Sunday June 4

  • 14.00 – 19.00Arrival and Registration of Participants

Monday June 5

  • 08.00 – 08.45 GMTRegistration continues

  • 09.00 – 11.30 GMT Opening Ceremony
    Chair: Prof. Orlando Quilambo (AAU Vice President)

    Welcome Remarks by AAU President - Prof. Orlando Quilambo
    Goodwill Messages
    African Union Commission’s Intervention on Higher Education in Africa - Dr. Martial de Paul Ikounga (Commissioner for Human Resources, Science & Technology, African Union Commission)
    The Contributions of AAU to Higher Education Development in Africa – From Early Independence to the Present - Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, former President, AAU
    Formal Opening of the 2017 General Conference - The President of the Republic of Ghana
  • 11.30 – 12.00 GMTGroup Photograph, Cutting of Anniversary Cake & Coffee Break

    Video: AAU @ 50
  • 12.00 – 13.00 GMTPlenary Session I: AAU Business
    Chair: Prof. Orlando Quilambo (AAU Vice President)

    AAU Business Session
    Announcement of Conference Bureau - Prof. Orlando Quilambo (AAU Vice President)
    Adoption of Conference Programme - ''
    Announcement of Nominations to the Board - ''
    Presentation of Secretary-General’s Report (2013-2017) - Prof. Etienne Ehile (AAU Secretary-General)
  • 13.00 – 14.00 GMT Lunch

  • 14.00 – 16.15 GMTPlenary Session II: Achievements, Challenges & Prospects of Higher Education in Africa
    Chair: Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr (former Secretary-General, AAU)

    14.00 – 14.30 Higher Education Situation in Senegal - Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Senegal
    14.30 – 15.00 Higher Education in Africa and Prospects for Sustainable Development through Continental Education Strategies - Dr. Celestin Monga (Chief Economist and Vice President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, African Development Bank)
    15.00 – 15.30 Leading up to the Africa-EU Summit: Advancing Knowledge and Skills - Ms. Deirdre Lennan (Directorate-General for Education, Youth and Culture, European Commission)
    15.30 – 16.00 Discussions
  • 16.15 – 16.30 GMTTea Break

  • 16.30 – 18.30 GMTPLENARY SESSION III (Round Table Discussions)

    Paper Presentations on:
    16.30 – 17.30 Subtheme 1: Promoting science, technology and innovation through higher education - Moderator: Prof. Tolly Mbwette (Member, AAU Board)

    17.30 – 18.30 Subtheme 2: Curriculum reform as key to graduate employability and entrepreneurship - Moderator: Emeritus Prof. PAI Obanya (Educationist, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • 19.30 GMTWelcome Reception hosted by xxxxxx

    Venue: (tbc)

Tuesday June 6

  • 09.00 – 13.30 GMT Plenary Session IV: Elements of Higher Education Sustainability

    09.00 – 09.30 Report on Higher Education in Ghana - Chair: Prof. Mohamed Salifu (Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education, Ghana)
    09.30 – 10.30 Subtheme 3: The role of higher education in managing the environment - Moderator: Prof. Akpezi Ogbuigwe (Director, Advantages and linkages Centre, River States University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
    10.30 – 11.30 Subtheme 4: Higher education as a tool for promoting democratic governance - Moderator: Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey (founding Executive Director, Institute of Democratic Governance, Ghana)
    11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break
    12.00 – 13.00 Subtheme 5: Mobilizing resources for higher education in Africa - Moderator: Prof. Peter Okebukula (former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Nigeria)
    13.00 – 13.30 The student's voice in learning, harmonisation, entrepreneurship, innovation and engagement - Ms. Deirdre Lennan
  • 13.30 – 14.30 GMT Lunch

  • 14.30 – 16.30 GMT Parallel Session I
    : Presentations on the Conference Subthemes:

    14.30 – 16.30Subtheme 1: Promoting science, technology and innovation through higher education - Chair: Prof. Edward Oben Ako (Member, AAU Board)
    Facilitating and Expanding the Research Landscape in Africa through Regional and International Scientific Collaboration: AGNES - Heather G. Marco
    Pour une Nouvelle Coopération Interuniversitaire en Afrique - Prof. Bonadventure Mve-Ondo
    Managing Institutions of Higher Education in the Digital Age: Integrating Infrastructure, Structure and Culture - Stanislas Bigirimana
    Agriculture in Science, Engineering and Technology: The Missing key to Graduate Employability in Africa - Abdulkarim Oloyede
    Assessment of the Robustness of Biofil Toilet Technology for the Treatment of Blackwater - Lakachew Yihunie Alemneh
    Advancing Science, Technology and Innovations Through Postgraduate Research Supervision: Challenges and Prospects - Elizabeth Achieng Were
    Nigerian Solid Minerals Processing for Economic Sustainability and Development: How far thus far? - Alafara A. Baba
    Building scientific capacity for high quality biomedical research in Sub-Saharan Africa - Prof. Gordon Awandare
    Subtheme 2: Curriculum reform as key to graduate employability and entrepreneurship - Chair: Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman (former Hon. Minister of Education of Ghana)
    Significance of curriculum review on job aspiration of undergraduates of agriculture in Kwara State, Nigeria - Olayinka J. Yusuf
    Re-focusing the Moi University Bachelor of Education Curriculum on Employability: A Holistic Triad Model - Charles M. Nyandusi
    Academic Family and the Quality of Student Support and Welfare: A Case Study of Bugema University - Kibirango Mpiima Moses
    Enhancing Teaching Quality in Higher Education for Better Student Outcomes: “A Case Study of the University of Rwanda” - Nathan Kanuma Taremwa
    Vocational education and training curriculum responsiveness in the context of economic implosion: The case of Zimbabwe - Chenjerai Muwaniki
    Curriculum reform as key to graduate employability and entrepreneurship - Prof. Paul Ginies
    Emerging Innovative Initiatives in Higher Education in Africa - Prof. Crispus Kiamba
  • 16.30 – 18.30 GMT Parallel Session II: Presentations on the Conference Subthemes:

    Subtheme 3:The role of higher education in managing the environment - Chair: Prof. Crispus Kiamba (former Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya)
    Higher Education and Environmental Management: The Nexus - Nsikak-Abasi A. Etim
    Climate Change: The Role of Universities in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges - Simon Ngalomba

    Subtheme 4: Higher education as a tool for promoting democratic governance - Chair: Prof. Michael Faborade (Secretary-General, Committee of Vice Chancellors, Nigeria)
    Higher Education and Promotion of Democracy through the Breaking of Prison Bars - Gilliet Chigunwe
    Diversity and Inclusiveness in the University Governance - Prof. Lateef Sanni
    To be determined - Prof. Goski Alabi
    The Challenge of Higher Education as a tool for the promotion of Democracy in Africa - Prof. A. Essuman-Johnson

    Subtheme 5: Mobilizing resources for higher education in Africa - Chair: Prof. Frans Swanepoel (Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
    Developing and promoting open scholarship for researchers in Africa - K.O. Darko-Ampem
    Sustainable survival strategies in a Volatile Economic Environment: A Case of Zimbabwean Universities - Andrias Chinyoka
    Leveraging Research and Human Resources to fund Higher Education in Africa - Dr. Judith Kateera
    Mobilizing Resources for Higher Education in Africa: Case Study of Success Story of University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria - Prof. Joel Ogbonna
    Equitable and affordable higher education - Kate Redman/Taya Owens
    Mobilising Human and Economic Resources for Higher Education: The Story of ACEGID, Redeemer’s University Nigeria - Onikepe A. Folarin
  • 17.00 – 18.00 GMT Meeting of ‘Friends of AAU’ (by Invitation)

    Chair: Prof. D. D. Kuupole (Member, AAU Board)
  • 18.30 – 19.00 GMT Meetings of AAU Regional Caucuses

