About the Conference

The Corevip Conferences of the Association of African Universities is normally a five-day event centered around Higher Education in Africa. 

The Future of African Higher Education

In addition to Keynote Presentations on the theme of the Conference, there will be papers and presentations dealing with the following six (6) sub-themes:

  • Sub-Theme 1: The Future of African Higher Education Post-COVID-19
  • Sub-Theme 2: Contributions of African Higher Education Institutions to Addressing the Challenges linked to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sub-Theme 3: Contributions of African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sub-Theme 4: Funding of African Higher Education Institutions in the face of unpredictable Economy
  • Sub-Theme 5: Mainstreaming e-learning and the digital divide
  • Sub-Theme 6: Contributions of the Diaspora to African Higher Education

What Happens at AAU Corevip Conferences

The General Conference of the AAU is the highest decision making body of the Association. This is an assembly of representatives of all member institutions, and is organized in two parts as follows:

1.The Business Session:

The Business Session assesses the activities implemented over the previous four years against a background of the Core Programme of Activities and a budget approved at the previous Conference;

-approves the plan of activities and budget for the following strategic plan period; and

-elects the governing board members of the Association including the President and three (3) Vice – Presidents, from among the Vice – Chancellors, Presidents and Rectors of its member institutions

2.The Scientific/Thematic Session:

Every General Conference also hosts the Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents (COREVIP) of African Universities which deliberates on themes of relevance to higher education in Africa. The COREVIP is an assembly of the chief executive officers of member institutions or their representatives, which meets 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 General Conference and recommending corrective measures, if any.

Event الحدث Venue المكان Year السنة Themeالموضوع Sub-Themes الموضوعات الفرعية
COREVIP مؤتمر قادة مؤسسات التعليم العالي بإفريقيا Kigali, Rwanda كيجوالي، رواندا June 2 – 5, 2015 من 2-5 يونيو 2015

Internationalisation of Higher Education in Africa

تدويل التعليم العالي في إفريقيا

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

أ. المواءمة والجودة

ب. الحراك وإمكانية معادلة الشهادات الجامعية.

ج. أساليب التعليم والتعلم الحديثة

د. مواءمة المناهج وقابلية التوظيف

هـ. مراكز التميز الناشئة بإفريقيا



COREVIP مؤتمر قادة مؤسسات التعليم العالي بإفريقيا Stellenbosch, South Africa ستيلنبوش، جنوب  إفريقيا May 30 – June 3, 2011 من 30 مايو – 3 يونيو 2011

Strengthening the Space of Higher Education in Africa

تعزيز مساحة التعليم العالي بإفريقيا

a. Creating an African Higher Education Space
b. The Role of ICT
c. Regional Centres of Excellence
d. Promoting Open and Distance Learning

أ. خلق مساحة للتعليم العالي الإفريقي

ب. دور تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات

ج. مراكز التميز الإقليمية

د. دعم التعليم المفتوح والتعليم عن بعد





COREVIP مؤتمر قادة مؤسسات التعليم العالي Tripoli, Libya طرابلس، ليبيا 2007 2007

The African Brain Drain: Managing the Drain, Working with the Diaspora

هجرة الكفاءات الإفريقية: دور التعليم العاليء

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

أ. أجندة تنمية إفريقيا وهجرة الكفاءات: التاريخ والعوامل والآفاق

ب. المهاجرون الأفارقة: إسهامات في تنشيط نظم المعلومات والعلوم والتكنولوجيا في إفريقيا

COREVIP مؤتمر قادة مؤسسات التعليم العالي Mauritius موريشيوس March 17 – 21, 2003 من 17 – 21 مارس 2003

The Role of African Higher Education Institutions in the Building of the African Union

دور مؤسسات التعليم العالي الإفريقية في بناء الاتحاد الإفريقي

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

أ. تحدي القضاء على الفقر في إفريقيا: طريق الانطلاق من وجهة نظر التعليم العالي

ب. استجابة مؤسسات التعليم العالي الإفريقية لوباء فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية/ الإيدز

ج. السلام وحل النزاعات في إفريقيا: التحدي المستمر لمؤسسات التعليم العالي الإفريقية

COREVIP مؤتمر قادة مؤسسات التعليم العالي Arusha, Tanzania أروشا، تنزانيا February 1 – 4, 1999 من 1 – 4 فبراير 1999

Revitalizing Universities in Africa: Strategy for the 21st Century

إنعاش الجامعات في إفريقيا: استراتيجية للقرن الحادي والعشرين

a. Regional Cooperation in Graduate Training and Research
b. Information and Communication Technology
c. Access, Quality and Resource Management

أ. التعاون الإقليمي في تدريب الخريجين والبحوث

ب. الاتصالات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات

ج. الوصول إلى الموارد وجودتها وإدارتها


Our History

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.