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30 June 2022

36 African Universities Represented on U-Multirank List

A total of 36 universities in Africa were among the 2,202 universities in 96 countries globally that had their performances assessed by U-Multirank, a ranking index that routinely analyses higher education institutions in terms of teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. Read more

Actions to Protect Scholars Amid Academic Freedom Threats

Organisations involved in the democratic development of Africa should support the protection of academic freedom and at-risk scholars, which is critical, given the link between academic freedom, academic emigration and democracy. Read more

African Centres of Excellence Want to Secure Their Longevity

The World Bank-funded Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE II) have raised millions of dollars to guarantee their sustainability. Read more

A Modern Transformative University for Sustainable Development

The COVID-19 pandemic, the current socio-economic crisis that several countries in the world, including African countries, are going through, and the impacts of the war in Ukraine have reinforced the socio-economic challenges (poverty, food insecurity, lack of health coverage, etc.) that African countries, including Benin, were already facing. Read more

Appel à Candidatures : Création d’un Réseau International de Clubs AUF Étudiants (CAUFÉ)

L’AUF lance son réseau international de clubs étudiants. La jeunesse francophone déborde d’idées, d’énergie et de talents multiples et ne demande qu’à être soutenue et accompagnée pour s’exprimer pleinement Lire la suite

ARUA Sets Target for Increased Research Outputs, More PhDs

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) has launched a strategic plan covering the period 2022-27 as a framework towards increasing the continent’s contribution to global cutting-edge research output to 5% over a period of 10 years. Read more

Avis de vacance du poste de Fonctionnaire Professionnel au Département de la Science et de la Technologie de Organisation de la Coopération Islamique (OCI)

Le Secrétaire général de l’Organisation de la Coopération Islamique porte à la connaissance des États membres, qu’il envisage de pouvoir au poste vacant de Fonctionnaire Professionnel au Département de la Science et de la Technologie. Lire la suite

Brief History of Volaille d’Or

The study further indicated that there were few people especially women involved in chicken raring at a small scale. This motivated me to revolutionize the sector and I started a small farm with 30 chicks (broiler).  My business grew and I was able to produce and market a hundred chicken on a monthly basis. Read more

Building Industry-University Collaboration in Zambia

Sydney Chiyaba, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Information Systems Limited, a Software technology, product designer and entrepreneur located in Lusaka has found beneficial to network and share knowledge between academia, industry and students to solve real life problems facing society: … Read mor

Communiqué de Presse : 53 Centres d’Excellence de l’Enseignement Supérieur d’Afrique se réunissent en Personne pour la Première Fois après le Covid afin de renforcer la Volonté d’obtenir un Impact sur le Développement

Accra, Ghana (30 mai 2022) – La 7e réunion semestrielle des Centres d’Excellence d’Afrique pour l’impact sur le développement (CEA Impact) est prévue du 13 au 17 juin 2022 à Cotonou, au Bénin. Compte tenu de l’impact et des restrictions de mobilité posés par l’épidémie Lire la suite

Developing a Development Oriented University: Perspective from Chinhoyi University of Technology

Starting off as a degree awarding institution in 1999 under the University of Zimbabwe, offering the Bachelor of Technology Degree in Production Engineering and the Bachelor of Technology Degree in Hospitality and Tourism, Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), was established by an Act by the Parliament of Zimbabwe on 10 December 2001. Read more

Falling African Share of Tertiary Education Aid ‘a Great Concern’

UNESCO report suggests large share of funding goes towards scholarships in relatively wealthy nations. Read more

Final Day of the IOFs Sigh-Level Forum Culminated in the Almaty Declaration

Islamic Organization for Food security concluded two-day Food security Forum. The High-level Forum attracts ministers, decision-makers, opinion-leaders, leading scientific experts and participants of agro-industrial sectors to discuss a wide range of issues in nutrition and Food Safety correlation. Read more

First Continental Research Integrity Network Launched

The African Research Integrity Network (ARIN), a partnership to promote ethical research practices across the continent, was officially launched on Tuesday after years of operating as an informal body of practitioners. Read more

Flagship TVET Project: A Few Sparks Can Light a Prairie Fire

Countries in East Africa, led by Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, have taken a big step towards regional cooperation in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Read more

GCHERA Announces 2021 Laureates of the Prestigious World Agriculture Prize

GCHERA (Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences) is pleased to announce the 2021 Laureates of the World Agriculture Prize, Emeritus Professor Marc Van Montagu of Ghent University, Belgium and Professor Mitiku Haile, Founding President of Mekelle University, Ethiopia …Read more

HE Should ‘Urgently’ Train Experts in Climate Change

African universities have a role to play in training graduates with the requisite skills in climate adaptation and mitigation to help entrepreneurs and policy-makers to understand what these involve in climate change. Read more

Honoris United Universities Seeks Western Standard of Education in New African Markets

Africa’s largest private higher education network Honoris United Universities plans to expand in Egypt, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire, Chief Growth and Strategy Officer Laura Kakon tells The Africa Report. Read more

Initial Feelings with Accelerated Growth for SMEs in Zambia

The HAMK in Africa project offers students and lecturers a great opportunity to broaden our perspectives and take a peek into the international world. Read more

Innovations for Enhancing Productivity, and Agro-Industrialization

The economies of many African countries are still driven by the agricultural sector amidst its underperformance. Read more

Lack of Data Compromises Research on Climate Change

Researchers across low- and middle-income countries are set to contribute towards the creation, expansion and maintenance of inclusive climate datasets in a project spearheaded by the Lacuna Fund. Read more

Lessons from the Sustainable Solid Waste Student Challenge in Zambia

In total, over 30 students participated in the challenge that was divided into three groups for active participation. The groups were Plastics, Aluminum and Ownership and Legal Issues associated with solid waste managements. Read more

Launch of an Educational Programme for Freedom of Expression in Eastern Africa

Cartooning for Peace and Buni Media in Kenya launched a programme for civic education using press cartoons in partnership with UNESCO, the French Embassy in Kenya, the EU National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Kenya Network, the European Union in Kenya and select universities… Read more

Marshalling the Diaspora: Ethiopia’s ‘Unsung Model’

Ethiopia has a unique ‘model’ of deploying its intellectual diaspora – academics, researchers and high-level professionals – by integrating their competence, experience, knowledge and networks to help resolve societal questions in their home countries and advance knowledge-generation. Read more

Measures Proposed to Tackle Youth Unemployment Hotspot

Youth representatives from 18 Arab states in the Middle East and North Africa that suffer from high rates of youth unemployment have identified measures to strengthen links between learning and the labour market. Read more

My Experience and Support to TAGDev Sponsored Students on Scholarship…

Ndejje University embraced a collaboration with RUFORUM but became active in 2019 when it secured a grant for the Next Generation of Scientists where it took up twelve (12) financially disadvantaged students on scholarship. Read more

OUC 3/CAMES : Les Epreuves de la Phase Nationale prévues pour ce 15 Juin 2022

Ce mercredi 15 juin 2022 à 10h GMT, 696 étudiants inscrit en master et doctorat, issus de 27 universités de 11 pays, prendront part en ligne aux épreuves de la phase nationale de la troisième édition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES. Lire la suite

Perspectives on Advancing Emerging Research Universities

Universities in Africa will benefit from ongoing support to boost their knowledge resources, academic cohorts and finances so that they can meet the massification and differentiation challenges that they face, according to a programme officer at one of the largest philanthropic donors to higher education on the African continent. Read more

Petition Wants More Study Support for War-Affected Africans

Amid the ongoing Russian destruction and violence in Ukraine, many international students who fled the war are still trying to find ways to continue their studies. A petition calling for more support for African students has generated almost 30,000 signatures. Read more

Police, Military Central in State Assaults on Students

Of 28 profiled countries in Education Under Attack 2022, half are in Africa. The highest number of incidents on the continent were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali. The study reports more than 5,000 attacks on education facilities, students and educators, or military incidents, globally in the past two years. Read more

Post-Study Work Opportunities Drive Student Mobility

The long-time attraction of international students from Sub-Saharan Africa to quality universities in European Union member states and their counterparts in the United States and Canada includes an appetite for getting jobs in host countries, according to ICEF Monitor, a market intelligence firm for international student recruitment. Read more

Renowned Journal Rejects Papers That Exclude African Researchers

Respected global medical journal The Lancet will continue to reject papers with data from Africa that fail to acknowledge African collaborators, in the interest of building African research and of promoting integrity, equity and fairness in research collaboration, according to Senior Executive Editor Dr Sabine Kleinert. Read more

Researchers Receive Grants of Pp to €500,000 Each

The €25 million (US$26 million) African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) programme, drawing about 1,000 applications for 40 grants, was launched on 15 June, with an appeal to grantees to conduct world-class research that will help to, not only solve the continent’s development challenges, but also have an impact on the world. Read more

RUFORUM Team Visits Kabale University

The world today is undeniably moving at a very high speed in terms of embracing digital technology, higher institutions of learning are increasingly becoming aware of the diversity of their current and potential learners and they are moving to blended learning. Read more

SADC Concerned Over Implementation Delay of Women’s Charter

The Southern African Development Community, or SADC, has expressed concern over the failure by some countries in the region to fully implement the SADC Charter on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, five years after it was approved by the regional bloc. Read more

SA Universities Impress with Graduate Employability

South Africa can claim to be the home of the most successful higher education system in Africa, as seven of its 26 public universities were ranked among the top 1,000 universities globally in the 19th edition of the QS World University Rankings 2023, released on 8 June. Read more

South African Academics Push Back Against ‘Biased’ UK Visa Scheme

Academics have criticized a new visa scheme introduced by the United Kingdom which will offer work visas to people who have studied at the world’s top universities. Read more

Spain Plans to Recruit More Students from Sub-Saharan Africa

Spain has embarked on an ambitious plan to attract international students and highly skilled workers from Africa as part of its new strategy, Focus Africa 2023, which aims to establish stronger academic, economic and diplomatic ties with African countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

Sustainability Research Needs Applied and Social Sciences

There is a need for dialogue between mainstream applied sciences on the one hand and the social sciences and humanities on the other if sustainability research is to come up with solutions to inspire the behavioural change needed to build future sustainable societies. Read more

Terror Groups Often Behind Attacks on Education Sector

Most governments in Africa have been unable to shield schools, universities, students, teachers and academics within their borders from attacks by terrorist organisations and other non-state armed groups, according to findings from the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). Read more

 The Importance of Understanding Each Other’s Culture in Collaborative Teamwork

After the first workshop with students from University of Zambia and Mulungushi University, various feelings have been shared. Feelings of joy, uncertainness, exhaustion and success. Read more

The Lancet’ Journal Rejects Papers that Don’t Acknowledge African Researchers

Respected global medical journal The Lancet will continue to reject papers with data from Africa that fail to acknowledge African collaborators, in the interest of building African research and of promoting integrity, equity and fairness in research collaboration, … Read more

Transdisciplinary Collaboration Critical for Future of Science

Calls for investment in transdisciplinary research in Africa in order to achieve progress in science and innovation as tools to tackle challenges impeding social and economic transformation of the continent have dominated proceedings at the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2022). Read more

Transformation of Higher Education Through Internal Engagement and External Partnership

The University of Eldoret (UoE) was established upon the award of Charter by the President on 11th February, 2013, as the Chepkoilel University College. The institution was founded in 1946 by the white settlers initially as a Large-Scale Farmers Training Centre. Read more

Transforming the Lives of Smallholder Pig Farmers Through Capacity Building…

The inspiration to make this dream a reality struck me during the TAGDev orientation training for the first cohort in July, 2017 at ARC Hotel, Egerton University, Kenya. The speaker challenged all the new students to turn their talents into entrepreneurial opportunities and expand on them. Read more

Two-Day IOFS High-Level Forum on Food Security Kicks off in Almaty

Islamic Organisation for Food Security hosted a High-level Forum on Food security in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The hybrid event was jointly organised by IOFS and Kazakh National Agrarian Research University and brought together representatives of more than 20 countries and attracted more than 1000 participants. Read more

UB-Zimbabwe Partnership Elevates Pharmacology, Biomedicine in Africa 

The medical research partnership between the University at Buffalo and the University of Zimbabwe started in 1998 as a research project to study how HIV medicines developed in the U.S. and Europe could be used to fight the raging AIDS epidemic in Africa. Read more

Ugandan Epidemiologist Appointed to UN University Council

Dr Catherine Kyobutungi is a Ugandan epidemiologist who mainly works in healthcare systems research and capacity-building. She began her career journey as a medical officer in rural Uganda before becoming a lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Read more

UK Renowned University to Launch Africa Hub In Rwanda During CHOGM

Coventry University’s Africa Hub will be formally launched this month as world leaders gather for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda. Read more

Universities Key in Bolstering Climate-Smart Agriculture

The use of innovative digital technologies has been key in accelerating climate action, from transforming food systems to building resilient cities and creating climate-smart jobs. Read more

Unlocking the Pig and Poultry Growth Potential with Essential Oils from Aromatic Plants

Essential oils have potential therapeutic benefits for use in the management of biotic infections. Provided the increasing resistance to most antibiotics coupled with their residual effects in the human food chains, I developed an efficacious product with less side effects for use as animal growth promoter. Read more

Un Programme International AUF de Mobilités pour Chercheurs Francophones du Sud en Sciences Environnementales

L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie a créé un Programme international de mobilités pour Doctorant.e.s et Post Doctorant.e.s de ses universités membres du Sud. Ce dispositif de réseautage et de coopération entre les laboratoires de recherche de ces universités Lire la suite

What Does 100-Year-old Makerere Reveal About Culture?

Uganda’s Makerere University, which marks its centenary this year, is well known as the oldest university in East Africa and as a cradle of political elites. Read more

Women Can be Pivotal if Empowered in Climatology Field

“It is undeniable that the consequences of climate change are disrupting national economies and affecting lives, and communities are bearing the high cost of this phenomenon. Climate change as a problem of public value must be grounded in the preponderance of the evidence. Read more

 

31 May 2022

Actions for Gender Mainstreaming Aimed at SDG 5 Needed

Grant-making data from the 15 Sub-Saharan African countries that are members of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI), showed that only about one-third of research awards went to women, and that men often received larger grants than women. Read more

Action Plan Aims to Equip Workforce with In-Demand Skills

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched its Skills for Employability and Productivity in Africa (SEPA) action plan for 2022-25, to bridge Africa’s skills gap, address skills mismatch and relevance on the back of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), climate change agenda and digital transformation in the labour market. Read more

African Researchers Invited to Apply for JWO Research Grant 

African researchers are invited to apply for this year’s Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant, for projects with a focus on the preservation of Africa’s natural environment.The winning project will receive $150 000 in funding support. Read more

African Scientists and Black Hole Discoveries

Sagittarius A* is the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way – and scientists have just unveiled the first image ever taken of it, thanks to a large international team known as the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. Only two members of that team, Roger Deane and Iniyan Natarajan, are from the African continent. Read more

African Scientists and Technology Could Drive Future Black Hole Discoveries

Astronomers have revealed the first image of the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The image was produced by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, an international team made up of over 300 scientists on five continents – including Africa. Read more

Africa’s First Cultivated Chicken Meat Harnesses UKZN Biotechnology Expertise

Stem-cell and skeletal muscle research emerging from the laboratories of biotechnology researchers in UKZN’s School of Life Sciences (SLS) has played a key role in the release of Africa’s first cultivated chicken meat as part of a partnership aiming to provide sustainable and affordable animal protein to meet the dietary needs of Africa’s growing population. Read more

Africa’s Higher Education Prospects and Challenges in 2022 

Higher education in Africa is key to its development. As the world becomes more interconnected, education becomes the key to sustainability. African governments are investing more in higher education. Read more

Afrique as an Integrated University in Central Africa

The African University requires in-depth transformation to create a space where learners meet with their supervisors to develop a quadruple competence consisting of building knowledge, know-how, life and thinking skills to contribute to the development of the continent. Read more

A Pathway to Inclusivity Through Agriculture in Africa

A host of leading experts on international knowledge cooperation joined for the Shaping Futures symposium in The Hague earlier this month. The event was part of the celebrations of 70 years of Nuffic. Read more

Assurance Qualité : Le RAFANAQ accueille de Nouveaux Membres et consolide son Plan d’Action 2022-2023

L’employabilité des jeunes est l’une des préoccupations majeures des économies africaines. Afin de promouvoir de meilleurs débouchés professionnels, il est important de renforcer la politique d’assurance qualité de l’enseignement supérieur au niveau continental  Lire la suite

‘Burnout is a Real Phenomenon for African Professors’

Governments and universities in Africa must do more and join forces to create conducive academic and professional environments with conditions of service that will enable university professors to do their work and enhance their contributions to knowledge production. Read more

Call for Transformation Runs Through UNESCO World Higher Education Conference

Gathering 2,000 participants from 139 countries, the Third World Higher Education Conference  (WHEC20222) kicked off  a movement to create more open, inclusive, equitable and collaborative higher learning systems geared to the complexity and challenges of our times. Read more

Centres to Help Raise Generation of Digitally Savvy Leaders

The digital revolution has transformed labour skills market demands, compounding Africa’s pre-existing skills mismatch. Given the changing dynamics, acquiring skills in information and communications technology (ICT) has become critical for graduates. Read more

Climate Change Fellowship Targets Francophone Researchers

Researchers, innovators, and policy analysts from several francophone countries in West Africa are set to benefit from the West African Women Climate Leadership Fellowship Program (WAfriCLP), which is being implemented by the African Centre of Excellence for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University in Côte d’Ivoire. Read more

Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of African Languages Remains Determined to Achieve More in 2022

Universities South Africa’s Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of African Languages (CoPAL) has put together an elaborate plan of action aiming to realise tangible outcomes for 2022. Read more

Community-University Engagement for a Transformative Higher Education in Africa…

The cardinal role of higher education in generating knowledge, building human capital and translating knowledge into technological innovations is key to sustainable development and fostering the socio-economic well-being of a sustainable society. Read more

Competing for Talent on the Battlefield of the Global South

The European Commission’s new immigration policy is proposing legal skilled labour immigration from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia through so-called ‘Talent Partnerships’. Read more

Concours « 60 Secondes pour convaincre » : Votez pour votre Projet préféré !

Ce concours s’adresse aux étudiants des établissements membres de l’AUF dans le monde. Lire la suite

Decline in Male, Black and Latino Students Planning on College

In the Class of 2022, 76 percent of white students said they want to go to college, 79 percent of Middle Eastern or North African students said they do, and 88 percent of Asian American students do. Read more

Developing and Nurturing Leaders of Tomorrow: The Role of Universities

One of our most important responsibilities as leaders of agricultural universities, and a critical role for RUFORUM as well, is to reflect critically on the mission of the university. Read more

Developing University Competitiveness Through Human Capital Development, Collaborations and entrepreneurship

Universities, private and public, are responsible for teaching, research, publishing, consultancy services and advancing human development. Over the years, funding of public universities through the Exchequer has been the Government’s prerogative, and was possible when the demand for university education was low. Read more

‘Divorced Universities’ Could Thrive Through Community Bond

Unless African universities address community needs through the kinds of knowledge and graduates they are producing, their sustainability will come under threat as important local sources of funding and popular support are withdrawn, according to participatory research pioneer Rajesh Tandon. Read more

[Dossier Blanc] Demande d’Admission Préalable (DAP) pour une Première Inscription dans une Université Française – 2022-2023

Attention ! Si vous vivez dans un des pays suivants, vous devez demander simultanément votre dossier de demande d’admission préalable et votre visa de long séjour pour la France (V.L.S. – T.S.) Lire la suite

Egypt Leads Research Field for the Second Year Running

For the second year running, researchers and academics in Egypt have published more peer-reviewed journal articles than their peers in other countries in Africa, according to 2021’s datasets from SCImago Journal & Country Rank, an online platform with some of the world’s most comprehensive citation and abstract databases of global journal research output. Read more

Embed Art in Local Cultures to Guard Against Foreign Sway

African artistic expression should be deeply rooted in local cultures and ought to reflect local cultural realities and context, targeting the African market first. In this way, domination by Western culture and globalisation, which have been spreading fast around the world, influencing every form of cultural expression, could be avoided. Read more

Enquête Mondiale 2022 sur l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche au Service du Développement Durable (ESDD)

Participez : L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) se joint à l’Association internationale des Universités (AIU) pour le lancement d’une enquête sur l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche au Service du Développement Durable (ESDD).  Lire la suite

En Route vers la 39e Session du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES

Le Conseil des Ministres du Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement supérieur (CAMES) se réunira en session ordinaire du 23 au 27 mai 2022 à Kinshasa, en République Démocratique du Congo, sous la présidence du Ministre ivoirien de l’Enseignement supérieur  Lire la suite

EARTH University “An ACT of Faith and a Labour of Love”

The founders of our university were committed to making a difference and had serious doubts about how effectively our higher academic institutions were achieving their mission to educate our leaders of tomorrow. They wanted to challenge themselves and take the risk of striving for something more innovative. Read more

Fin de la « Concertation Régionale sur l’Assurance Qualité et l’Accréditation »

Cette rencontre régionale qui portait sur « l’assurance qualité et l’accréditation dans l’espace CAMES » visait à adopter un projet de directive régionale sur l’harmonisation des mécanismes nationaux et institutionnels d’assurance qualité, en phase avec le « Cadre panafricain d’assurance Lire la suite

Focus sur les Membres du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES

Le Conseil des Ministres est la plus haute instance du CAMES, dont le fonctionnement s’adosse sur un Comité d’experts. Il est composé des 19 Ministres de l’enseignement supérieur des pays membres du CAMES. Lire la suite

Funders Opt for Sport, Music, Entertainment, not HE – Experts

The future and survival of higher education in Africa will depend greatly on how universities across the continent will be able to integrate traditional forms of funding with emerging new sources of income, according to the Accra-based Association of African Universities (AAU). Read more

Global ‘Roadmap to 2030’ for Higher Education Announced

Daniel Nivagara, minister of science, technology and higher education, Mozambique, noted “the fact that higher education is a universal right: this is a challenge”. Read more

HEFAALA Takes Stock of Academic Collaboration Post-COVID

A database that could capture the work that has been done at institutional, national and regional level to track academic collaborative modalities, including student mobility patterns, and plug the information gap on aspects such as internationalisation, was proposed at the end of the Third Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA III) Symposium… Read more

How Can Internationalisation Regain Momentum in South Africa?

It is mandatory for each South African institution to develop its own policy and plan on internationalisation two years after the Policy Framework for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa was published on 6 November 2020, and at a time when international student numbers are decreasing. Read more

How to Set Up an Institutional Repository for Data-Sharing

Only 24 African countries, out of 54, have institutional repositories, according to the Directory of Open Access Repositories.Recent studies and academic contributions on institutional repositories in Africa show that, of the few repositories currently on the continent, many are not up to standard. Read more

Ignorance About Addis Convention Hampers Its Ratification

African education leaders are calling for more action to create increased awareness of the Addis Convention about the recognition of qualifications in higher education, noting that many countries were yet to ratify it nearly three years after it came into force. Read more

Intra-Africa Mobility for Training Agribusiness and Food Systems Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA) Scholarship Advertisement for Cohort 2

The goal of TAFSA project is to enhance synergetic cooperation amongst selected Agricultural Universities in Africa. Specifically, the project aims at supporting these African universities with research and training of skillful and competent professionals to contribute to the improvement of food systems, and agribusiness… Read more

I Run a Beeswax Business in My Home Town

My name is Victor Gordon Akejo and I am a TAGDEV student from Uganda. I study at Egerton University, Kenya. One of the main entrepreneurial projects I’m involved in back home is selling beeswax. Read more

L’AUF a réuni ses Organes Consultatifs à Paris

Pour assurer sa gouvernance, l’AUF dispose de 4 instances (l’Assemblée générale, le Conseil d’administration, la Présidence et le Rectorat) et de 4 organes consultatifs : le Conseil scientifique, le Conseil économique et social, le Conseil des réseaux  Lire la suite

L’AUF renforce sa Présence en Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs à travers un Bureau National au Rwanda

L’ouverture de bureaux nationaux, prolongeant les Directions régionales, fait partie de la stratégie de l’AUF pour 2021 – 2025 visant à renforcer le réseautage et les programmes de coopération internationale dans le domaine scientifique. Lire la suite

Les samedis du PTR-LSCC / Conférence sur le Thème: «Les Itinéraires Initiatiques en Sénégambie et en Guinée Bissau. Au cœur des Minorités invisibles»

Le Programme thématique du CAMES – Langues, Société, Culture et Civilisations (PTR-LSCC) vous invite à sa conférence mensuelle du mois de mai dénommée « Les samedis du PTR-LSCC », sur la plateforme Zoom. Lire la suite

L’Université de Lubumbashi décerne le Doctorat Honoris causa au Recteur de l’AUF

En marge du colloque international « Violence, identité et construction de la nation » qui s’est tenu du 28 avril au 1er mai 2022, l’Université de Lubumbashi (UNILU) a octroyé au Recteur de l’AUF le diplôme honorifique de Docteur honoris causa en reconnaissance, Lire la suite

Masterclasses Address Knowledge Gaps in Doctoral Training

Some of the most pertinent challenges young academics may face as they begin to build careers as teachers and scientists were tackled during three masterclasses offered by seasoned academics to 25 handpicked participants from across Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during 25-29 April. Read more

Mobility in MENA – Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The last two decades have seen higher education become increasingly mobile. In 2000 just over two million people studied abroad; by 2019 this has almost tripled to over six million, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Read more

New UK Work Visa Bound to Exclude Graduates from Africa

Graduates from African universities will not be eligible for the United Kingdom’s High Potential Individual (HPI) visa aimed at attracting highly skilled graduates from non-UK universities to work in various fields, including science, technology and entrepreneurship in the country. Read more

Offre de Bourses du Conseil Indien des Relations Culturelles, New Delhi

Le Conseil Indien des Relations Culturelles, New Delhi annonce l’offre de bourses d’étude dans le cadre du programme de bourse d’étude pour l’Afrique pour les programmes de premier cycle, de troisième cycle et de doctorat dans certains universités indiennes Lire la suite

Private Network Impacts SDGs, Including Poverty Alleviation

A network of 15 private institutions spread across 10 countries in four regions in North, West, Central and Southern Africa, aims to train an additional 100,000 students over five years – up from its current 61,000. Read more

Pursuing Academic Excellence in a University in Africa

Every university claims excellence as its mantra and mission. I have never encountered an institution that proclaims its commitment to mediocrity. So, what does academic excellence entail? Read more

RUFORUM Executive Secretary Holds Dialogue with His Excellency the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Uganda

Prof Adipala Ekwamu, the RUFORUM Executive Secretary, met with His Excellency Abdalla Hassan AlShamsi, the UAE Ambassador to Uganda, to explore opportunities for strengthening partnership between African and UAE Universities and development agencies in UAE. Read more

Retract or Attack?’

Two white Africanists publish an article on centering the scholar’s personal experience to help “decolonize” African studies. A call for retraction follows. Read more

Selective Free Access May be More Practical than Open Access

Many universities in least developed countries, including countries in Africa, cannot afford subscriptions for online journals and other academic publications. Read more

Senegal is Decolonising Its Heritage, and in the Process Reclaiming its Future

To reclaim one’s heritage, as Souleymane Bachir Diagne, a Senegalese philosopher of Négritude at Columbia University says, is to reclaim one’s future. Read more

Solutions from Nature, My Story

As a female running the Lin-Rayon General Trading Company Ltd, I have become a role model to many, my social network has expanded to both young and adults and I am able to cover for my living expenses and provide for  some school requirements for my children and family members. Read more

Strengthening Capacities for Enabling Policy Environment to Support Family Farmers in Africa

Family farmers rely on family labour for production and other farm operations and produce almost 80% of the world’s food in value terms. In Africa, they dominate the agriculture sector providing livelihoods for over 70% of the population… Read more

Ten (10) RUFORUM Member Universities ranked among 1,406 universities …

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) strives to support its member universities to deliver quality education through cutting edge research, innovation and academic mobility to enable them rank higher globally. Read more

The Future of Higher Education in Africa

The AAU is pleased to share it’s latest publication titled – “The Future of Higher Education in Africa–A Summary of Conference Subthemes”. The publication succinctly captures the key presentations, discussions, scientific papers, and contributions made by stakeholders during the Association of African Universities’. Read more

The Struggle of Women for Power and Leadership in Universities

Despite great gains made over the years regarding access and representation of women in African higher education, the percentage of women in leadership and decision-making positions continues to be small. Read more

The Well-Being of African Cities is Tied to Universities

African cities have been urged to collaborate more closely with universities and other tertiary research institutions within their jurisdiction, not only because they contribute to human resource needs but because higher education institutions are increasingly becoming key drivers for local economic development. Read more

Honoris United Universities Transforms the Lives of 770,000+ People Across Africa

Today, Honoris United Universities, the first and largest pan-African network of private higher education institutions in Africa, releases its inaugural impact report. The report highlights Honoris’ commitment to Education for Impact for students, their families and communities across Africa… Read more

Transforming Higher Education – the Road Tailored to Meet the Development Needs from The National University of Agriculture

Universities in developing countries in general and in particular in Benin are set up to meet the training needs of technical executives in different professional fields. Read more

UN Agencies Launch Policy Paper to Enhance Refugee Access to HE

The UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have developed 15 evidence-based recommendations for facilitating refugee access to host countries’ higher education institutions. Read more

UNESCO Calls Upon Stakeholders to Expand Programme Developing Roadmaps to Harness Science to the Sustainable Development Goals

The head of UNESCO’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Section, Ezra Clark, has encouraged all stakeholders to join the “Partnership in Action” initiative to expand the STI for the SDGs Roadmap Programme. Read more

Universities Failing to Capitalise on COVID-19 Innovations

African universities are reneging on important lessons learned and gains made during the COVID-19 pandemic, going back to business as usual, while disregarding innovations that allowed new teaching and learning modalities, among other things. Read more

Universities in Africa Still to Undo ‘Colonial’ Clasps

Higher education in Africa (and its stakeholders) needs to reimagine and free itself as a sector from the colonial clasps of the past through developing its own educational models and transforming universities’ systems, structures and policies that guide its practices, along with having a clear vision of what it wants in the future. Read more

Why We Need Higher Technical Skills Development for Youth

Youth skills development, an essential element for youth empowerment, was highlighted during the conference with a round table themed “Youth Skills Development through Higher Technical Education in Africa”…Read more

World Higher Education Conference 2022 Opens in Barcelona

More than 1,500 participants will gather in Barcelona, Spain, for the third UNESCO World Higher Education Conference, to chart a renewed vision for higher education in the next decade. Read more

 

30 April 2022

3 African Institutions Partner to Use Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Climate Change

The project is intended to create and strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and institutions in helping fulfil the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action innovation. Read more

44e Session des CCI : Qui sont les Présidents des CTS?

Le programme Comités consultatifs interafricains (CCI) constitue un cadre commun d’évaluation de la carrière des enseignants-chercheurs et chercheurs des universités et centres de recherche des États membres du CAMES, pour leur inscription sur les différentes listes d’aptitude Lire la suite

Academics Want to Build Capacity for One Health Strategy

African countries have been urged to adopt the One Health framework, a collaborative public health approach, amid concerns of pandemic outbreaks and for the emerging and re-emerging of highly infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and Ebola that adversely affect human health. Read more

Appel à Candidatures, Conférence Internationale des Etudiants sur l’Environnement et la Durabilité 2022

Soutenue par le United Environment Programme, l’Université de Tongji, la Banque Agricole de Chine, la Fondation pour l’environnement de Pékin pour les jeunes talents et l’agence de presse Xinhua, la Conférence Internationale des Etudiants sur l’Environnement  Lire la suite

Appel à Candidatures pour la Constitution d’une Banque d’Experts Evaluateurs auprès de l’AMAQ-SUP

L’Agence Malienne d’Assurance Qualité de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique (AMAQ-SUP) est un établissement public à caractère scientifique et technologique (EPST) doté de la personnalité morale et de l’autonomie de gestion, Lire la suite

Appel à Candidatures pour le Projet Atlas des Législations Minières Africaines AMLA

Le CREDILA, Centre de Recherche, d’Etude et de Documentation sur les Institutions et les Législations Africaines de l’UCAD invite les universités à faire une présélection de candidats étudiants qui seront membres de l’Atlas des législations minières africaines(“AMLA”). Lire la suite

‘Are We Prepared to Think Beyond National Boundaries?’

