Goolam Mohamedbhai obtained his Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK, and later did his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley under a US Government Fulbright-Hays Award. He joined the University of Mauritius in 1972 and served as its Vice-Chancellor from 1995 to 2005. He was Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, President of the International Association of Universities, and a member and Vice-Chair of the governing Council of the United Nations University. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates and awards. Mohamedbhai operates as an independent consultant in higher education, with special interest in Africa. The organisations for which he has undertaken consultancies include Sida of Sweden, the Association of African Universities, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, the Carnegie Foundation, the Leadership Foundation of UK, the World Bank and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has widely published on issues related to higher education in Africa. He is currently the Chair of the Consultative Advisory Group of the World Bank’s Partnership for Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) in Africa project. He is also a member of the Regional Steering Committee of the World Bank’s Project on African Centres of Excellence for Eastern and Southern Africa, the Council of the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology and the Board of the University World News (Africa).