The AAU Biennial
Conference of Rectors
& Vice Chancellors 2023

Windhoek Country Club & Resort Conference Centre,
Windhoek, Namibia

4-7 July 2023

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About The Event

The 2023 COREVIP will seek to focus specifically on excellence and successful initiatives, interventions and outcomes in African higher education by highlighting the key enabling elements within the sub-themes.


Windhoek, Namibia


Tuesday to Friday
4-7 July 2023

Theme: Advancing Excellence in African Higher Education

The Sub-Themes are:

  • Doctoral Education
  • Institutional Differentiation
  • Partnership/Cooperation & Internationalization
  • University-Industry Linkages
  • Funding & Financing
  • Role of Intellectual Diaspora

Why Attend the Conference of Rectors and Vice Chancellors?

  • We expect 800 participants from Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia and other parts of the World to be physically present
  • Interact with over 400 AAU Member Vice Chancellors present at the conference. Network with African academics from the five regions of Africa
  • If your institution is an AAU member you will participate in the AAU business meetings
  • An Exhibition is planned to showcase emerging projects and products for African Higher Education
  • Receive firsthand information on current initiatives and available opportunities for stakeholders of African Higher Education
  • Opportunity to be included in AAU’s database and mailing list to keep receiving information on African Higher Education and available opportunities – scholarships, fellowships, vacancies, and other relevant information
  • Opportunity to share your thoughts/experiences with participants from Africa and beyond and help enrich the discussions.

  • The COREVIP is the highest decision making body of the Association. This is an assembly of representatives of all member institutions & all Higher Education Bodies. Discussions and deliberations are held under Scientific & Thematic Sessions. It is held every two years with the purpose of:

    • Examining collectively, themes identified as common concerns and priorities for the development of higher education in Africa;
    • Making recommendations primarily to AAU member Institutions, as well as to the Governing Board and to the Secretariat; and
    • Acting as a mid-term conference and taking stock of the implementation of the decisions of the COREVIP and recommending corrective measures, if any.

  • Event Venue Year Theme Sub-Themes
    COREVIP Kigali, Rwanda June 2 – 5, 2015 Internationalisation of Higher Education in Africa a. Harmonisation and Quality
    b. Mobility and Transferability of Credits
    c. New Modes of Teaching and Learning
    d. Curriculum Relevance and Employability
    e. Emerging Centres of Excellence in Africa
    COREVIP Stellenbosch, South Africa May 30 – June 3, 2011 Strengthening the Space of Higher Education in Africa a. Creating an African Higher Education Space
    b. The Role of ICT
    c. Regional Centres of Excellence
    d. Promoting Open and Distance Learning
    COREVIP Tripoli, Libya 2007 The African Brain Drain: Managing the Drain, Working with the Diaspora a. The African Development Agenda and the Brain Drain: History, Factors and Prospects
    b. The African Diaspora: Contributions to the Revival of African Knowledge Systems, Science and Technology
    COREVIP Mauritius March 17 – 21, 2003 The Role of African Higher Education Institutions in the Building of the African Union a. The Challenge of Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Way Forward from the Higher Education Perspective
    b. African Higher Education Institutions Responding to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
    c. Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa: The Continuing Challenge to African Higher Education Institutions
    COREVIP Arusha, Tanzania February 1 – 4, 1999 Revitalizing Universities in Africa: Strategy for the 21st Century a. Regional Cooperation in Graduate Training and Research
    b. Information and Communication Technology
    c. Access, Quality and Resource Management
  • The Association of African Universities (AAU), whose headquarters is in Accra, Ghana, was founded in Rabat, Morocco on November 12, 1967, following recommendations made at an earlier conference organized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Antananarivo, Madagascar in September 1962 for the formation of such an apex organization.

    The Antananarivo recommendations were taken up by a preparatory Committee of the heads of African institutions of higher education, which met in Khartoum in September 1963 and drafted the founding constitution of the Association. With an initial membership of 34, the Association now has over 340 members, cutting across the language and other divides.

    The Association has provided a platform for research, reflection, consultation, debates, co-operation and collaboration on issues pertaining to higher education. It has provided a range of services to its members and served African higher education in a variety of ways. It has established and increased its role in the five sub-regions of Africa and is thus able, at reasonable notice, to assemble teams of experts in relevant fields from the sub-regions.

