About the African University Week

The Association of African Universities (AAU) was created by African Universities on the 12th of November 1967 in Rabat Morocco for the purpose of supporting African Universities to improve the quality of African Higher Education. The vision of the AAU is “to be the leading advocate for African Higher Education on the continent”. The AAU Secretariat is hosted by the Government of Ghana in Accra.

The History of the African Universities Day

The African Universities Day was constituted by the AAU Board of Directors in 2005 to commemorate the day that the AAU was created on 12th November 1967 in Rabat, Morocco.

The purpose of the African Universities Day Celebrations is to focus attention on the African Higher Education sector – with a view of reflecting on progress, challenges, opportunities faced by this important sector. These celebrations also aim at attracting increased support for African Higher Education – this support could be in the form of human resources, financial resources or advocacy. The Association continues to engage a diversity of stakeholders for the improvement of African Higher Education – these include the Committee of Ten Heads of State that were nominated to champion African Higher Education, the private industries in Africa, the students association through the All Africa Students Union, National Councils of Higher Education, Ministries of Education and several Development Partners.

The African Universities Day has been celebrated in Ghana and across Africa since 2005. Celebration activities have included topical seminars, debates on African Higher Education, exhibitions, social media conversations among several other types of activities.

The 2018 African Universities Week Celebrations in Ghana

In June 2017 the AAU Board of Governors directed the AAU Secretariat to continue observing the African Universities Day through a week of innovative celebratory activities. This is because of the highly successful 2016 African Universities Day & Innovation Week.
We propose that the 2018 African Universities Week celebration focuses on the continental vision enshrined in the “Agenda 2063: The Africa we want” and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa. Higher Education plays a significant role in the transformation of society through knowledge creation, exchange, and sharing for sustainable development. It is therefore very vital that institutions of higher learning in Africa play a strategic role in achieving the Pan African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
This Years theme is "Achieving the Africa We Want: The Role of Young People".
The proposed events for 2018 are indicated below:
Date & Venue Planned Activity Sub Activities
Monday, 13th August 2018

AAU Secretariat
Official Launch of the African Universities Week
- Social Media Campaign - # ProudlyAfrican #ImAnAfrican #TheAfricaWeWant
- Official Call for Essay Competition among universities on the AU Week theme
Monday 12th November, 2018

AAU Secretariat
Official Opening of African Universities Week
Formal African University Day Event
- Forum: CESSA: Higher Education in the 21st Century: The role of VCs
- Live updates and streaming from member universities
Eastern,Southern,Northern,Western, and Central Africa
Tuesday 13th November, 2018

AAU Secretariat
Studio Discussions
Wednesday 14th November, 2018

Road Show: KNUST- Schools in Middle belt
Thursday 15th November, 2018

AAU Studio
Pan-African - I am an African Students all over Africa to dress African and share it on Social media #IAmAfrican
Friday 16th November, 2018

AAU Studio
Friday Morning: African Arts, Culture, and Technology (aFACT) Fair
Evening: African Students Night