A new model for transnational partnerships that acknowledges and strengthens the contribution made by public higher education institutions in the Global South is required to produce the kind of knowledge that the world needs… Read more

Beyond Connectivity: Making African Scholarship Visible

In February, Malawi-based UbuntuNet Alliance, an Eastern and Southern African research and educational networking organisation, appointed Kenyan national, Professor Madara Ogot, as its new chief executive. Read more

Bourses de Recherche Doctorale et Postdoctorale «Eugen Ionescu» Roumanie – Résultats de l’Appel 2021-2022

Dans le cadre du programme de bourses de recherche doctorale et postdoctorale «Eugen Ionescu» Roumanie, la Commission nationale de sélection a attribué 100 bourses : 46 de doctorat, 54 de postdoctorat. Lire la suite

Challenge Logo du PTR-LSCC

Le PTR LSCC a lancé le 10 janvier 2022, un challenge à l’attention de l’ensemble des membres du PTR LSCC-CAMES pour le choix d’un LOGO afin de donner au PTR-LSC, une identité visuelle. Lire la suite

Concertation Régionale sur l’Assurance Qualité et l’Accréditation dans l’Espace CAMES

Le CAMES organise, les 5 et 6 mai 2022 à Abidjan, une Concertation régionale sur l’assurance qualité et l’accréditation dans l’espace CAMES, en partenariat avec l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Lire la suite

Creative Funding Solutions Needed as HE Expands Globally

Universities in the Global South need to be more creative in making up shortfalls in the financing of higher education as funding per student decreases as enrolments are increasing, a webinar held to launch a new report, World Higher Education: Institutions, students and funding, was told by the vice-chancellor of a leading African university. Read more

Début des Inscriptions à la 3e Editions des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES

Ce vendredi 22 avril 2022, débute la campagne d’inscription à la troisième édition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES. Les étudiants sont invités à s’inscrire massivement sur la plateforme en ligne Lire la suite

Focus sur les Programmes Thématiques de Recherche du CAMES

Les Programmes thématiques de recherche du CAMES (PTRC) ont été institués en 2013 par la 30e session du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES, dans le but de mettre en place des réseaux de chercheurs multipays, capables d’œuvrer ensemble Lire la suite

HE Needs Explicit Intentional Policies on Gender Equality

Although institutional efforts to increase the representation of women in academia are increasing across the African continent, they remain under-represented in strategic and essential positions which necessitate adopting specific policies to advance their academic representation. Read more

How Can Universities Teach Society’s Most Pressing Problems?

Contrary to popular belief, our universities cannot solve all society’s problems or even teach about them. Every society contains many knowledge centres – domestic, public, private, industrial, and so forth. We belong to the higher education cluster, and we cannot perform the tasks allocated to other sectors, such as primary and secondary. Read more

Le CAMES a participé à deux Rencontres organisées par l’OOAS

Le Directeur des Programmes du CAMES en charge de l’assurance qualité, Dr (MC) Saturnin ENZONGA YOCA, a participé à deux réunions organisées du 7 et 9 avril 2022 à Lomé par l’Organisation Ouest-Africaine de la Santé (OOAS). Lire la suite

Le Recteur Slim KHALBOUS était l’Invité du Site XERFI CANAL

La stratégie de l’AUF pour la période 2021-2025 se base sur une approche différentiée pluriculturelle. L’AUF est présente dans près de 120 pays, dans plus de 1000 universités ou centres de recherche membres et une soixantaine d’implantations à travers le monde. Lire la suite

Les Samedis du PTR-LSCC : Compte Rendu de la Conférence de Prof MADEBE

Le samedi 19 mars 2022, le Programme Thématique de Recherche Langues, Sociétés, Cultures et Civilisations ( PTR-LSCC) a reçu dans le cadre de son activité dénommée « Les samedis du PTR-LSCC », M. Georice Berthin MADEBE, Lire la suite

Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES

Le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) lance la 3e édition de ses Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES (OUC) — une compétition qui vise à créer un cadre d’expression, d’identification et de développement des talents des étudiants Lire la suite

Ouverture de la 3e Edition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES

Le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) lance, à partir du 22 avril 2022, les inscriptions à la troisième édition de ses Olympiades universitaires (OUC). Lire la suite

Pause_R : Quelle Différence entre Management et Leadership ?

Avec Pause R, prenez le temps des savoirs. Chaque mois, Murtada Calamy aborde une thématique sociétale, économique ou philosophique en compagnie de chercheurs éclairés. Pause R est un podcast TelQuel avec le soutien de l’Agence universitaire de la francophonie et HEM. Lire la suite

Pr Mireille Carmen BRETIN épouse DOSSO, un Modèle de Réussite dans le Milieu Universitaire

La rédaction de « Lundi CAMES » emboite le pas au « Portail du Gouvernement de Côte d’Ivoire » qui a consacré « Citoyen à l’honneur », Madame Mireille Carmen BRETIN épouse DOSSO, Professeure Titulaire de Microbiologie à l’Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Lire la suite

Séminaire sur l’Epigraphie

Dans le cadre de son programme d’activités scientifiques 2021-2022, le laboratoire DECRYPTA /ARCIV de la FLSH, auquel est rattaché le Département de Langues et Civilisations anciennes, organise, le mercredi 27 avril 2022, de 15h à 17h, à la salle 57 de la FLSH,  Lire la suite

Signature d’un Accord-Cadre de Coopération entre l’UMNG, le CAMES et le CESAG

Arrivé à Brazzaville le lundi soir, le Professeur Abou NAPON, Secrétaire Général du CAMES, accompagné du Directeur général du CESAG, le Professeur Balibié Serge Auguste BAYALA, a eu une journée très chargée Lire la suite

Subject Rankings: More Departments in Africa on Top-100 List

African higher education institutions are steadily scaling the academic ladder as 23 university departments in three countries were among the world’s 100 best places to study subjects they offer, according to the 12th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. Read more

The Impact Rankings 2022 – 80 African Universities Rate Highly

There are 80 African universities in 10 countries featured in the Impact Rankings 2022 produced by Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Read more

The Struggle of Women for Power and Leadership in Universities

Despite great gains made over the years regarding access and representation of women in African higher education, the percentage of women in leadership and decision-making positions continues to be small. Several studies have revealed that positions of power in an overwhelming majority of universities are occupied by men. Read more

Universities Empowering Young Women to End Hunger

All Marion Namukose ever wanted to do was to plant her fruit farm, process her oranges, brand them and sell them. But the entrepreneur had found attaining her goal rather ‘easier said than done’…Read more

Universities Need to Help Envision Climate-Responsive Cities

“We need to build African cities in such a way that they can be responsive to our needs and ensure low-carbon and climate-resilient development. This is where African universities, researchers and think tanks will have a tremendous role to play because we need people to imagine what African cities should look like in the future.” Read more

 

31 March 2022

AAU and Afrobarometer Hold Strategic Dialogue to Explore Areas of Collaboration

The visit was at the invitation of Dr. Asunka for the two organisations to explore possible areas of mutual interest for collaboration. Read more

Academic Collaboration in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the Post-COVID World

The Third Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA III) Symposium under a theme “Academic Collaboration in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the Post-COVID World” will take place with the 20th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa…Read more

Academic ‘Conveyer Belt’ Approach Dehumanises Education

Building on the present historical moment when ‘distortions’ in the worldview promoted in the West have increasingly come under question in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, the need to revamp the education systems in the Global South has become increasingly apparent… Read more

African Education Trust Fund (AETF) Committee Meets with the AAU Secretary-General

The AETF was set up by the AAU and the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) to transform tertiary education in Africa and scale up the skills set of the continent for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Read more

After a Golden Age of Higher Education Growth, What Next?

The phenomenal growth of universities in the Global South began to shudder to a halt in 2013, new research into world higher education has revealed. Declining spending in China and a collapse in oil prices were primary reasons. Higher education’s halcyon days were over. Read more

Appel à Candidature pour le Poste de Directeur/rice de l’Institut International de l’UNESCO pour le Renforcement des Capacités en Afrique

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AU-EU: Digital Transformation of HE, Connectivity Discussed

The African and European unions have outlined measures to promote AU-EU digital cooperation for developing skilled human resources, along with promoting digital innovation and entrepreneurship for job creation. Read more

Bukavu Youth Agripreneurs (BYA)

Bukavu Youth Agripreneurs enterprise was started by graduates from different universities and academic disciplines. The enterprise is located in Bukavu City, South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read more

Common Response Needed for African Students in Ukraine

Reportedly, tens of thousands of African students are stranded in Ukraine, and as Ukrainians are fleeing the war and crossing into neighbouring countries, disturbing tales are emerging of African students and their families being denied access to transportation afforded to native Ukrainians. Read more

Continent-Relevant Solutions Needed to Improve Use of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been identified globally as one of the biggest phenomena of the 21st century and a powerful tool in combating some of the debilitating effects of climate variability and change. Read more

Démenti du CAMES concernant le Pr Maurice Aurélien SOSSO, Président sortant du CCG

Conakry, le 03 mars 2022 — Le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) porte à la connaissance du grand public qu’il lui a été donné de constater la circulation sur les réseaux sociaux d’un message intitulé « Maurice Aurélien SOSSO vient d’être viré  Lire la suite

Evacuation of Africa’s Students from Ukraine Continues

While 17 African countries were among the 35 states that abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution on Wednesday 2 March demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine”…Read more

« Femmes & Francophonie Scientifique » : Un Magazine pour la Journée Internationale des Droits des Femmes

Avec ce magazine “spécial 8 mars”, l’AUF vous invite à découvrir les différents projets et initiatives qu’elle porte en faveur de l’Égalite Femmes-Hommes dans toutes les régions du monde mais aussi à rencontrer des femmes, étudiantes, doctorantes, jeunes chercheures Lire la suite

Femmes Universitaires, Femmes d’Exception

Au lendemain de la célébration de la « Journée internationale des droits des femmes », la rédaction de « Lundi CAMES » rend un vibrant hommage à toutes les femmes universitaires de l’espace CAMES, particulièrement à celles qui occupent des postes à haut niveau  Lire la suite

Humanitarian Studies Programmes in Short Supply in Africa

African universities are lagging behind in their offerings of a general masters in humanitarian studies qualification, which impedes the development of a professionalised workforce to deal with events on the continent requiring humanitarian interventions. Read more

Indian and African Students Plead for Help to Leave Ukraine

Indian and African students studying in Ukraine have appealed for help to get them out of the country and home to safety. Read more

Invitation : Webinaire CAMES – DAAD sur le Thème « Echanger pour une Coopération durable au Service de la Gestion de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation. »

Cet évènement qui s’inscrit dans le cadre de la coopération entre ces deux institutions, vise à renforcer le réseautage institutionnel, à faire connaître les programmes des deux organisations et à favoriser les échanges sur des sujets relatifs à l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche Lire la suite

Joint Scientific Session Convening with the African Crop Science Society

RUFORUM, in partnership with the African Crop Science Society and the Zimbabwean RUFORUM member universities, will convene a three-day scientific conference where scientists, academicians and students will present their work orally focusing on the application of biological, ecological and social knowledge… Read more

L’AUF au Maghreb lance prochainement le Guide Pratique Doctorant.e Entrepreneur.e

L’AUF Maghreb, en partenariat avec la StartUpFactory, organise un événement en ligne, prochainement, pour le lancement du guide pratique des doctorant.e.s – entrepreneur.e. L’événement sera également l’occasion de revenir sur les temps forts du collège doctoral Lire la suite

L’AUF célèbre le Mois de la Francophonie

Chaque année, en mars, est célébré le mois de la Francophonie. Les plus de 300 millions de francophones dans le monde fêtent leur langue en partage et la diversité de la Francophonie. Lire la suite

L’AUF lance un Appel à Candidatures pour un Siège Supplémentaire à son Conseil d’Administration

Pour candidater, un État ou un gouvernement, éligible selon les critères supra précisés, doit répondre à cet appel à candidature au plus tard le 15 mars 2022 (minuit heure de Paris) en écrivant à l’adresse du Rectorat de l’AUF : Lire la suite

L’AUF Maghreb célèbre le Mois de la Francophonie

Chaque année, en mars, est célébré le mois de la Francophonie. Les plus de 300 millions de francophones dans le monde fêtent leur langue en partage et la diversité de la Francophonie. L’AUF est partenaire de ce grand rendez-vous. Lire la suite

Le CAMES et le DAAD magnifient leur Partenariat

Pour saluer ce partenariat, les deux organisations ont organisé le jeudi 10 mars 2022, une rencontre virtuelle autour du thème « CAMES-DAAD : échanger pour une coopération durable au service de la gestion de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation ». Lire la suite

Les Académies Mondiales appellent à une Action concertée pour lutter contre les Revues et Conférences Prédatrices

« InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) » — un réseau mondial regroupant plus de 140 académies nationales, régionales et mondiales des sciences, de l’ingénierie et de la médecine Lire la suite

Les Samedis du PTR-LSCC / Conférence sur le Thème: « L’Afrique à la Hauteur du Monde. Nécessité et Philosophie d’une Transformation »

Dans le cadre de son activité « Les samedis du PTR-LSCC », le Programme thématique du CAMES – Langues, Société, Culture et Civilisations (PTR-LSCC) organise le samedi 19 mars 2022  à 09h30 GMT, sa troisième conférence virtuelle sur le thème : Lire la suite

Les Samedis du PTR-LSCC : Compte Rendu de la Conférence de Prof. HOUNTONDJI

Cette manifestation scientifique ouvrait le cycle de Conférences Scientifiques Virtuelles dudit PTR et dérivées du thème général : « La recherche en termes africains. doctrine(s), objets, épistémologie(s), stratégie(s) et attente(s) ». Très attendue, la conférence a mobilisé en ligne Lire la suite

Les Revues Prédatrices : Comment les reconnaître et les éviter ?

En 2020, la Conférence internationale des Doyens et des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française (CIDMEF) — en partenariat avec l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), le Syndicat de la presse et de l’édition des professions de santé (SPEPS)  Lire la suite

LREB, Varsities Agree to Establish Health Training Centre

Stakeholders from the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UK Export Finance (UKEF) to establish a Centre of Excellence in Health Education and Training to serve East Africa. Read more

L’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) et l’AUF lancent l’Observatoire Francophone pour le Développement inclusif par le Genre (OFDIG)

Ce nouvel observatoire entend favoriser l’égalité femmes-hommes dans le monde et accroître l’autonomie et le pouvoir d’agir des femmes et des filles dans trois secteurs cruciaux du développement inclusif : le milieu de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, Lire la suite

Mamdani Talks About his Research Legacy and Work at Makerere

Professor Mahmood Mamdani was the executive director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University, Uganda, from 2010 to the end of February 2022. During this time, he has revamped the institution’s mission and established a robust PhD programme. Read more

More Women Researchers Needed to Tackle Climate Change

Challenging the gender bias within educational institutions, in research and even in the media has been identified as a fundamental component to open up spaces for women to participate in and make an impact in the emerging field of climate change. Read more

Offre de Bourse d’Etude de la FAO

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Performance-Based Funding: What Options for Universities?

A recent media report reproduced by University World News in its World Round-up section noted that the government of Kenya is contemplating the adoption of a model of performance-based funding for its institutions of higher learning. Read more

Pourquoi l’Ukraine était prisée des Etudiants Africains

Avant la guerre lancée par la Russie, le pays était la cinquième destination privilégiée des jeunes du continent, qui y représentaient trois étudiants internationaux sur dix. Lire la suite

Preprint Servers Gain Prominence Despite Peer Review Concerns

While they have been around for the past five decades, preprint servers, repositories that allow access to original manuscripts to the public before they have undergone peer review, have gained more prominence over the past two years, owing to the sheer volume of research on COVID-19 that needed to be communicated. Read more

Reinventing Higher Education for an Inclusive World

On 14 February 2022, the African and European unions announced an AU-EU Innovation Agenda which has, as its core mandate, the strengthening of research capacity in Africa. Read more

Research Initiative to Tackle Food Security, Global Warming

In an effort to bolster cooperation between European and African countries as they face joint challenges in agriculture, food and the environment in a context of climate change, two French science bodies, in cooperation with 20 African universities and institutes along with three sub-regional organisations, have launched a research initiative… Read more

Réunion Extraordinaire du Comité Consultatif Général (CCG)

Le Comité Consultatif Général (CCG) du CAMES tient du 28 février au 2 mars 2022 à l’Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry (UGANC) sa réunion extraordinaire. Lire la suite

RUFORUM Appreciation for Your Contribution to Higher Education in Africa

RUFORUM has for long been partnering with CARNEGIE Corporation of New York to strengthen Human Capital Development in Africa. Today the secretariat wishes to sincerely thank the corporation for the relentless support to the network. Read more

RUFORUM Award Grants to 10 Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 147 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Read more

RUFORUM Nurturing Grant for “Training the Next Generation of Sudan Female Scientists”

30 MSc Sudanese female students were recruited for training with funding support from Mastercard Foundation under RUFORUM TAGDev Project. Read more

SADC Education for Sustainable Development Framework on the Horizon

The dialogue is one of UNESCO’s responses to the aspirations enunciated in the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020–2030 of SADC, that is to develop and implement programmes, in order to improve human capacities for socio-economic development… Read more

Science Councils Will Benefit from More ‘Science on Science’

Africa needs to establish and enhance its networks for researchers in innovation studies to investigate the process of research, science, technology and innovation, with the aim of establishing how it is driven and what obstacles exist for those working in these disciplines. Read more

Share Scientific Knowledge to Make it More Relevant

African academics researching climate change should strive to share their knowledge with communities to help them to adapt and to ensure that their work has a direct link with the public. Read more

Space Science Capabilities Depend on Quality Education

In December 2019, Ethiopia became the 11th African country to have launched a 72kg remote sensing microsatellite (ETRSS-1) into space, joining the ranks of Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Sudan. In East Africa, Ethiopia was third after Kenya and Rwanda. Read more

Strategic Partnership Offers a New era in Collaboration

At their recent summit, African and European political leaders approved a new strategic partnership agreement for the coming period. A joint AU-EU Innovation Agenda was acknowledged as an important component of the partnership agreement. Read more

The Africa-EU Summit and the Higher Education Sector: Implications, Opportunities and Next Steps

It is intended to provide an opportunity for the higher education sector in Africa and Europe to understand better the commitments made by the Summit, to debate specific topics and share initiatives that would contribute to reaching the goals set and to create opportunities in line with the Summit’s emphasis on higher education, skills and research. Read more

The Dynamics and Dimensions of Driving Institutional Change

After the approval of the 2015-20 strategic plan of the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) and my 90 days of listening, which I reflected on in earlier articles in this series, I rolled up my sleeves to lead institutional change. Read more

The RUFORUM Triennial Conference: Perspectives for the Present and Future Convenings

Africa and the global economy both face head winds of post covid-19 pandemic recovery, that has been tapered by increasing resurgence the disease and prevalence of new variants of the pathogen… Read more

The UNESCO Team in Ghana Holds Talks with The AAU to Deepen and Broaden Collaborations

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), through its representation in Ghana, and the Association of African Universities (AAU) are seeking to enhance and broaden the long-standing relations between the two institutions, for the advancement of their respective goals and the development of Africa. Read more

The Way Forward for African-European University Collaboration

As argued by Lenin, “there are decades where nothing happens, and weeks where decades happen”. We are currently in a period where far-reaching global transformations are taking place that, until recently, were unthinkable. Read more

Trombinoscope du Bureau du Comité Consultatif Général (CCG) du CAMES

Le nouveau bureau du CCG est élu pour un mandat de trois (3) ans, renouvelable une fois, conformément à l’article 5 de l’Accord portant création et organisation des Comités consultatifs interafricains de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique. Lire la suite

Ukraine: E-platforms Can Help Africa’s Evacuated Students

Several e-platforms have been set up to assist African students who have managed to flee from Ukraine to consider their educational options. Read more

UNESCO and Partners to Hold Social Knowledge for Policy Uptake Workshop

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the South African Department of Social Development (DSD) will hold a workshop on social knowledge for policy uptake… Read more

UNESCO Champions Better TVET for Kenya’s Rise

Under the BEAR II project, UNESCO has been supporting the efforts of Member States to enhance the quality and relevance of their technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and to equip all youth and adults with the skills required for employment, decent work, entrepreneurship and lifelong learning. Read more

UNESCO Remembers Abdoul Aziz Guissé

He will remain, in particular, a model heritage expert for the entire African continent. Well-known for his humanism and enthusiasm, he was an effective advocate for African heritage at the highest level, within national cultural institutions…Read more

UNESCO to Hold a Public Lecture on the Role of Higher Education, Science, Technology…

It is expected that the Public Lecture will outline the main challenges to be addressed, and identify the roles to be played by universities, and by Science, Technology and Innovation to catalyze this global transition towards a world and an Africa where people live in harmony between themselves and with nature. Read more

Universities Can do Better in Democratising Their Research

For many, participation might be intrinsically valuable. Not surprisingly, as human beings living as part of our societies, we want to be heard and be active within our communities. However, seeing the social fabric as compendiums of communities might bring light into those groups or communities where we have nothing or little to say as citizens of our global world. Read more

Universities Must Find Ways to Fast-Track the ‘Brightest’

“There is an abundance of human talent in Africa, but it has not been coming through into advanced technical fields,” says Professor Neil Turok, who founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town in 2003. Read more

‘Universities Must Grasp the Opportunity to Change’

If African universities are to meet their mandate to support development on the continent, they must change with the times and restructure, said Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, the vice provost for international affairs and global strategies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the United States. Read more

Universities Reach Out to African Students Who Escaped Ukraine

Egyptian students who were studying at Ukrainian universities and have managed to escape the war-torn country will be able to resume their studies in their homeland if they meet the entry requirements of private and national universities. Read more

Universities Reach Out to African Students Who Escaped Ukraine

Egyptian students who were studying at Ukrainian universities and have managed to escape the war-torn country will be able to resume their studies in their homeland if they meet the entry requirements of private and national universities. Read more

U.S. Embassy in Senegal: University Partnerships Initiative

The Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Dakar is seeking proposals to carry out a program focused on strengthening existing ties and fostering new collaborations between U.S. and African universities. Read more

Vice-Chancellors Tasked to Lobby for Better Internet Access

Vice-chancellors have a vital advocacy role to play in promoting national research and education networks (NRENs), to advance the digital transformation strategies of African universities. Read more

Vigorous Intercultural Democratic Debate on Science Needed

Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) must be incorporated in African university curricula across the continent in order to help resurrect nation-building and decolonisation projects that have been put on hold, according to Ugandan higher education thought leader Catherine Odora Hoppers. Read more

What Can Universities Do to Stop the Demise of Democracy?

The current events in Ukraine, as well as in Hong Kong, highlight the challenges facing people who support democracy. Read more

Where to Now for Students Who Fled the War in Ukraine?

Scores of Nigerian students have fled or been evacuated from Ukraine over the past week, either back to their home country or to other countries in the European Union. Efforts are under way to evacuate several who are still trapped. For many students, this has been a harrowing experience, and most now face an uncertain future where their education is concerned. Read more

Youths from Africa and the Arab World Commit to Advancing Cooperation in agriculture…

The Afro-Arab Youth Council (AAYC) in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized a youth dialogue under the theme, “Enhancing food security through innovations and planetary health: the role of youth.Read more

Youth STEM Boot Camp Headlines UNESCO’s Celebrations for the World Engineering Day

UNESCO’s celebration of the World Engineering Day will continue this week with a joint event co-organised in partnership with Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers and the University of Zimbabwe.  Read more

‘We Need Local Solutions to Local Climate Change Problems’

“As a continent, we must move from climate theory to climate action and, therefore, it is critical to build alliances and partnerships between different role-players in terms of climate change. This calls for the inclusion of local contexts and indigenous knowledge in climate adaptation strategies.” Read more

 

28 February 2022

13 Renewable Energy Research Projects Leap Forward in Africa 

The AU-EU LEAP-RE programme has announced funding for 13 new research and innovation projects into renewable energy in cooperation between Africa and Europe. Read more

5,000 PhD Scholars to Meet Africa’s Growing AI Needs

If Africa wants to tap into the benefits of the digital economy to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at least 5,000 PhD scholars in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning must be cultivated over the next five years, … Read more

AAU-PACCI Inaugurates African Education Trust Fund Organising Committee

The Association of African Universities (AAU), the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) and the African Private Sector (APSS) have inaugurated a committee to establish an African Education Trust Fund (AETF). Read more

Academic Publishing Needs Creative Solutions to Grow

COVID-19 has dampened academic research productivity even though virtual conferences and webinars have become an antidote for visa denials and a shortage of travel funding. Where academic publishing is concerned, there may be solutions to promote development in African countries as well as increase international support. Read more

Africa Needs ‘Pluriversities’ to Respect More Ways of Knowing

Universities on the continent are so dominated by frameworks for understanding that were established in the Global North that they cannot be considered authentically ‘African’ in terms of what they teach and the kinds of knowledge they produce, says South African philosopher Mogobe Ramose. Read more

African Scholars Concerned Over Biases in Review Processes

Ongoing concerns over geographical biases in the evaluation of scientific research that could be disadvantaging Africa scholars remain and suggest the need for ongoing and targeted efforts to address inequalities in knowledge production and publication. Read more

Appel à Projets « La Recherche en Termes Africains : Doctrine(s), Objets, Epistémologie(s), Stratégie(s) et Attente(s). »

Le PTR Langues, Société, Culture et Civilisations (PTR-LSCC) lance un appel à projets adressé aux chercheurs, enseignants-chercheurs et instituts de recherche (laboratoires, groupes/équipes de recherche, écoles doctorales, unités de formation et de recherche) de l’espace CAMES. Lire la suite

Attestation de Diplôme dans le Cadre du PRED du CAMES : Les IESR invitées à adhérer au Dispositif Sécurisé et Authentifié « CAMES »

Dans un contexte d’amélioration continue de la qualité des services offerts à ses usagers, le CAMES a opté, depuis octobre 2021, pour un changement de maquette des attestations et diplômes qu’il délivre afin de préserver leur authenticité Lire la suite

AU-EU Talks: Partnerships to Drive Innovation Agenda

Harmonisation of standards and quality assurance efforts in higher education were scrutinised as African and European experts shared experiences ahead of the European Union-African Union Summit scheduled for 17 and 18 February in Brussels, Belgium. Read more

Delegation from the African University College of Communications and the Pan African Heritage Museum Visits the AAU Secretary-General

A three-member delegation from the African University College of Communications (AUCC) who also serve on the Council of the Pan African Heritage Museum (PAHM) on Thursday 17th February 2022 paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Read more

Deux Années de Crise Covid n’ont pas découragé la Mobilité des Etudiants Africains

Le continent a un taux de mobilité deux fois plus élevé que la moyenne mondiale et sa population étudiante augmente rapidement. Lire la suite

Does Your University have a Student Affairs Directorate?

Student affairs directorates within universities have unique roles to play in ensuring quality in higher education by maximising opportunities for students to graduate equipped with a high level of success and holistic development and allowing them to acquire those graduate attributes that prepare them to contribute better in society. Read more

Dr Marie-Madeleine MBORANTSUO fait Commandeur de l’OIPA/CAMES

La Présidente de l’Institution Internationale Berthe et Jean, à laquelle appartient l’Université internationale de Libreville (UIL), Dr Marie-Madeleine MBORANTSUO — par ailleurs Présidente de la Cour constitutionnelle du Gabon — a été élevée au grade de Commandeur  Lire la suite

How to Connect Your Research with Policy-Making Agendas

African academic researchers have been urged to stop writing long, dry and complex research papers that are meant for other scholars only, but to also consider best practices of sharing their research with lay audiences to increase their use in policy- and decision-making agendas. Read more

New Report Calls for Higher Education Institutions to Embrace the 2030 Agenda

In a new UNESCO report, the Global Independent Expert Group on the Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030) implores that higher education institutions must take on a stronger role to tackle the world’s most pressing issues, as outlined in the sustainable development goals. Read more

La DFG et le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) signent un Protocole d’Accord

L’Afrique joue un rôle de plus en plus important dans de nombreuses questions scientifiques. Jusqu’à présent, la coopération avec des pays partenaires d´Afrique anglophone a prédominé dans la science allemande. Afin d’ouvrir l’accès aux espaces scientifiques francophones Lire la suite

Leadership Lessons Learned After 90 Days of Listening

Assuming a new job constitutes an intriguing moment of excitement and anticipation, fresh beginnings and discovery, as well as anxiety and trepidation of the unknown. Read more

Le CAMES participe à l’Atelier Préparatoire sur la Dissémination des « Références et Lignes Directrices pour l’Assurance Qualité dans l’Enseignement Supérieur Africain (ASG-QA) »

Le Directeur des Programmes du CAMES en charge de l’assurance qualité, Dr (MC) Saturnin ENZONGA YOCA, a participé du 24 au 26 janvier 2022 à Nairobi, au Kenya, aux travaux du groupe technique de travail sur la mise en œuvre du projet Lire la suite

Les Centres d’Employabilité Francophones (CEF) : Déjà 14 Centres ouverts à Travers le Monde

Les Centres d’Employabilité Francophones (CEF) constituent un projet majeur de l’axe 2 de la stratégie de l’AUF pour 2021-2025 qui concerne l’employabilité et l’entrepreneuriat des étudiants. Lire la suite

Open Universities in Africa are Few and Far Between

The effects of the pandemic have shown that traditional educational practices can no longer be. Open distance e-learning (ODeL) must be embraced as the key to the ‘new normal’ to ensure higher education does not suffer, according to Professor Goski Alabi, president of the Laweh Open University College in Accra, Ghana. Read more

Organisation Bimodale du 21e Concours d’Agrégation de Médecine, pour la Section Odontostomatologie

Pour donner suite à la Résolution N° SO-CM/CAMES/2021-018 du Conseil des Ministres portant organisation en bimodal des programmes statutaires et activités du CAMES, s’est tenue par visioconférence, le mardi 15 février 2022,  Lire la suite

PRICNAC : 5 Projets d’Innovation retenus pour la Première Phase de la Subvention

Dans le cadre de son déploiement, le projet PRICNAC (Promotion de la recherche, de l’innovation et de la culture numérique) a lancé en juillet 2021, un appel à propositions de micro-projets devant bénéficier d’un financement compris entre 150 000 euros Lire la suite

Private and Public Universities Should Collaborate in Africa

Private universities became popular and increased exponentially in Africa around the 1990s. Read more

Project to Translate Research Articles into African Languages

A platform that publishes African research immediately and free of charge, with the aim of providing increased regional and international visibility for scientific work, has partnered with like-minded open access African portals to translate 180 research articles from English to six African languages. Read more

Research at the Heart of Europe, Africa’s New Innovation Agenda

Greatly expanded cooperation in research and innovation was agreed at the sixth European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) summit in Brussels on 17-18 February. A new Innovation Agenda sees universities as gateways between the continents, places science at the heart of development and creates a changed paradigm for collaboration based on equal partnerships. Read more

Science Output Rising, but Some Countries’ Yields Still Low

Despite numerous challenges, Africa has made notable progress in the production of scientific knowledge in the past two decades, with a total share of 7.6% of contributions to the world of science and one-third of all international publications in tropical medicine. Read more

Soutien à la Jeunesse et Réalisation des ODD : Le Programme Safir accompagne 9 Nouvelles Universités d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient

Safir est un programme co-financé par l’Union européenne mené en faveur de la jeunesse et des Objectifs de développement durable dans 9 pays d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient. En septembre 2021, Safir a lancé un deuxième appel à candidatures  Lire la suite

Space Technology to Measure, Monitor Climate Change Impact

Five African countries are working with Egypt to launch a pan-African satellite project dubbed the African Development Satellite Initiative (AfDev-Sat) to study the impact of climate change across Africa and what space technology can offer in this area. Read more

Students Concerned About Coups and Decline of Democracy

The African student community has expressed concern over the negative impact of coups in the West Africa region on the delivery of quality education as well as on the welfare of students, and they have appealed to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to step up its commitments to protect democracy. Read more

Student Mobility: Convention Enables Sharing of Talent

African countries have agreed on a roadmap to strengthen higher education on the continent by implementing the Addis Recognition Convention, which has established a legal framework for assessing higher education qualifications in Africa. Read more

Students Set Their Terms for Future EU-AU Partnerships

Student union leaders across Africa and Europe can engage and influence their governments on the nature of European Union-African Union (EU-AU) partnerships. Read more

The Hope Africa University, a Pioneer in New Practices in Higher Education, …

On that occasion, Dr. Barantota said that UEA opened its doors on February 6th 2000 in Kenya, with the ultimate educational goal of providing Christian higher education that leads students to the integration of faith and learning development of human dynamics. Read more

The Role of Higher Education in the Sub-Region: Prospects and Challenges

Like in other parts of the world, Higher education is critical for developing the requisite human capital for knowledge generations, technology and innovation advancement and hence directly influences the countries or region’s competitiveness. Read more

Three (3) RUFORUM Network Member Universities Ranked among the Top Young Universities… 

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), commends universities in Africa and through its various initiatives such as trainings, research grants, Innovation and academic mobility, will continue to support its member universities to deliver quality education and enable them rank higher globally. Read more

The Nectar Point

The more health-conscious consumers are, the higher the demand for freshly processed fruit juice. Realizing this market niche, a group of four students pursuing MSc. in Agrienterprises development from Gulu University took up this business opportunity and started processing fresh natural fruit juices under the brand name “nectar point”. Read more

Top 10 Best Universities in Africa 

Africa is home to many universities that rank amongst the top universities in the world. Scattered across the continent, they stand tall in educational excellence. Read more

UNECA Set to Launch Africa’s First AI Research Center in Brazzaville

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Wednesday announced that it is set to launch Africa’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Centre in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo. Read more

University Sector Contemplates Risk, Recovery and Resilience

It could be safely stated that Africa has survived COVID-19 – miraculously. All the scary predictions at the onset of the pandemic that the continent would be wiped out have come to nought. Read more

University Systems in 45 Countries have Barely Been Studied

Higher education in Africa has become a frequently researched topic from 2000 onwards, but the systems in 45 out of 54 countries on the continent have barely been studied and 20 countries lack internal higher education expertise. This is a matter of concern, states a new study. Read more

Universities Urge AU, EU to Support Clusters of Excellence

Amid final preparations for the sixth summit between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) to be hosted on 17-18 February in Brussels, a network of leading research universities spanning both continents have reiterated a recent call on governments to foreground research and innovation capacity in Africa… Read more

World Bank Support Sees Enrolment Soar at TVET Institutions

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions in East Africa supported by the World Bank-funded East African Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) have recorded a fourfold increase in student enrolment over the past two-and-a-half years. Read more

 

31 January 2022

10ème Edition du Prix de la Francophonie pour Jeunes Chercheurs : 4 Lauréat.e.s récompensé.e.s

Quatre chercheuses et chercheurs d’universités du Bénin, du Canada, de France et du Maroc, ont été récompensé.e.s dans le cadre de la 10eme édition du Prix de la Francophonie pour Jeunes Chercheurs attribué par l’AUF. Lire la suite

2022, l’AUF vous présente ses Vœux les Meilleurs

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African Scholars Concerned Over Biases in Review Processes

Ongoing concerns over geographical biases in the evaluation of scientific research that could be disadvantaging Africa scholars remain and suggest the need for ongoing and targeted efforts to address inequalities in knowledge production and publication. Read more

A Ranking System for Arab Universities to be Developed

The use of blockchain technology to combat counterfeit higher education qualifications, quality assurance guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in learning, teaching and research and an Arab-specific university ranking system are part of wide-ranging initiatives… Read more

Bringing Hope to Frustrated Maize Farmers in West and Central Africa (WCA)…

With thousands of farmers in West and Central Africa (WCA) battling the invasion in their farms by the deadly parasitic weed Striga,  the introduction of two new resistant varieties; TZLComp1Syn W-1 (Sammaz 16) and IWDC2SynF2 (Sammaz 15) developed by IITA…Read more

‘Bugs on a Plane’ … Not Everyone’s Favourite Movie

When 27-year-old Peter Mubiru was filmed selling fried grasshoppers known as nsenene to fellow passengers on a Uganda Airlines flight, little did he suspect the video would go viral on social media, attract international media attention and get him into deep trouble. Read more

Can Africa Risk Missing the Nanotechnology Revolution?

