), the bi- annual ACE Newsletters where we share success stories and events, the AAU Twitter (@AAU_67) and the AAU Facebook (AAU67).
 
We are grateful to the Centres for their support in putting these news items together and we encourage them to continuously furnish us with information on latest happenings in their various institutions.

Below is a selection of news items for your reading.
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NEWS FROM THE ACES 
  1. Africa Centres of Excellence for Impact (ACE Impact) convene virtually to discuss way forward for African universities amid the COVID-19 crisis. The final report from this meeting will be shared with the ACE Center Leaders.
  2. LASU-ACEITSE commences interactive delivery of 6 courses. Read More
  3. The African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID) contributes to global tracking of COVID-19 Read More 
  4. 2iE Centre of Excellence distributes hand sanitizers as part of its contribution to national preventive measures in Burkina Faso.
  5. Center for Training, Research and Expertise in Drug Sciences (CEA-CFOREM), Burkina Faso contributes to the fight against COVID-19 
  6. WACWISA organises 2nd International Conference on Irrigation and Agricultural Development (IRAD2020) Click to Apply
  7. Director for CEA/ ITECH-MTV, Professor Diabate Abdoulaye receives Newcomb Cleveland Prize for his outstanding research on fighting malaria in Africa. Read More
  8. Africa Science Information Access network provides access to database of research equipment in Africa. Read More
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR THE ACES & AFRICAN HEIs
  1. Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF): COVID-19 : des ressources en ligne pour assurer la continuité pédagogique  
  2. OpenClasrooms: Continuité pédagogique
  3. France Université Numérique FUN Campus platform
  4. COUSERA for Campuses affected by COVID-19 closures
  5. ChalkBoard Education for mobile learning solutions - catering for limited connectivity
NEWS FROM THE AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY
  1. Association of African Universities organizes webinar on "Effective Integration of Online Education in African Universities" as part to its contribution towards ensuring continuous teaching and learning in African HEIs. Click to listen to the recorded version
  2. The Association of African Universities has created a COVID-19 Resource Page to help higher education institutions plan for possible campus disruption by COVID-19. This Resource Page is continuously being improved
  3. University of Ghana moves lectures online. Read More
  4. University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences students volunteer at the Tygerberg Hospital Disaster Management Centre Read More 
  5. Government of South Africa establishes  a Task Team to address effects of COVID-19 on Higher Education Read More 