    The Association possesses a unique capacity to convene higher education institutional leaders and policy-makers from all parts of the continent and on key issues related to African higher education and development, as demonstrated in the WTO/GATS workshop held in Ghana in April 2004. In addition, the Association provides leadership in the identification of emerging issues and support for debating them and facilitating appropriate follow-up action by its members, partners and other stakeholders.

Event Speakers

Here are some of our Keynote Speakers

H.E. Prof. Mohammed Belhocine

H.E. Prof. Mohammed Belhocine

Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, African Union

Hon. Itah Kandji-Murangi

Hon. Itah Kandji-Murangi

Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Republic of Namibia

Hon. Prof Pierre Gomez

Hon. Prof Pierre Gomez

Minister of Higher Education Research Science and Technology, Gambia

Hon. Jaime Perczyk

Hon. Jaime Perczyk

Minister of Education, Argentina

Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam

Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam

Secretary General, Organization of Educational Cooperation (OEC), Saudi Arabia

Professor Barki Osman Saeed

Professor Barki Osman Saeed

President (Association of African Universities) & President (Sudan International University)

Event Schedule

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July 3rd || Pre-Conference Workshop on Universal Acceptance Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Pre-Conference Workshop on Universal Acceptance
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Arrival and Registration of Participants

Cultural Performances

by Ongoma Drum Percussions and Nama Stap at Windhoek Golf Club Coordinated by University of Namibia (UNAM)

July 4th

Registration of Participants

Plenary Session I: Opening Ceremony
Master of Ceremony: Dr. Marius Kudumo (Director of Corporate Engagements and International Relations)

  • Anthems
    • Namibia
    • African Union
    • AAU
  • Welcome Remarks
    Welcome Song: UNAM Choir
    Remarks by:
    1. Dr. Kenneth Matengu, Vice Chancellor of University of Namibia
    2. Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities
    3. Saeed Bakri Osman, President of the Association of African Universities
    4. H. E. Prof. Mohammed Belhocine, Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, African Union
  • Formal Declaration of the Opening of the 22nd COREVIP
    by Hon Dr. Itah-Kandji Murangi, Minister of Higher Education, Innovation and Technology
  • Recognition Awards
    by Prof. Dr. Kenneth Matengu, Vice Chancellor, UNAM & Prof. Olusola Oyewole, Secretary-General, AAU:
  • Goodwill Messages by Key Partners
    1. European Commission (EC)
    2. Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA)
    3. China Association of Higher Education (CAHE)
    4. Ministry of Higher Education in The Gambia
    5. Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Space (ENLACES)
    6. International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST)
    7. OBREAL Global
    8. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    9. UNESCO

    10. Performance by Tswana Cultural Group

Group Photograph, Tea/Coffee Break

Plenary Session II: Keynote Presentations (1)
Professor Barki Osman Saeed (President of the Association of African Universities & President of Sudan International University, Sudan)


Plenary Session III: Keynote Presentations (2)

Chair: Prof. Wisdom Tettey (Vice President, University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Topic 1: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Strategies for Advancing Excellence in African Higher Education Presenter: Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede (Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board [JAMB], Nigeria)
  • Topic 2: Achieving Balanced and Inclusive Education Systems in the Global South Presenter: Sheikh Mansour Bin Moussalem (Secretary General, Organization of Educational Cooperation [OEC])
  • Topic 3: Fostering South-South Cooperation: Brazilian HEIs Contributing to the Education of Nigerian Scholars Presenter: Prof. José Celso Freire Junior – Associate Provost for International Affairs, Universidade Estadual Paulista [UNESP] Brazil

Plenary Session IV: Stakeholder Engagement in the Development of Higher Education in Africa –Presentations from Strategic StakeholdersProf. Theresia Nkuo-Akenji (AAU Vice President & Vice Chancellor of Bamenda University, Cameroon)


Tea / Coffee Break

Plenary Session V: Stakeholder Engagement in the Development of Higher Education in Africa –Presentations from Strategic Stakeholders
Chair: Emeritus Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede (Former AAU Secretary-General)


Welcome Reception & Higher Education Innovation Awards Venue: Windhoek Country Club & Resort