Richard Feynman conceived nanoscience in his famous December 1959 lecture titled ‘There’s plenty of room at the bottom’ when he referred to the manipulation and control of matter at the atomic level. Read more

Collaboration to Boost Research and Training in East Africa

Two higher education organisations in East Africa, the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalise their collaboration in advancement of postgraduate training and research in East Africa. Read more

Conférence Scientifique Virtuelle sur le Thème Conférence Scientifique Virtuelle sur le Thème  « Origines, Problématiques et Enjeux du PTR- LSCC »

Le PTR Langues, Société, Culture et Civilisations organise le Samedi 22 Janvier à 10 h GMT sa conférence de rentrée sur le thème: « Origines, Problématiques et Enjeux du PTR- LSCC ». Lire la suite

Conversations on the Impacts of Private Universities on Public Universities in Africa…

This conference was a gathering of progressivists. While planning for the conference, we invited a unique composition of participants because our aims were not as commonly seen elsewhere. Read more

Craving for a Cricket? Research on Edible Insects Can Help

The consumption of insects either as human food or as feed for domestic animals has been practised in more than 45 African countries for generations. About 552 insect species are consumed in Africa, comprising moth caterpillars, grasshoppers, locusts, beetles, plant bugs and termites. Read more

Degree Programmes Needed to Boost African Film Industry

African universities lag far behind when it comes to training professionals for the blossoming African film industry that could create more than 20 million jobs and generate US$20 billion in annual revenue, according to UNESCO. Read more

Excessive Drinking by University Students on the Rise

It may be hard to know exactly how many students in universities in Sub-Saharan Africa are engaged in the excessive drinking of alcohol, but academic researchers are almost all in agreement that heavy consumption of alcohol among university students in the region is rising rapidly. Read more

Financing and Making University Education Better in Africa

Perhaps to demonstrate the importance of education to human endeavours, academics, founders, donors and all those concerned with higher education in Nigeria and other parts of Africa were assembled for two days from January 6- 7, 2021, Read more

Funding for Research was Prize-Winner’s Biggest Obstacle

Professor Margaret Gyapong is a medical anthropologist by training and is currently the director of the Institute for Health Research and coordinator of the Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, in the Volta region of Ghana. Read more

HE, Industry and Students Win through Sandwich Programmes

Higher education sandwich courses present a win-win situation for graduates, industry and universities, an online dialogue hosted by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), headquartered in East Africa, heard. Read more

Have a Clear Plan for Professional Success as an Academic

This is the first in a series on personal branding for academics in an era of dwindling state funding for higher education institutions, decreases in university income in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and repeated criticism from industry that the university graduates African universities produce are not a good fit for the human capital needs of the industries… Read more

How Place of Birth Shapes Chances of Going to University…

Many newly independent African countries in the 1960s inherited regional and ethnic inequalities in formal educational attainment. These new states bound together sub-national regions of diverse ethnic and religious communities. Read more

IITA’s Integrated Molecular and Conventional Breeding Scheme for Enhancing Genetic Gain in Maize

Shortly after completing my MSc. studies at Gulu University, I was offered an opportunity for internship at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria… Read more

Internet Blackouts: Governments Undermined HE Delivery

Eleven African countries have been included in a list of 21 countries whose governments deliberately shut down internet access for their citizens in the course of 2021 – in most cases, to quell civil unrest, but a move that undermined higher education institutions, … Read more

It is Not Just About Producing Seeds; Quality Check and Assurance are Paramount at Every Stage:

Successful crop production is linked to having the right seed, of the right quality, grown in the right environment and under the right conditions. Consequently, production of quality seed is paramount in ensuring a food secure future especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

Lancement du Programme ENTREPRENDRE en Afrique Subsaharienne et dans la Caraïbe

Ce séminaire, introduit par le Recteur de l’AUF, Pr. Slim Khalbous, a réuni des représentants des ministères des 8 pays pilotes dans lesquels le Programme va être déployé : Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Haïti, Maurice et Sénégal. Lire la suite

L’AUF lance 10 Appels à Candidatures pour constituer ses Commissions Régionales d’Experts Economiques et Scientifiques

L’AUF met en place une nouvelle instance consultative régionale : la Commission Régionale d’Experts Économiques et Scientifiques – CREES. Cette instance intervient auprès des 10 directions régionales de l’AUF et est le prolongement du Conseil Scientifique  Lire la suite

Les Vœux du Prof. Slim Khalbous, Recteur de l’AUF, pour l’Année 2022

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New Leadership: Second Female Board Chair Appointed for 2022

The RUFORUM Network is pleased to announce Professor Theresia Nkuo-Akenji as the new RUFORUM Board Chair effective immediately. Read more

Poor Planning for Online Learning Created Disparities

The COVID-19 pandemic-driven transition to emergency remote teaching and online learning has been met with controversy in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) region, as a significant number of students from underprivileged areas in the countries were deprived of a fair and equal opportunity to complete their academic year…Read more

Possibilities and Perils of Leading a University in Africa

I was the vice-chancellor of a private university in Kenya, the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), from 2016 to 2021, which offered an incredible opportunity to make my small contribution to the continued development of the university itself, put into practice my scholarly research on African higher education, … Read more 

Private and Public Universities Should Collaborate in Africa

Private universities became popular and increased exponentially in Africa around the 1990s. Before then, however, universities such as the American University in Cairo, founded in 1919, functioned amid the popularity and seeming intimidation of public universities. Read more

Programme Aims to Build Bridges, Bring Academics Together

A new partnership programme involving academics and administrators in Africa as well as Black African diaspora scholars in the United States aims to nurture research, teaching and outreach collaborations, yielding academic outcomes that are set to support the nurturing of globally competent faculty and students. Read more

Retrospective 2021

Avant tout propos, il convient de rappeler que l’année 2021 a été marquée par le décès en fonction du Secrétaire Général du CAMES, le Pr Bertrand MBATCHI et la nomination par le Conseil des Ministres d’un Secrétaire Général par intérim du CAMES, Lire la suite

Rencontre avec Pierrie-Ahn Fenelon, Lauréate de l’Edition 2021 du « Prix des Jeunes Ecritures RFI-AUF »

J’ai découvert les films d’horreur lorsque j’avais environ 9 ans. Tous les vendredis, ma mère nous emmenait, ma grande sœur et moi louer des films à regarder le week-end (oui j’existais déjà à l’époque des cassettes). Nous avions le droit de choisir un film chacune. Lire la suite

RUFORUM Recognizes Individuals Making Impact on Africa’s Development 2021

During the 7th Africa Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Triennial Conference in Benin, RUFORUM recognised individuals making significant contribution in transforming their communities and institutions. Read more

Preparing 5IR-Ready University Graduates for the Future Economy

African universities should equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with the implications of the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR), the Global Forum for Higher Education and Scientific Research has heard. Read more

RUFORUM Recognizes Individuals Making Impact on Africa’s Development 2021

During the 7th Africa Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Triennial Conference in Benin, RUFORUM recognised individuals making significant contribution in transforming their communities and institutions. Read more

Umahi Slam Suspension on Land’s Commissioner, SSA On Education Over Negligence

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Dave Nweze David Umahi, has approved the  suspension of the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Chief Emmanuel Uguru and the Senior Special Assistant, (SSA) on Education, Dr Obianuju Alo  for one month over negligence and dereliction of duty. Read more

US International HE ‘Reinforces Racism’, Study Finds

United States university internationalisation practices and policies reproduce and reinforce cultural and social racism, according to a recent study based on the experiences of Sub-Saharan African students. Read more

VaRRIWA : Près de 2 Millions d’Euros accordés à 9 Projets en Afrique de l’Ouest pour la Mise en Œuvre de Projets en Faveur de la Valorisation des Résultats de la Recherche et de l’Innovation

Lesdits projets ont été sélectionnés à la suite d’un appel à candidature lancé par l’AUF et ses partenaires sur la période du 15 juin au 30 septembre 2021. Lire la suite

What Can be Done to Improve Research Integrity? 

These days, I’m asked to talk about reproducibility and replication in science at least as often as I’m asked to talk about my own research. And I’ve noticed a repeated pattern in the responses from early career researchers. Read more

Why Waste Time and Resources? Genomic-Aided Selection Accelerates Variety Development…

Genetic diversity is the foundation of any crop improvement programme; therefore, breeders routinely assess the genetic diversity in field crops via different marker techniques. In Africa, biotic and abiotic stresses continue to challenge crop production throughout the continent. Read more

 

31 December 2021

Academics from 12 Universities on Global Citation List

A total of 16 academics from five countries in Africa and working at 12 universities have been recognised as influential researchers. Read more

Africa Gets Biggest Slice from World Bank’s Tertiary Investment

A snapshot of the World Bank’s current portfolio in tertiary education shows that Africa has been receiving the biggest slice, US$3.8 billion, of a total of about US$9.8 billion that is being invested in the sector globally. Read more

All is not Well with Africa’s Medical Education, Says Study

The COVID-19 pandemic has degraded medical education in most universities in Africa and there are indicators that the problem could worsen the existing shortage of doctors and other healthcare workers, according to a survey of about 700 medical students in 33 countries on the continent. Read more

Association of African Universities – Guidebook to a Successful Implementation of Digital Education

Over the past several years, digital education has assumed growing importance as a new approach to higher education institutions, and a growing number of institutions of all sizes are now thinking about implementing digital education programs. Read more

Awareness-Campaign on the Strategies for Migrant and Refugee Inclusion in Higher Education

On occasion of the 2021 International Migrants Day (18 December) and in the framework of the UNI (di)VERSITY project, UNIMED is launching an awareness-campaign about the role of universities on issues related to migrations, and on the strategies for migrant and refugee inclusion in HE. Read more

China and the Geopolitics of Language in Africa

Intent on maintaining a unifying tone, United States President Joe Biden’s virtual Summit for Democracy on 9-10 December avoided direct finger pointing at particular transgressors, including China. One of the many issues that necessarily remained under the radar, despite the implications for democracy, was China’s assertive use of knowledge diplomacy, … Read more

Complementary Pathways Would Give More Refugees HE Access

A major report for the United Nations refugee agency has urged policy-makers and stakeholders in West and Central Africa to open up ‘complementary pathways’ in the region to enable refugees to access higher education and training in third countries and develop their skills and competencies to enter the labour market and contribute to post-conflict reconstruction when they return to their countries of origin. Read more

Concours de Plaidoiries simulées en Langue Française

L’Académie de droit international de la Haye a récemment lancé, avec le soutien de l’Ambassade de France aux Pays-Bas et la Cour pénale internationale, un concours de plaidoiries simulées en langue française, édition 2021 – 2022.  Lire la suite

Creating an Environment for Intellectual Capital Remittance

African diaspora scholars – individuals born, raised and educated in Africa and who now work in foreign universities – have for years established links and worked with institutions in their mother countries as a way of ‘giving back’. Read more

Creating Vibrant and Stronger Research Communities

Diaspora academics have called for the continued and expanded support of a programme that has enabled them to contribute to the strengthening of higher education in Africa through conducting joint research, supervising graduate students, mentoring junior faculty and co-authoring grant proposals and research papers. Read more

Do You Want to be More Employable? Learn Coding Skills

Students in African universities and other tertiary institutions on the continent should learn coding skills, even when they are not enrolled as students at departments of computer sciences, as a way of preparing themselves for well-paying jobs in the digital sector and for career change directions. Read more

Family Farmers Policy Champions Forum Established in Uganda

The training was organised by The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. Over 34 technical personnel from the MDAs, farmer organisations & farmers, and private companies participated in the training. Read more

Immersive Technologies Gain Ground in Learning, Teaching

The introduction of immersive technologies in the form of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) that will allow learners to interact with simulated objects and environments to experience virtual field trips, explore physical spaces or undergo training through simulated laboratory exercises is the way forward, some institutions believe. Read more

Inauguration de la Maison des Etudiants de la Francophonie

Cette Maison est composée de 300 studios et accueille des étudiants issus du monde universitaire francophone. 150 sont réservés à des résidents sélectionnés par l’AUF. La Maison des étudiants de la francophonie va permettre de renforcer Lire la suite

L’AUF vous souhaite de Belles Fêtes de Fin d’Année

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Omicron: Academics Voice Their Dismay Over Travel Ban

African academics have expressed dismay at the move by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and other countries to block flights from several African countries following the sequencing of a new, potentially more transmissible variant of COVID-19. Read more

Palmarès de la 3ème Edition du « Prix des Jeunes Ecritures RFI-AUF »

Les noms des lauréats de la 3ème édition du “Prix des Jeunes écritures RFI-AUF » ont été dévoilés le 30 novembre 2021 à l’occasion de l’inauguration de la Maison des étudiants de la francophonie à la Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Lire la suite

Paradigm Shift in EU’s Collaboration with HE in Africa

As policy-makers gear up for a summit on 17-18 February 2022 where a new multi-year strategic agreement (2021-27) between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) will be introduced, research universities sent a clear message that enhanced African-European university collaboration should be a key component of the agreement. Read more

Regroupement des Collèges Doctoraux Régionaux de l’AUF Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs

Près de 70 doctorant.e.s issu.e.s des établissements membres de l’AUF au Cameroun, en Centrafrique, au Congo, au Gabon, en République démocratique du Congo et au Tchad y ont participé. Lire la suite

Researchers Failing ‘Relevance Test’, Some HE Ministers Say

African ministers of education, science and technology faulted scientists for doing research that seemed to be producing knowledge for “the sake of it”, without clear benefits for the larger society and its national challenges. Read more

RUFORUM Delegation Meets the Minister of Higher Education and Other Government Officials…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) delegation had today a dinner meeting with the DRC Minister of Higher Education and his delegation for informal discussions about the arrangements of the RUFORUM Triennial Conference… Read more

RUFORUM Delegation Meets Two Beninese Ministers and Other Government Officials, …

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) delegation today met two Ministers of Beninese Government to update them about the arrangements of the RUFORUM Triennial Conference and to thank the Government for accepting to host this year’s Conference. Read more

RUFORUM Signs a Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the advancement of research and quality postgraduate studies. Read more

Report Warns that Space for Free Flow of Ideas is Shrinking

Several African governments are restricting and curtailing the freedom of movement of academics and students through targeted actions, policies and practices that have frustrated the free flow of ideas,… Read more

SA Drops 13 Places in the UN’s Latest Global Knowledge Index 

Egypt is the highest-ranked African country on this year’s Global Knowledge Index (GKI), moving up to 53rd position from 72 last year. Tunisia was the second highest-ranked in Africa – at 82nd, up one position from last year. Read more

Scientists Urge Leaders to Up Spending on Health Education

A group of nine African academics from South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria and Mali have called on governments and other funders for increased local investment in health research and development with a special focus on developing scientific and production capabilities, scaling-up of digital innovation and strengthening education systems… Read more

Student Mobility Between Africa and US Falls During COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has decreased the number of international students from Africa who are studying in universities in the United States, as their numbers fell from a high of 48,679 students in the 2019-20 academic year to 45,343 students in 2020-21, a drop of 6.85%. Read more

Sub-Saharan Africa Sees Most HE Funding

The Sub-Saharan Africa region remains the biggest recipient of World Bank’s assistance for higher education in the world, receiving about 40% of the more than the US$9 billion the bank has spent on the sector since 2015. Read more

Tin by Tin: Promoting African Research and Scholarship

Academics who recently attended the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) alumni convening in the United States deliberated on issues that are important and relevant for education in Africa. Read more

UNESCO Conducts Regional Training for TVET Managers in Bear II Countries

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) managers have a significant role in their institutions. They need to be able to monitor and assess new training practices, understand why reform is necessary and actively promote reform initiatives. Read more

UNESCO Concludes Training of African Judicial Institutions on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists

UNESCO in partnership with the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights conducted a 5-day Training of Trainers (ToT), organized between the 29 November  to 3 December 2021,… Read more

Women in HE: ‘We Either Rise Together or Sink Together’

Nurturing girls’ education at basic and secondary levels of learning, and offering increased support to women already in academia are some of the strategies that will ensure greater inclusivity in the African research sector. Read more

 

30 November 2021

Academic Freedom has ‘Robust Impact’ on Democracy in Africa

The significance of scholars and intellectuals to support democratic institutions in African societies and “speak truth to power” – as enabled by academic freedom – has been reiterated in a study at a time when democracy has been under attack in several countries on the continent. Read more

A Formula for a Tasty and Nutritious Soup – with Termites

Animal protein, in the form of meat and fish, is becoming more expensive across the world. As a food source, it is becoming out of reach for ordinary people, particularly low-income earners. But, meat from animals remains a rich source of protein. Read more

Ambitious Vaccine Plan Requires Different Training Approach

Africa has committed to increasing vaccines manufactured on the continent from 1% to 60% by 2040 through development and scaling up of manufacturing capacity. Read more

‘Authorship Parasitism’ Informed by Neo-Colonial Science?

To end ‘author parasitism’, which is the exclusion of local authors in studies conducted in Africa, investigators and institutions in high-income countries, as well as funding agencies and journals, should promote research from Sub-Saharan Africa, including its publication, in a collaborative and equitable manner, a new study has said. Read more

Circular Thinking Education Will Aid Sustainable Development

Inefficient management of the abundant natural resources in Africa prompted experts to call on universities on the continent to join the ‘education for circularity’ movement to equip students with knowledge and skills in circular thinking. Read more

Communication from the RUFORUM Executive Secretary

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed key gaps in Africa’s Science capacity to respond to the COVID-19 and other global challenges and clearly showed the urgent need for Africa to make significant and sustained investment in Science, Technology and Innovation. Read more

Cookbooks, Television Show and App Create Demand for Insects

Academics need to strengthen their collaboration with external actors if they are to realise their research objectives to diversify food sources and attain Sustainable Development Goals on food and ending hunger. Read more

COP26: ‘Africa Should Speak with One Voice’ on Climate Change

What can universities, scientists and students in Africa do about climate change? Does Africa have a voice during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, better known as COP26? Read more

Des Chercheurs.euses Francophones en Sciences Environnementales en Mobilité dans les Pays du Sud

L’AUF a lancé en mai 2021 un appel à candidatures dans le cadre de son nouveau programme de mobilités doctorales et post-doctorales Sud-Sud. Ce dispositif permet aux doctorant·e·s et post-doctorant·e·s de bénéficier d’une allocation financière Lire la suite

Effective Leadership is Key to Building Research Capacity

Research capacity-building may be conceptualised as continuous improvement in an institution’s capability when it comes to producing and publishing scientific research which contributes to local or national development. Read more

First mRNA Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub Gets to Work

The World Health Organization and the COVID Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative announced in mid-2021 that they were working with a consortium to establish the first COVID messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine technology transfer hub on the African continent, in South Africa. What does this work entail? What will it mean for the continent? Read more

Gender-Responsive Budgeting can Contribute to Equality

Gender-responsive budgeting is necessary to ensure the realisation of gender equality and empowerment ideals, as reflected in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5. Read more

India Sharpens Its Knowledge Diplomacy Focus on Africa

Indian higher education initiatives aimed at helping African countries to develop scientific human resources, bridge the digital divide and upgrade skills – and at attracting more African students to the sub-continent – were unveiled at the India-Africa Higher Education and Skill Development Summit held in New Delhi last month. Read more

Innovation for African Unis Program Launched 

The British Council has launched a program seeking to foster and strengthen universities support for entrepreneurial ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa.The Innovation for African Universities program comprises 24 project partnerships with universities… Read more

Innovative Teaching is Happening – Often Unsupported

Digital learning can help open up access, serve learners better and make higher education more resilient. And, in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, many faculty members are quietly innovating, often below the radar of their institutions and their colleagues, and frequently unsupported. Read more

Institutions Should Share Best Technology-Based Practices

There is a need for the adoption of technological changes within Africa’s higher education institutions to make teaching and learning feasible, because 20 months after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, most African universities have not been able to make the necessary technological changes… Read more

Lancement du Réseau « Mobilité Urbaine Durable » AUF-CODATU

La réunion a été ouverte par M. Slim Khalbous, Recteur de l’AUF qui a rappelé l’importance des réseaux dans la mobilisation de compétences et le rôle que jouent ces derniers dans la mise en œuvre de la stratégie de l’AUF qui compte parmi ses membres 25 réseaux universitaires. Lire la suite

Makerere’s Gender Equality Efforts are Paying Off

For the past three decades, Makerere University in Uganda has actively pursued greater gender equality in its student, academic and administrative population. Policies to support women academics, backed by budgetary allocations, have been making an imprint on the statistics. Read more

More PhD Scholarships in Applied Sciences to be Awarded

The African continent and its universities need more high-quality researchers and innovators not just male, but female scientists, too, said Dr Moses Osiru, manager of the regional coordination unit of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), … Read more

New Matchmaking Platform Could Help to Close the Skills Gap

The East African Community (EAC), through its project Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA), has launched an online skills matchmaking platform for young people in the East African countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Read more

Point sur l’Etat d’Avancement des Préparatifs du 20e Concours d’Agrégation des SJPEG

La 20e session du Concours d’agrégation des Sciences juridiques, politiques, économiques et de gestion (SJPEG) se tiendra à Cotonou, au Bénin, du 4 au 17 novembre 2021, dans l’enceinte de la Faculté des Sciences de la Santé de l’Université Lire la suite

Projects Pave Women’s Way into Data Science Fields

Data science has been playing a critical role in tackling real-life challenges across African communities and sectors such as health and urban development. Despite a steady increase in data scientists in Africa, gender parity and equality in the field has yet to be achieved. Read more

RAFANAQ : Mutualiser les Données et Pratiques entre les Agences Nationales d’Assurance Qualité en Afrique

L’employabilité des jeunes est une des préoccupations majeures des économies africaines. Afin de promouvoir de meilleurs débouchés professionnels, il est important de renforcer la politique d’assurance qualité de l’enseignement supérieur au niveau continental Lire la suite

Reformater, Reformer et Réformer : Une Trilogie questionnée pour l’Enseignement Supérieur au Sénégal

En amont, l’enseignement au Sénégal sanglote de posture néolibérale et s’érige en pompe économique pour satisfaire les poches de certains enseignants sanguinaires, programmateurs de programmes sans fin, pour des fins lucratives s’ouvrant Lire la suite

Résultats de l’Appel à Projets AUF-COVID-19 . 2 : l’AUF débloque 1,2 Million d’Euros pour soutenir 56 Projets de Recherche dans 37 Pays !

Ce second appel, doté d’un fonds exceptionnel d’un montant de 1,2 millions d’euros a recueilli 438 dossiers issus de 238 universités et établissements membres de l’AUF dans 60 pays. Lire la suite

‘Rethink, Reinvent and Adapt’, WAHED Tells Higher Education

The global all-day event on 17 November, hosted by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the United Kingdom, brought together speakers from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia and was one of many events held around the globe to call for greater equity in access to higher education in the post-COVID world. Read more

RUFORUM Triennial Conference and 7th Africa Higher Education Week

The Triennial conference aims to; 1) Catalyse investment in Higher Education for strengthening Africa’s’ Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity, 2) Promote international linkages and partnerships for strengthening Higher Education in Africa, 3) Promote youth employment and skills acquisition for development, and 4) Strengthen University-Private sector business linkages. Read more

Time to Strategise for International Student Recruitment

Sixteen months ago, I wrote an article entitled ‘Africa can be a top foreign student destination – Here’s how’, in which I argued that a BBC report stated that the University of Edinburgh could lose up to 25% of its annual income of £1 billion as a result of COVID-19, … Read more

Top 20 Best Universities in AFRICA – US World News Ranking System (2021)

The rankings are based on, Global research reputation (12.5%), Regional research reputation (12.5%), Publications (10%), Books (2.5%), Conferences (2.5%), Normalized citation impact (10%), Total citations (7.5%), Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited (12.5%), … Read more

Vaccine Inequity: Countries Fail at ‘Global Solidarity’

Sub-Saharan Africa has no shortage of public health challenges: as a region, it carries the highest burden of disease in the world and boasts some of the lowest allocations of public funding to deal with that burden. Read more

 

31 October 2021

6th Africa Council for Distance Education Conference Ends Successfully

The 6th African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) conference ended successfully with a call to stakeholders within the education space to consider the enormous potential of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in changing the face of pedagogy in Africa. Read more

AAU Secretary General Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of Education of Ghana

The new Secretary General of the Association of African Universities, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, paid a courtesy call to Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei AduTwum on Monday, 25th of October 2021. Read more

Africa’s Rural Universities Aren’t Delivering for the 21st Century

Education has been described as a tool for development. In certain instances, a good, stable and quality educational system is synonymous to development. But to play this role, education systems need to stay relevant. Read more

Agricultural Universities as Enablers of Entrepreneurship

The Transforming African Agricultural Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Africa’s Growth and Development (TAGDev) initiative is helping students to translate their research into viable businesses and universities to become enablers of entrepreneurship. Read more

Almost One in Four Female African Entrepreneurs Have Innovated, according to a UNESCO Survey

At least half of the women entrepreneurs held at least a bachelor’s degree in nine of the ten countries studied. These findings contradict a misconception in Africa that women launch their own business for lack of education or other career options. Read more

Amplifying the Voice of Higher Education in Africa

Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole is the new secretary-general of the Association of African Universities (AAU), having taken the reins on 1 October from Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile, who has led the 54-year-old association for the past nine years. Read more

Carbon – The Connection Between the Atmosphere, Soil, and Plants

The main driving force behind climate change is the emission of greenhouse gases through human activities, says Prof Linus Franke, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences at the University of the Free State. Read more

Cérémonie d’Hommage de la Communauté Scientifique de l’Espace CAMES au Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, samedi 2 octobre 2021 de 7h à 9h GMT

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Communiqué Relatif au Décès du Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI

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Countries Harmonise TVET Training to Promote Labour Sharing 

Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, with funds from the World Bank, have started the process of harmonising Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) curriculum to make it easy to share skilled artisans and TVET lecturers. Read more

Countries Take Steps Towards Harmonised TVET Qualifications

Countries in the East African region are to benefit from a harmonised framework for the recognition of qualifications and certification in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions. Read more

Coup d’Envoi du MOOC CERTICEscol par Slim Khalbous, Recteur de l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

Le MOOC CERTICEscol (Certification des compétences TICE en milieu scolaire), fruit d’un partenariat entre le programme APPRENDRE et CY Cergy Paris Université a été lancé le 12 octobre 2021. Cette formation en ligne gratuite est dédiée aux enseignants Lire la suite

Diaspora Toolkit Aims to Strengthen Academic Linkages

A comprehensive toolkit to guide relationships between African universities and African diaspora academics and strengthen collaboration and learning capacities of academia has been developed by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, in collaboration with the African Union, … Read more

Experts Believe Investing in Africa’s Young is Critical

research project has been launched to explore the aspirations, adaptability and resilience of the youth in Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Finale Internationale MT180 : La Suisse, le Sénégal, le Bénin et la République Démocratique du Congo récompensés

Au terme de plusieurs mois de finales nationales auxquels des milliers de doctorant.e.s à travers le monde ont participé, ils étaient 24 venus du monde entier sur la scène de la Maison de la radio pour démontrer leur talent d’orateur Lire la suite

Hommage de la Présidente de la CRUFAOCI au Défunt Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI

« Celui qui a planté un arbre avant de mourir n’a pas vécu inutilement car il aura ajouté quelque chose à l’humanité ». Lire la suite

Internationalisation – A Step Towards Quality Higher Education

African universities have been urged to internationalise their curricula as a first step towards strengthening and marketing African higher education and graduates in a rapidly changing world. Read more

Invitation à la Signature du Livre d’Hommages au Pr Bertrand MBATCHI

Suite au décès du Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, Secrétaire Général du CAMES, dans la nuit du 24 au 25 septembre 2021, le Secrétaire général p.i, Pr Abou NAPON, informe la communauté scientifique de l’espace CAMES, les Missions Diplomatiques et Consulaires et les Organisations Internationales partenaires, Lire la suite

JSDC-5 : Réunion Virtuelle Préparatoire CAMES/PTR Santé — DFG

Le 24 septembre 2021, une centaine de participants composés d’une délégation de la Fondation allemande pour la recherche (DFG), de chercheurs allemands et des membres du Programme thématique de recherche Santé (PTR-Santé) du CAMES ont pris part, Lire la suite

La Communauté Scientifique de l’Espace CAMES rend Hommage à son Défunt Secrétaire Général, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI

Organisé par le CAMES, en partenariat avec le Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche Scientifique et de l’Innovation du Burkina Faso, cette cérémonie a réuni plusieurs participants invités, dont des enseignants- Lire la suite

Lancement D’APPRENDRE EV@LANG, un Test de Français sur Application Mobile au Service des Enseignantes et Enseignants des Pays Francophones

L’objectif de cette application est d’aider les enseignantes et les enseignants à situer leur niveau en langue française. Téléchargeable gratuitement sur smartphone (Android et Apple), APPRENDRE EV@LANG propose à l’utilisateur un parcours d’entraînement Lire la suite

Laureates from Brazil and Mozambique to receive 2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’…

Held as part of UNESCO’s celebration of International Day of the Girl 2021, the formal award ceremony will be followed by the launch of a new China-Africa collaborative project on ‘Promoting School Health Education for girls in Africa in the COVID era’, funded by Peking University … Read more

Le CAMES prend Part à la Réunion des Partenaires Techniques et Financiers sur le SDER de l’UEMOA

Le 1er octobre 2021, s’est tenue par visioconférence,  la rencontre d’informations des Partenaires Techniques et Financiers sur le Schéma de Développement de l’Espace Régional (SDER) de l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) 2021 — 2040. Lire la suite

Lecturers are Key to Ending Colonial Epistemicide

In an article titled “Universities and the legacy of colonial epistemicide” published in University World News on 9 September 2021, Phaedra Haringsma discusses colonial epistemicide, its consequences and mitigating solutions. She defines colonial epistemicide as the process of ‘killing and erasure of indigenous knowledge’. Read more

Le Recteur de l’AUF en Côte d’Ivoire : Un Renforcement de la Présence de l’AUF dans le Pays

Du 11 au 15 octobre 2021, le Recteur de l’AUF, Prof. Slim KHALBOUS, a réalisé une mission en Côte d’Ivoire placée sous le signe du renforcement de la présence de l’AUF dans le pays. Il a inauguré le 1er Centre d’Employabilité Francophone (CEF) en Côte d’Ivoire à Abidjan  Lire la suite

New Project Aims to Foster Student Health and Well-Being

A project that seeks to promote the health and well-being of students in higher learning institutions and tertiary institutions in Eastern and Southern African regions was recently launched by the University of Nairobi (UON) in partnership with UNESCO and Mount Kenya University. Read more

New Education Initiatives to Follow France’s Soft Power Drive

France is strengthening partnerships with the African higher education sector – a move perceived to be part of a broader strategy of higher education diplomacy or ‘soft power’ aimed at strengthening African alliances to serve France’s cultural, economic and political agendas. Read more

NIH Awards Nearly $75M to Catalyze Data Science Research in Africa

The National Institutes of Health is investing about $74.5 million over five years to advance data science, catalyze innovation and spur health discoveries across Africa. Read more

Pr Abou NAPON, nommé Secrétaire Général par Intérim du CAMES

Monsieur Abou NAPON est Professeur Titulaire de Sociolinguistique à l’Université Joseph KI-ZERBO. Il a aussi exercé plusieurs fonctions à l’Université Joseph KI-ZERBO, notamment : Responsable du Laboratoire de Rechercher et de Formation en Sciences du Langage  Lire la suite

Pr BAKAYOKO-LY Ramata rend Hommage au Défunt Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI

La disparition brusque du Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, scientifique émérite, travailleur acharné et manager hors pair a provoqué une profonde consternation dans la communauté scientifique africaine. Lire la suite

Prince Makay Bamba, Prix du Public MT180 : « Merci infiniment à l’AUF »