  • 19.00 GMT Dinner hosted by xxxxxx

    Venue: tbc

Wednesday June 7

  • 09.00 – 11.00 GMTPlenary Session V: Higher Education, Quality Assurance & InnovationChair: Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede (former Secretary-General, AAU)

    09.00 – 10.00 Topic: Quality Assurance Harmonisation in African Higher Education: The Contribution of the HAQAA Initiative - Ms. Elizabeth Colucci, Project Coordinator, University of Barcelona Mr. Felix Wagenfeld, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Dr. Jeffy Mukora, CNAQ, Mozambique Dr. Rispa Odongo, Chair of the Technical Working Group for the African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance
    10.00 – 10.20Topic: ACBF Capacity Building Efforts - Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie (Executive Secretary, ACBF)
    10.20 – 10.40Topic: SPHEIR/DfID - Ms. Davelyn Thompson (DFID’s Strategic Partnerships Higher Education Innovation and Reform {SPHEIR} programme)
    10.40 – 11.00Discussions
  • 11.00 – 11.30 GMTTea Break

  • 11.30 – 13.30 GMTPlenary Session VI (Round Table Discussions): Management of Higher Education in Africa

    11.30 – 12-30Session I: Improving Management of Education Systems for Quality, Relevance and Sustainability - Moderator: Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai
    12.30 – 13.30Session II: Relevance of TVET for Sustainable Development in Africa - Moderator: Prof. N.N.N. Nsowah-Nuamah (President, Regent University College of Science and Technology, Ghana)
  • 13.30 – 14.30 GMTLunch

  • 14.30 – 18.30 GMTA Tour

    Tour of AAU Secretariat
    University of Ghana, Ghana
    University of Professional Studies, Ghana
  • 19.00 GMTDinner hosted by XXXX

    Venue: TBA

Thursday June 8

  • 09.00 – 11.00 GMT Plenary Session VII: Reports
    Chair: TBC

    09.00 – 09.30 Internationalized Domain Names and the Role of Academia - Chair: Mr. Yaovi Atohoun (Stakeholder Engagement & Operations Manager – Africa, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers {ICANN})
    09.30 – 11.00Reports from Discussions on Conference Sub-themes - Chair: Prof. George Magoha (former President, AAU)
    Presentation of Online Discussions on the Conference Theme & Sub-themes - Chair: Prof. Paul Omaji (Rapporteur General)
    Reports from Various Conference Themes Parallel Sessions - Rapporteurs
  • 11.00 – 11.30 GMTTea Break

  • 11.30 – 13.30 GMTPlenary Session VIII: AAU Business Session
    Chair: Prof. Orlando Quilambo

    Constitutional Reviews for Ratification
    Ratification of New Admissions
    Elections to the new Board
    Acceptance Speech by New Governing Board President
  • 13.00 – 14.30Lunch

  • 14.30 – 16.00 GMTPlenary Session IX (Closing Ceremony)
    Chair: New AAU President

    Presentation of the Conference Communique - Prof. Paul Omaji
    Official Closing - Chair: (tbc)
  • 19.00 GMTClosing Dinner & Golden Jubilee Awards

    Venue: TBC

Friday June 9

  • Excursion: Tour of Historical Sites (optional)

    Excursion: Tour of Historical Sites
    1. Mt. Gemi
    2. Wli Water Falls
    3. Akosombo Dam Site
    Package includes Tour Cost, Transportation and Lunch @US$60 per person

    1. Kakum National Park
    2. Elmina Castle
    3. Cape Coast Castle
    Package includes Tour Cost, Transportation and Lunch @US50

    1. Aburi Botanical Gardens
    2. Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa farm
    3. Boti Falls
    4. Umbrella Rock
    Package includes Tour Cost, Transportation and Lunch @US45
*Afternoon Tea Breaks are from 16.00 – 16.30 each day unless specified