July 5th

Plenary Session VI: Launch Event:
Topic: UNAM-UWC Partnership in Purpose, Equipping, Environment and People (PEEPs) Research leadership program
Chair: Prof. Orlando Quilambo (immediate past AAU President & Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique)
Presenter: Prof. Jose Frantz (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

Plenary Session VII: Gender Equity in African Higher Education Institutions

Chair: Prof. Orlando Quilambo (Former AAU President)
Presenter: International Development Research Centre, Canada


Plenary Session VIII: Launch Event
“Africa Charter for Transformative Research Collaborations”
Chair: Prof. Ambreena Manji (Professor of Land Law and Development, & Dean of International for Africa, Cardiff University)
Presenter: Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC)

Lunch Break

Plenary Session IX: Youth Mobility for Africa – a flagship initiative under the Global Gateway Africa-Europe Investment Package
Chair: Anna Hakami, Programme Manager, European Commission, DG International Partnerships
Panel Members:
  • Ms. Gosia Lachut (Deputy Head of Mission, EU Ambassador to Namibia [Acting])
  • Prof. Olusola B. Oyewole (Secretary-General, Association of African Universities)
  • Ms. Eveliina Anteroinen (Programme Coordinator, Embassy of Finland to Namibia)
  • Dr. Erold Naomab (Vice-Chancellor, Namibia University of Science and Technology)
  • Ms. Lineekela Shipiki (Student, University of Namibia, former exchange student under Erasmus+ to Czech Republic, University of Hradec Kralove)
  • Prof Nelson Odume (Director, Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality, Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, Coordinator of Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Project [AWaRMN])
  • Ms. Elizabeth Colucci (Coordinator of HAQAA 2, Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation, OBREAL Global)
  • Ms. Mirriam Chiyaba (Former CEO, Zambia Qualifications Authority, member of African Continental Qualifications Framework Advisory Group)

Plenary Session X: Stakeholder Engagement in the Development of Higher Education in Africa
Chair: Dr. Lucy Heady (CEO, Education Sub-Saharan Africa)

July 6th


Parallel Session 1a: Presentations on Subtheme 1 (Doctoral Education)

  1. PH.D. Programs in Africa: Arrows, Targets and Archers
  2. Doctoral education – Collaboration the hallmark of excellence and magnificence in doctoral education
  3. Improving the Quality of Doctoral Education in Africa
  4. Harnessing the Power of Collaboration: Enhancing Doctoral Education in African Universities
  5. Towards Quality Postgraduate Research Supervision in African Universities

Chair: Professor Lilian Imuetinyan Salami (AAU Vice President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria)
  • Dr. Gaoussou CAMARA (Coordinator, Digital Science and Technology Network)
  • Prof. Anna-Marie Pelser (Entity Director - Research Professor, North-West University, South Africa)
  • Prof. Peter Nyasulu (Head, Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
  • Dr. Precious Ekwere (Chair at Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) Africa Chapter, Material Chemistry Researcher, University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
  • Ms. Nodumo Dhlamini (Director of Knowledge Management and ICT, Association of African Universities)

Parallel Session 1b: Presentations on Subtheme 2 (Institutional Differentiation)

  1. Branding of Higher Institutions- A case study of Selected Universities
  2. Re-calibrating University Education: a case of Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
  3. The Journey towards the Formation of UAS in Ethiopia: Drivers, Enablers, Barriers and the Way Forward
  4. Research Excellence in Public Universities in Namibia: A bibliometric study

Chair: Prof. Yakubu Ochefu (Secretary-General, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities)
  • Prof. Kehinde Adekunbi Taiwo (Department of Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
  • Prof. Jephias Matunhu (Executive Director, Tugwi Mukosi Multidisciplinary Research Institute, Zimbabwe)
  • Dr. Ephrem Tekle Yacob (Quality Coordinator, College of Education and Behavioral Studies, Kotebe University of Education, Ethiopia)
  • Mrs. Anna Leonard (Senior Librarian, University of Namibia, Namibia)

Parallel Session 1c: Presentations on Subtheme 3 (Partnership/Cooperation and Internationalization)

  1. Harnessing Research Collaboration for Research Excellence in Kenya: An Informetric Analysis across Research Fields, 1996-2023
  2. Advancing excellence in research through internationalization: Some case studies
  3. Towards African academic excellence: a new strategy for sustainable agriculture, water, and climate research, learning and innovation
  4. Partnership, Cooperation and Internationalization of University of Kordofan, Sudan
  5. Pan African scientific networks of excellence: challenges and prospects