Médecin, spécialiste en pédiatrie aux Cliniques universitaires de Kinshasa (Faculté de Médecine de l’Université de Kinshasa – UNIKIN, République démocratique du Congo), Prince Makay Bamba a remporté le Prix du Public lors de la finale internationale du concours Lire la suite

Science as the Key to Sustainable and Equitable Development

Africa could more rapidly implement the goals of the UN Agenda 2030 on sustainable development through a science, technology and innovations revolution focused on sustainable development rather than environmental exploitation, according to Professor Hubert Gijzen, UNESCO regional director for Eastern Africa. Read more

Stéphane Richard, Président Directeur Général du Groupe Orange, en Visite au Siège de l’AUF à Yaoundé

À l’occasion de sa visite le 14 octobre 2021, le Président Directeur Général du Groupe Orange a ainsi eu l’opportunité d’apprécier la diversité et la qualité des projets développés dans des domaines variés (agroécologie, robotique, aquaculture, menuiserie…), Lire la suite

Time to Study the Lived Experiences of Students, Staff

In the African higher education context, it is difficult to imagine public universities facing a more intense set of challenges than what they are experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Universities’ Key Role in the Future of Global Food Systems

African academics say that partnerships and collective action across different sectors, including higher education and research, are needed to actualise the resolutions agreed upon at the United Nations Food Systems Summit held on 23 September in New York. Read more

 

30 September 2021

60ème Anniversaire de l’AUF : Tour du Monde de la Francophonie Scientifique

Créée le 13 septembre 1961 à Montréal (Canada) l’AUF fête en septembre 2021 son 60ème anniversaire. A cette occasion, l’AUF vous invite à un tour du monde de la Francophonie scientifique. Des évènements (conférences, webconférences , inauguration, etc) Lire la suite

Africa Centers of Excellence Increase Pool of Researchers

The Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE), coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Inter-University Council of East Africa, have graduated a total of 8,100 students made up of 1,600 PhD students and 6,500 masters students since the initiative’s inception in 2014,… Read more

African Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Not Yet Uhuru

Last year, I wrote an opinion piece on the importance of indigenous knowledge, especially in healing practices. Read more

African Universities Hamstrung by Poor Campus Networks

An ambitious action plan has been proposed to connect African universities and other post-secondary education institutions on the continent to high-speed internet at a cost of US$52 billion, an expense that would also provide laptops to 15 million students and 500,000 teaching staff… Read more

A Model of Public Accountability for African Universities

There is a continuing discussion about university autonomy and academic freedom in Africa. Nevertheless, nothing so far has been written or heard about African universities’ public accountability. How can universities have rights without accountability? Read more

Anchor Internationalisation in Country Contexts

African higher learning institutions have been advised not to copy high-income country concepts on internationalisation, but always look at why internationalisation in their own contexts is important. Read more

An Engaged University Should be Owned by Everyone

African universities have been urged to align themselves more vigorously with a social responsibility agenda of promoting social and economic justice and cultural development in local communities. Read more

Appointment Culture of ‘Who You Know’ Undermines Quality of HE

Governments in Africa have been urged to depoliticise universities on the continent and set them free from financial starvation if they want them to become tools for development and take on leading roles in the implementation and aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want. Read more

Book on Decolonisation Reflects on Difference, Oppression

The end of the colonial and apartheid regimes in South Africa and other African countries might have been a big step towards the liberation from slavery and other forms of human oppression,… Read more

Colloque de Clôture « Innovations Pédagogiques Numériques et Pistes de Solutions aux Défis de l’Enseignement Supérieur en Afrique »

Le projet REAMOOC (Réseau africain de développement de MOOC pour l’innovation pédagogique dans l’enseignement supérieur) organise un colloque sur le thème « Innovations pédagogiques numériques et pistes de solutions aux défis de l’enseignement supérieur Lire la suite

Découvrez le Livre Blanc de la Francophonie Scientifique

Ce livre de plus de 200 pages d’analyses thématiques et géographiques, de tableaux, de graphiques et de focus territoriaux (10 régions et 41 pays à la loupe) est la synthèse des résultats d’une consultation mondiale inédite entreprise par l’AUF en 2020.  Lire la suite

Délivrer un « Massive Online Open Course » (MOOC) sur les Conflits Fonciers

La GIZ, l’Université de Yaoundé I (Cameroun) et l’AUF ont formé un partenariat afin d’élaborer et de mettre en œuvre un MOOC sur le sujet des conflits fonciers. L’objectif est de promouvoir la dissémination d’outils de compréhension, de prévention et de résolution des conflits Lire la suite

Demand for International Study Still Remains Strong

New research shows that, whereas COVID-19 has dampened the international mobility of students from Africa, the numbers of those already pursuing international degrees remained steady. Read more

Diversity Hiring by Business Schools: Myths and Strategies

Business schools are not doing a good job of hiring individuals who reflect the diversity found not only in society but also in student populations. Read more

East African Parliamentarians Visit IUCEA and Makerere University

Members of the General-Purposes Committee of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) paid a visit to the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)… Read more 

Experts Call for Zero-Tolerance Policy on Drug ‘Time Bomb’

Drug use among adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa, including a considerable proportion of students at African higher education institutions, confirms the importance of an effective drug prevention policy to prevent further harm to mental health and academic performance. Read more

Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Student entrepreneurs tend to be obsessed with writing business plans, how to access money, register their company, set up a bank account, and with buzzwords such as “business modelling”. Read more

FSPI N° 2020-35 : « Dynamisation de la Politique de Formation et de la Qualité des Apprentissages – Développement de la Visibilité d’un Espace Francophone »

Le projet s’appuie sur l’existence de nombreux acteurs de la Francophonie et des besoins exprimés  en termes de formation, par les enseignants de français et les cadres des administrations publiques parties aux instances de la francophonie. Lire la suite

Gender Inequality, Decline in Expenditure Hamper Enrolment

African universities are expected to help tackle challenges facing African society and realise the aspirations of the Africa Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in the current context of globalisation of higher education, … Read more

Hommage au Pr Mouhamadou Diop SALL

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Institutions in SA, Egypt, Kenya Ranked for Graduate Skills

Two South African universities have been placed in the top 200 institutions in the world for their work towards the production of graduates with the skills and knowledge required for the modern workplace. Read more

Internationalisation: Discrimination Should be Tackled

University education partnerships and other organisations that are committed to internationalisation of higher education in Africa have been urged to do much more to deal with issues of prejudice, discrimination, xenophobia and diversity, … Read more

International Students Accuse Universities of Indifference

International students travelling to start or resume their studies in Northern Cyprus have been facing a host of challenges while trying to gain entry into the occupied country following new central quarantine measures put in place to manage COVID-19. Read more

IUCEA Admits Arusha Institute of Accountancy as a New Member

The Executive Committee of the Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) approved the request from Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA) to join IUCEA as new member after the institute met the minimum criteria. Read more

JSDC-5: Réunion Virtuelle Préparatoire CAMES/PTR Santé — DFG

Le vendredi 24 septembre 2021, se tiendra par visioconférence une réunion d’échange entre le Secrétariat général du CAMES, le PTR-Santé et la Fondation Allemande pour la Recherche (DFG), en vue de préparer leur implication dans  l’organisation des 5es Journées scientifiques du CAMES (JSDC-5), Lire la suite

Learn to Engage and to Thrive Amid Emerging Challenges

The University of Mauritius has adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as its key pillars of engagement with different actors in its journey towards becoming a top research-engaged and entrepreneurial university, according to Professor Dhanjay Jhurry, the vice-chancellor. Read more

Le CAMES participe à une Visioconférence sur « La Recherche et la Publication en Education en Afrique Subsaharienne Francophone »

Le jeudi 16 septembre 2021, le CAMES a participé à une vidéoconférence, organisée par France Éducation International sur le thème « La recherche et la publication en éducation en Afrique subsaharienne francophone : état des lieux et rôles ? ». Lire la suite

La Semaine de la Francophonie Scientifique

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MBA Rankings: Schools in Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa on List

Five African business schools are among 286 institutions globally that offer the world’s best Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programmes, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a major ranking provider of analytics and other insights on the higher education sector worldwide. Read more

New Variants: Africa Needs to Strengthen its COVID Response

Genomic surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic by public health officials and scientists across Africa has shown that it was introduced to the continent predominantly from Europe. Read more

Première Edition de la Semaine de la Francophonie Scientifique : Le Programme est en Ligne

L’AUF organise la première édition de la Semaine de la Francophonie scientifique du 21 au 24 septembre 2021 à l’Université POLITEHNICA de Bucarest en Roumanie avec une formule hybride inédite en présentiel et à distance par visioconférences partout dans le monde. Lire la suite

President of the Association of African Universities Participates in the Inauguration and Investiture of UNISA’s First Female Vice Chancellor

The President of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Bakri Osman Saeed received a kind invitation from Professor Puleng LenkaBula, the new Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), to participate in her inauguration ceremony. Read more

Project Unlocks Understanding of Miracle of Mary Texts

“Whatever is human belongs to all human beings” said Mehari Worku, deacon in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, when asked whether he had concerns about this work being organised and housed by an American university. Read more

Putting Teachers at the Centre of HE Transformation

In the past 18 months, universities across the continent – as across the world – have experienced massive disruption. Read more

Quality Private Education has a Role in University Systems

Historic mistrust of private higher education providers is still real in many countries, especially in low- and lower middle-income countries, says Dr Roberta Malee Bassett, the global lead for tertiary education and a senior education specialist at the World Bank. Read more

Rankings: African Universities have Made Progress Since 2018

African universities at last may be shaking off the longstanding unenviable characterisation of not measuring up to their counterparts in other parts of the world when it comes to providing high-quality teaching, research output, knowledge transfer and international outlook, … Read more

Redefining Education in The Developing World

Education has been identified as the ultimate route to escape poverty. It is widely held that if you attend school, graduate, and get a lucrative job, your economic status will automatically be boosted or improved. This is still the case in today’s competitive world. However, it is hugely dependent on the nature or type of education you are receiving. Read more

Rencontre entre le Recteur de l’AUF, Prof. Slim Khalbous et S.E.M Anatole Collinet Makosso, Premier Ministre de la République du Congo

Le Professeur Slim Khalbous Recteur de l’AUF s’est entretenu aujourd’hui avec son S.E. Anatole Collinet Makosso Premier Ministre de la République du Congo, en visite officielle à Paris, pour échanger autour des nouveaux projets de l’organisation à Brazzaville : Lire la suite

Researchers in Africa Unite to Tackle Challenges (Africa)

Africa’s researchers from the humanities and natural sciences have resolved to combine efforts and implement solutions unearthed from their findings to tackle major challenges that plague the continent. Read more

Résultats de la 43e Session des Comités Consultatifs Interafricains (CCI)

Découvrez les résultats de la 43e session des Comités Consultatifs Interafricains (CCI), validés par le Comité Consultatif Général (CCG) qui s’est réuni par visioconférence les 14 et 15 septembre 2021. Lire la suite

Safir : 2ème Appel à Candidatures à Destination des Établissements d’Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche

Dans le cadre de cet appel à candidatures, 9 établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche (EESR) seront sélectionnés, avec une représentation géographique entre les pays de mise en œuvre des activités définies dans les termes de référence. Lire la suite

Sex Education Needed to Boost Sustainable Development

With the high prevalence of first adolescent pregnancy, Sub-Saharan African universities should join the comprehensive sex education movement to equip students with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values relevant to the African context to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3… Read more

Sondage : Étude sur l’Adaptation des Universités du CAMES Face à la Covid-19

La pandémie de la Covid-19 a impacté les États sur plusieurs domaines, dont la santé, l’éducation et le revenu. Dans le domaine de l’éducation et spécifiquement de l’enseignement supérieur, les universités ont dû mettre en place plusieurs stratégies pour assurer une continuité Lire la suite

Sorin Cîmpeanu réélu Président de l’AUF

Le 24 septembre 2021, les membres titulaires de l’AUF ont réélu, pour un mandat de 4 ans, Sorin Cîmpeanu, Président de l’AUF. Lire la suite

Targeted, Proactive Efforts Needed to Strengthen Physics

The need for a proactive effort to improve the teaching and researching of physics in Sub-Saharan Africa as a foundation for critically important scientific work has been highlighted in a new report from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the UK-based Institute of Physics (IOP). Read more

The Case for Competency-Based University Curriculums

Growing concerns about the increasing unemployability of youth graduates from universities in the region known as the East African Community has put into sharp focus the need to rethink the quality of training and the relevance of courses offered by institutions of higher education in the region.

Twenty-Two (22) Winners of RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

RUFORUM believes in the transformative power of entrepreneurship in addressing youth unemployment in Africa. Read more

UN Food Summit: African Universities Need more Support

African universities expect that resolutions made at a United Nations Food Systems Summit on 23 September will raise the capacity of institutions to effectively contribute to ending hunger, and help boost food security for the continent’s people. Read more

United States International University – Africa Appoints Interim Vice Chancellor

Whilst in Kenya she served on several boards including the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and Secretary to the Kenya Educational Network (KENET) Board. Read more

Universities and the Legacy of Colonial Epistemicide

Colonial knowledge systems have controlled the information we obtain and the way we process it. These systems decide which knowledge and methodologies are considered ‘modern’, and which are not worthy of the academy, and should thus be silenced. Read more

Universities Called Upon to Lead Political Engagement

African universities have been called upon to be engaged in political and social activism and take leading roles towards improving the human condition on the continent by exposing inherent dangers of inequalities, exclusion, oppression, racism and other forms of coloniality in society. Read more

Universities have Become Central to COVID-19 Response

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities across the globe are meeting the challenge and playing an enormous role in the response. Learning from this experience will help to ensure that the expertise and unique role of the academic community are fostered for tomorrow’s public health needs. Read more

Universities Need for Paradigm Shift to Refocus their Curriculum to Competency-Based Learning …

Growing concerns about the increasing unemployability of youth graduates from Universities in the East African Community (EAC) region has put into sharp focus the need to re-think the quality of training and the relevance of courses offered by institutions… Read more

UPSA Requests for PHD Collaboration with Sister African Universities

The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Ghana, is keen to exploit the prospects of international educational partnerships and collaborations in PhD studies with sister African Universities across the continent. Read more

Webinar on Digital Development Strategy

The World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities, is launching a new project for the African Higher Education Centers of Excellence to assist African universities in developing their digital transformation strategy and implementation plan. Read more

 

31 August 2021

43e Session des CCI : Rencontres entre Secrétariat Général du CAMES et les Membres de CTS

En prélude à la réunion extraordinaire du Comité Consultatif Général (CCG), qui se tiendra par visioconférence le 06 août 2021, le Secrétaire Général du CAMES a invité les CTS à lui présenter les résultats globaux de leurs travaux, en termes de difficultés rencontrées Lire la suite

AAU Welcomes New Governing Board Members

The Association of African Universities, today inaugurated a 17-member Governing Board during its extra-ordinary General Conference which was hosted virtually. Read more

African Development Bank Highlights the Need for Strategic Partnerships and …

The African Development Bank joined the Global Partnership for Education and other multilateral development banks during the Global Education Summit: Financing GPE 2021-2025(link is external), to call for stronger strategic partnerships to build innovative financing mechanisms in support of quality education and skills development. Read more

AKADEMIYA2063 Signs MOU with RUFORUM …

Kigali, Rwanda, 16th August 2021 – AKADEMIYA2063 and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen data and analytical capacities in support of Africa’s agricultural transformation and food security agenda. Read more

Can ARUA Lead Africa on the Path to Research Excellence?

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), driven by a need to establish a culture of publishing verifiable data about African universities, has launched a report titled Research Profiles of ARUA Universities… Read more

Climate Change: Universities Should Lead Research Effort

The damaging heat wave which has been sweeping across North Africa during August and the United Nations scientific panel report which indicated that the entire African continent is highly exposed to climate extremes,… Read more

Competency-Based Curriculum: Universities Lagging Behind

Universities in East Africa need to start realigning their academic programmes to the requirements of the competency-based curriculum (CBC), being implemented at various levels of the basic education system in the region. Read more

Educating Ethical Citizens is a Priority for Universities

Africa needs a new type of citizen, a dedicated, modest, honest and informed man [citizen]. A man [citizen] who submerges himself in service to the nation and mankind [humankind]. Read more

Essay Denounces ‘Pervasive’ Racism and Sexism in Science

Sexist and racist discriminatory practices are widespread and entrenched in scientific processes, including in the indicators of success and impact, and have to change to tackle challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change, which necessitate diverse experiences and perspectives to come up with creative solutions. Read more

Graduates to be ‘Uxported’ Under Skills Partnership Model

Chronic unemployment of university graduates in Sub-Saharan Africa is driving universities and other tertiary institutions in the region into forming partnerships with some European countries to train middle-level migrant workers to fill skills shortages that exist in those foreign labour markets, … Read more

Higher Technical Education Project Formulation Completed in 6 African Countries

Six validation workshops were organized from 1-15 July 2021 in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Senegal,  United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda, to validate the country-specific formulation report of the China Funds-in-Trust Project Phase III: Higher Technical Education in Africa for a Technical and Innovative Workforce (CFIT III). Read more

Investment Opportunities in Education are Beckoning

Africa has one of the strongest opportunities for growth in tertiary education globally despite sloppy quality credentials, a new survey shows, riding on sustained economic expansion. Read more

I Started a Consultancy to Train University Students on Data Management

Every time I listened to reports from different media outlets, I became increasingly convinced that some of the challenges Africa faces can be addressed if we invested more in research. Read more

Les Nouveaux Statuts de l’AUF

C’est avec un grand plaisir que l’AUF annonce que de nouveaux Statuts de l’AUF ont été adoptés lors de l’Assemblée Générale Extraordinaire, qui a eu lieu du 28 au 30 juillet 2021, en ligne. Lire la suite

Multinational – Host University for the APLA Post Pilot Project (Year 1) – APLA

The African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or “Facility”) is an international organisation established by Treaty in 2008. The Facility is hosted by the African Development Bank (“AfDB”). Read more

New AAU Leadership Wants to Increase its Membership

The Association of African Universities or AAU has appointed Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, the former vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria, as its secretary general. He will take over from Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile, who has been at the helm for the past nine years. Read more

Opportunités de Formation de Troisième Cycle dans le cadre du Programme d’Assistanat d’Enseignement Supérieur de RUFORUM (GTA)

Lors de la réunion annuelle des Vice-Chanceliers / Présidents / Directeurs de Section / Recteurs des Universités Membres de RUFORUM (voir les liens sur le Dépliant de RUFORUM et l’Aperçu de RUFORUM) qui s’est tenue le 11 novembre 2020, les Vice-Chanceliers ont réaffirmé leur engagement envers le Programme d’Assistanat d’Enseignement Supérieur (GTA) qu’ils ont initié en 2014. Read more

Premier Cycles de Webinaires autour de l’Appel à Projets PRICNAC

Le consortium du projet PRICNAC (Promotion de la recherche, de l’innovation et de la culture numérique en Afrique centrale) a récemment organisé deux webinaires d’information.  Le premier a porté sur les instructions concrètes relatives à la proposition  Lire la suite

Preparing Africa’s Universities to Face the Future

African universities must learn from the pandemic and be better prepared for the next emergency. This includes having crisis response plans that can be properly communicated, and improving diversity and the internationalisation of knowledge and skills. Read more

Reaching SDGs will Require a Collective Commitment

For universities to play their part in achieving Africa’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), a collective commitment will be required. Read more

Students Have to be Part of Universities’ SDG Efforts

Higher education institutions in Africa need to empower students to contribute individually and as a group to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by setting individual SDGs and by building their own sustainable development competencies to advance these goals. Read more

Study Shows Women are Ready to Become University Leaders

Nearly nine out of every 10 women working in universities in Sub-Saharan Africa aspire to become leaders in their respective fields or places of work, and an even higher number believe they have the right mindset to enable them to take up leadership roles. Read more

Tokyo Olympics: What is the Role of Universities in Sport?

Africa’s poor performance in the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo highlighted the role that universities on the continent could play to help prepare sports stars for the international sports stage, similar to the work done by institutions in other parts of the world, notably the United States. Read more

University Communities Reject Israel’s AU Observer Status

Several student unions and organisations representing faculty from African countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and South Africa have voiced their opposition to awarding Israel observer status to the African Union (AU), a move that has been rejected by African countries for nearly two decades. Read more

Universities Support Insect-Based Food and Feed Systems

Universities are contributing to the upscaling of insect-based food and feed systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, which have economic, environmental and social benefits that could support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

Vers un Cadre Fédérateur pour les Secrétaires Généraux des Universités d’Afrique Francophone

Outre les représentants régionaux de l’AUF en Afrique de l’Ouest, en Afrique centrale et Grands Lacs et au Maghreb, des Secrétaires généraux d’Établissements de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche issus de ces mêmes régions, les représentants du RASGUF et du GISGUF Lire la suite

Vice-Chancellors, Policy-Makers Agree to Reshape HE

Growing disruptions and new developments in higher education have prompted leaders and policy makers in the sector back to the drawing board to discuss the future of higher education in the East African Community (EAC), … Read more

Webinar on Measuring Food Insecurity in the SDG Era

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 129 Universities in 38 African Countries, are organising a webinar on Measuring Food Insecurity in the SDG Era… Read more

What Covid-19 Teaches Africa About Investing in Education

If there is a universal lesson from the disruptive impact of Covid pandemic in Africa, it is that we can no longer ignore the unprecedented learning crisis facing the continent, which is clouding Africa’s vision to bequeath a foundation for prosperous future generations. Read more

 

30 July 2021

Adapting Campus Spaces Fit for New Ways of Learning

For much of the pandemic, university spaces have sat empty and unused, while staff and students have scrambled to teach and to learn from home. Read more

Africa, Europe to Advance Knowledge-Sharing on Innovation

African universities should be at the centre of the continent’s innovation drive, providing knowledge and skills needed to entrench science, technology and innovation at the core of its socio-economic development. Read more

A Practical Approach for Universities to Contribute to SDGs

The United Nations’ 2020 report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) asserts that “progress remained uneven and we were not on track to meet the goals by 2030”. Read more

A Tragic Loss in the Advancement of Africa’s Agricultural and Food Systems

On Thursday 1st July, 2021 Africa saw one of her youngest innovator and researcher, Professor Noble Banadda Ephraim succumb to Covid-19. Read more

‘Bring Intellectual Capital from the Diaspora to Africa’ 

The brain drain that has been ongoing in Africa since the days of the slave trade has deprived the continent of human talent and the capacity for human development, according to Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the former African Union ambassador to the United States. Read more

Cérémonie de Remise des Diplômes our Les Diplômés Internationaux de L’université d’état de Médecine D’astrakhan

lus de 190 étudiants internationaux de 16 pays ont assisté à la remise des diplômes. Parmi eux, des diplômés d’Algérie, du Bangladesh, d’Égypte, d’Inde, du Maroc, de Tunisie, d’Afrique du Sud, du Sri Lanka, de Zambie et du Zimbabwe. Lire la suite

Concours d’Agrégation des SJPEG: Recommandations aux Candidats

Afin de tirer profit des erreurs du passé, les candidats au 20e Concours d’Agrégation des SJPEG sont invités à s’approprier les recommandations de la dernière session dudit Concours. Lire la suite

Concours International d’Entrepreneuriat Etudiant : Votez pour votre Projet préféré

Il s’agissait de présenter son projet en 60 secondes chrono en format vidéo. Dix finalistes de dix pays sont en lice. Votez pour votre vidéo préférée. La ou le lauréat.e recevra le Prix coup de cœur du public. Lire la suite

Condoléances suite au Décès du Professeur Cyrille MONEMBOU

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES présente ses condoléances à la communauté universitaire camerounaise, suite au rappel à Dieu, dans la nuit du 11 au 12 juillet 2021, du Professeur Cyrille MONEMBOU. Lire la suite

COVID-19 Green Pass Adds to Africa’s Pandemic Woes 

Researchers and scientists who work on developing COVID-19 vaccines should pay attention to licensing both the chemical and the manufacturing plant, a regional World Health Summit held in Uganda has heard. Read more

COVID-19 Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub for Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish its first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. Read more

Digital Centres in Six Countries to Build Competence

The Association of African Universities (AAU), in partnership with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) in Switzerland, launched centres of competence in digital education (centres de compétence en éducation numérique), or C-CoDE, at the AAU’s recent general conference. Read more

Disruptive Learning Systems Can Prepare Students for 4IR

Hybrid learning that incorporates remote and face-to-face teaching and learning activities is emerging as a popular choice for academic delivery in higher education in Africa in a post COVID-19 pandemic environment, according to an online survey. Read more

Dr Jean-Laurent SYSSA-MAGALE, Nouveau Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la République Centrafricaine

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES félicite Pr Jean-Laurent SYSSA-MAGALE,  pour sa nomination au poste de Ministre chargé de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche scientifique et de l’Innovation technologique de la République Centrafricaine Lire la suite

E-Learning is Getting Stuck in the Digital Divide

With 82% of students in Sub-Saharan Africa stranded without internet access, many African universities’ valiant efforts to embrace online delivery got stuck in the digital divide. COVID-19 has shown that affordable, accessible internet is more necessary than ever. Read more

Ethiopian Group Asks for Academics’ Support in Dam Dispute

Members of an advisory council to the Ethiopian government have called on university leaders and academia from all over the world to reject “outdated and unfair colonial treaties” as grounds for settling the dispute over the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Read more

Faculty Need Policies for Quality Assurance of Online Learning

Rethinking pedagogy in higher education during the current COVID-19 period requires an understanding of the technical aspects of online teaching to enhance quality from all stakeholders in university education, including students, and especially from academic and non-teaching staff, according to experts. Read more

Félicitations aux 395 Diplômés de l’Université d’Etat de Tambov qui ont reçu leurs Diplômes !

Actuellement, l’Université d’État de Tambov forme environ 13 000 étudiants, dont 3 000 sont étudiants internationaux venus de 72 pays. C’est l’un des taux les plus élevés en Russie. Lire la suite

Francophone Africa Rethinks HE Funding Models

In an effort to maintain and improve the quality of teaching and research, francophone countries in Africa have been considering various financing initiatives, including the introduction of performance contracts for universities, online education and cost-sharing models. Read more

Heads of State Commit to Support Universities

A group of African heads of state have committed to working closely with African universities in the quest to end hunger on the continent. They undertook to support the institutions in their mission to train the personnel needed to drive African agriculture and to invest in the scientific research needed to thrive. Read more

“Higher Education Needs to Adapt to People’s Needs”: IIEP International Policy Forum

Flexible learning pathways (FLPs) are an important new policy direction in higher education systems worldwide. Read more

Increased Investment in Higher Education Cannot be Delayed

More investments in higher education are needed to transform underfunded education systems and build the talent and skills of young men and women as an engine to power sustainable economic transformation. Read more

Initiative Amplifies African Perspectives on Climate Change

African climate scientists and researchers face barriers and constraints, including limited funding, limited access to data and inadequate weather observation infrastructure. In response to these limitations, the recent African Climate Conference presented findings of the climate research for development initiative… Read more

Institutional Support Needed for Professional Development

Continuing professional development for higher education cannot be treated as an individual responsibility. Dedicated institutional support is essential, according to Tony Lelliott, a programme specialist at the non-profit educational trust the South African Institute for Distance Education, or Saide, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more

Intervention du Secrétaire Général du CAMES à la Conférence sur « L’université Africaine Face au Défi de l’Employabilité », animée par le Recteur de l’AUF.

Lors d’une intervention en ligne le 22 juin 2021 à la conférence animée par le Recteur de l’AUF, sur le thème « l’Université africaine face au défi de l’employabilité », le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, a présenté Lire la suite

Is Our University System Working the Way We Want?

Concerns that the identity of African higher education could be affected because of certain university practices and internationalisation activities were raised at the 15th general conference of the Association of African Universities about the future of African higher education. Read more

Leaders Ask African Governments to Go ‘Beyond Rhetoric’

There is no need for the continent to be struggling with how to develop university education, given that the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco, founded in 859CE, and the Al-Azhar University in Egypt, founded around 970CE,… Read more

Le Projet facilitant l’Obtention du Permis de Séjour par les Etudiants Etrangers était Proposé à Douma de la Fédération de Russie

De plus, ces personnes obtiendront le droit d’obtenir d’une manière simplifiée le titre de séjour en Russie pendant les trois ans après avoir fini les études », dit la note explicative au projet de loi. Il a été noté que le permis temporaire de résidence sera livré aux étudiants étrangers Lire la suite

Le Projet PRICNAC prépare sa Phase Opérationnelle : 1 860 000 Euros pour financer des Micro-Projets innovants en Afrique Centrale

PRICNAC a pour objectif de renforcer les capacités de recherche-innovation (R&) dans 8 pays d’Afrique centrale : Cameroun, Congo, Gabon, Guinée équatoriale, République centrafricaine, République démocratique du Congo, Sao Tomé-et-Principes, Tchad.  D’un budget de près de 5 millions d’euros, Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général félicite des Promus du CAMES nommés à des Postes de Responsabilité

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES présente ses félicitations aux promus du CAMES suivants, nouvellement nommés à des postes de responsabilité au sein de leur ministère de tutelle et souhaite à chacun bon vent dans l’exercice de sa mission. Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES prend Part au 9ème Webinaire de l’ACQF sur le Partage d’Expériences par les Pairs

Le 30 juin 2021, lors de son intervention au 9ème Webinaire de partage d’expériences par les pairs, organisé par OBREAL-Global Observatory, le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI a fait une présentation sur le CAMES, cadre d’harmonisation des politiques Lire la suite

Partenariat CAMES — UEMOA : le Secrétaire Général du CAMES reçu en Audience par le Nouveau Commissaire Mamadù Serifo JAQUITE

Le mardi 6 juillet 2021, une équipe du CAMES conduite par son Secrétaire Général, le Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, a été reçue en audience par le nouveau Commissaire en charge du développement humain de l’UEMOA, Monsieur Mamadù Serifo JAQUITE. Lire la suite

Partnership with Ministry of Higher Education

Ministry of Higher Education this morning has thanked its cooperating partner, Astria Learning (https://AstriaLearning.com) for its unwavering support in Education Management. Read more

Promotion de la Recherche, de l’Innovation et de la Culture Numérique en Afrique Centrale (PRICNAC) : Succès des Premières Journées d’Information

L’objectif de ces journées était de présenter PRICNAC à sa cible directe et d’amorcer la communication autour de l’appel à propositions qui permettra de sélectionner les micro-projets. Lire la suite

Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Dr Tabane was moderating the second session of the recent youth-centred Africa Day symposium hosted by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Union, in collaboration with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and its Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. Read more

My Dream is to Build a Career in Commercial Agriculture

Like most students across the world, COVID-19 has slowed the progression of my education. Nevertheless, since every cloud has a silver lining, the lockdown period gave me an opportunity to work on my research proposal with guidance from my supervisors. Read more

New Lab at University of Nairobi to Accelerate Search for COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine shortage continues to prolong the pain of COVID-19 in Africa, with just under 1.5% of 2.7 billion doses having been administered in Africa. Read more

Nomophobia Affects Student Well-Being, Academic Performance

In his travels across the galaxy, Anakin Skywalker, the futuristic galactic warrior of the Star Wars movies, designed and inducted as part of his crew See-Threepio – in short, C-3PO – a programmed humanoid robot fluent in more than seven million forms of communication. Read more

Partnership Aims to Support Universities With E-Learning

The Association of African Universities has launched an initiative with a private partner to provide universities, academics and students on the continent with access to a low-data online learning management system that could provide support amid the ongoing migration, due to COVID-19, to a blended and online learning environment. Read more

Political will Needed to Create the Ideal Post-Pandemic University

Digital infrastructure and connectivity, capacity-building for academic staff and students to use digital learning tools, quality assurance in the online study environment and stronger leadership from governments to bring about these changes are some of the measures that are required to create the post-pandemic African university. Read more

Quality Higher Education ‘Indispensable’ for Africa’s Future

Higher education in Africa and around the world is in a moment of rapid transition and transformation, thanks to the massive disruptions of COVID-19 that have accelerated long-term trends and exposed and exacerbated the sector’s systemic deficiencies and inequalities. Read more

Résolution du Conseil des Ministres

Résolution N° SO-CM/CAMES/2021-019 adoptant le principe du recours contre les décisions prises par les jurys dans le cadre des Concours d’Agrégation du CAMES. Lire la suite

Résultats Provisoires des Elections des Membres de Bureaux des CTS

Le lundi 5 juillet 2021, la Commission de contrôle et de supervision des opérations de vote des CCI s’est réunie sous la Présidence du Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, Secrétaire Général du CAMES, pour délibérer suite aux élections des membres de bureaux des CTS,  Lire la suite

Réunion de la Commission AD HOC de Mise en Œuvre de la Résolution N° SO-CM/CAMES/2021•012 Relative au Nouveau Guide d’Evaluation des Enseignants-Chercheurs et Chercheurs dans le Cadre des CCI

Le samedi 10 juillet 2021, s’est tenue, par visioconférence, la réunion de lancement des travaux de la Commission ad hoc de mise en œuvre du nouveau Référentiel d’évaluation des enseignants chercheurs et chercheurs, recommandée par les 37e et 38e sessions du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES. Lire la suite

Réunion des Présidents des Jurys du 20e Concours d’Agrégation des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques, Economiques et de Gestion (SJPEG)

Les Présidents des jurys du 20e Concours d’Agrégation des Sciences juridiques, politiques, économiques et de gestion (SJPEG) ont tenu leur réunion statutaire du 23 au 25 juin 2021, au siège du CAMES, sous la coordination du Pr ANASSE Adja Anassé Augustin. Lire la suite

ROAM Principles and Indicators Presented at the IAMCR Conference 2021

Dr Matthias C. Kettemann from Leibniz Institute for Media Research, Fabio Senne from CETIC.br, Alain Kiyindou from Université Bordeaux Montaigne and Grace Githaiga from  Kenya ICT Action Network – all stressed the importance of the data collection process… Read more

RUFORUM Trains Masters and Doctoral Students on Grant Proposal Development…

There have been declining funding levels for the agricultural sector and university education coupled with institutional reforms that are characterized by institutionalization of competitive grants. Read more

Sector Decries Funding Cuts, Pushes for Innovative Financing Options

African universities face a dicey future due to shrinking financing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which could trigger campus closures, drastic job cuts, and sloppy quality of learning, educationalists have warned. Read more

Sisulu Foundation: Africa Responds to COVID’s ‘Hard Lessons’

Senior African academics and scientists have positioned a new initiative of African universities and research institutions as an important step forward in accelerating disease and pandemic responses on the continent through research and development. Read more

Sommet des Chefs d’État et de Gouvernement du CAMES

Le jeudi 30 juin 2021, faisant suite à la résolution n° SO-CM/CAMES/2021-024, des 37e et 38e sessions ordinaires du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES, portant organisation du 1er Sommet des Chefs d’État des pays membres,  Lire la suite

Steve Emmanuel Ngaï, Vainqueur du Concours de Création du Logo du Projet PRICNAC

En mars 2021, les institutions associées à ce projet ont lancé un appel à candidatures afin de lui choisir un logo. L’appel était destiné aux étudiant.e.s des huit pays bénéficiaires du projet. Steve Emmanuel Ngaï, issu de l’Institu universitaire catholique Saint-Jérôme de Douala, Lire la suite

Students Need Intellectual Property Policies Know-How

Africa’s higher education can be the innovation engine that the continent needs to be globally competitive only if it becomes more focused on experiential or practical learning, according to Brian Asingia, CEO of the online platform DreamGalaxy.

