About the African Universities' Week


The Association of African Universities (AAU) is the apex organisation and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of Higher Education in Africa. Created in 1967 by the Heads African Universities themselves, AAU is the voice of higher education in Africa. The Association aims to improve the quality of higher education, and to strengthen its contribution to Africa's development by supporting the core functions of higher education institutions and facilitating critical reflection and consensus building on issues affecting higher education. The AAU is based in Accra and has a current membership of over 400 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)..
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The African Universities’ Week (AU Week) is celebrated annually on the 12th November by Universities in Africa. This day coincides with the birth of the Association of African Universities in Rabat, Morocco, on November 12, 1967. The decision to create the AAU had been taken at an earlier meeting of Heads of African Institutions of Higher Education organized for this purpose at the University of Khartoum, Sudan in September 1963. The AU Week’s celebration brings together higher education stakeholders across Africa to discuss thematic issues pertinent to the improvement of quality higher education and the relevance of higher education to the development of the African continent in general. The African Universities’ Week Celebrations have become a premier event on the calendar of AAU and has been celebrated by HEIs since 2000.
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PROGRAMME

  • 9 November 2020 Day 1

    MORNING 1000GMT
    • Keynote Address: Digital Transformation in African Higher and Tertiary Education: A holistic and sustainable approach: Ms Nodumo DHLAMINI

    AFTERNOON 1300GMT
    • Webinar: "The Context in our Solutions: The realities of blended education for skills-oriented programs": Mrs Sheila Naah-Boamah, Executive Secretary, National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABTEX), Ghana : Supported by Mrs Larissa Odzebe Gidisu
  • 10 November 2020 Day 2

    MORNING PARALLEL SESSIONS (SESSION 1 - 1000GMT)
    • AAU North Africa Regional Office (NARO) Session: Prof Amany ElShariff
    Register in Advance - https://tinyurl.com/session1NARO
    • East Africa Regional Office (EARO) Session: Prof Faiza Mohamed Osman Mahmoud
    Register in Advance - https://tinyurl.com/Session1EARO

    AFTERNOON PARALLEL SESSIONS (SESSION 2 – 1300GMT)
    • Webinar: Digitizing the landscape- Geoparks, Geo-tourism and Geoconservation for Sustainable Development of Africa: Dr. Enas Ahmed, Matrouh University, Egypt - Member of UNESCO global geopark; Egypt, GIRAF ambassador
    Register in Advance - https://tinyurl.com/session2Geoparks
    • AAU North America Office (NAMO) Session: Mr Kwesi A. Sam
    Register in Advance - https://tinyurl.com/session2NAMO

    AFTERNOON PARALLEL SESSIONS (SESSION 3 – 1400GMT)
    • Webinar: Reshaping Women Leadership in a Transforming and Digitized World: Coaches of Influence Foundation & Mrs Felicia Kuagbedzi
    Register in Advance- https://tinyurl.com/session3Women
  • 11 November 2020 Day 3

    MORNING 1000GMT
    • Welcome Session for New AAU Members: Ms Nodumo Dhlamini & Miss Edith Laari
    • Featuring a member university based in Malaysia – opportunities for collaborating with African Universities: Ms Nodumo Dhlamini & Miss Edith Laari

    AFTERNOON 1300 GMT
    • Panel featuring member universities in North Africa – opportunities for collaborating with African Universities: Prof Amany El-Sharif & Mr Kwesi A. Sam
  • 12 November 2020 Day 4

    MORNING 1000GMT
    • Official Celebration: Address by the AAU President and Secretary General: Mrs Felicia Kuagbedzi & Miss Irene Dufie
    • Induction of AAU Desk Officers: Miss Edith Laari & Mr Kwesi A. Sam

    AFTERNOON 1300GMT
    • Research, Journal Establishment and Maintenance in a Digitized Environment: Dr Violet Makuku
  • 13 November 2020 Day 5

    MORNING 1000GMT
    • Digital Accessibility and Open Access for HEIs: Where are we?: Mr Abednego Corletey
    • Closing Ceremony: Mrs Larissa Odzebe Gidisu & Miss Irene Dufie

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