Chair: Prof. Juliet Thondhlana (Coordinator of AAU European Office & UNESCO Chair in International Education & Development)
  • Prof. Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha (University of South Africa, South Africa)
  • Prof. Franklyn Lisk (Academic Director Africa, University of Warwick) / Prof. Sibusiso Moyo (DVC Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Stellenbosch University (South Africa))
  • Dr. Bruno Gerard (Mohammed VI Polytechnic University) / Prof. Rachid Serraj (Director of Strategy, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University [UM6P], Morocco)
  • Abdalla Makeen Abdalla (University of Kordofan, Sudan)
  • Dr. Sylvia Mkandawire (Senior Project Manager, ACE Impact, Association of African Universities, Ghana)

Parallel Session 1d: Showcasing Excellence in North-South Academic Collaboration through Networks: The Case of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

  1. The CADFP: An Example of Excellence in Higher Educ. Partnership and Internationalization
  2. Transnational Partnerships with Diaspora Groups ~ Case of Kisii University Kenya
  3. Mentoring as a tool for cross-fertilization of African scholars in Higher Education: Reflections of CADFP experience
  4. The Intervention of the African Academic Diaspora in Universities in Africa: Forms and Modalities of a Transcontinental Collaborative Dynamic

Chair: Prof. Rungano Jonas Zvobgo (Vice Chancellor, Great Zimbabwe University)
Presenters: Fellows of the CADFP
  • Dr. Doyin Coker-Kolo (Coordinator of Education Leadership Program, Indiana University, Southeast, USA)
  • Anakalo Shitandi
  • Dr. Adefunke Ekine (Dep. Director, TAI Solarin University of Education, Ijagun , Nigeria) / Prof. Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome (Professor of Political Science, African & Women's Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA)
  • Prof. Abdoulaye Gueye (University of Ottawa, Canada) / Prof. Michael Okyerefo (Professor of Sociology, University of Ghana)

Tea / Coffee Break


Parallel Session 2a: Presentations on Subtheme 4 (University-Industry Linkages)
  1. Promoting University-Industry Linkages: The Role of Entrepreneurial Intention, Training, and Action
  2. Responding to industry skills challenges with degrees that work: integrating employer aligned certifications into academic programmes
  3. Positioning Africa's Universities for Successful Industry and Governmental Trade Agency Linkages: A Case for the VITAL Model
  4. Quadruple Helix Model of Innovation to Higher Education - The NUST Case
  5. Determining a Success Framework to Improve Emerging Farmer Entrepreneurship in the North West province-South Africa

Chair: Prof. Tsafack Nanfosso (Professor Tsafack Nanfosso, Rector, University of Dschang, Cameroon)
  • Dr. Inuusah Mahama (Lecturer. University of Education, Winneba, Ghana) – virtual presentation
  • Mr. Mark Hudson (Global Academia Manager, PeopleCert, UK)
  • Prof. Sombo Muzata (Department of Political Science, James Madison University, USA)
  • Prof. Harmony Musiyarira (Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Namibia University of Science and Technology)
  • Dr. Faan Pelser (Senior Lecturer, North-West University, South Africa)

Parallel Session 2b: Panel Discussion on Subtheme 5 (Funding and Financing)
Chair: Prof. Peter Okebukola (President, Global University Network for Innovation [GUNi-Africa])
  • 1. Prof Ellen Ndeshi Namhila (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, University of Namibia)
  • 2. Prof. Damtew Teferra, (Higher Education Expert, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa)
  • 3. Mr. Hannu Shipena (Executive Director, National Council for Higher Education, Namibia)
  • 4. Dr. Saturnin Enzonga Yoca (Director of Programs, African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education - CAMES)

Parallel Session 2c: Presentations on Subtheme 6 (Role of Intellectual Diaspora)
  1. Digital Learning and the Urgent Need for Meaningful Collaboration among African Universities and Intellectual Diaspora
  2. Priming Africa’s Science Grads for Enterprise and Innovation through Strategic Leveraging on Africa’s Diaspora Professional Global Network: A Catalyst to Africa Innovation (Ai)
  3. Benefits and Challenges of Engaging and Mobilizing the Diaspora in Supporting Teaching and Research in African Universities
  4. Beyond the Carnegie Model: Pathways to Advancing Collaborative Teaching and Research in Institutions of Higher Education in Africa
  5. The Role of Diaspora in Education in Zimbabwe

