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. AAU represents the voice of Higher Education in Africa and supports networking by African institutions of Higher Education. The AAU is based in Accra and has a current membership of over 360 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
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The African University Day 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 African University Day aims to present a unique platform to promote critical dialogue among stakeholders on how to improve Higher Education in Africa. The African University Day Celebrations have become a premier event on the calendar of AAU and this day has been celebrated by HEIs since 2000.
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  • 11 November 2019North African Regional Office Celebration | Day 1

    - Announcement of Opening of Week Celebration by Prof. El Mahrasawy, Al-Azhar University President AAU GB member for North Africa

    - Celebration at Al-azhar University

    - Art Competition for Universities Students

    - Visit to Faculty of Education, Al-Azhar University

    Venue: AAU North Africa Regional Office, Al-Azhar University, Cairo Egypt
  • 12 November 2019African Universities Week | Day 2

    - Key Note Speech and High Level Panel on “Towards a Peaceful Africa through Quality Higher Education” | AAU Secretariat, Trinity Avenue, East Legon, Accra, Ghana

    - Visit and Celebration at Cairo University | Cairo University, Egypt

    - A day long activities have been planned, featuring exhibitions, lectures on the theme and other overarching Higher Education (HE) issues, lightning talks and Panel discussions on the Theme | University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • 13 November 2019Celebration at Helwan Universities | Day 3

    - African Forum “ Education for peace and secure Africa”

    - At Al-Azhar Conference Center - African Culture Fair “Our Familiarization is peace” - Art Exhibition - Partners Exhibition

    Venue: Helwan Universities
  • 14 November 2019Celebration at Stellenbosch University | Day 4

    - Event, themed “Towards a Peaceful Africa through Quality Higher Education”.

    - The event involves early career researchers and academics, focusing on presentations by postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.
    Venue: Stellenbosch University
  • 15 November 2019Celebration at AAU North Africa Regional Office | Day 5

    Symbolic Marathon for Universities Students to call for peace and secure Africa

    Venue: AAU North Africa Regional Office. Al-Azhar University, Cairo Egypt
  • 18 November 2019 Celebration at East African Regional Office | Day 6

    Celebrations by the East African Members of AAU

    Venue: AAU East Africa Regional Office. University of Khartoum, Sudan
  • Other Celebrations

    Rivers State University, Nigeria

    University of Ilorin, Nigeria

    University of Jos, Nigeria

    Institut Universitaire du Golfe de Guinée , Cameroon


Read more about our wonderful partners last year. We couldn’t have done it without them!
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  • Focus Mins Gh Ltd
Focus Foundation Gh Ltd
Ghana Think Foundation
SEWA Foundation


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