Study Shows Geography is Key Driver to University Access

Ethnicity seems to be making way for geographic location as a primary indicator of unequal access to university education in Sub-Saharan Africa, a recent study suggests. Read more

Technical and Vocational Institutions Must Build STEM Skills in Africa’s Youth

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digitization in the workplace, sharpening the need for technical and vocational training aligned with Africa’s development needs and youthful population and focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read more

The Complexities of Engaging Africa’s Academic Diaspora

In recent years, engaging the African diaspora to leverage their intellectual resources has become a hot topic in higher education policy discussions. Read more

Three Countries in West Africa Join High-Speed Network

This represents a step forward while most countries on the continent still lack adequate digital infrastructure and systems to support higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Universities Can Change Africa’s Future, but Need Leaders’ Help

Universities in Africa have been urged to change and move forward with the times instead of being left behind by their counterparts in other parts of the world in terms of quality teaching, curricular reforms, innovations, research output and increasing the digital footprint. Read more

Universities Need Policies for Knowledge Management

Formulating a policy for knowledge management and setting up an institutional repository, a research and publication office and departmental committee to support researchers are some of the measures required to boost knowledge management capability in African higher education institutions. Read more

 US Abandons its Proposal to Restrict Foreign Students

The United States government has formally withdrawn a controversial proposal introduced under the administration of former president Donald Trump that would have affected thousands of African students as it set fixed timelines of four years for the stay of foreign students in that country. Read more

Virtual Learnerships Offer International Work Opportunities

Higher education institutions that require students to complete workplace-based learning programmes as a formal building block of their qualifications have been compelled to come up with innovative strategies for virtual or remote internships during COVID-19. Read more

Without Government Backing, HE Will Not Move Forward

As the 15th general conference of the Association of African Universities (AAU) ended, it was clear that the continent’s higher education institutions are in distress. Read more

Wits Embarks on R15.7m Water Research Programme

The new water research programme will find solutions to water challenges faced by the country and African continent. Read more

 

30 June 2021

5 Juin : la Journée Mondiale de l’Environnement

Le Master GIELM est une formation régionale pluridisciplinaire, ouverte aux ingénieurs et aux étudiant·e·s des filières des sciences fondamentales, de la vie et de la terre, humaines et sociales, économiques et juridiques.  Son objectif est de former des cadres de haut niveau Lire la suite

37e et 38e Sessions du Conseil des Ministres : Des Personnalités décorées dans l’OIPA/CAMES

En marge de la cérémonie de clôture du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES, dix (10) personnalités ont été décorées dans l’Ordre International des Palmes Académiques du CAMES (OIPA/CAMES). Lire la suite

AAU Conference Focuses on the Future of Higher Education

The Association of African Universities (AAU) will be hosting its 15th general conference themed ‘The Future of African Education’ from 5-8 July. Read more

African Higher Education After COVID: The Bane and the Boon

The impact of COVID-19 on social, economic, political, cultural and academic affairs of countries around the world has been enormous. Disruptions have ranged from closing schools, universities, airports and borders, to postponing regional and national elections, to massive loss of human lives. Read more

African Policymakers Trained in Digital Technology

UNESCO and its partners have launched the first cohort of training for policy makers and decision makers under the Pan-African Initiative for the Digital Transformation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EFTP) and Development Systems in Africa. Read more

Agriculture Education has to Change in Approach

Universities in Africa need to change their approach to pedagogy in agriculture education if they are to produce graduates who can contribute to sustainable agricultural production and food consumption patterns on the continent. Read more

Appel à Candidatures pour l’Accréditation des Offres de Formation Certifiante, dans le Cadre de la 36e Session du PRED-CAMES

Dans le cadre de son Plan stratégique de développement (PSDC, 2020-2022) faisant la promotion de l’usage du numérique pédagogique dans l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche, le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) Lire la suite

AUDA-Nepad Launches Centre to Accelerate Impact of Science on Africa’s Development

The African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-Nepad) on June 22 launched a centre of excellence (CoE) in science, technology and innovation to upscale and commercialise home-grown innovations on the continent. Read more

Call for Fund to Strengthen Staff Capacity

Universities on the continent are calling for the establishment of a Higher Education Fund for Africa to aid in the strengthening of teaching capacity in the institutions. They argue that such a fund would also help to boost the number of women faculty and researchers engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM fields, in higher learning institutions. Read more

Conseil des Ministres du CAMES : Retour sur le Déroulement de la Session

Ouverts le 31 mai 2021 à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, les travaux des 37e et 38e sessions jumelées du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES ont été clôturés, le vendredi 4 juin 2021, sur une note de satisfaction générale. Plusieurs décisions, recommandations et motions ont été pris,  Lire la suite

Countries Spend Less Than 1% of GDP on Research

No country in Africa is spending 1% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development although, globally, spending on science and the number of scientists has been rising in the past five years, …Read more

COVID-19: Study Augurs Well for Research Output

Four South African universities – the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of KwaZulu-Natal – led 15 institutions that contributed most to the science of COVID-19 in Africa during the first year of the pandemic,…Read more

Decolonisation: ‘Who We Are and From Where We Speak’

The decolonisation of higher education remains topical. It has been featured prominently in the titles of events hosted by universities and organisations working in the field of higher education around the globe. Read more

Developing Continental Mutual Recognition Guidelines for Quality Assurance Agencies in Africa

A validation workshop for strengthening networking in quality assurance in Africa and developing continental mutual recognition guidelines for Quality assurance agencies was held from 31 May to 2 June 2021, within the framework of the UNESCO-Shenzhen Funds-In-Trust Project for the implementation of its Component 3. Read more

Financial Struggles in HE Affect Social Protection of Staff

Higher learning institutions may be actively involved in social protection programmes through research, the dissemination of knowledge and consultancy services… Read more

Fund Awards Highest Number of PhD Scholarships Yet

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) through the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), a flagship project of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), has awarded 103 PhD scholarships to students from across Africa,… Read more

Funding Levels of Higher Education a Grave Concern

According to UNESCO’s new science report entitled The Race Against Time for Smarter Development, the main worry is whether the current level of funding of tertiary education systems in the region will enable universities to embark on teaching, development and deployment of new state-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and robotics. Read more

Generosity and Collegiality as Institutions Embrace Blended Learning

African universities have been faced with challenges of insufficient funding, which have been jeopardising critical programmes, especially in research and innovation. Read more

H.E. Kenneth Kaunda Laid a Foundation for Higher Education in Zambia

News filtering through from Zambia on the passing on of H.E. Kenneth Kaunda, comes at a difficult time for the world and Africa in general. It is not such a pleasant time to receive sad news of a life worth celebrating than mourning. Read more

In Pursuit of Reliable Data for Higher Education Policy-Making

The establishment of data policy units at national, sub-regional and regional levels across Africa has been mooted as a strategy to generate comparable higher education data critical for policy formulation and debate on a continental scale. Read more

L’AUF soutient la Création d’un Réseau sur la « Mobilité Urbaine Durable »

L’Association Coopération pour le Développement et l’Amélioration des Transports Urbains et Périurbains (CODATU) et l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) s’associent pour la création d’un nouveau réseau sur le thème de la « Mobilité urbaine durable » Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, invité d’Honneur de la Conférence sur le Thème « L’Université Africaine Face au Défi de l’Employabilité »

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, est l’invité d’honneur de la conférence organisée, le mardi 22 juin à partir de 10h00 GMT à l’amphithéâtre de l’UCAD II, par l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, en partenariat avec l’Agence Universitaire Lire la suite

Les Partenaires Techniques et Financiers du CAMES réaffirment leur Soutien à l’Institution

En marge des 37e et 38e sessions du Conseil des Ministres, le réseau des partenaires techniques et financiers du CAMES a tenu, le 02 juin 2021, par visioconférence, sa cinquième rencontre statutaire. Au cours de cette rencontre, l’ensemble des acteurs a réaffirmé sa disponibilité Lire la suite

Les Universités Francophones s’engagent avec l’AUF pour l’Egalité Femmes-Hommes : Lancement Officiel du Consortium

A la suite de l’événement officiel de lancement aura lieu la première réunion de travail du consortium qui sera consacrée à dresser l’état des lieux de l’EFH dans les onze établissements, à valider le calendrier des activités de l’année (juin 2021 – juin 2022m) Lire la suite

Malawi’s President Honoured for Higher Education Policies

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has been honoured by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) for his efforts to advance higher education, in particular in the field of agriculture. Read more

Medical Graduates ‘Lack Knowledge on Antibiotics’

Most medical graduates from various universities in East Africa have very little practical knowledge on the use of antibiotics in clinical scenarios and other hospital settings, a new study shows, and suggests that the situation might be widespread in the region. Read more

Minister of Higher Education Participates in Activities of High-Level Europe Africa Space Earth ‎Observation Forum in Portugal

Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, stressed the importance of supporting and revitalizing African-European relations in the field of space technologies. Read more

Novel Research Model Aims for Zero Hunger in Africa

The recent South Africa consumer price index shows that the price of food is rapidly increasing. In July 2020, a dozen eggs cost ZAR15.95. Currently, the cost of the same tray of eggs has doubled. Read more

Open Science’s Riches are Still Largely Unexploited

The advantages of the open science movement in democratising education, strengthening the continental education and science systems, enhancing economic development and addressing the many challenges of Africa are well recognised. Read more

Ouverture des Travaux des 37e et 38e Sessions Ordinaires du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES

Ce lundi 31 mai 2021, ont été lancés, à Radisson Blu Hôtel à Abidjan, les travaux préparatoires des 37e et 38e sessions Ministérielles qui se tiendront, les 03 et 04 juin 2021, sous la présidence du Dr Éléonore YAYI LADÉKAN, Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Lire la suite

Partenariat CAMES — Université de Montréal

Le CAMES et l’Observatoire de la Francophonie économique (OFE) de l’Université de Montréal (UdeM) ont signé, en mai 2021, un accord de partenariat dont l’objet est de promouvoir le développement de la recherche et favoriser la production et l’échange des connaissances Lire la suite

Racially Biased Academic Publishing in Need of Decolonisation

Academic publishing is in need of decolonisation – a complete and radical rethinking and addressing of power relationships – to accept and promote research writing free from race, ethnicity, gender, class and linguistic biases. Read more

Reflecting on the Diaspora’s Tangible and Intangible Contributions

The concept note of the Association of African Universities (AAU) 2021 general conference on the ‘Future of African Higher Education’ correctly and bravely argues that African academics in the diaspora can help revitalise higher education in Africa in core areas… Read more

RUFORUM Recognizes Malawian Higher Education Champion

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 129 African universities operating in 38 countries across Africa has created impact across the continent due to the contributions from several individuals, Institutions and Members. Read more

Space Sciences Could Help with Sustainable Development Goals

A manifesto to foster scientific, technological and educational cooperation between Africa and Europe on advanced Earth observation and data processing systems and their applications for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been signed. Read more

Start-up Ecosystems Beckon Opportunity for Universities

With an increase in the number of African countries included in the global top 100 start-up ecosystems, the continent’s universities should use this as an engine of job creation and economic growth, especially with the pandemic raging. Read more

Student Exchange Programmes: What You Need to Know

Travelling is a worthwhile experience for most people – especially for young people in their prime. Globalisation continues to offer more opportunities and is one of the main catalysts of internationalisation in academia. Read more

Students Have to Learn to be Job-Creators, not Job-Seekers

Are universities and other tertiary institutions in Africa the weakest link in the unemployment crisis facing the youth on the continent? Read more

Sur l’Identification des Revues Prédatrices dans le Processus de Publication des Résultats de Recherche

Le Comité Scientifique Sectoriel des Sciences Agronomiques (CSS-SA) en collaboration avec l’Ecole Doctorale des Sciences Agronomiques et de l’Eau (ED-SA) de l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi (République du Bénin) a organisé un séminaire le 28 mai 2021 sur le thème Lire la suite

Universities Ask for Funding Injection in Food Systems Research

African universities are calling for increased investment in research and innovation for scientists to explore factors of agricultural production that could be utilised for enhancing sustainable food production and consumption on the continent. Read more

University-Industry Collaboration Cannot be Delayed

The message to Africa’s policy-makers, universities and industry is crystal clear – collaboration to stimulate scientific and technological advancements and create employment is critical and cannot be delayed. Read more

Universities Responsibilities and Opportunities

Universities have responsibilities in many different areas. Read more

UR Students to Represent Africa at Commonwealth Inter-Tertiary Debating Competition in UK

University of Rwanda’s debating team is set to represent Africa at the Commonwealth Inter-Tertiary Schools Debating Championship. Read more

‘Vibrant Higher Education Landscape’ Beckons for Africa

Africa’s ongoing transformation, founded on strong economic growth, political will and favourable demographics, is ushering in a new higher education landscape on the continent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,… Read more

What Does Sustainability Research Mean in Africa?

As the first international Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2021) takes place with the purpose of discussing and defining sustainability research and what it comprises, Africa has an opportunity to deliberate on what sustainability science means for the continent. Read more

Why the Push to Overhaul Teacher Training in Kenya is a Bad Idea

Kenya is in the fourth year of implementing a new competence-based curriculum for all levels of schooling. The new curriculum seeks to develop student competencies including mastery of content, critical thinking and complex problem-solving. Read more

 

31 May 2021

Academics Should Lead in Battle Against Racism

Universities across the world have been urged to be on the front line in the struggle for diverse, inclusive, anti-racist societal systems and vibrant democracies instead of merely presenting themselves as colour-blind and race-neutral guardians of elitism and meritocracy. Read more

Africa Should Tackle Failures in Technology Sharing

Universities in Africa must be more vocal about the failures of higher education institutions in the Global North to challenge the status quo of innovation- and technology-sharing that is denying millions access to life-saving treatments. Read more

African Students in India Ask Their Governments for Help

The deepening COVID-19 crisis in India has put the African higher education community in the country on high alert and has brought into sharp focus the response of Indian universities to protect their students and lecturers, including thousands of African students. Read more

Bourses de Recherche Doctorale et Postdoctorale «Eugen Ionescu» Roumanie – Résultats de l’Appel 2020-2021

423 candidatures jugées recevables ont fait l’objet de l’évaluation scientifique par des enseignants-chercheurs des établissements académiques roumains, membres de l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie. Lire la suite

Countries Should up Support for Research and Development

In a recent open letter to international funders of research and development, we highlighted multiple power imbalances and appealed to the funders to help build a more equitable ecosystem. Read more

Commercializing Pineapple Processing Through Capacity Building of TVET Students

Most postgraduate students go through a lot of stress and gather many interesting data from farmers, marketers, processors, consumers etc. and keep the results to themselves without giving any feedback to the people they collected the data from. Read more

Discussions Reflect on Universities’ Role in Resilient Food Systems

Universities in Africa will use the ongoing United Nations food systems summit process to make their contribution towards attainment of food security on the continent, and to showcase their expertise. Read more

Doha Bouallal, Lauréate du Concours de Création du Logo du 60ème Anniversaire de l’AUF

L’AUF célèbre cette année son 60ème anniversaire. À cette l’occasion, elle a souhaité associer les étudiantes et étudiants issu.e.s de ses 1007 établissements membres dans la création d’un logo pour son 60ème anniversaire via l’organisation d’un concours lancé en février 2021.  Lire la suite

E-Learning Could Develop Students’ Critical Thinking Skills

E-learning has become the new normal in many places of learning, with the key purpose of averting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

En Hommage à Florence PIRON

Dans cette perspective, Madame PIRON était la cheville ouvrière du partenariat entre l’Université Laval et le CAMES, pour la réalisation du Dépôt institutionnel du CAMES (DICAMES),  en vue de contribuer à valoriser le riche patrimoine scientifique africain Lire la suite

Here is Papillon Clothing Line that I Started During Lockdown

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” These are the words that my mother often told me as I was growing up. Read more

How to Improve the Quality of Africa’s Doctoral Education

For the past decade doctoral education in African universities has been the subject of sustained interest by researchers, policy-makers, educators and scholars. Read more

Investment Needed for Food Security Research

African universities need to increase investment in postgraduate training to produce the knowledge and human resources needed to support the agriculture sector. Read more

L’AUF s’associe au Gouvernement de la République du Cameroun pour favoriser l’Employabilité des Jeunes

La stratégie de l’AUF est construite en réponse aux défis du secteur éducatif parmi lesquels la qualité de la formation, l’employabilité des diplômés et leur insertion professionnelle. Pour apporter des pistes de solution à ces défis et accompagner au mieux ses établissements Lire la suite

Le CAMES participe à la XXVe Assemblée Générale de la CIDMEF

Le 28 avril 2021, le Secrétaire Général du CAMES a  participé, par visioconférence, à la XXVe Assemblée Générale de la Conférence Internationale des Doyens des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française (CIDMEF), organisme partenaire du CAMES. Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES reçu en Audience par Son Excellence Adama DIAWARA, Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique de Côte d’Ivoire

Cette audience réalisée le 5 mai 2021 a porté sur l’organisation des 37e et 38e sessions du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES prévues du 31 mai au 4 juin 2021, à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire. Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES invité de la 2e Edition du Symposium International sur l’Equité et l’Egalité de Genre en Afrique (SIEEGA)

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MATCHI a pris part à la 2e édition du Symposium International sur l’Équité et l’Égalité de Genre en Afrique (SIEEGA), tenue à Abidjan en République de Côte d’Ivoire, du 5 au 7 mai 2021, Lire la suite

Mbarara University Gets $50,000 Grant to Start Business Incubation Centre

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) has received a $50,000 grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to help transform entrepreneurship training through establishment of a business incubation centre. Read more

Moi University Partners with UNEP in InTex Project

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has selected the Africa Centre of Excellence in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable Energy (ACEII PTRE) of Moi University to be among its four African institutions to partner with in the implementation of InTex project. Read more

More Programmes, Awareness Could Launch Africa into Space

Africa is lagging behind when it comes to space activities and the root cause is a lack of space higher education in many countries on the continent, according to an Africa space industry expert. Read more

New Normal in Education

This event, co-hosted by ONE Africa and Nation Media Group, will highlight the learning crisis pre- and during the COVID pandemic and the importance of education access and financing in Kenya and Africa as a whole. Read more

Nobel Laureates to Probe ‘the Future of Work’ in Dialogue

The first Nobel Prize dialogue to be hosted in partnership with an African institution will include five Nobel laureates and will focus sharply on the extensive disruption that COVID-19 has brought about in the workplace. Read more

PBL-BioAfrica in Line with Kenyan Policies

PBL-BioAfrica, being a collaborative project, points towards strengthening bioeconomy education through promoting PBL (Problem-Based Learning), entrepreneurship, innovation, and digital learning methods in Sub-Saharan Africa. This a plausible solution to the Kenya’s 21st century challenges. Read more+

Pandemic Adds to UK’s Study Appeal for African Students

An overwhelming number of prospective international students from African countries find universities in the United Kingdom more appealing than before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a massive online survey conducted early this year. Read more

Region’s Research Publication Capacity Continues to Expand

North African countries, led by Egypt, are progressively increasing their footprint in the global production of peer-reviewed and high-impact science articles that are listed in the Web of Science, a platform that provides a wide range of multiple journal databases from different academic fields. Read more

Réunion du Comité des Experts des 37e et 38e Sessions Ordinaires du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES

Du 18 au 22 mai 2021, s’est déroulée par visioconférence, la réunion du Comité des Experts des 37e et 38e sessions du Conseil des Ministres du CAMES. L’ouverture solennelle des travaux est intervenue  le mardi 18 mai 2021,sous la présidence du Ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur Lire la suite

Rewarding Research that Helps National Development

A 2018 Elsevier article reports that Africa as a whole spends a negligible amount of 0.4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on scientific research compared to Europe’s 27%, Asia’s 31% and North America’s 37%. Read more

RUFORUM Awards Two Higher Education Champions (Ugandans)

Today 6th May 2021, RUFORUM recognized the contribution of two higher education champions from Uganda, Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu and Dr Gabriel Gadison Ajedra Aridru. Read more

RUFORUM Hosts African Government Technical Experts

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) hosted a virtual dialogue for Africa Government Technical Experts towards the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 under the theme “Transforming food systems is crucial for delivering all the Sustainable Development Goals”. Read more

SALEEM – SNEE Sfax : Annonce des Résultats de l’Obtention du Statut de l’Etudiant-Entrepreneur

Cet évènement a été organisé, en présence de tous les encadrants de l’Université de Sfax, doyens et directeurs, et de nombreux acteurs et partenaires du milieu économique et industriel, en plus de l’Agence universitaire Francophonie représentée par M. Mejdi Ayari. Lire la suite

Salon OSIANE 2021 : le SG du CAMES a participé à l’Atelier sur l’Intelligence Artificielle

Jeudi 29 avril 2021, le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI a pris part, par visioconférence, à l’atelier sur l’intelligence artificielle organisé par l’association PRATIC. Cet atelier s’inscrit dans le cadre du Salon international des Technologies de l’information Lire la suite

Science Fund Targets Agriculture Innovations in West Africa

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), one of Africa’s biggest science funds, is rolling out €2.7 million (about US$3.3 million) in grants for innovations in agriculture, targeted at universities and research institutions in West Africa. Read more

Tax Reform Needed to Boost University Finances

The World Bank and UNESCO’s report, Education Finance Watch 2021, indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused cuts to external education aid and education budget cuts in two-thirds of low- and middle-income countries. Read more

Thoughts for Food: Rethinking What Africa Puts on its Plate

African think tanks and universities were recently challenged to help shape the narrative on food systems transformation on the continent at a workshop facilitated by Akademiya2063 through its Malabo Montpellier Panel Program. Read more

University of Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop Celebrates African World Heritage Day

How does research contribute to the conservation and promotion of the outstanding universal values of sites? Which entrepreneurship opportunities related to African World Heritage are available for young graduates? Read more

Universities Should Establish Anti-Money-Laundering Practices

…the tuition fees of West African students at United Kingdom universities could be used for money-laundering purposes have put universities in Africa that receive cash on the alert, underscoring the significance of anti-money-laundering regulations. Read more

Universities Should Invest in ICT Infrastructure

African universities and other tertiary institutions have been urged to collaborate with industries in establishing apprenticeships and other job-specific skills in business training programmes, as one way of increasing employment opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Read more

Vice-chancellors Pledge Support to Bettering Agricultural Output

The vice-chancellors of 130 African universities are pledging to mobilise resources for continental initiatives that would support human capital development as well as increase Africa’s capability in research, innovation and entrepreneurship with the aim of bettering agricultural productivity. Read more

Webinaire « Renforcer le Développement Personnel, le Développement du Leadership et la Préparation au Travail des Diplômés des Universités Africaines »

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Webinaire sur les Questions Règlementaires et Economiques des Formations Hybrides

Le mardi 4 mai 2021, s’est tenu un webinaire sur les questions règlementaires et économiques des formations hybrides ou entièrement à distance, initié par l’AUF et le CAMES à l’attention des autorités universitaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest (présidents ou recteurs, Lire la suite

Will Artificial Intelligence Create Jobs or Destroy Them?

The COVID-19 pandemic is radically reshaping the future of work by changing human interaction as people are allowed to work remotely and even to travel all over the world without having to move out of their homes or offices, but this is also raising fears and hopes about the future of employment. Read more

 

30 April 2021

4 Etudiant.e.s Internationaux sélectionné.e.s pour la Demi-Finale du Concours d’Eloquence de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Ils étaient 9 étudiant.e.s internationaux en lice pour atteindre la demi-finale de l’édition 2021 du Concours d’éloquence de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). 4 ont été sélectionné.e.s. Le Cameroun, Haïti, la République du Congo, et le Togo seront représentés Lire la suite

19 Nouveaux Projets de Recherche Soutenus pour documenter et éclairer les Politiques Educatives en Afrique Francophone

152 propositions de projets ont été reçues dans le cadre de cet appel. Après évaluation par un collège externe d’universitaires du « Nord » et du « Sud », puis avis du Conseil scientifique d’APPRENDRE, 19 projets, retenus pour financement par l’AUF, on été sélectionnés. Lire la suite

22 avril, le Jour de la Terre

En cette année 2021 qui marque la fin de ce projet, deux activités de sciences participatives ont été organisées à Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) et à Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) : un atelier collaboratif dénommé « week-end des solutions » et une table ronde sur le thème : « les cultures Lire la suite

African University Leaders Sign SDG Agreement

The vice-chancellors of four leading African universities have committed their institutions to work towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a global pact signed by 56 heads of higher education institutions. Read more

Africa’s First Postgraduate Qualification in Philanthropy

The development of a formal qualification in African philanthropy and resource mobilisation represents a milestone in efforts to grow and professionalise advancement as an approach that higher education institutions can use to attract investment. Read more

Alerte : Assemblée Générale de la CRUFAOCI 

La Conférence des Recteurs des Universités Francophones d’Afrique et de l’Océan Indien (CRUFAOCI) tiendra son Assemblée Générale, par visioconférence, le 13 avril 2021 de 10h à 14h GMT.  Lire la suite

Appel à Candidatures : L’Université de Turin finance 13 Bourses de Deux Ans à des Etudiants Internationaux

4 bourses réservées aux étudiants internationaux des pays suivants: Algérie, Cameroun, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Maroc, République du Congo, Rwanda, Sénégal, Tunisie, Union des Comores Lire la suite

Appel à Manifestation d’Intérêt pour l’Accompagnement des Etablissements à la Mise en Ligne de Cours

Les deux institutions souhaitent soutenir au moins 25 établissements, avec pour finalité la formation d’au moins 1000 enseignants à la scénarisation, conception et mise en ligne de cours sur une plateforme MOODLE. Lire la suite

Atelier d’Appropriation des Référentiels Qualités du CAMES

Le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES), dans le cadre de son Programme assurance qualité (PAQ), organise les 06 et 07 avril 2021, un atelier en ligne,  d’appropriation de ses référentiels  qualité et des  guides  d’auto-évaluation. Lire la suite

Building Resilient Education Systems in the COVID-19 Era

A record number of children and young people have been affected by the closure of education institutions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. From learning losses, to negative impacts on physical and mental health and well-being, hundreds of millions of students have been put at risk. Read more

China Quiet About Return of African Foreign Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt learning a severe blow across the world, but it appears to have shattered the dreams of African students enrolled in Chinese universities, who left China early last year during the lockdown and are still not sure when they will be allowed back to these institutions to continue with their studies. Read more

Concours des Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains de RUFORUM-Edition 2021 [French]

Le Forum régional des universités pour le renforcement des capacités en agriculture (RUFORUM ; www.ruforum.org), un consortium de 129 Universités de 38 pays africains, a le plaisir de lancer officiellement la quatrième Edition du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs africains de RUFORUM. Read more

COVID-19: Synchronous, Interactive Learning the Way to Go

Digital technology could transform the capacity of universities to serve the ‘public good’ mission in an era of massive, long-term increases in inequality, mobility, displacement and health and environmental crises. Read more

Culture de la Qualité au Sein des Institutions d’Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche des Pays Membres de l’UEMOA : Le Cap des 1.000 Experts formés en Gouvernance Universitaire par la Commission est franchi

Le lundi 22 mars 2021, la Commission de l’UEMOA et l’UNESCO à travers son Bureau Régional d’Abuja, ont lancé deux sessions de formation à la gouvernance universitaire,  au profit d’une centaine d’enseignants, chercheurs et gestionnaires d’institutions Lire la suite

Drought and Heat Tolerant Crops Show Resilience

A research team from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (FHAS) has reached a major milestone in a study under the auspices of the “Evolution of Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes for use in Dry Land Farming Systems Across Sub-Sahara Africa and India” (STOL). Read more

‘Education Systems not Teaching the Skills Needed to Get by’

More than 80% of tertiary education students in Sub-Saharan Africa who participated in a UNESCO survey, as a platform to share views on the world’s most pressing challenges, were strongly concerned about higher education systems not teaching enough skills that are needed now, or in the future. Read more

Enrolment Growth Linked to Agri-Economic Transformation

The continued growth in student enrolment in higher education institutions witnessed across Africa over the past decades has been linked to an ongoing agriculture-based economic transformation that the continent has experienced since the year 2000. Read more

Essay Competition to Help Raise Awareness on Standards in Creative Industry

The African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) has organised a continental essay competition for university students, which will be held at two levels; regional and continental. Read more

Experts Consider the Future of Farming in Africa

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is a global challenge, becoming acute in the face of climate change, natural resource degradation and diseases affecting humans, animals and plants. Read more

 Fin de l’Atelier d’Appropriation des Référentiels Aualité du CAMES, les Satisfécits

Une centaine de participants issus des institutions publiques et privées d’enseignement supérieur du Bénin, du Burkina, du Congo, de la Côte Ivoire, de l’Égypte, de la France, du Gabon, de la Guinée, du Mali, du Maroc, du Niger, du Sénégal, du Tchad et du Togo Lire la suite

Gendered Research Methods Could Counter Hegemony

Mainstreaming gender in higher education research remains low, posing a risk to the realisation of gender equity in education and development goals, experts say. Read more

Global Impact Rankings Include 2 African Universities in Top 100

Two African universities – the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and Aswan University in Egypt – are placed in the top 100 institutions in the world for their work towards the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)… Read more

Global Vaccine Divide – More Science Collaboration Needed

National access to effective vaccines against COVID-19 is being decided by a country’s financial and diplomatic clout rather than its actual health needs, according to leading academics and officials from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. Read more

Graduates Require Practical, Technical and Cultural Skills

Equipping students with 21st-century employability skills demanded by employers would require a review of existing curricula and more investment in existing education policies. Read more

Growing Number of Universities in Africa Ranked for SDGs

A total of 70 African universities located in 11 countries have been ranked in at least one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the third edition of the Times Higher Education Impact RankingsRead more

Hackathons Part of Plan to Train One Million Data Scientists

An inter-university hackathon in which 1,150 students from 126 universities based in 21 countries participated to solve three real-world machine learning challenges is part of a plan to train one million data scientists in Africa… Read more

Higher Education Has a Role in Curbing Disinformation

Higher education communication experts can help to curb misinformation through lectures and conferences, but the responsibility to counter false information has to be shared by the government, influencers, opinion-shapers, the media and the public. Read more

Ingeniousness: Le Jury annonce les Ecoles, Elèves et Femmes ingénieures nominées de l’Edition 2021

Mercredi 7 avril 2021, un jury composé de membres de la CDEFI et de représentants de ses partenaires et soutiens l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie Europe de l’Ouest et Maghreb, ATC France, le Bureau national des élèves ingénieurs, la Commission des titres d’ingénieur, Lire la suite

Investment in Maize for Africa Pays Off

Nearly 6 in ten of all maize varieties released in 18 African countries were related to the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Read more

Invitation: Lancement Officiel de la Plateforme Alumni CAMES

Le mercredi 21 avril 2021 à partir de 11 h GMT, le CAMES procèdera, par visioconférence, au lancement officiel de la « Plateforme Alumni du CAMES ». Cette cérémonie sera suivie d’une session de présentation et de formation, à l’appropriation de ladite plateforme,  Lire la suite

Journée Mondiale de la Santé 2021 : pour un Monde plus Juste et en Meilleure Santé

D’éminent.e.s expert.e.s en provenance des différentes régions géographiques (Afrique sub-saharienne, Afrique du Nord, Europe, Amérique du Nord, Moyen-Orient) participent à l’animation scientifique comme conférencier.e ou modérateur.trice. Lire la suite

Lancement des Inscriptions au 5e Journées Scientifiques du CAMES (JSDC-5)

Le Secrétariat Général du CAMES organise, du 6 au 9 décembre 2021, à Dakar au Sénégal, en partenariat avec le Centre africain d’études supérieures en gestion (CESAG), la 5e édition des Journées Scientifiques du CAMES (JSDC-5), sous le thème « Optimisation des ressources, Lire la suite

Le SG du CAMES félicite la Professeure Nadine MACHIKOU pour son Election à la Vice-Présidence de l’Association Africaine de Science Politique

Nadine MACHIKOU est Professeure Titulaire du CAMES en science politique à l’Université de Yaoundé II et Présidente du jury de la section «Sciences politiques » du Concours d’Agrégation en Sciences juridiques, politiques, économiques et de gestion. Lire la suite

Le SG du CAMES préside le Vernissage du Livre « Pr OUIMINGA, l’Intégrité au Service du Burkina et de l’Afrique »

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, Pr Bertrand MBATCHI a présidé, le vendredi 26 mars 2021, la cérémonie de vernissage du livre sur la biographie du Pr Rambré Moumouni OUIMINGA, ancien Secrétaire Général du CAMES (1992 – 2000). Lire la suite

Liste des Partenariats Hubert Curien avec la Zone Afrique du Nord Moyen Orient

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North Africa Hit by Brain Drain of ICT Graduates

Talent migration of highly skilled information and communication technology (ICT) professionals from North African countries to the high-income European Union member states is contributing to a brain drain in the region. Read more

Open Education Resources to Shape Post-Pandemic World

For the past two decades, the world has been building open knowledge on a massive scale, with open educational resources as a cornerstone. The 2001 launches of MIT OpenCourseWare and Creative Commons formed a solid foundation of this global open educational resource movement, which now supports many millions of learners from all walks of life. Read more

PhD Project Wants to Train 100 Young Academics

African graduates in the science and engineering disciplines are set to benefit from a scholarship programme launched in March 2021 by Ècole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in partnership with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in Morocco. Read more

Prestigious Award for the Late Professor James Hakim

Colleagues and friends of the late Zimbabwean scientist Professor James Hakim have described an international award established in his name as a well-deserved honour and a fitting initiative for the decorated academic. Read more

Professor Christof Heyns: A Giant in Human Rights Education

The monumental contribution that Professor Christof Heyns has made to advance human rights in Africa and beyond emerged this week from a memorial Facebook page created to honour the former director of the Centre for Human Rights…Read more

Religious Education in Africa a Double-Edged Sword

With the rise of armed conflicts and radicalisation which appear to emanate from religion, African universities should join the religious education (RE) movement to enhance knowledge and mutual understanding of religions, and to build sustainable peaceful relationships… Read more

Rencontre entre les IPES Membres de l’AUF de Douala et la Direction Régionale AUF Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs à l’IUC.