Chair: Prof. Elisabetta S. Olarinde (Vice Chancellor, Afe Babalola University)
  • Prof. Fredrick Muyia Nafukho (Vice Provost and Professor of Management and Organization, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, USA)
  • Prof. Samuel Mugo (Professor, Analytical Chemistry, MacEwan University, Canada)
  • Dr. Abdulkarim Oloyede (Associate Professor & Reader, University of Ilorin, Nigeria)
  • Prof. Mariam Konaté (Professor of African American & African Studies & Gender and Women's Studies, Western Michigan University, USA)
  • Prof. Juliet Thondhlana (Coordinator, AAU Office in Europe; UNESCO Chair in International Education & Development; University of Nottingham, UK)

Parallel Session 2d: Roundtable Discussion - Students’ Engagement in Building a Resilient African Education Ecosystem
Chair: Mr. Peter Kodjie (Secretary-General, All Africa Students Union [AASU])


Parallel Session 3a: Enhancing Education Research in Africa
Chair: Dr Maggy Amiss Beukes (Director Centre for Innovation, Learning and Teaching, UNAM)
Dr. Lucy Heady (CEO, Education Sub-Saharan Africa)
Parallel Session 3b: Academia in Internet Resources Management
Chair: Dr. Boubakar Barry (CEO, West and Central Africa Research and Education Network [WACREN])

Parallel Session 3c: ACU - Supporting Excellence and Equity in International Research Partnerships
Chair: Prof Ndeyapo Nickanor (Executive Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Engineering and Natural Sciences, UNAM)
Dr. Beate Knight (Head of Programmes, Association of Commonwealth Universities)
Parallel Session 3d: Promotion of Nutritious and Healthy Foods with Food Safety Education in Africa
Chair: Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong (Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
Dr. Ogugua Charles Aworh (International Union of Food Science and Technology, [IUFoST])


Optional / Special Meetings:
Networking Session / Privately Arranged Speaking Engagements by Strategic Partners

Topic 1: LAC-Africa Meeting

Chair: Prof. Olusola Oyewole (AAU Secretary-General)

Topic 2: The HAQAA III Initiative

Chair: Prof. Olusola Oyewole (AAU Secretary-General)

July 7th

Plenary Session XI

Chair: Prof. Nelago Indongo (Acting PVC: Research, Innovation & Development, UNAM)

Plenary Session XII: Event Launch
“China-Africa Universities Exchange Consortium” Chair: Prof. Damtew Teferra (Former AAU Director of Research and Programs)
Presenter: Prof. Zhou Yu (Vice President, China Association of Higher Education Academician, Chinese Academy of Engineering, Director of Africa-China Consortium of Universities Exchange Mechanism (UEM) China.)

Tea / Coffee Break

Plenary Session XIII: The Creation of AAU Continental Offices – Opportunities for African Universities

Chair: Dr. Marius Kudumo (Director Corporate Engagement and International Relations, UNAM)
  • Topic 1: The Creation of AAU Continental Offices – the AAU Europe Regional Office
    Prof. Juliet Thondhlana (Coordinator, AAU Office in Europe; UNESCO Chair in International Education & Development; University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Topic 2: Building Collaborative and Scientific collaboration Collaboration between Europe, Namibia and Nigeria: The EndoVascular Project
    Prof Nandu Goswami (Medical University of Graz, Austria)
  • Topic 3: Budling up interregional relationships in Higher Education: challenges and opportunities: Latin America and Africa
    Dr. Nicolás Patrici (OBREAL Global) and Ms. Marina Larrea (Ministry of Education, Argentina)
  • Topic 4: Climate Change MOOC
    Presenter: Dr. Farai Kapfudzaruwa (Research and Partnerships Manager, University of Pretoria, South Africa)


Plenary Session XIV: AAU Presentations Chair: Prof. Orlando Quilambo (immediate past AAU President & Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique)

Plenary Session XV: Presentations of Summary Recommendations from All Six (6) Sub-themes