OPPORTUNITIES
  1. Call for expression of interest in the creation of inter-ACE thematic network on Health
  2. Masters and PhD scholarships in Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture at WACWISA, Ghana. Click to Apply
  3. West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) calls for application into its PhD in Plant Breeding Programme Read More
  4. The Pandemic Challenge seeks feasible ideas to help address the effects of COVID-19. Deadline: 14 April, 2020Click to Apply
  5. The Engineering for Change 2020 Research Fellowship for students and early-career professionals passionate about social innovation. Deadline: ongoing| Click to Apply
  6. The World Food Prize calls for applications to recognize innovations within the full scope of the food system. Deadline: 1 May, 2020| Click to Apply 
  7. The UN's Global Climate Action Award calls for applications to highlight scalable and replicable innovations tackling climate change. Deadline: 30 April, 2020| Click to Apply
  8. Common Fund for Commodities for financial and technical support for projects working in the commodity value chain. Deadline: 15 April, 2020Click to Apply
KNOW THE ACE IMPACT CENTRES
  1. CEA en Sciences Mathematiques, Informatique et Applications, University of Abomey- Calavi, Benin
  2. CEA Pour L’eau Et L’assainissement (C2EA), University of Abomey- Calavi, Benin 
  3. Ecole d'ingénieurs, (CoE_EIE), Université d’Abomey Calavi, Benin
  4. CEA pour la Formation et La Recherche en Sciences et Technologies de l’eau, 2iE, Burkina Faso
  5. Collège d’Ingénierie pour la formation et la recherche en Sciences et Technologies d’Ingénierie de l’Energie et des Infrastructures en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (CoE-2iE), Burkina Faso 
  6. Centre De Formation, De Recherche Et D’expertises En Sciences Du Medicament (CEFOREM), Université de Ouaga I, Burkina Faso
  7. CEA et Innovation Biotechnologiques Pour L’elimination Des Maladies A Trans-Mission Vectorielle  (CEA / ITECH-MTV), Université Nazi Boni, Burkina Faso
  8. Centre d'Etudes, de Formation et de Recherche en Gestion des Risques Sociaux (CEFORGRIS),  Université de Ouaga I, Burkina Faso 
  9. CEA: Mines et Environnement Minier (CEA-MEM), INP-HB, Cote d'Ivoire
  10. CEA: Valorisation Des Dechets En Produits A Haute Valeur Ajoutee (VALOPRO), INP-HB, Cote d'Ivoire
  11. CEA: Changement Climatique, Biodiversite et Agriculture Durable (CEA-CCBAD), Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cote d'Ivoire
  12. CEA: Statistique et Economie Quantitative, ENSEA, Cote d'Ivoire
  13. Centre émergent: logistique et transport, Djibouti 
  14. UD Ecole d'ingénieurs, Djibouti
  15. Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre Kumasi (RWESCK), KNUST, Ghana
  16. Regional Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCESS), University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana
  17. West African Center for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA), University for Development Studies, Ghana.
  18. Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience (ACECoR), University of Cape Coast, Ghana 
  19. Regional Transport Training and Research Centre, (TRECK) KNUST, Ghana
  20. College of Engineering, CoE_KNUST (KEEP), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
  21. West African Centre For Cell Biology of Infectious and Non- Communicable Diseases (WACCBIP + NCDS), University of Ghana
  22. West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana
  23. West Africa Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC), University of Ghana
  24. Centre d’Excellence Africain pour la Prevention et le Controle des Maladies Transmissibles (CEA PCMT), Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry, Guinea
  25. Centre émergent, Mines et sociétésCoE_Guinée (CEMS), L’Institut Supérieur des Mines et  Géologie de Boké, Guinea
  26. Centre d’Excellence Regional sur les Productions Pastorales : Viande, Lait, Cuirs Et Peaux (CERPP), Université Abdou Moumouni, Niger
  27. Teaching / Learning Math and Science for Sub-Saharan Africa (MS4SSA), Université Abdou Moumouni, Niger
  28. Centre émergent:  Environnement minier, Niger 
  29. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer's University, Nigeria
  30. African Center of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology (ACENTDFB), Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
  31. Africa Centre of Excellence on New Pedagogy in Engineering Education (ACENPEE), Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
  32. African Center of Excellence  for Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI), University of Benin, Nigeria
  33. African Center of Excellence in Dry Land Agriculture (CDA), Bayero University, Nigeria
  34. African Center of Excellence for Population Health and Policy (ACEPHAP), Bayero University, Nigeria
  35. Centre For Food Technology and Research (CEFTER), Benue State University, Nigeria
  36. African Centre Of Excellence for Mycotoxin And Food Safety (ACEMFS), Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria
  37. African Centre Of Excellence for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Development and Regulatory Science (ACEDHARS), University of Lagos, Nigeria
  38. African Centre Of Excellence for Innovative And Transformative STEM Education (CITSE), Lagos State University, Nigeria
  39. African Centre Of Excellence for Sustainable Power and Energy Development (ACE SPED), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  40. African Centre Of Excellence in Future Energies and Electrochemical Systems (ACE FUELS), Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
  41. OAU ICT-Driven Knowledge Park (OAU-Oak Park), Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  42. Center of Excellence for Oilfield Chemicals Research (CEFOR), University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  43. Africa Centre of Excellence for Public Health and Toxicological Research, (ACE-PUTOR) University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  44. Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL), National University of Nigeria
  45. Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication (CApIC), Covenant University, Nigeria
  46. African Center of Excellence in Mathematics and ICT (CEA MITIC), Gaston Berger University, Senegal
  47. CEA pour la Sante de la Mere et de L’enfant  (CEA- SAMEF), Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal
  48. CEA: Agir en Environnement et Sante, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal
  49. CEA: Agriculture pour la Securite Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle (CEA AGRISAN), Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal
  50. Emerging Center: Science, Technology and Engineering for Entrepreneurship, The Gambia
  51. Centre d’Excellence Regional pour la Maitrise de l’Electricite (CERME), Universite de Lome, Togo
  52. Centre d’Excellence Regional sur les Sciences Aviaires (CERSA), Université de Lomé, Togo
  53. Centre d’Excellence Regional Villes Durables en Afrique (CEA CERViDA DOUNEDON), Université de Lomé, Togo

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