Plusieurs Instituts Privés d’Enseignements Supérieurs (IPES) se sont retrouvés ce 20 Avril 2021 autour de Mme SY-WONYU, Directrice Régionale AUF Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs pour passer en revue les grands axes de la coopération entre l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie Lire la suite

RUFORUM POST COVID-19 Strategy: Education, Agriculture Innovation and Livelihoods in times of Crisis

The global COVID-19 pandemic over the last 17 months has created disruptions in all aspects of life. Education at all levels has equally been affected and this has called for reimagining the manner with which education is delivered and the value of education to society. Read more

Scholars Should Engage Policy-Makers on Agriculture

African researchers need to intensify their engagements with policy-makers to ensure that the knowledge generated from their research activities is incorporated in government policies, and applied to enable the continent to achieve its development goals. Read more

Solid Performance by SA Institutions, but also Warning Bells

Four South African universities have been placed in the top 500 institutions globally for their academic performance, according to the 10th edition of the 2021-22 Global 2000 List released by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) based in the United Arab Emirates. Read more

Strong growth for University World News – Africa

Web analytics for the Africa edition of University World News has confirmed a steep upward trajectory in readership traffic recorded since 2018, in part due to it becoming a weekly publication a year ago. Read more

Study Highlights Concern About Publishing Practices

Open-access academic publishing may have opened gateways for research from higher education scholars to be disseminated through the internet, but there are concerns that too few Sub-Saharan African researchers publish peer-reviewed articles in the online publishing industry… Read more

The Future of HE in Africa Depends on High-Speed Internet

The World Bank has urged African governments and universities to plan and set benchmarks for broadband internet connectivity to benefit from the global explosion of digital data and content for online teaching and research. Read more

Towards a Generation of Climate Change Graduates

The critical role of higher education institutions towards the adoption of long-term climate-smart resolutions and sustainable development policies in society has been intensified over the years as the world grapples with the adverse effects of climate change, especially within vulnerable communities. Read more

Vartan Gregorian Championed a Strong HE System in Africa

Vartan Gregorian, the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the former president of Brown University and the New York Public Library in the United States, illustrious scholar and steward of Andrew Carnegie’s legacy, died aged 87 on 15 April. Gregorian had been hospitalised for testing related to stomach pain. Read more

VEFIRS Team Seals a Partnership with Andre Foods International

A partnership agreement was sealed … between the Andre Foods international (AFI) and the team of Vertical Farming in Refugees Setting dubbed “VEFIRS”, a team of five innovators and mission-driven African scholars… Read more

#Webinaire – La Vision d’une Organisation Bimodale du Concours d’Agrégation SJPEG

Le Secrétariat général du CAMES invite les candidats au prochain Concours d’Agrégation en Sciences Juridiques, Politiques, Économiques et de Gestion (SJPEG), les potentiels membres du jury et les membres du jury de la dernière session Lire la suite

Webinaires sur les Questions Règlementaires et Economiques des Formations Hybrides ou Totalement à Distance

La pandémie de COVID-19, couplée à la massification dans l’enseignement supérieur, appelle des alternatives telles que la mise en place de systèmes de formation hybrides ou totalement à distance, pour garantir la continuité pédagogique et l’excellence académique. Lire la suite

What Price Will Education Pay for COVID-19?

As the world comes to terms with the scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health of the global population is rightly taking priority over education for the time being. For today’s students, the coronavirus outbreak means a huge loss of learning time, with potential repercussions for their schooling and careers in the years to come. Read more

Where Caregiving and Gender Intersect

It’s not just about gender or caregiving, it’s both: new analyses suggest colleges need COVID-19 faculty relief policies that target female caregivers in particular. Read more

Women Scientists Should be Mentored by Other Women

Gross under-representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in Africa could be reduced if societal and cultural gender norms, stereotypes, biases, sexual harassment and other discriminatory practices were dealt with at all levels. Read more

 

31 March 2021

#20Mars : La Francophonie Scientifique en Action

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Actualité Programmes de Recherche Mars 2021

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Africa Science News Ranked Top Among Africa’s Websites

Africa Science News Service has been placed 8th best website among 30 others for its continued and persistent coverage of science and its related disciplines in Africa. Read more

African Universities Asked to Join Global COVID Survey

The International Association of Universities (IAU) invited 20,000 higher education institutions, including African universities, to participate in a second global survey aiming to determine the economic footprint of COVID-19 on higher education. Read more

African Women in HE Network to be Launched Soon

The number of women in higher education in Africa, including in leadership positions, needs to increase to advocate for social inclusion, call out gender biases and empower African nations. Read more

Africa’s Future is Transnational and Interconnected

In a recent address to G7 countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “Germany and other wealthy countries may need to give some of their own stock to developing countries in addition to money, since only vaccinating the whole world will end the coronavirus pandemic.” Read more

Africa’s Youth Could Pioneer Digitally Driven Growth

A digital education implementation policy, which forms part of the African Union Commission’s Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS), is aimed at overhauling the face of education on the continent using digital technology, said Sarah Anyang Agbor, the commissioner for human resources, science and technology. Read more

A Word to the Wise: Publishing in International Journals

As a new PhD graduate, I had underestimated the process of publishing, particularly in an international journal. The intoxicating feeling of obtaining a doctorate had duped me into believing that it would be child’s play. Read more

Benefits of Digital Technical and Vocational Education and Training

This is mainly due to technological and resource limitations in addition to inadequate educator and trainer capacity to deliver such online lessons. The time is ripe to critically look at the role of digitalization of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) if we are to better prepare and equip Africa’s youth for the future of work. Read more

Bilan d’Etape de l’Autoformation à la Certification des Compétences des Experts des CCI-CAMES dans le Cadre de l’Evaluation par les Pairs

Le Certificat quant à lui est délivré à la demande après s’être acquitté de 25 000 FCFA pour quiconque souhaiterait le valoriser comme savoir-faire ou preuve de Service à la communauté,  selon la procédure en vigueur. Lire la suite

Convergence of the Action Research Program and Producer Groups’ Business Models…

The CARP+ is an initiative supported by RUFORUM to enable member Universities reach out, engage, and conduct actionable novel research in communities. Read more

COVID-19: An Unprecedented Crash-Test for African Education Systems

Maintaining quality education for all despite the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has been a considerable challenge for education systems around the world, with schools closing almost overnight. UNESCO has reported that some 1.6 billion students, 300 million of them in Africa, were left without a school to go to. Read more

Dialogue on Impact of Vaccine Inequities in Global South

“ ‘It is a crushing loss to Zimbabwean medicine,’ Katsidzira says. ‘Don’t forget: We have had a huge brain drain. So, people like James are people who keep the system going,’ he adds.” Read More

E-Learning for Strengthening Educational Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Based on the survey and the focus group discussions, the need for improving usage of digital platforms in bio-entrepreneurship education became evident. All partner HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) already do have online platforms in use, but equipment and software are often out of date or inadequate. Read more

Enseignement et Formation Techniques et Professionnels : Les Grands Défis de l’Afrique Face à la COVID

La pandémie ne doit pas faire perdre de vue les faiblesses intrinsèques des systèmes et des dispositifs d’EFTP en Afrique. Ils peinent notamment à répondre à la volatilité du marché de l’emploi et au chômage des jeunes sur le continent. Lire la suite

« Femmes & Francophonie Scientifique » : Un Magazine pour la Journée Internationale des Droits des Femmes

Avec ce magazine “spécial 8 mars”, l’AUF vous invite à découvrir les différents projets et initiatives qu’elle porte en faveur de l’Egalite Femmes-Hommes dans toutes les régions du monde mais aussi à rencontrer des femmes, étudiantes, doctorantes, jeunes chercheures Lire la suite

Food Security and Socio-Economic Development…

The economic and agricultural landscape in southern Africa has undergone considerable change in the past few decades… Read more

How to Fast-Forward Digital Transformation

The necessity of digital resources for research and education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is set to be central in discussions at the 6th annual conference of the West and Central African Research and Education Network. Read more

International Women’s Day – Inequalities Still Run Deep

Africa lags behind other regions in terms of gender equality regarding recruitment, retainment and the promotion of women in higher education, a report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says. Read more

Le Recteur de l’AUF rencontre la Presse d’Afrique Centrale et Grands lacs

Selon Slim Khalbous le but principal de l’AUF est de révéler le génie de la francophonie scientifique dans tous les domaines et mettre en valeur tout ce qu’elle peut apporter au monde entier. Pour ce faire, le Recteur a présenté 7 leviers d’actions : Lire la suite

Les Femmes à l’Honneur : Minette Zongo Meyo, Informaticienne, Enseignante à l’Université de Ngaoundéré

Je suis titulaire d’un Baccalauréat série C, d’un diplôme d’Ingénieur en Réseaux Informatique, d’un Master recherche, option Systèmes et Logiciels en Environnements distribués et enfin, en attente de soutenir ma thèse de Doctorat en Communications sans fils appliquées aux réseaux Lire la suite

« Les Sciences fêtent la Francophonie » : Un Magazine pour célébrer la Semaine Internationale de la Francophonie

En cette semaine internationale de la Francophonie, l’AUF est partenaire de ce grand rendez-vous où les 300 millions de francophones dans le monde fêtent leur langue en partage et la diversité qui les caractérise. Lire la suite

Low Quality of African Engineers Disconcerting – UNESCO

African countries have been urged to professionalise their university engineering education systems as one way of enhancing capacity building and of producing competent engineers… Read more

New Players Enter Afro-Arab Agriculture Partnership

The entry of new partners into the upcoming second Afro-Arab forum for higher education and agriculture is expected to accelerate collaboration between universities and organisations in the two blocs, forge closer ties and help increase opportunities for youth employment. Read more

North Africa Fertile for Predatory Publishing, Study Shows

Countries at medium level of economic development with large research sectors, especially in North Africa, tend to be most susceptible to predatory publishing, researchers have found. Read more

PBL Skills for University Academic Faculty Across Sub-Saharan Africa

A new generation of skilled and entrepreneurial graduates becomes reality through reforming the curricula from subject-based to competence-based. Read more

Rankings Could Help Students to Choose Where to Study

African countries should consider increasing investments in their universities to upgrade learning and research facilities and to attract high-quality and talented academic staff, as there appears to be no overall improvement in the continent’s higher education landscape. Read more

RUFORUM-Sentinel PhD Students Share Their Progress and Personal Reflections

As part of its capacity strengthening strategy, Sentinel has awarded small research grants to 25 PhD candidates in sub-Saharan Africa to carry out novel, relevant research at the agricultural/environment nexus. These are focused mainly (but not exclusively) on PhD projects in our three focal countries of Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. Read more

Report Calls for Research Focus Beyond Biomedicine 

Enrolment in tertiary education in Mozambique may have multiplied more than seven times in the past 15 years, but it has not expanded postgraduate studies or promoted high-quality research and innovation, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read more

Seven (07) RUFORUM Network Universities Ranked Among Top 1000 Universities in…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) strives to support its member universities to deliver quality education through cutting edge research, innovation and academic mobility to enable them rank higher globally. Read more

South African Academics Back SOAS Chief in N-Word Row

Following his use of the n-word in a webinar, a subsequent vote of no confidence in his leadership and students’ outrage, several senior South African and African academics have come out in support of Adam Habib… Read more

Sub-Saharan Africa: Give Education Opportunities to Women

Fitting with the U.N.’s theme for International Women’s Day this year — women in leadership — Gallup looks at the never-before-released results on a series of questions that we asked on this topic in 2019 and early 2020. Read more

Témoignages de Femmes Engagées dans le Réseau Francophone des Femmes Responsables dans l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche (RESUFF)

Cette année le mois de mars a une signification particulière. Il symbolise une année de crise sanitaire qui creuse les inégalités en fragilisant, en particulier, les femmes. C’est dans ce contexte inédit que nous nous sommes rapproché.e.s du Réseau Francophone des Femmes Lire la suite

Transforming My Community Through Vegetable Farming and Sensitisation

I never expected to be so much inspired to become a change agent within my community. Read more

 

28 February 2021

Academic Presses Participate in Global Partnership

The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) has roped in African scholarly publishers in a new pilot programme that seeks to deepen transnational dialogue and collaboration among academic publishers. Read more

Advance Science in Africa Through Open Access Journals (Africa)

Researchers and scholars want publishers to increase the volume of available free-access journals to boost research and knowledge production during the COVID-19 pandemic. This, they say, will particularly benefit poor institutions and budding scientists from low-income countries. Read more

AfCFTA Boss Calls on Institutions of Higher Learning to Help African Union to Achieve the Agenda 2063

The Secretary General of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) of the Africa Union, His Excellency Wamkele Mene has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs). Rita Akosua Dickson on Friday, 12th February 2021 at the Council Chamber, KNUST. Read more

Africa Urged to Replicate South Korean Model to Create Jobs

African countries have been urged to replicate South Korea’s higher education model as a way to unlock employment opportunities and develop more highly educated and skilled workers. Read more

Amidst the Challenges, I am Still on Course to Finish my PhD Studies

The information generated in this study is necessary to design biodiversity conservation strategies and national REDD+ schemes in the Combretum-Terminalia woodland ecosystem, west and northwest Ethiopia. Read more

Appels à Candidatures lancés en Février 2021

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Asharami Synergy Promotes Girls in Science Initiative in Kenya

According to the African Development Bank, less than 25 per cent of African higher education students are in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) fields, with majority of students studying social sciences and humanities. Read more

Benin Outperforms Rest with Women engineers

The small West African country of Benin has the biggest share of women graduates in the field of engineering in the world and ranks sixth globally in terms of its female ICT graduates, a new report shows. Read more

Chemistry Professor Wins Prestigious Award

A chemistry professor from Kenya, who has helped to improve the safety of drinking water and is actively working at school and university level to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, has been named a winner of the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards for Africa and the Arab States. Read more

Coding a Must-Have Skill for Graduates and Academics

Efforts to establish and grow a pool of skilled coders across Africa have been picking up speed and range from informal coding boot camps to the embedding of coding in formal higher education qualifications. Read more

COVID-19 and Higher Education: Damage Done, Lessons Learnt

Weaknesses in higher education provision across the world have been magnified and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to findings presented by university leaders and researchers at a recent webinar. Read more

‘Dirty Money’ from West Africa ‘Used to Pay UK Tuition Fees’

United Kingdom universities are turning a blind eye to Nigerian political elites laundering dirty money through their fees… Read more

Education, Science & Technology

The achievement of Aspiration 1 of Agenda 2063 for “A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development” requires that Africa makes significant investments in education with the aim of developing human and social capital through an education and skills revolution emphasizing innovation, science and technology. Read more

Global Teachers’ Network Support the Use of Open Educational Resources…

The third annual meeting of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-CFT) OER Network focused on the importance of Open Educational Resources (OER) to address COVID-19 challenges worldwide, leveraging the UNESCO OER Recommendation adopted in 2019. Read more

Gouvernance : Une Bourse de Formation pour les Professionnels Africains

Le programme est ouvert aux ressortissants des pays africains résidant sur le continent et âgés de moins de 45 ans. Ceux-ci peuvent être des fonctionnaires, journalistes, entrepreneurs, universitaires, et travailleurs des organisations régionales et internationales, ONG Lire la suite

High Education Attainment Does Not Guarantee Job

Youth unemployment in sub-Saharan A­frica cannot always be tackled by promoting high education attainment alone, says the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Read more

How Universities Can Contribute to National Development

Developmental universities are devoted to assisting their countries address developmental challenges. Their mission focuses on two broad areas of development. Read more

Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Universities in Africa will benefit from a massive open online course (MOOC) that has been launched by the University Social Responsibility Network (USRN), which aims to promote understanding of how universities could better fulfil the societal expectations of higher education teaching and research. Read more

My Research Fieldwork in a Foreign Country Has Been a Life Changing Experience

My research interests are in social-ecology with particular focus on sustainable environmental management, river bank cultivation and land use/cover change (LUCC). Read more

New Continental Platform for Open Access Publishing

A new continental platform for the open access publishing of journals, monographs and textbooks in Africa has been developed by South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) through its library service. Read more

Overview of the Year 2020 and Some 2021 Highlights at PAU

As we have turned the 2020 page to start the next chapter in 2021, it is important to make a retrospective review of activities carried out last year to draw up the blue print for this New Year. Read more

Partnerships Needed to Educate Intelligence Professionals

African universities should take the lead in laying the foundation for intelligence education (IE) programmes to produce the next generation African intelligence professionals and experts needed for the national security of the state and its decision-making processes, experts say. Read more

Postgraduate Training Opportunities Under the RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program (GTA)

During the annual meeting of Vice Chancellors/Presidents/Principals/Rectors of RUFORUM Member Universities (see links about RUFORUM flier and RUFORUM at a Glance) held on 11th November 2020, the Vice Chancellors re-affirmed their commitment to the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program that they initiated in 2014. Read more

Promoting Digital Transformation with a 12-Point Agenda

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many African universities faced serious challenges pivoting to remote teaching and learning, research, and administration using online platforms. Read more

Psychology Carries a Dark Past: How the Discipline can be Africanised

It’s therefore critical that the discipline of psychology, specifically in higher education institutions, centre African intellectual traditions, African knowledge systems, draw from African cosmologies in teaching, research and practice. Read more

Publication : Guide d’un Projet de Formation Hybride ou Totalement à Distance

La parution du Guide a été rendue possible par la synergie d’action entre les directions régionales de l’AUF en Afrique de l’Ouest et en Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs. Une traduction anglaise est en cours. Lire la suite

Reasons to be Optimistic About Sub-Saharan HE After COVID

Tertiary education often carries societal benefits that far outweigh the initial investments necessary to establish a strong and productive system. Read more

Recalibrating the Social Ownership of Our Universities

Are African universities part of the oppressive economic, political and social superstructure in the continent? Who owns those universities? Do they know their students? How do they treat them and relate to them? What do they teach them? What is the future of those universities? Read more

SARUA to Launch Digital Strategy at Conference

The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) will be hosting a virtual higher education conference themed “Higher Education Regional Collaboration: Opportunities in complex times?” Read more

Small Island States Lead the Way in Tertiary Enrolments

Sub-Saharan Africa’s small island states of Mauritius, Cape Verde and Seychelles are way ahead of inland countries in the sub-region in the race to expand access to tertiary education as one way of promoting job creation and global competitiveness, according to new datasets from the Institute of Statistics of UNESCO. Read more

Social Responsibility MOOC for Universities Launched

Universities in Africa will benefit from a massive open online course (MOOC) that has been launched by the University Social Responsibility Network (USRN), which aims to promote understanding of how universities could better fulfil the societal expectations of higher education teaching and research. Read more

Soutenir la Réussite des Réfugiés dans l’Enseignement Supérieur 

L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), représentée par son Recteur, le professeur Slim Khalbous et le Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (UNHCR), représenté par le Haut-Commissaire Assistant en charge des opérations, Raouf Mazou, ont signé Lire la suite

Sub-Saharan Women Risk Exclusion from Digital Economy

Women in Sub-Saharan Africa have a high risk of missing out on the jobs of the future, as many of them are engaged in the types of job that are likely to be automated. Read more

The Journey to my PhD Programme Begun with my Involvement in the SENTINEL Project

Coming from a poor rural background financially coupled with exposure to pupils from well to do families in urban areas, did not draw me backwards academically. Instead, this served as a great source of inspiration to achieve excellency and study hard with a view of changing my life. Read more

Time for New Ideas on Higher Education Provision

The impact of COVID-19 on global higher education systems revealed the deficiencies of the current system and underlines the urgency for new ideas. Read more

Vers la Création d’un Nouveau Collège Doctoral en Afrique Centrale et Grands lacs

La réflexion autour de la mise en place d’un collège doctoral Arts, Lettres, Sciences humaines et sociales a été initiée par l’AUF afin d’accompagner ses établissements membres d’Afrique centrale et Grands lacs à relever le défi de la qualité dans la recherche et la formation doctorales. Lire la suite

Webinars Unite Thousands to Tackle Emerging Crises

An estimated 98% of all tertiary students in the Sub-Saharan Africa region are affected by COVID-19 amid countries’ efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Read more

Winning PhD Highlights African Indigenous Knowledge Systems

University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate Dr Cecilia Durojaye’s doctoral thesis has won the African Studies Review 2020 annual prize for the best Africa-based doctoral dissertation. Read more

Women Take Longer to Finish Their PhD Studies, Publish Less

Women need an additional six months to finish their PhDs and have one less paper accepted for publication during their doctoral studies, compared with their male counterparts… Read more

 

31 January 2021

5 Projets Innovants à Impact Social et Environnemental primés dans le Cadre de l’Incubateur Francophone Africain 2020

Cet événement 100% en ligne a réuni les 28 étudiant.e.s ou jeunes dipômé.e.s de 15 pays africains bénéficiaires du programme. 5 projets du Sénégal, du Maroc, de la République Démocratique du Congo, du Bénin et de Tunisie ont été récompensés avec des prix Lire la suite

Academics Empowered for Challenges in 2021

Hundreds of academics at 28 universities across the African continent are facing online teaching and learning in 2021 head-on, thanks to a training initiative preparing them for the challenges of the year ahead. Read more

Academic Responsibility: The Changing Mission of HE

A profound change is taking place in our understanding of the mission of higher education. Increasingly, we have realised that academic freedom must be accompanied by the exercise of academic responsibility, in the sense of making a contribution to civil society. Read more

African Academics May Perish Even when They have Published 

A weak publishing industry in Africa, including the lack of distribution hubs and an intra-Africa book trade; curricula, pedagogy and learning processes still rooted in the colonial situation and the absence of a scholarship culture… Read more

After Months of Closure, Schools have Reopened…

UNICEF had deplored in early October that only one country in three from West and Central Africa has managed to reopen its schools for the start of the school year 2020-2021 on schedule. Read more

CAMES – Rétrospective 2020

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Cérémonie de Remise des Prix aux Lauréats des OUC 2

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COVID-19: Collaborate or Perish – A Roadmap for Research

African universities should collaborate within national and regional research networks to develop new ideas, innovative solutions and build local capacity to deal with the ongoing challenges and consequences of COVID-19… Read more

Décès du Professeur Tré Yavo Mireille

Le Secrétariat général du CAMES a appris la triste nouvelle de la disparition du Pr Tré Yavo Mireille. Décès survenu le dimanche 17 janvier 2021. Lire la suite

Digital Tool Set to Enhance Students’ Chances for Jobs

A new tool aimed at highlighting the range of skills acquired by students in African universities during their studies that could be shared with employers has been piloted in three East African higher learning institutions. Read more

Donor Funding Rules Limit Basic Research Opportunities

Africa’s total research output is merely 1% of the world’s scientific research production and there are no indicators that the situation will improve in the near future, simply because there is insufficient funding for science on the continent… Read more

First Rhodes Scholar to Focus on Artificial Intelligence

The first Rwandan to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom aspires to harness artificial intelligence (AI) in areas such as education, economics, business and medicine and contribute to improving the lives of people on the African continent. Read more

HE Crucial to Match Student Volunteers with Communities

For years, international volunteering has been a popular activity with young men and women, often students, especially from the Global North sojourning in the Global South in the aid of local populations in fields such as healthcare, education and social development. Read more

It’s Getting Harder to Predict the Future of HE

A year ago, there was still optimism that the virus would be temporary and, as a result, the impact on higher education and student and staff mobility would only be temporary. Read more

Le Fonds ACP de l’Union Européenne finance deux Projets de l’AUF pour renforcer la Recherche et l’Innovation (R&I) en Afrique Subsaharienne

Ce projet contribuera à la création d’un environnement incitatif au transfert de technologie et à l’innovation durable en Afrique de l’Ouest. Des solutions seront développées pour renforcer les liens entre le monde académique,  Lire la suite

Protecting Africa from Becoming Vaccine Test Lab

Despite the lack of clinical trial and public data on the safety and efficacy of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, several African countries, including Egypt and Morocco, have been gearing up to use them. Read more

Soutien à la Jeunesse et Réalisation des ODD : Le Programme Safir accompagne 9 Universités d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient

En septembre 2020, Safir a lancé un premier appel à candidature à destination des universités des pays engagés dans le programme pour les aider à développer leur responsabilité sociale, à renforcer leur rôle dans l’accompagnement de projets à impact portés par des étudiants Lire la suite

Space Science Boost as MeerKAT Leads to Two New Galaxies

Africa’s space science may not be ready to send a manned craft to the moon, but the recent discoveries of two new giant radio galaxies using South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope have served as a reminder of the continent’s growing space scientific capacity. Read more

THENSA Connects Technology Universities Across Africa

Following a comprehensive review of its work, and as an expression of its responsiveness to sectoral changes, the South African Technology Network (SATN) has renamed and repositioned itself as the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA). Read more

Top 20 Best Universities in Africa… 

The rankings are based on, Global research reputation (12.5%), Regional research reputation (12.5%), Publications (10%), Books (2.5%), Conferences (2.5%), Normalized citation impact (10%), Total citations (7.5%),… Read more

Science Excellence Awards for Research and Teaching Launched

A new initiative to recognise and promote excellence in the research and teaching of science in higher learning institutions in the East African region and acknowledge the work done by academics has been launched in Uganda. Read more

Science Output Up, but Data-Driven Investment Needed

African scientists’ share of the world’s publications has been increasing and more of the research published by scientists from the continent is being cited, but more regular, reliable and comprehensive data on research universities in Africa is needed… Read more

Student Communities Angry Over Relations with Israel

University student unions from North African countries, including Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan and Morocco, have joined various protest actions to voice their opposition to the normalisation of international relations with Israel following United States mediation. Read more

Top 10 of 2020: … 2020 was ‘Living in the Unknown’

Education divide: Here again COVID 19 exposed more vividly the education divides for those with resources and the disadvantaged communities even in advanced economies like the USA. Read more

UNESCO: Two-thirds Of School Year Wasted Around the World

According to UNESCO’s monitoring map, more than 800 million students, the equivalent of more than half of the world’s students, are still facing major disruptions to their education a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

UWN Correspondent Wins Labour Migration Reporting Award

The North African correspondent for the Africa edition of University World News (UWN) and contributor of news from the Middle East and Africa to the publication’s global edition, Wagdy Sawahel, has been named one of eight category winners in the inaugural African Labour Migration Reporting Awards. Read more

Vers un Nouveau Visage de la Pharmacopée Traditionnelle en Afrique Centrale

Le projet associe l’Université de Yaoundé 1 (Cameroun) et l’Université d’Abéché (Tchad). En vue de sa mise en œuvre, VALPAM sollicite également l’adhésion des partenaires institutionnels locaux – notamment les ministères en charge de la santé, de la recherche scientifique, Lire la suite

 

31 December 2020

Advance Science in Africa Through Open Access Journals

Researchers and scholars want publishers to increase the volume of available free-access journals to boost research and knowledge production during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Africa’s Clean Cooling Centre of Excellence Moves Closer to Boosting Farmer’s Livelihoods

The Rwandan Government has formally launched the new African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) that is hosted in-country by the University of Rwanda. Read more

Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation Conducts Training

Five days training was conducted on Research Methodology and Scientific Writing from December 14-18, 2020 at the Resource Center, located in the Main Campus of Haramaya University. Read more

Africa’s Recovery from COVID-19 will Depend on its Ability to Mobilize Resources 

Adesina was speaking during Nobel Week Dialogue, a prelude to the main event where prizes are awarded to global leaders in literature, peace, economics and other fields. The theme of the event is “The challenge of learning – the future of education.” Read more

Agroecology Now!

