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Why attend the 14th AAU General Conference?

The General Conferences of the Association of African Universities is normally a five-day event centered around Higher Education in Africa. In June 2017, the AAU will be holding its 14th General Conference in Accra, Ghana.

Join us to learn about the State of Higher Education in Africa as well as celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association under the theme:
"AAU@50: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development in Africa".
The venue is La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana.
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Last Time We Met

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5-8 June 2017

  • 09.00 – 11.30 GMT Opening Ceremony & Keynote Presentations

    Chair: Prof. Olusola Oyewole (AAU President)

    Report on Higher Education in Ghana - Prof. Mohamed Salifu, Executive Secretary of National Council for Tertiary Education, Ghana
    The Contributions of AAU to Higher Education Development in Africa – From Early Independence to the Present - Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, former President, AAU
    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
    Formal Opening of the 2017 General Conference - The President of the Republic of Ghana
  • 11.30 – 12.00 GMTGroup Photograph, Cutting of Anniversary Cake & Snacks Break

    All participants
    Video: AAU @ 50
  • 12.00 – 13.00 GMTPlenary Session I

    Chair: Prof. Olusola Oyewole (AAU President)

    AAU Business Session
    Election of Conference Bureau - Prof. Olusola Oyewole
    Adoption of Conference Programme - ''
    Constitutional Reviews for Ratification - ''
    Announcement of Nominations to the Board - ''
    Presentation of AAU Strategic Plan (2016-2021) - Prof. Etienne Ehile (AAU Secretary-General)
  • 13.00 – 14.00 GMT Lunch

  • 14.00 – 16.15 GMTPlenary Session II


    14.00 – 14.30 AAU @ 50: Highlights of Achievements and Challenges - Prof. Etienne Ehile (AAU Secretary-General)
    14.30 – 15.00 African Union Commission’s Intervention on Higher Education in Africa - Dr. Martial Ikounga
    15.00 – 15.30 Discussions
    15.30 – 16.00 Presentation of Online Discussions on the Conference Theme & Sub-themes - Prof. Paul Omaji
    16.00 – 16.15 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 - Chair: (tbc)

    17.30 – 18.30 Subtheme 2: Curriculum reform as key to graduate employability and entrepreneurship - Chair: (tbc)
  • 19.30 GMTWelcome Reception hosted by xxxxxx

    Venue: XXXX

Exhibiting and Sponsorship

The Conference is a chance to demonstrate your products and services in front of the largest concentration of Higher Education Stakeholders in Africa. Many, if not all, of our delegates are hunting out new and effective solutions and services.

Key Speakers

Professor Olusola Oyewole

Vice Chancellor - Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Professor Karrar Ahmed Bashir Elabbadi

Former Vice Chancellor - Omdurman Ahlia University

Professor Marc-Louis Ropivia

Rector - Universite Omar Bongo

Professor Orlando Antonio Quilambo

Rector - Eduardo Mondlane University

Code of Conduct

We believe that everyone deserves a thoroughly pleasant conference experience, regardless of who they are. We adhere to the AAU Code of Conduct and expect that all of our speakers, attendees, sponsors, and volunteers will do the same.

Local Organizing Comittee

We are incredibly grateful to our committee members for their continuing dedication. These people and many others work hard to make this conference program the best that it can be.

Get in Touch


Sponsoring the AAU General Conference is a great way to connect with our expert community of higher education. Help us make the AAU 14th General Conference be the best it can be by providing Diversity Scholarships or by supporting our speakers and attendees. Take a look at our sponsorship prospectus to see all the ways you can be part of creating a shared experience and foster long-lasting relationships with members of the Higher Education field in Africa.