Chair: Professor Tawana Kupe (Vice Chancellor, University of Pretoria, South Africa) Rapporteurs: Session Rapporteurs:

Tea Break

Plenary Session XVI: Closing Ceremony

Chair: Professor Barki Osman Saeed (President of the Association of African Universities & President of Sudan International University, Sudan)

Closing Dinner (UNAM)

Performances by Kavango Cultural group

Event Venue

Windhoek Country Club & Resort Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek Country Club & Resort Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

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Contact Person: Elroy Cloete (Banqueting Administration Manager)
Phone Number: +264 61 205 5748

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Sponsorship Package

These are the sponsorship packages we have for this event

Gold Package

  • Opportunity to give a 5 minutes address during a parallel session
  • Full participation in all sessions of the conference
  • Visibility on event portal
  • Visibility in networking areas
  • Visibility in conference programme (Display of logos)
  • Free conference registration for 2 people
  • Visibility in event marketing communication
Diamond Package

  • The option to give a 10-minutes address during a plenary session
  • Full participation in all sessions of the conference
  • Profiling during the conference and in the conference Brochure & Reports
  • Free conference registration for 3 people
  • Visibility on event portal
  • Visibility in networking areas
  • Visibility in Plenary room (Pull up banners)
  • Visibility in conference programme (Half Page Advert)
  • Inclusion of organisation brochure in event pack
  • Visibility in event marketing communication
  • Visibility in resulting event reports
Platinum Package

  • Opportunity for a 10-minute speaking engagements and 10-minute interaction with participants
  • Full participation in all sessions of the conference
  • Profiling during the conference and in the conference Brochure & Reports
  • Six months of visibility on events portal
  • Visibility on name badges
  • Visibility in networking areas
  • Visibility in Plenary room (Pull up banners, Promotional video between sessions)
  • Visibility in conference programme (Full Page Advert)
  • Free conference registration for 5 people
  • Inclusion of organisation brochure in event pack
  • Visibility in event marketing communication
  • Visibility in resulting event reports


Frequently Asked Questions

  • The conference will be held simultaneously in English, French and Arabic.

  • Online registration form is available by clicking the link below: registration form

    • The registration fee is US$500 for representatives of AAU member universities, and
    • US$600 for non-AAU members and other stakeholders.
    • Participants from Namibia will pay US$250 per person.

    This amount covers the conference documents, lunch and tea/coffee breaks as well as a copy of conference proceedings.

  • Prior to the conference, conference documents will be shared online with only registered participants. It is therefore important that all participants endeavour to carry along their laptops or other reading devices as there will be no hard copies available.

  • Invitation letters under the signature of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia would be issued to each delegate to facilitate visa processing. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Namibia, as well as accommodation, extra meals, and any other hotel expenses (laundry, phone calls, secretarial services, etc.) incurred during their stay in Namibia. The AAU will not assume responsibility for any unpaid bills. Group lunches, and tea/coffee breaks on the four conference days are, however, covered by the registration fee.


    Participants are advised to make advanced reservations for accommodation at the following hotels:

    Name of Hotel   
    Contact Person   
    Email /Phone   
    Negotiated Rate (Standard Room)   
    Windhoek County   Club and Resort
    Magreth Mate (Key Account Manager)   
    +264 81 333 0978   
    Elroy Cloete (Banqueting Administration Manager)   
    +264 61 2055748   
    Safari Court   Hotel
    Sergio Gomes Satchikuata (Banqueting Manager)   
    +264 81 330 3736   
    Vatima Van Rooyen (Conference Services Coordinator)   
    +264 61 296 7171   
    Arebbusch Country Lodge   
    Charlene Grace (Front Office Manager)   
    +264 61 25 2255   

    Please note that:

    1. These hotels require that you confirm your reservations by 15th April 2023 after this date accommodation cannot be guaranteed.
    2. The room rates indicated above are inclusive of bed and breakfast only. It also includes free internet access.
    Accommodation payments should be made directly to the hotels selected by participants, or for a discount, bookings should be channelled through the Local Organising Committee.
    For those who book directly with the hotels, kindly email your proof of payment to the LOC via:

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Namibia. In most cases, the passport’s expiry date should be at least six (6) months prior to the travel date.
    Visa requirements should be confirmed with the travel office in your country of departure. Participants travelling on National passports are advised to obtain a Namibia visa before departure.
    All participants MUST HOLD:

    • letters of invitation from the host institution;
    • return tickets to their country of residence; and
    • proof of sufficient funds for their stay.
    Please note that you can acquire a Namibia visa application form at the Namibian High Commission /Embassy in your country.
    Please also note that delegates needing visas on arrival (those without Namibia High Commissions/Embassies in their country) will need to send the biodata pages of their passports to the Local Organising Committee via email:

  • A YELLOW FEVER Vaccination Certificate is required from participants coming from infected areas. The countries and areas included in the endemic zones are considered as infected areas and include the following:

    Angola Equatorial Guinea Rwanda
    Benin Ethiopia Sao Tomé & Principe
    Burkina Faso Gabon Senegal
    Burundi Gambia Sierra Leone
    Cameroon Ghana Somalia
    Central African Republic Guinea-Bissau Sudan
    Chad Kenya Tanzania
    Congo Liberia Togo
    Cote d’Ivoire Mali Uganda
    Democratic Republic of Congo Niger Zambia
    It should be pointed out that the Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever is valid ten (10) days after the date of vaccination or in case of re-vaccination as from the date of re-vaccination. Furthermore, participants may be subject to further medical screening, such as Ebola and other communicable diseases on arrival in Namibia, and participants may be under health surveillance during their stay in the country.
    All other health-related protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international travellers are to be observed.

  • Kindly note that flights to Namibia come through the Hosea Kutako International Airport. As participants will be met on arrival, kindly send your flight details to the Local Organising Committee well in advance for the necessary transport arrangements to be made on time.
    Free wireless internet services will be provided during the conference. At the Hotels, Business Centres with a limited number of computers may be available for participants’ use at a fee.
    SIM cards and airtime for your cell phones are locally available.
    For other official communication costs (international phone call, etc.), please check telephone service charges with the hotel before use as participants shall pay for the related costs directly to the hotel before or upon check-out.

  • The currency of Namibia is the Namibia Dollar. The commercial exchange rate is subject to change daily. There are banks and licenced currency exchange bureaux located at the airport and in the City. You may exchange from the hotel cashier as well. For more information on currency exchange rates, please visit:
    It is advised to use banks rather than hotels to get the best available rate. Banking hours are from 09.00 am to 15.30 pm on weekdays. Most major credit/visa cards are universally accepted.

  • The supply voltage in Namibia is 230 V and 50Hz. There are two associated plug types, types D (three round pins in a triangular pattern) and type M (three round pins). You are advised to bring a universal adapter/converter as necessary.

  • During registration in Namibia, a list of excursion sites would be availed to participants who would have to indicate which one(s) they would wish to visit so that the necessary arrangements can be finalised. These excursions will come at a cost to be borne by participants.
    The following are the recommended excursions and their associated costs:

    • Tours organised by Sense of Africa
      Cost per person (US Dollars)   
      Two-Hour Guided City Tour on Foot   
      Starts at 08:00   
      Half-Day Windhoek Tasting Tour   
      Starts at 14:00   
      Half-Day Guided Nature Walk   
      Starts at 08:00   
      Half-Day City / Katutura Tour   
      Starts at 09:00   
      Full Day Gocheganas Nature Drive +Lunch   
      Starts at 08:30   

    • Tours organised by People’s Tour and Safari
      Cost per person (US Dollars)   
      Windhoek – N/aankuse Wildlife Sanctuary (up close with wild cats)   
      5 hours    
      Windhoek – N/aankuse Wildlife Sanctuary (Carnivore Feeding)   
      2.5 hours   
      City Tour at Windhoek   
      2 hours   

    • Tours organised by Anchor Advenures
      Cost per person (Namibian Dollars)   
      Traditional Cooking Experience   
      490 NAD   
      2-3 hours    
      Ka22ra Township Tour   
      390 NAD   
      2.5 hours   
      Sundowner Safari   
      990 NAD   
      3-4 hours   

  • The month of July is characterized by average temperatures of between 6°C and 20°C.
    Daylight hours are approximately from 07.30 to 18.30 during this period of the year.

Contact Us


AAU House, Trinity Avenue, East Legon.
Accra. Ghana