Over the past five years, the theory and practice of agroecology have crystalized as an alternative paradigm and vision for food systems. Read more

A Time for Organisational Resilience, Flexibility, Leadership

Universities have not been spared as COVID-19 devastated and upended the world economy and healthcare systems. Read more

Cérémonie de Remise des Prix aux Lauréats de la 2e Edition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES

Au total, douze (12) étudiants — provenant du Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, de la Côte d’Ivoire, d’Égypte et de Madagascar, dont le classement par ordre de mérite des lauréats a été dévoilé sur place — ont été primés. Ils ont reçu chacun par discipline, un million de francs CFA  Lire la suite

Concern Over Higher Education Systems in Central Africa

Higher education systems in the Central African region are struggling and outdated, have failed to shift the balance from the humanities to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and fall short in terms of research output and innovation… Read more

Dakar a abrité la 42e Session Ordinaire du Comité Consultatif Général (CCG)

Les membres de cette instance — venus du Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Guinée, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Gabon, Mali, Niger, Sénégal et Tchad — ont examiné plusieurs points inscrits à l’ordre du jour, soumis par le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, sur des thématiques Lire la suite

Employing People with Disabilities is Good for Everyone

As 2020 draws to a close, and with the end of the COVID-19 pandemic not yet in sight, this is a useful time to reflect on lessons we may draw from our experiences of it. Read more

Face à la Crise, les Secrétaires Généraux des Universités doivent être des Pilotes Solidaires

Du 2 au 16 décembre 2020, à distance et en ligne, plus d’une vingtaine de secrétaires généraux des établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche d’Afrique de l’Ouest, d’Afrique centrale et des Grands Lacs et du Maghreb ont participé à un atelier de formation Lire la suite

Fostering Digital Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Africa

Digital learning tools will be key to unlocking the potential of African youths, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants heard. But learners and teachers need support from the private sector and development partners. Read more

GPE Approves Record US$300 Million in Grants for the Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Mozambique

The grants will help strengthen the education sector in the three countries, including funding school construction and rehabilitation, textbook distribution, teacher training, learning assessments, school meals and improvements in management practices. Read more

Governments Should do Better in Supporting Women

Women scientists have a vital role to play in scientific leadership and in contributing to Africa’s development and transformation. Read more

Higher Education

UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. As such, it contributes to developing evidence-based higher education policies. Read more

Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals

Of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, SDG4 is dedicated to education. Higher education is mentioned in target 4.3 of SDG4 which aims to “By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.” Read more

Inter-University Council for East Africa Looks Beyond 50 Years

Higher education in East Africa dates back a little further than 1970 to 1963 when the University of East Africa – now Makerere University – was established in Uganda to serve Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Read more

Leaving no One Behind by Fostering Digital Technical and Vocational Education…

How can people acquire the skills needed to digitize work to take on new tasks? What must Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) strategies look like to bring technology closer to learners, teachers and managers? Read more

Le Choix Goncourt de l’Orient aux « Impatientes » de Djaïli Amadou Amal

Le jury était composé de 34 jurés, représentant 29 universités de 10 pays du Moyen-Orient : Djibouti, Égypte, Émirats arabes unis, Irak, Iran, Jordanie, Liban, Palestine, Soudan, et Syrie. La mobilisation et le soutien des ambassades et consulats de France à Amman, à Bagdad, Khartoum Lire la suite

Mitigating the Impact of Extreme Climate Change Events

The OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative announced its first 10 research chair holders on 27 October. Read more

Nigeria Leads in Sub-Sahara Student Mobility

University students in Sub-Saharan Africa have become the most mobile tertiary students in the world, as about 5% of the 8.1 million tertiary students on the continent have crossed a border… Read more

Official Launch of the Pan African Virtual and E-University (PAVEU)

The Pan African Virtual and E-University (PAVEU) is one of AU’s flagship projects that has been proposed for addressing the Agenda 2063 need for accelerating development of human capital, science and technology. Read more

Postgraduate Training Opportunities Under the RUFORUM…

Following the meeting of the Vice Chancellors on 11th November 2020, the RUFORUM Secretariat is pleased to announce the availability of training opportunities at the different Member Universities as part of the GTA arrangement. Read more

Predictive Modelling and Forecasting of the Transmission of COVID-19 in Africa…

The University of Buea is partnering with York University as well as other institutions and organizations in Africa to use local data, Artificial Intelligence and Mathematical Modelling expertise to manage disease spread, with focus on the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Read more

Realignment Towards Online Teaching and Learning in Universities:

While it remains true that the Africa’s education sector has been severely affected by COVID-19, the state of higher education on the Continent has long been a cause for concern even before the Pandemic. Read more

Recommandation du 35e Colloque du PRED

A l’issue des travaux du 35e colloque sur la Reconnaissance et l’Équivalence des Diplômes (PRED) du CAMES , les experts des 3 commissions ont formulé des recommandations tant à l’égard des établissements, des États membres qu’au CAMES. Lire la suite

RUFORUM Secretariat Recognizes Two Staff for Outstanding Performance

Every year as part of promoting excellence in staff performance against their assigned tasks and achievement of RUFORUM organisation mission, RUFORUM Secretariat recognizes outstanding staff for their exemplary performance. Read more

Report Ranks How Friendly African Governments are Towards Girls

There are approximately 308 million girls below 18 years of age on the African continent. Read more

Returning Home During COVID-19 was a Blessing in Disguise

At the moment, Afribeauty Fashion House is a business that operates at a small scale. I make bracelets, necklaces, earrings and transform already made clothes and shoes with a touch of African print materials. Read more

Science Creates Forward Momentum for Africa’s Research

The African region, despite having the youngest population in the world, contributes only 198 researchers per million people. Read more

Systems Critical Amid COVID-19 Academic Corruption

Academic corruption linked to the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of strengthening transparency and accountability efforts at African universities…Read more

The 16th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting

The overall objective of the 16th RUFORUM AGM was to convene actors and practitioners in Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to deliberate on the needed transformations for inclusive growth and development for a better Africa. Read more

There is No Going Back: Looking to Life ‘After’ COVID-19

What if the existing paradigms that cohere our global understanding of higher education are no longer valid? Or, at least, limiting to the point of redundancy. Read more

UB Graduates Take Up Employment at Africa Practice

Africa Practice, an Africa-focused strategic advisory firm operating at the nexus of industry and government, has appointed Ofile Lesotlho and Gorata Chepete as analysts within its Gaborone office. Read more

Women in Science will not Increase Without Radical Action

Radical affirmative action programmes may be required to grow the share of female students enrolled in science, technology and innovation (STI)… Read more

 

30 November 2020

Academics Call for Community-Based Healthcare Training

COVID-19 has forced institutions to make a mind shift about how they train future healthcare practitioners. Read more

A Call to Study the Gendered Dimension of Intellectual Cultures

The research agenda and the contribution of African scientists have gained more traction over the past decade as universities renew and rediscover their research mission. Read more

A Chance to Turn the Tide on HIV Infections in Sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) believe a breakthrough in the development of a long-acting product – an injection… Read more 

Africa Centres of Excellence Increase Impactful Research

Building on the success of the first Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project (ACE I), the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD), in collaboration with African governments, have approved additional financing for the work done by the centres. Read more

African Students Shine at Huawei ICT Competition Global Final

African ICT students emerged among the world’s best at the Huawei ICT Competition Global Final, taking top prizes at an online awards ceremony held this weekend. Read more

African Universities’ Week – Digital Learning No Donor Project

The Association of African Universities has urged universities on the continent to integrate digital technology into all areas of their institutional mandates and not to make digital transformation an add-on donor project. Read more

African Universities’ Week – Time to Pursue Deeper Collaboration

Over the past few decades, the demand for higher education in Africa has increased, and today universities across the continent participate in the global knowledge economy and have partnerships across the world. Read more

Aïssatou Sy-Wonyu présente les Grandes Lignes de son Plan Action

Devant l’illustre assemblée réunie à l’occasion de sa cérémonie d’accueil, Madame Aïssatou Sy-Wonyu a présenté les trois grands domaines d’action prioritaires de l’AUF dans la région Afrique centrale et Grands Lacs, désormais sous sa responsabilité : Lire la suite

Balancing the Books, Creating Sustainability Beyond COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic has had a ravaging and unprecedented impact on educational systems across the world, African higher education institutions are also faced with the morbid task of re-evaluating their existing revenue models to ensure financial sustainability. Read more

China Increases Scholarships to Students from Sub-Saharan Africa

China is the largest single provider of university scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa, awarding about 12,000 from a total of 30,000 bursaries that were distributed by the top 50 global donors… Read more

Conference Seeks Solutions to Region’s Terrorism and Extremism

With terrorism and extremist organisations rife in Central Africa, an international conference took place to discuss and find solutions to the problems of security. Read more

Countering Perceptions About Engineering and Women

Professor Esther Titilayo Akinlabi is the new director of the Nigeria-based Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI), which is part of the African Union-owned Pan African University (PAU). Read more

COVID-19: A Time to Reimagine and Reposition Universities

It seems obvious to say that higher education or universities have been deeply disrupted by COVID-19. This effect is not surprising … Read more

COVID-19 is Stoking Inequality but also Innovation in HE

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased inequality in African higher education but, where universities have had successes in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, they can build on their experience to deal with the challenge… Read more

Country Responses to Equity Still a Challenge

Representation matters – in particular in education. This has been emphasised again by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its Global Education Monitoring Report 2020 titled Inclusion and Education. Read more

Cycle d’Ateliers d’Intelligence Collaborative pour des Universités de la Région Afrique Centrale et des Grands Lacs

Les trois groupes d’universitaires du Burundi, du Tchad et du Cameroun, développeront leurs 3 solutions durables respectives au service de leurs territoires implantés au sein de la région Afrique Centrale et des Grands Lacs. Lire la suite

Décès du Pr Fidèle MENGUE ME ENGOUANG

Professeur Titulaire en droit public, autrefois président du Conseil scientifique et pédagogique de l’Université Omar Bongo de Libreville et plus d’une  fois membre du gouvernement, Pr Fidèle MENGUE ME ENGOUANG est l’auteur du livre intitulé « Les finances publiques du GABON Lire la suite

Décoration dans l’Ordre International des Palmes Académiques du CAMES

Ces personnalités provenaient de trois (3) pays : du Congo, de la Côte d’Ivoire et du Gabon. Elles ont été proposées par leurs pays respectifs ou à titre exceptionnel par  le Secrétaire Général du CAMES Grand chancelier de l’Ordre,  conformément aux textes statutaires du Conseil. Lire la suite

Des Ateliers d’Intelligence Collaborative d’Innovation Sociale associent des Universités et Incubateurs du Burkina Faso

Huit institutions universitaires membres de l’AUF et 13 structures d’accompagnement à l’entrepreneuriat innovant participeront à ces ateliers qui se tiendront au Campus Numérique Francophone (CNF) de l’AUF à Ouagadougou à partir du 25 novembre 2020. Lire la suite

Digital Education Should be a Sustainable Development Goal

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) wants access to digital education to be included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve equity in access to education, including tertiary learning. Read more

Detoxing Internationalisation from Trumpist Malady

In 2017 the United States president, Donald Trump, declared: “There is no global flag, no global currency, no global citizenship.” Earlier, in 2016, the former United Kingdom prime minister, Theresa May, exclaimed: “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” Read more

Education Networks ask AU to Help Lobby Governments

The African national research and education networks or NRENs have called on the African Union (AU) to help lobby African governments to recognise the work they do to enable technology and provide internet connectivity and other research and education tools to institutions in their countries. Read more

Educational Superhighway from Africa to China Speeds up Mobility

Will Chinese diplomacy in Africa, which in the last two decades has opened a highway for African student mobility to China, become relevant in the global power-political game-plan in the future? Read more

Fin du 20e Concours d’Agrégation de Médecine : Un Taux de Réussite de 81,53 % et des Succès Mémorables en Termes de Leçons Apprises

En termes de résultats, sur les 287 candidats présentés 234 ont été déclarés  dignes de recevoir le grade de Maître de conférences agrégé du CAMES dans leurs spécialités respectives, soit un taux de réussite global de 81,53 %.  Lire la suite

Funders Predict Changes to International Postgraduate Study

With the available international funding for doctoral training and research in Africa set to decline after COVID-19, experts are foreseeing a range of changes in how students conduct their postgraduate studies, with blended and sandwich options expected to be the new norm. Read more

Gamification of Education Could Engage Students During COVID-19

African universities are starting to join the movement towards digital game-based learning (DGBL) and are recognising its potential in developing skills and enhancing motivation. Read more

How COVID-19 is Transforming Engineering in Africa

As African universities began to suffer from COVID-19-related restrictions, a picture began to emerge of how they might evolve in a pandemic or post-pandemic world. Read more

Labour Unrest Grows Amid Sector’s Increasing Money Troubles

While the strike action of academic staff in Nigeria has entered its eighth month, rumblings of discontent from faculty and students in other countries have been emerging and growing louder amid increasing financial difficulties in the higher education sector. Read more

… la France réaffirme son ambition d’accueillir des étudiants internationaux. Campus France, l’agence nationale pour la promotion de l’enseignement supérieur français, lance une nouvelle campagne de communication pour inciter les étudiants à postuler

Les alumni sont issus de pays et de parcours de formation différents. Ils incarnent tant l’excellence des formations françaises que la réussite professionnelle qu’elles permettent. Lire la suite

Lancement du 20e Concours d’Agrégation de Médecine

« La présence et l’implication consciente et solidaire de chacun, tels des maillons d’une chaîne se sont avérés nécessaires pour en arriver à cette cérémonie dont le bon ordonnancement et l’éclat constituent une source légitime de satisfaction «, a-t-il dit. Lire la suite

La Startup Teranga Space de l’Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar remporte le Premier Prix de Act In Space Sénégal

Le cabinet JS consulting et Géomatica, en partenariat avec l’AUF ont organisé les 13 et 14 novembre 2020 au Campus Numérique Francophone de l’AUF de Dakar, Act In Space, le hackathon international de référence dans le domaine des applications du spatial. Lire la suite

Le CAMES a pris part au Webinaire de Concertation sur l’Intégration Académique en Afrique Centrale

Elle a été organisée par la Communauté Économique des États de l’Afrique Centrale (CEEAC) avec la participation du Réseau des Établissements d’Enseignement Supérieur et Institutions de Recherche en Afrique Centrale (REESIRAC) ainsi que de l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie. Lire la suite

Le CAMES se dote d’une Maquette des Attestations et Diplômes plus Sécurisée

Afin de préserver l’authenticité des attestations et diplômes  qu’il délivre et lutter contre la circulation des faux diplômes universitaires, qui minent négativement le marché de l’emploi  Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES à la Cérémonie de Remise du Titre de Docteur Honoris Causa à SEM Denis SASSOU N’GUESSO, Président de la République du Congo

Sur invitation des autorités en charge de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche du Congo, le Secrétaire Général du CAMES, le Pr Bertrand MBATCHI, a pris part à cette importante et émouvante cérémonie, qui s’est tenue le 12 novembre 2020 au Palais des congrès de Brazzaville. Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES a participé au Comité Scientifique du COFEB

Le Pr Bertrand MBATCHI a participé, ce vendredi 23 octobre 2020, au Comité Scientifique du Centre Ouest Africain de Formation et d’Études Bancaires (COFEB), présidé par Monsieur Abdoulaye DIOP, Vice-Gouverneur de la Banque Centrale des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest  Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général du CAMES reçu en Audience au Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Congo

Cette rencontre, qui s’est tenue en prélude au lancement des activités de la 20e session du Concours d’Agrégation de Médecine Humaine, Pharmacie, Odontostomatologie, Médecine Vétérinaire et Productions animales, a permis de faire le point des préparatifs dudit Concours, Lire la suite

Les Admis de la Section Médecine Humaine

Les candidats admis au 20e Concours d’Agrégation de médecine du CAMES : Médecine humaine Lire la suite

Les Admis de la Section Odontostomatologie

Les candidats admis au 20e Concours d’Agrégation de médecine du CAMES : Odontostomatologie Lire la suite

Les Admis de la Section Pharmacie

Les candidats admis au 20e Concours d’Agrégation de médecine du CAMES : Section Pharmacie Lire la suite

Les Premiers Résultats du 20e Concours d’Agrégation de Médecine Humaine, Pharmacie, Odontostomatologie, Médecine Vétérinaire et Productions Animales

À la date de ce lundi 09 novembre 2020, on attend les délibérations de la 1ère sous-section Sciences fondamentales et mixtes, de la troisième Sous-section Chirurgie et spécialités chirurgicales et celles de la 8e Sous-section Médecine et spécialités médicales.  Lire la suite

Making Universities a Leading Force for Positive Change

In this age of political division, whole regions and groups of the population feel left behind and universities have been criticised, often unfairly, by populist leaders for being elite and aloof from their community… Read more

Note de Synthèse des Recommandations aux Candidats CCI

Aux fins d’aider les enseignants-chercheurs et chercheurs dans la constitution de leurs dossiers de candidatures aux CCI et réduire le taux d’échec, le Secrétariat général porte à l’attention des futurs candidats, Lire la suite

Predatory Publishing also Fueled by Promotion Criteria

African universities have been urged to discourage academic staff from publishing in fake and predatory journals that are marketed for economic gain but have no scholarship value. Read more

Refugee Students Battle to Access Education Due to COVID-19

To withstand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has been calling on governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders to improve the access of refugees to university education. Read more

Résultats de l’Appel à Candidatures des Modules Francophones de Formation à Distance 2020-2021 sur « Genre : Concepts et Approches »

« Genre : concepts et approches » afin de promouvoir l’égalité Femmes Hommes dans l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche francophone. 20 candidatures ont été retenues issues d’établissements universitaires du Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Congo, Côte d’ivoire,  Lire la suite

Résultats de la Finale Internationale de la Deuxième Edition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES

La phase finale de la seconde édition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES (OUC-2) s’est tenue à distance du 12 au 16 octobre 2020. Finalement 24 candidats ont présenté et défendu leurs projets professionnels ou de recherche devant le grand jury international, Lire la suite

Science Communication Needed in a Post-COVID World

It’s a challenging time to be a science communicator. The current pandemic, climate crisis, and concerns over new technologies from artificial intelligence to genetic modification by CRISPR demand public accountability, clear discussion and the ability to disagree in public. However… Read more

Sharing of Resources and Expertise to Cultivate Pool of Experts

Universities in the least developed countries are often neglected when it comes to funding, even though they are the factories that churn out professionals and leaders essential to the strong societies they require. Read more

Technology in Higher Education Remains High on the Agenda

Emerging technology-enabled research, technology-enhanced learning and e-skills, collaborative open innovation, social entrepreneurship and the societal implications of technology in Africa…Read more

Top Départ pour la 2ème Cohorte du Collège Doctoral Régional « Mathématiques, Informatique, Biosciences et Géosciences de l’Environnement »

45 doctorants bénéficiaires du soutien de l’AUF dans le cadre du collège doctoral régional « Mathématiques, Informatique, Biosciences et Géosciences de l’environnement » ont participé du 26 au 30 octobre dernier aux travaux de leur premier regroupement. Lire la suite

Towards a Participatory Approach to Strategic Planning

As both the number of universities and enrolment increase exponentially in Africa, strategic planning has become more important than ever before. Little wonder that strategic planning is a ubiquitous phenomenon in almost every African university. Read more

UNESCO Prepares a Capacity Building Strategy… in the Africa Region

The UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa has launched a desk study and mapping on the current status of training and research on Underwater Cultural Heritage in Africa… Read more

University Leaders Say ‘We Were not Ready for COVID-19’

Just 37% of university leaders considered their institution ready for COVID-19, when surveyed in July to September, citing the most important challenges as faculty training, having enough technology, maintaining academic standards, emergency financial assistance… Read more

What is China’s Higher Education Agenda in Africa?

Over the past three decades, China has become Africa’s largest creditor with almost US$152 billion in loans for building roads, highways, dams, airports and skyscrapers. Almost every African country is indebted to China. Read more

What it Takes for Women to Succeed – or Not – in Science in Africa

Women are 49.6% of the world’s population. An estimated 70% of the health and social care workforce are women; they deliver care to around five billion people. Women are also at the frontline of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic – as health care givers, researchers, scientists and policy-makers. Read more

With Free Internet from RUFORUM…

I was able to participate in a number of online courses, through the several links that were shared by RUFORUM. They also provided us with free internet bundles to be able to join the online courses. Read more

Why Tertiary Education is Crucial for Building Back Better

The year 2020 has thrown many challenges in our way and tertiary education is crucial to addressing these. Read more

Women: Never Take Shortcuts or Expect a Silver Platter

The Pan African University (PAU) recently appointed two women at the helm of two of its four operational thematic institutes. Read more

Women Should Aim for 4IR Skills

Women in Africa should reject institutional cultural practices and processes that encourage gender apartheid in digital literacy and they should aspire to leadership positions in a digitalised global environment and aim for Fourth Industrial Revolution or 4IR skills. Read more

 

31 October 2020

Accreditation: ‘You Cannot Run Alone and be Successful’

In general, there are mainly two types of accreditation in higher education which I believe are urgently required by several public and private universities in Africa, namely institutional accreditation and professional accreditation. Read more

Africa Leads the Way in Open Access Research, Says Expert

African institutions are already leading on aspects of open access to research, but key questions remain about how this leadership could be harnessed to support a central future for African researchers… Read more

African Scientists Directory Fosters Collaboration, Counters Populism

The obstacles facing budding scientists in Africa are exacerbating a brain drain of some of the continent’s top minds. Poor coordination within and among national scientific communities has damaged mentorship opportunities, impeding the development of the next generation of academics and researchers. Read more

Arab States Adopt Plan to Raise an ‘Enlightened’ Generation

The 22 member states of the Arab League, which includes 12 Northern African countries, have adopted an education development framework aimed at establishing high-quality Arab education systems that are at the forefront of higher education and scientific research and new information and communication technologies. Read more

Black US Institutions Should Network in Africa

African universities have been urged to establish relationships with historically black colleges and universities in the United States in order to achieve the pan-African dream of uniting African peoples on the continent and those in the African diaspora. Read more

Building Centers of Excellence in Africa to Address Regional Development Challenges

Since 2014, the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) Program has become synonymous with delivering quality and relevant post-graduate education… Read more

Castells, Calderon Also Raise Questions About Africa’s Education

In their magisterial book The New Latin America, Fernando Calderon and Manuel Castells (Polity Press, 2020) undertake an ambitious intellectual task by attempting to portray the main changes that Latin America has gone through during the last few decades. Read more

China Set to Benefit if US Visa Changes Become Policy

Proposed changes to United States visa rules that will set fixed timelines of up to four years for international students could make US institutions less attractive to foreigners, including to the thousands of students from Sub-Saharan Africa who seek university education away from home. Read more

Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur : Des Enseignants promus à des Grades Supérieurs

Des 1.519 nouveaux professeurs d’université inscrits sur les listes d’aptitude du CAMES, pour le compte de cette édition 2020, 105 professeurs des Universités Nationales du Bénin ont été élevés à un grade supérieur. Lire la suite

Doing the Right Thing, and Doing the Thing Right

The COVID-19 pandemic is still posing a global challenge for the way forward for educational institutions. As part of the coping mechanisms, higher education institutions are working relentlessly to redefine themselves and re-engineer policies and practices. Read more

E-leadership Should be Required from Senior Managers

E-leadership is evolving as the new interface between higher education leaders and managers on the one hand and staff and students on the other, according to a paper about the role of e-leadership in the implementation of virtual education at universities. Read more

Finale de la 2e Edition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES (OUC-2)

Le jury international chargé d’évaluer les projets des candidats était quant à lui constitué de 9 éminents enseignants-chercheurs de l’espace CAMES ainsi que d’un spécialiste en art oratoire.  Lire la suite

From Eurocentric Caricatures to Formidable Centres

African universities have been urged to stand together against systemic racism and become agents for advancing equity, democratic freedoms and social justice for all peoples of African descent. But to do so, institutions have to undertake radical reforms. Read more

Foreign Students Struggling Amid Scholarship Shock

African students at the European University of Lefke in Northern Cyprus have been left stranded following a decision by the university administration to revoke, without prior notice, all scholarships awarded on the basis of meritorious grades. Read more 

Hard Work, Right Attitude is What Employers Want

A good attitude and hard work will indeed get you far in life – and there’s empirical evidence of that. Read more

HESI Highlights the Role of Higher Education in Building a Better World…

On 20 October 2020, the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) raises the flag of higher education as a driver for sustainable development and inclusive societies on the first day of the Global Education Meeting 2020. Read more

Higher Learning in Prisons Stutters in the Time of COVID-19

The learning activities of students in African prisons have been seriously disrupted this year as correctional facilities were forced to adjust to COVID-19. Read more

‘Homecoming’ Celebrates Vast Potential of Academic Diaspora

Tertiary education institutions across the African continent can benefit by tapping into the vast experience of the African diaspora through various means, including the exchange of teachers, research, public service and mentorship programmes… Read more

How Can We Reimagine Future Global Research Post COVID-19?

COVID-19 is reshaping the world, including the academic world. What we were familiar with as ‘normal’ is fading away and will need to be rewritten. Read more

Incubateur Francophone Africain 2020 : 28 Projets Retenus

Il est mis en œuvre par l’AUF au Maghreb, l’université Sultan Moulay Slimane de BéniMellal, le Centre Marocain pour l’Innovation et l’Entrepreneuriat Social (MCISE) et l’ANAPEC. Lire la suite

Italy Sets Up Foundation, Reaches Out to African Universities

Italy is reaching out to build partnerships with African universities through the recently established Italian Higher Education with Africa Foundation (IHEAF). Read more

IT Leaders Played a Critical Role in Emergency Learning

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has not only fast-tracked digital transformation across the African higher education landscape, but also confirmed the critical role that ICT and IT directorates played… Read more

Lancement d’un Label Francophone de l’Innovation Responsable

Le label répond à plusieurs enjeux : Identifier les innovations responsables générées par les universités francophones pour les valoriser. et les développer Lire la suite

L’Edition 2020-2021 de l’Annuaire des Membres de l’AUF est en Ligne

Premier réseau universitaire au monde, nous franchirons ensemble le cap de la 60ème rentrée scolaire et universitaire de l’histoire de l’AUF en cette année 2020-2021 si particulière. Une année certes empreinte d’anxiété, de contraintes  d’incertitudes mais aussi de solidarités, Lire la suite

Le Secrétaire Général a présenté les Grandes Lignes de l’Organisation des Journées Scientifiques du CAMES au CESAG

… après le mot introductif du Directeur Général, le Pr Balibié Serge Auguste BAYALA — la genèse des Journées Scientifiques du CAMES (JSDC) et leurs impacts futurs  sur le développement des États membres tout en évoquant aussi le canevas habituel de leur organisation. Lire la suite

Les Appels à Candidatures Suivants ont été lancés en Octobre 2020 :

Consultez la liste de tous les PHC (par zones géographiques). Lire la suite

UEMOA-UNESCO-CAMES : Formation à la Mise en Place des Dispositifs d’Assurance Qualité, par Visioconférence

De ce fait, il faut donc s’assurer que tous les États disposent des capacités pour répondre aux défis actuels et ceux des décennies à venir.  Or les systèmes d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche de l’espace UEMOA sont toujours confrontés à des difficultés  Lire la suite

Open Access Article Charge Waiver for More than 100 Journals

The Lithuania-based Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), which aims to enable digital information access in developing country libraries… Read more

Procédure de Délivrance d’une Attestation de Diplôme dans le Cadre du PRED du CAMES Lire la suite

Put the ‘Universe’ Back in University, Counter Ethnicity

African governments have been establishing ‘ethnic universities’ that have no capacity to recruit students nationally, let alone internationally. This means they have removed ‘universe’ from their universities, making it impossible for most African universities to appeal to international students. Read more

Ramaphosa, African Union should Lead to Get COVID-19 Waiver

A group of more than 40 South African academics who have thrown their weight behind the proposal that global intellectual property rights should not apply to COVID-19 medicines has called on South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide an urgent ‘substantive’ response to a letter they wrote to the presidency. Read more

Research Networks Challenged by COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has created an opportunity for researchers to be more innovative in the way they design and conduct research. Read more

Rethinking Strategic Planning in African Universities

The vast majority of African tertiary education institutions, particularly universities, have strategic plans in place. Interestingly, African public universities display their strategic plans on their websites if they have one. Read more

Students’ Skills Depend on Transformative Leadership

Universities in Africa should prepare students to acquire skills and competencies for future jobs in key areas such as engineering, computing and green economies and to be problem-solvers, according to the African Union’s high-level panel on emerging technologies. Read more

Taking a More Focused Approach to Strategic Planning

Strategic planning has become an integral part of the management and leadership rituals of African universities and many other tertiary institutions. Read more

The World Needs the Contribution of African Scientists

African science matters not only because African people matter but also because people everywhere in the world will thrive only if science is driven by the best possible talent and initiative of all the peoples of the world. Read more

Translating Research Findings into Policy and Practice

Researchers in higher institutions of learning are being challenged to answer the important question – “So what?” Show me how your research is impacting people’s lives, families, communities, nations, and the world. Read more

Two Women Now Lead Pan African University Institutes

Two women have been appointed in key positions at the Pan African University (PAU), a continental institution with a postgraduate network across five regions and which works under the auspices of the African Union (AU). Read more

 

30 September 2020

35e Colloque du PRED-CAMES :La Date Limite du Dépôt des Dossiers de Candidature prolongée au 05 Septembre 2020

La date limite du dépôt des dossiers de candidature a été prolongée au 05 septembre 2020 Lire la suite

A Brand-New Student-Led Artificial Intelligence Project to Disrupt the Realm of Technology in the Middle East and Africa

Waind is a high school student-led project that works to explore solutions to unprecedented global problems through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in conjunction with world renowned universities and talented students from around the world. Read more

African Universities in post COVID-19: Assessing the Opportunities and Challenges of Online Learning

Africa remains one of the least affected continents in terms of victims. Read more

Aïssatou SY-WONYU egion à Adel Ben Amor à la Tête de la Direction Régionale Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs de l’AUF

Aïssatou Sy-Wonyu, Maître de egionnces des universités françaises, est la nouvelle directrice de la egion Afrique centrale et Grands lacs de l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). Elle a pris ses fonctions le 1er septembre 2020. Lire la suite

AUF : Renouvellement de l’Equipe de Direction avec une Parfaite Parité !

Pour la première fois depuis sa création en 1961, l’AUF atteint une parité parfaite dans ses postes de direction, aussi bien dans ses services centraux que régionaux. Cette équipe largement renouvelée, avec des compétences internationales de très haut niveau, Lire la suite

Concours ENA 2020: Réouverture des Cours Préparatoires

Dans le but de vous accompagner dans le cadre de vos préparations aux concours nationaux, le Groupe PRÉCISION a réouvert les inscriptions des cours préparatoires au concours de l’ENA. A cet effet, une session sera organisée à partir du 21 septembre 2020. Lire la suite

Confronting the Societal Bias Against Women in Science

Conformity to traditional cultural beliefs and societal expectations have contributed significantly to gender gaps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields in Africa, according to a new study conducted by the Nairobi-based African Academy of Sciences. Read more

COVID-19: Could the Pandemic be an Educational Accelerator?

A recent article published in University World News, “COVID-19 pandemic – Years of potential intellectual life lost” by John Richard Schrock, borrows and intelligently applies principles in medical epidemiology to support and drive home the author’s thoughts… Read more

Eleven (11) RUFORUM Network Member Universities Ranked Among Top Universities in Africa …

Even though controversial, University rankings have remained the common means of informing the public about the status of universities in teaching and research.   Read more

HE Reforms – Preparing Graduates for Life and Work

The changing and competitive workplace demands more highly skilled workers with competencies such as empathy, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Read more

How Social Entrepreneurs are Contributing to HE Changes

Across the world, social entrepreneurs are being accepted as the new role models. Their innovative problem-solving and critical thinking skills are being regarded as a solution to the current reality, characterised by accelerated disruptions, compounding challenges and a historic opportunity. Read more

India’s New National Education Policy – Lessons for Africa

Its proposals for the higher education sector aim at addressing some of the major challenges faced in India, including: a fragmented sector; too much emphasis on rote learning and learning-for-exams rather than development of cognitive skills and learning outcomes… Read more

Keeping One Step Ahead of COVID-19’s Likely Impact on HE

Although it is impossible to forecast the future of higher education in the post COVID-19 age with any accuracy, there is little doubt that the pandemic’s impact on higher education worldwide will be significant. Read more

La Banque Mondiale propose une Bourse de Formation sur la Résilience Côtière à l’Intention des Africains

Le Centre Africain pour la Résilience Côtière a lancé une Bourse d’Etudes sur la Résilience Côtière a l’UCC, au Ghana. Financée par la Banque Mondiale, elle est accessible aux Etudiants et Professionnels Africains. Lire la suite

L’AUF en Océan Indien accueille son Nouveau Directeur Régional

Ancien élève de l’École Supérieure Polytechnique d’Antsiranana (Madagascar), Clément Ramiarinjaona s’est envolé pour l’Hexagone pour poursuivre ses études. Lire la suite

Les Diplômes Supérieurs d’Université

Une procédure de candidature en ligne est obligatoire dans les pays suivants : Algérie, Bénin, ….. Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, ……….., Comores, Congo Brazzaville, ……., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypte……. Gabon, Guinée,……… Madagascar, Mali, Maroc, Maurice,………. Mauritanie, Nigeria, RD du Congo, Sénégal, …… Tchad, Togo, Tunisie Lire la suite

Lifelong Learning – Teaching Students How to Learn

Given the ever-changing technological innovations and changing needs of the workplace, one may wonder what kind of competencies will be required in the workplace a hundred years from now. How do universities in Africa prepare learners for future work? Read more

New DAAD Programme Launched for African Students

The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD has launched a grant initiative focusing on African countries with large numbers of refugees. ‘Leadership for Africa’ offers talented young Africans an opportunity to attend masters degree programmes. Read more

On Track to Produce Ethical African Leaders

The African Leadership University or ALU made headlines in 2016 when it announced it planned to produce three million ethical and entrepreneurial African leaders by 2035. Read more

Pan African University Extends Call for 2021 Applications

The Pan African University (PAU) has for the second time extended the deadline for scholarship applications for its 2020-21 academic year, citing a lack of applications from a number of countries, and low interest from others. Read more

Postgraduate Studies – Rethinking the International Experience

The landscape of the world of tertiary education has been completely, perhaps irrevocably, altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Privileged status and the fault lines between developing and developed countries have been starkly exposed. Read more

Pressure to Publish – Are Quality and Relevance at Stake?

Academics in Africa need to interrogate what value their publications actually contribute to society and focus on the quality of research rather than hyper-prolific scholarship. Read more

Report Highlights Deficits in Graduate Skills

Impressive expansion of tertiary education in most countries in North Africa has not significantly contributed to skills required in the labour market. Read more

Résultats de l’Appel à Candidatures 2020 du Collège Doctoral « Mathématiques, Informatiques, Biosciences et Géosciences de l’Environnement »

L’AUF a lancé en juin dernier, un appel à candidature en vue du recrutement de la deuxième cohorte de bénéficiaires du collège doctoral régional “Mathématiques, Informatique, Biosciences et Géosciences de l’environnement” (MATHINBIO). 45 doctorants d’Afrique centrale et Grands lacs Lire la suite

Safir : Création ou Renforcement d’Incubateurs Universitaires en Afrique du Nord et au Moyen-Orient

Safir est un programme en faveur de la réalisation des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) et de l’inclusion économique de la jeunesse dans 9 pays d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient (Algérie, Égypte, Jordanie, Liban, Libye, Maroc, Palestine, Syrie, Tunisie). Lire la suite

Rising Student Mental Health Problems Need Urgent Action

Prompted by rising reports of student distress and suicide, universities are becoming increasingly responsive to the mental health and well-being needs of their students. Read more

South-South Partnership to Boost African Research Capacity

A new partnership between South Africa’s University of Pretoria and the Kenya-headquartered Partnership for African Social Governance Research (PASGR) will boost capacity-building, especially for postgraduate students and early- to mid-career researchers in Africa. Read more

Taking an Intra-Africa Approach to Internationalisation

COVID-19 restrictions have necessitated a thorough re-examination of traditional academic approaches to the internationalisation of higher education, and have highlighted the importance of intra-Africa collaborations… Read more

Technology Now Seen as Key to HE, but Challenges Persist

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a wake-up call and an opportunity to put technology at the heart of policies and plans for improving higher education in Africa… Read more

Training Boosts Capacity to Teach Effectively Online

More than 1,500 university lecturers from 13 African countries have received training aimed at improving their capacity to teach online as part of efforts to mitigate the disruptive effects of COVID-19 … Read more

URICA/ETHOS : Prix Etudiant : Raconter la Lutte Contre le Coronavirus

Suite à la fermeture des universités en mars 2020, décidée par les pouvoirs publics pour faire face à la pandémie de COVID-19, l’Unité de Recherche en Ingénierie culturelle et en Anthropologie (URICA) avait pris l’initiative de lancer le concours étudiant. Lire la suite

Webinaire Maghreb-Québec sur l’Entrepreneuriat Social et Solidaire : l’AUF invitée pour parler du Projet Safir

Huit intervenants, chacun acteurs et actrices opérant dans le secteur de l’Économie Sociale et Solidaire (ESS) dans la région Maghreb et au Québec, se sont retrouvés le 10 septembre sur l’invitation du Réseau Tuniso-Canadien des Affaires (RTCA)Lire la suite

What Needs to Change in the Reimagined University?

COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of higher education, including how students are recruited and admitted, where and how students are taught and how classrooms can be re-arranged to ensure safety. Read more

 

30 August 2020

2e Edition des Olympiades Universitaires du CAMES (OUC-2) : Résultats de la 1ère Etape de la Phase Internationale

La compétition de la première étape de la phase internationale de la seconde édition des Olympiades universitaires du CAMES (OUC-2) s’est déroulée ce jeudi 23 juillet 2020, dans 11 pays. Au total 52 étudiants issus de 18 Institutions d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche  Lire la suite

A Continent Works to Grow its Stake in Quantum Computing

The cutting-edge IT field of quantum computing is developing across Africa, with South Africa considered the hub, in part through an IBM centre in Johannesburg that enables academics throughout the continent to freely access its quantum computer network, based in the United States, through the cloud. Read more

African Students Condemn State Sponsored Clampdown on Protests

A PAN AFRICAN body of university students has penned a message of solidarity to the people of Zimbabwe over government’s brutal and uneven’ response to protest over the deteriorating economic situation. Read more

Building a Regional Collective Response to Invasive Pests and Transboundary Crop-Livestock Diseases

As scientists discovered the cause of this disease that spread very rapidly to be in the planting materials used, a regional approach was urgently required. Read more

Capacity of Africa’s Science Granting Councils in Research Management

Africa faces some of the world’s greatest development challenges and its research capacity is not yet sufficient to meet them. Improving research management within institutions is crucial, if research and innovation is to underpin social and economic development in Africa. Read more

Carnegie Mellon University in Kigali Trains Africa’s Next Generation of Tech Experts

As the world becomes increasingly digital, the necessity for African digital experts, technicians and researchers will be critical to helping the continent adapt to rapidly developing digital advancements. Read more

COVID-19: African Youth Get into Action for Innovation and Resilience

As we celebrate International Youth Day (IYD), we look to young people that have led the charge in responding to COVID-19 through their innovations. The global education community can support them through strong education systems… Read more

COVID-19 Disrupting Ag Research, But Actors See Opening to ‘Build Back Better’

The food system in West and Central Africa (WCA) is already facing the brunt of COVID-19. Timelines for the release of critical innovations have been affected. The 2020 farming season is experiencing substantial disruptions. Read more

COVID-19 Impact on Education in African Countries

For the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and higher education sub-sectors, countries are using different strategies for the continuity of learning, from digital courses to the use of radio and television broadcasts. Read more

Decolonisation – A Chance to Reimagine North-South Partnerships

Decolonisation has become a buzzword in higher education. One of its common calls is to put a more human face to education. With this in mind, I reflect in this piece on decolonisation in relation to North-South partnerships, with consideration of my own life and work. Read more

Education During COVID-19 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents. Read more

Education from Foundations and Skills to Advancements in Science, Technology…

Education is a recognised human right. It is transformative and a life equalizer in many respects; health, gender, income, and notions of identity. Education is a unique engine for fostering development and at the individual level, provides a raft of benefits that include employment, earnings, health, poverty reduction and life fulfilment. Read more

Entrepreneurship in a Pandemic Situation: Taking Opportunities and Realigning for the Future.

…Dialogue on entrepreneurship and opportunities for the future, is a key thrust and core to our primary stakeholders and partners alike. Read more

Family Farming in Africa and the Role of Universities and Research Institutions

In sub-Saharan Africa, family farming is a major component of the agriculture sector, providing livelihoods for over 70 per cent of the population. Read more

Lutte Contre la COVID-19 : Des Lave-mains Semi-Automatiques et du Gel Hydro-Alcoolique en Cours de Production à l’Université Évangélique en Afrique

Le projet Tujikinge vise la production d’environ 50 lave-mains semi-automatiques, nécessitant d’être ouverts par les pieds et non par les mains, ainsi que de 5000 flacons de gel hydro alcoolique pour les lieux publics tels que les universités, les écoles, les hôpitaux  Lire la suite

Postgraduate Program in Railway Engineering

African Railway Center of Excellence (ARCE) is one of the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence financed by the World Bank. ARCE aspires to become a regional hub for training and research in Railway Engineering and Management… Read more

Quatrième Réunion du Conseil Régional d’Orientation Stratégique de l’AUF en Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs

Les échanges de cette quatrième rencontre du CROS pour la région Afrique centrale et Grands lacs de l’AUF ont principalement porté sur les initiatives et les actions engagées localement par les différents membres du conseil, notamment : Lire la suite

Réunion Extraordinaire du CCG par Visioconférence

Le 23 juillet 2020, le Secrétariat général du CAMES a réuni par visioconférence les membres du Comité Consultatif Général (CCG). Une vingtaine de Recteurs, Présidents d’Université, Directeurs de Centres de recherche ainsi que des Directeurs généraux des organismes membres du CAMES  Lire la suite

RUFORUM Awards 10 Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 128 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the two year Post-doctoral Fellowships funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Support for Early-Career Academics is an Investment in the Future

In the new dawn brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, all academics have been challenged by the need to move offline interactions online. For the first time in many institutions of higher learning in Africa, we are trying to normalise the holding of classes virtually and having endless meetings online. Read more

Understanding the Full Value of International Students

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare not only the risk of commercial orientation driving international education in major destinations but also the ways international students are situated within the current model of internationalisation as a tradeable commodity. Read more

Universities and Research Institutions Supporting Family Farmers During and Post COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa

I thank RUFORUM and FAO for the invitation to deliver the Opening Remarks at this Webinar on how Universities can assist family farmers during and Post COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. Read more

University Education is Key to Preventing Future Outbreaks

A spotlight has been placed on the role of scientific research and the study of viruses and diseases, due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Read more

 

31 July 2020

21 Nouveaux Membres à l’AUF : Le Réseau Universitaire International compte Désormais 1007 Membres dans 119 Pays

Les 21 nouveaux établissements d’enseignement supérieur ont intégré le réseau universitaire international de l’AUF à la suite de la tenue du Conseil associatif de l’AUF le 26 mai 2020. Les demandes d’adhésions sélectionnées par le Conseil associatif ont été proposées au Conseil d’administration de l’AUF. Lire la suite

92 Projets financés par l’AUF dans le Cadre de son Plan d’Action Spécial COVID-19

Si un fonds exceptionnel de 500 000 euros y était initialement consacré, le grand succès qu’a connu cet appel, près de 2000 projets de 76 pays, et la qualité des projets proposés ont conduit l’AUF à doubler sa subvention. Lire la suite

Academic Digital Literacy – A Journey We All Need to Take

The present global pandemic has forced all sectors, including higher education, to rethink their delivery strategies. For universities, with the lockdown came the abrupt interruption of the academic year. Read more

African Education Experts Push for More Virtual Learning to Cushion Against Pandemics

… African Development Bank, also shared findings of a related report which examined the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in African on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions. Read more

African Students Reel in Wake of New Visa Rules for Online Learning

African students currently pursuing degrees at universities in the United States have expressed their concern and anxiety over the 6 July announcement by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that foreign students taking full online degree programmes in the fall 2020 semester will be required to leave the country. Read more

Applying Sound Pedagogy to Online Teaching and Learning

As online and blended teaching and learning become part of the new normal, the need for specialist training of academic staff is being realised. Read more

APPRENDRE : Création d’un Test de Français sur Application Mobile et en Ligne au Service des Enseignants des Pays Francophones

L’AUF et France Éducation international (FEI) s’associent pour développer un test d’entraînement et de positionnement en langue française au service des enseignants dans le cadre du programme APPRENDRE  Lire la suite

As Universities Reopen, Health Protocols Become Paramount

As universities around the African continent start to reopen, health protocols and decontamination strategies have become major issues, particularly in those institutions that were used to isolate patients with COVID-19 and quarantine returnees from foreign countries. Read more

Bourses d’Etudes 2020 Apprendre l’Afrique / 2020-2021.

la Fondation Mujeres por África / Women for Africa lance son appel à candidature pour le programme Learn Africa, il offre des bourses dans le cadre de la modalité en ligne dans les universités espagnoles, ainsi que des bourses dans deux centres éducatifs au Maroc Lire la suite

Collège Doctoral Régional « Mathématiques, Informatique, Biosciences et Géosciences de l’Environnement » : Appel à Candidatures 2020

Le collège doctoral régional “Mathématiques, Informatique, Biosciences et Géosciences de l’environnement” est mis en œuvre par l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), l’Ambassade de France au Burundi, au Cameroun, au Congo et en RDC Lire la suite

Collegiality, Communication Key to Easing Pandemic Psych Problems

Amid the psychosocial fallout of COVID-19 on campuses, where fear and anxiety levels run high, some actions have proved helpful to students and staff, including collegiality, regular debriefings and intensive, clear communication. Read more

Concours d’Ecriture « COVID-19 : Nouvelles de Chez Moi » – Serge Mbairibar et Aaron Mwamba Banza Vainqueurs !

Le 30 juin 2020, le jury régional AUF – UNESCO du concours d’écriture « COVID-19 : Nouvelles de chez moi » a délibéré les évaluations nationales. 8 prix ont été attribués : 4 dans la catégorie « nouvelles » et 2 dans la catégorie « poème ». Lire la suite

COVID-19 and African Universities – AAP Dialogue Takeaways

I had the privilege of moderating the six-part series on COVID-19 and African universities organised by the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP). The series brought together university vice-chancellors or presidents, prominent academics, and leaders from the public and private sectors, philanthropic foundations, and international and intergovernmental agencies. Read more

COVID-19 Drives Development of Online Laboratories

African universities have recognised the potential of online laboratories in promoting science education. And while online experiments are especially relevant during COVID-19, there are significant challenges. Read more

COVID-19 Exacerbates Existing Educational Exclusion – Report

Existing disparities in access to education have been exacerbated by COVID-19 school closures, according to the latest Global Education Monitoring Report which calls for equity and inclusion strategies in universities, technical, vocational and tertiary education institutions. Read more

COVID-19 Info for Africa by Africans

ARI cofounder Thabo Mabuka, a chemical engineering graduate from UCT’s Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, said his organisation brings essential information about issues that affect the continent to its people. Read more

Donor Funding – ‘COVID-19 Will Change Everything’

The growing need for universities to reduce their dependence on external funding and international philanthropy and pursue sustainable, locally focused funding strategies was highlighted in discussions at last week’s webinar hosted by the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP). Read more

Fees Rise ‘Will not Deter African Students’

In spite of the substantial increase in French university fees for international students from outside the European Union, many African students will still want to study in France because of the quality of the education, claims a French academic study. Read more

International Research Collaborations: How Can We Shift the Power Towards Africa?

The higher education sector globally has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Academics have been discussing various aspects of the disruptions in a series of webinars organised by the University of Cape Town. Read more

Is the Rhetoric of Research ‘Excellence’ Holding Us Back?

Opting for a broader and fluid concept of excellence requires developing measures able to capture multiple dimensions where we expect research to deliver social value. Read more

La Commission Régionale des Experts de l’AUF en Afrique Centrale et Grands lacs a tenu Sa Première Session Annuelle

Dans le contexte sanitaire lié à la pandémie de la COVID-19, la Commission régionale d’experts (CRE) de l’AUF en Afrique centrale et Grands lacs s’est déroulée en virtuel, du 14 au 16 juillet 2020. Lire la suite

L’AUF encourage et soutient l’Entrepreneuriat Numérique au Maghreb dans le Cadre du Projet FETUMA

Le projet FETUMA s’inscrit dans le cadre de la stratégie d’initiation, de développement et d’accompagnement de l’entrepreneuriat dans les universités, que l’AUF déploie sur la région Maghreb. Ce projet consiste à mettre en place, dans un premier temps, Lire la suite

Learning at a Distance – Some Lessons from the Lockdown

E-learning, MOOCs (massive open online courses) and all sorts of distant, digital technologies have often been presented as potential solutions to meet the various challenges in higher education in Africa such as massification, quality, resources, and so on. Read more

One Thousand Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

Up to 1,000 high-performing undergraduate university students in Africa are expected to benefit from a partnership between the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Kenya and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. Read more

Ministers Call for Change at ADEA-AfDB Virtual Forum on COVID-19…

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), in collaboration with the African Development Bank Group, presented yesterday a report that examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and training in Africa…Read more

New Round of Pan African University Scholarships Now Open

The Pan African University (PAU) has announced its 2020-21 fully funded masters and doctorate scholarship programmes for young African students, particularly women, from Africa and the diaspora. Read more

Publication de Quatre Notes d’Orientation sur l’Assurance Qualité Interne dans l’Enseignement Supérieur

Ces notes présentent de manière synthétique les principaux enseignements d’une enquête internationale et d’une étude approfondie sur les pratiques d’assurance qualité dans les établissements d’enseignement supérieur dans huit pays à travers le monde. Lire la suite

Réouverture Progressive des Frontières aux Etudiants Internationaux à Partir du 1er Juillet

Les étudiants internationaux seront autorisés à partir du 1er juillet, quel que soit leur pays d’origine, à venir en France et les modalités de leur accueil seront facilitées. Lire la suite

RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe has brought with it several effects that have hit most tertiary education institutions. Read more

RUFORUM to Hold Triennial Conference in Francophone Benin

In a move that could mark an important step in breaking the boundaries that divide the African continent along the lines of the languages of their former colonisers, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has made a landmark decision… Read more

Reversal of New Student Visa Rule Brings Relief for African Students

Facing a string of lawsuits, the Trump administration has rescinded its controversial rule barring international students from living in the United States while taking fully online programmes, bringing relief to thousands of African students studying there. Read more

Scientists Call for Collaboration to ‘Emancipate the Continent’

More than 40 internationally recognised African scientists have joined a movement for radical change on the continent, calling for concerted action by scientists and innovators throughout Africa and the diaspora to bring concrete solutions to a wide range of scientific challenges. Read more

Shift to Online Learning Exposes Need for Disability Strategy

Moving to online learning during lockdown presents some challenges for most students, but what about those who have disabilities? Read more

The 2Rs – How to Create ‘Lovemarks’ for Delighted Alumni

University alumni are a critical component of the development agenda of all progressive universities today, and the stronger their emotional connections to a university, the more likely they are to give back and give positive word-of-mouth recommendations of their alma mater. Read more

The New Global University in the Post-COVID-19 World

Universities have long stood as privileged and well-protected sites serving the creation, structuring and dissemination of knowledge, both theoretical and practical. Read more

Top 200 Universities in Africa 2020 African University Ranking

What are the most popular Universities in Africa? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2020 African University Ranking of the top 200 recognized higher-education institutions in Africa…Read more

University Closures Have Impact on Skills Growth – Reports

Closures of universities in Sub-Saharan Africa as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 are expected to impact negatively on production of skilled manpower, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). Read more

Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Bénin) : Focus sur les Projets de Recherche COVID-19 Financés par l’AUF en Afrique de l’Ouest

Aujourd’hui nous partons à l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi, au Bénin, à la rencontre de Bénédite LOVI, étudiante en deuxième année en Génie électrique et informatique. Lire la suite

Universities Explore Virtual Vivas Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 is threatening to derail the completion of masters and PhD theses around the globe as students who are ready for their final defence meetings are being restricted by lockdown measures. Universities in North Africa are using online platforms to meet this challenge. Read more

Un Partenariat Mondial pour le Secteur de l’Enseignement Supérieur

L’internationalisation de l’enseignement supérieur, par le biais de partenariats et de la mobilité, est essentielle à la vitalité du secteur au niveau mondial. Lire la suite

Urgent Need for HE to Bridge Digital Divide and Share Resources

COVID-19 has thrown into stark relief the imperatives to bridge the digital divide and to share resources across Africa. Higher education has a key role to play in advancing both of those goals, including by teaching digital skills and collaborating in postgraduate training… Read more

Virtual Science Labs are Real and can be Used in Blended Learning

Authoring this article was spurred by a progressive dialogue among a community of scientists at Cornell University, where I studied. Amid the COVID-19 plague, these adroit academics are sharing knowledge on how to handle science laboratories virtually and effectively to benefit the learning needs of students. Read more

 

30 June 2020

Africa Can be a Top Foreign Student Destination – Here’s How

…China had overtaken the United States and the United Kingdom in the number of Anglophone African students it had attracted to study there.  Read more

Appels à Candidatures lancés en Juin 2020

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Atelier de Renforcement des Capacités en Gouvernance des Secrétaires Généraux des Etablissements Universitaires et de Recherche en Afrique de l’Ouest

Cette formation s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’Initiative pour la Gouvernance dans le Nouvel Espace Universitaire Francophone (IGNEUF), un partenariat entre l’AUF, l’Université Senghor d’Alexandrie, le Groupement International des Secrétaires Généraux des Universités Francophones Lire la suite

Body Plots to Bolster Cassava Seed System in Africa

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and its partners are working to provide African cassava farmers with regular and reliable access to high quality planting materials to boost yields and incomes. Read more

Calls for Scientific Diaspora to Aid National Development

Although cited many times by officials in their speeches, the Algerian diaspora has rarely been asked to bring its know-how to the development of scientific research back home. Read more

Challenge Campus 2030 : Des Etudiants de l’Université Senghor d’Alexandrie (Egypte) remporte l’Edition 2020

La première place du Challenge Campus 2030 est revenue à l’équipe de l’Université Senghor, composée de trois étudiants et étudiantes :  Lea Razafimanitsony (Madagascar), Edouard Loua (Guinée), Christelle Itole (RD Congo) et de deux alumni : Siddiq Nondichao (Bénin) et Ariane Kouassi (Côte d’Ivoire). Lire la suite

Changing International Volunteering After COVID-19

International volunteering has, over the years, become increasingly attractive to young people from the Global North. Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Africa in particular, are among the main global destinations for young volunteers, offering numerous volunteering opportunities and being an attractive travel destination. Read more

COVID-19 – A Triple Threat to Food Security

In addition, massive job losses and the contractions of economies have meant that, according to IMF statistics quoted by webinar moderator Professor Paul Zeleza, 240 million people are going hungry in the region and in some countries, over 70% of the population have problems accessing food. Read more

COVID-19 Brings New Cyber-Security Threats to Universities

The rapid move to online teaching and learning as a means to curtail the spread of COVID-19 has exposed African universities to greater risk of cyber-crime, according to a number of experts. Read more

COVID-19 Drives Medical Brain Drain – Is it All Bad?

Western countries are luring African medical professionals and healthcare workers to migrate as they seek to bridge the gap in medical personnel created by the coronavirus outbreak. Is this a loss for Africa, or are we entering into a different future globalised landscape? Read more

COVID-19 Hits HE Capacity Building Ties with Global South

The need for capacity development in higher education in the Global South will remain, if not increase, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But can and will initiatives in this area be sustained during the current crisis and beyond? Read more

Foreign Qualification and Credential Evaluation

The benefits of foreign qualification recognition arrangements for students, institutions and employers, and their value for employment, mobility, professional licensing and further studies cannot be overemphasised. Read more

Governments to Bail Out Struggling Universities

Governments should provide financial assistance to those universities that are experiencing loss from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Improving the Knowledge Base on Private Higher Education

Over the last four decades, private higher education (PHE) and privatisation of higher education have grown to become two of the most outstanding offshoots of the higher education sector worldwide. Read more

In Repurposing Education, Leave No Student – or University – Behind

Improving access to higher education is not only about opening doors to more people, says Professor Mpine Makoe, director of open distance e-learning at the University of South Africa. Read more

International Collaboration to Promote Innovation

Maybe this rings all the more true in this time of uncertainty almost everywhere. The question is: do all universities, especially those in some developing countries, prepare their graduates well enough to contribute satisfactorily to the innovation agenda of their country? Read more

Internationalisation Post-COVID-19

Numerous commentators writing over the last several months generally conclude that COVID-19’s impacts on higher education finances, practices, and internationalisation will be strong and enduring. Read more

Lancement du Programme Partenariats avec l’Enseignement Supérieur Africain

La France lance le programme Partenariats avec l’enseignement supérieur africain (PAE) pour financer des partenariats universitaires ambitieux dans des secteurs prioritaires pour le développement des 18 pays africains éligibles, dont le Mali. Lire la suite

L’AUF et l’UNESCO à Yaoundé s’engagent en Faveur de l’Entrepreneuriat et de l’Employabilité des Jeunes

La Direction régionale Afrique centrale et Grands lacs (DRACGL) de l’AUF et le Bureau régional multisectoriel de l’UNESCO pour l’Afrique centrale ont signé en mai 2020, un accord-cadre de partenariat. Lire la suite

Lockdown Creates Barriers to Learning – and Enrolments

Early projections of a worldwide drop in student enrolments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic were regarded by some African experts as either overstated or applicable largely to the Global North. But they have proved to be correct in Uganda as even those universities targeting local students are struggling to make up their numbers. Read more

Making the Most of an ‘Equal Opportunity Pandemic’

A wide-ranging webinar on COVID-19 and higher education in Africa revealed that while higher education leaders recognise the challenges ahead, particularly in the shift to greater reliance on digital education, they are determined to see the pandemic as an opportunity for positive change. Read more

MOOC « Le Quotidien en FLE » : Lancement des Inscriptions en Ligne!

« Le Quotidien en FLE » résulte d’un projet initié en Juillet 2019 par l’AUF par le biais du Campus numérique francophone (CNF) de Yaoundé. C’est une initiative visant le renforcement des capacités linguistiques des étudiants réfugiés et/ou déplacés inscrits dans les établissements d’enseignement supérieur Lire la suite

Quality Assurance is Key to Sustainable Blended Learning

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, university campuses across Africa have been urged to shift their teaching and learning online to stem the disruption to learners caused by nationwide lockdowns of institutions. Read more

Quality Assurance of Doctoral Education is Now Urgent

It is widely acknowledged that one of the major causes of poor research output from Africa is the very low number of PhD graduates on the continent. Read more

Saandi Almoutazar (Comores) récompensé par l’Edition 2019 du Concours « Mon Innovation en 120 Secondes »

Il a été organisé par la Direction régionale Afrique de l’Ouest de l’AUF et le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) avec la participation des directions régionales Afrique centrale et Grands Lacs et Océan Indien de l’AUF. Lire la suite

Scientists Identify Molecules that Can Block Coronavirus

Scientists have identified a set of small molecules that can block the activity of a key protein in SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. Read more

Second Grand Challenges Africa Offers a Chance to ‘Scale up’

Innovators in African universities and research institutions have until the end of June to apply for funding to scale up their innovations, thanks to the second Grand Challenges Africa (GCA) initiative, which will finance prototypes to the tune of US$4 million. Read more

Student Campaign Sees Newspaper Drop Ape from Masthead

A local newspaper in Northern Cyprus, Afrika Gazetesi, has agreed to change its masthead in which an ape is depicted after students said it reinforced racial stereotypes and was disturbing for African students based in Northern Cyprus. Read more

The Critical Role of Data in the Fight Against Food Insecurity

“African universities and think tanks need to be at the centre of providing timely, trustworthy data and analysis – together with careful interpretation to policy-makers – so that decisions can be made that reduce transmission of the [coronavirus] disease while protecting livelihoods,”… Read more

Université Alassane-Ouattara (Côte d’Ivoire) : Focus sur les Projets de Recherche COVID-19 financés par l’AUF en Afrique de l’Ouest

Elle est porteuse d’une initiative qui fait partie des 92 projets sélectionnés pour bénéficier du fonds d’un million d’euros mobilisé par l’AUF pour soutenir les initiatives de ses établissements membres sur les cinq continents en faveur de la lutte contre la pandémie Covid-19. Lire la suite

Universities Face Common Problems – They Need to Share Information

COVID-19 has kicked up numerous challenges to access and equity in higher education across the world. Although contexts differ, the pandemic has also highlighted common problems and global interconnectedness. Read more

Universities Grapple with how to Conduct Fair Admissions

The prolonged closure of African high schools, resulting in inevitable ‘learning losses’, combined with the cancellation or postponement of final-year examinations due to the coronavirus pandemic, present major challenges for how universities approach the selection of their new student intake for the 2020-21 academic year. Read more

Universities Show Their ‘Determination to Make a Difference’

Universities in Africa are being called to consider their role in mitigating the negative impact of reduced food and nutrition security as a result of COVID-19 containment measures – and most seem determined to rise to the challenge. Read more

Webinaire sur l’Appel à Projets « Partenariats avec l’Enseignement Supérieur Africain » le 25 Juin 2020

Le webinaire sera également l’occasion pour les établissements d’échanger en direct avec les postes diplomatiques sur les priorités stratégiques d’un pays, la coopération académique, l’acceptabilité des filières économiques ou les relations avec les partenaires économiques africains par exemple.  Lire la suite

We Need to Reimagine Higher Education, Not Just Repair It

The COVID crisis is wreaking havoc with the student experience and higher education institutions around the world. Colleges and universities shifted to remote learning as they were forced to suddenly shut down. Read more

What’s the Future of Online Higher Education in Africa?

At one point during the global COVID-19 pandemic, 1.6 billion young people in 161 countries were out of school – close to 80 per cent of the world’s enrolled students. Read more

Why We Need Professional Educational Developers

In recent years, Finland has been named “the world’s best education system”, especially with its high ranking in international league tables such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Read more

 

31 May 2020

African Scientists Weigh in on COVID-19 Research Priorities

In a survey conducted online from 4-8 April by the African Academy of Sciences, African scientists have recommended a raft of Africa-specific research priorities aimed at control of the rampant coronavirus. Read more

Africa’s Talent – More Valuable than Gold, Diamonds, Oil

“There will be no more important issue in the world – not energy, not oil, not water – than that of talent,” says Professor Phillip Clay, former chancellor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, and a board member of the MasterCard Foundation.  Read more

A New Approach to Social Sciences, Humanities in a Time of Crisis

In the last month, the uncertainty and disruption that has impacted on the globe has been felt hard in academia, and the social sciences and humanities are no exception. Read more

A New Multilateralism for Our Own Endangered Species

Until now, we were accustomed to living in a period when technological discoveries and political and economic systems have enriched and empowered while simultaneously constraining our ability to respond to human needs, to inequality and to climate change. Read more

Appel à Projets AUF Spécial COVID-19 : près de 2 000 Dossiers reçus

En riposte à la pandémie de COVID-19 à laquelle le monde entier fait face, l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), fidèle à ses valeurs de solidarité et de partage, a mis en place un vaste plan d’actions à destination de ses établissements membres et de ses partenaires. Lire la suite

Concours d’Entrée à l’École Africaine des Métiers de l’Architecture et de l’Urbanisme (EAMAU), Session de Mai 2020

Le Ministre de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique, informe de l’ouverture du concours d’entrée à l’École Africaine des Métiers de l’Architecture et de l’Urbanisme (EAMAU) aux candidats titulaires d’un Baccalauréat Lire la suite

Conférence en Ligne « Covid et Hypertension : Le Voile se lève  » ouverte à Toutes et Tous, le 28 Mai 2020

La Conférence internationale des Doyens des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française (CIDMEF), en partenariat avec la Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française et l’Espace Francophone de Pneumologie organisent toutes les deux semaines, depuis plus de quatre ans, Lire la suite

Conférence en Ligne « La Science Face à l’Urgence » ouverte à Toutes et Tous,

Face à une pandémie et une réponse politique mondiale inédite, les scientifiques doivent s’adapter pour trouver médicaments et vaccins le plus vite possible. Mais que veut dire « vite » pour la science ? Lire la suite

Conférence en Ligne « Point sur la Pandémie du COVID-19 » ouverte à Toutes et Tous,

Dans le cadre de son plan d’actions “Pandémie COVID-19”, l’AUF soutient les réseaux universitaires de santé dans leurs actions liées à la lutte contre le COVID-19. La Conférence internationale des Doyens des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française (CIDMEF) Lire la suite

Covid-19 : « Nous devons réajuster Voire Réinventer nos Méthodes Pédagogiques »

Nous vivons actuellement une crise sanitaire à l’échelle mondiale qui a notamment conduit à l’interruption des cours dans la majorité des établissements d’enseignement supérieur. Comment les responsables universitaires vivent-ils l’impact de cette pandémie du covid-19 Lire la suite

COVID-19 Offers Chance to Join ‘Global Research Race’

Global initiatives which provide free access to COVID-related intellectual property, tech discoveries and research data offer African universities a “golden opportunity” to join the global “research race”, say experts. Read more

COVID-19: Pan-Africanism at an All-time High for Continent’s Youth, a New Survey Finds

While Africa Day (May 25th), the official day of the African Union (AU) marking intercontinental unity, takes place solemnly in 2020 on the backdrop of the continued outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), a recent study of Africa’s youth has showcased continent-wide resiliency, institutional trust, cohesion and collective ‘Afro-Optimism’ in facing the challenges ahead. Read more

Despite Huge Popularity, PAU Faces Resource Challenges

The Pan African University (PAU), a continental university supported by the African Union (AU), is citing financial uncertainty and a shortage of permanent academic and administrative staff as some of its biggest current challenges. Read more

Defying the Notion of Ivory Tower in Aftermath of COVID-19

Universities throughout the world and those in Africa in particular have been criticised for being ivory towers: aloof, unaccountable and disengaged from the interests of their communities. Read more

Filling the Digital Skills Gap Requires a New Academic Model

It is the year 2020, and the world is not the same as it used to be. A villager is able to receive mobile money without a smartphone; drones are able to deliver medical supplies including blood to some of the least accessible parts of the world and a farmer can track crop prices online. Read more

Higher Education – The Lifeblood of Development

We are in the midst of a crisis – the crisis of COVID-19 – that has seen Africa lock down, right from Cape Town in South Africa through to Cairo in Egypt; from Djibouti through to Dakar in Senegal. Read more

How to Improve University Marketing Communications

Marketing communications are probably the most important element of the university marketing mix. Read more

Information Coronavirus (Etudiants)

Le COVID-19 continue de circuler en Europe et dans le monde. Retrouvez les mesures prises par le gouvernement français, les recommandations émises par le ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé, les informations sur les établissements d’enseignement supérieur et la vie étudiante Lire la suite

L’AUF débloque un Million d’Euros pour Soutenir les Initiatives Universitaires liées à la COVID-19

Dans le cadre de son plan d’action spécial COVID-19, l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) a lancé, du 10 avril au 5 mai 2020, un appel à projets international pour soutenir, au sein de ses établissements membres, des initiatives d’étudiant·e·s, d’élèves-ingénieur·e·s Lire la suite

L’Expertise Interuniversitaire pour renforcer l’Impact de la Politique Belge de Coopération au Développement

Cette approche globale a été d’application dans l’analyse des risques concernant deux pays avec lesquels la Belgique entretient des liens de coopération bi et multilatérale, le Burkina Faso et le Mali. Lire la suite

Loans Offer Lifeline to African Students in Germany

Africans already studying in Germany are among international students who will benefit from a new interest-free education loan programme to ensure the continuity of their studies at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out a number of jobs. Read more

Minister Blade Nzimande Calls for African Solutions to Coronavirus Covid-19…

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, assured Africa’s scientific community that just as the continent had defeated colonial and racial oppression, so too would it overcome the novel coronavirus. Read more

Ministers to Promote Zero-Rated Access to Online Content

African information and communications technology (ICT) ministers have agreed to promote the zero rating of access to educational content to support university students confined at home during COVID-19 lockdowns on the continent. Read more

Open Science Debate Gains Traction but no Consensus

The COVID-19 pandemic has created urgency around consultations on shared values and principles that would hasten global access to data, research, publications and technological innovations. Read more

Opportunities for Universities in ‘Harrowing’ COVID-19 Crisis

What universities do today will determine how they emerge from the coronavirus crisis, says Professor Paul Zeleza, vice-chancellor of Kenya’s United States International University–Africa. Read more

Pandemic Exposes Need for New University Funding Strategy

As governments around the world redirect capital spending towards mitigating the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and health sector requirements, universities are bracing themselves against the financial impacts on their own operations. Read more

PASET Makes Available 116 PhD Scholarship Opportunities

In spite of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, African scholars have reason to be optimistic as the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology or PASET has made available an unprecedented number of PhD scholarships… Read more

Putting Students’ Mental Wellbeing on the Agenda

Universities that are currently preparing for the safe return of students to campuses against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot neglect the psychosocial support that will be needed by students and staff, according to Lochandra Naidoo, president of the South African Federation for Mental Health. Read more

Redesigning University Curricula to Boost Employability

In a recent University World News article, our colleague Jon Harle introduced the Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA) partnership, which is part of the UK Aid-funded Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme. Read more

Steering Universities Towards Entrepreneurship

One purpose of higher education is knowledge generation. Beyond this, universities also strive to exploit knowledge and, as rightly posited by Professor Irene Moutlana, the former vice-chancellor of Vaal University of Technology, higher education institutions are “businesses that sell a highly perishable commodity – knowledge. Read more

The 3Rs – How to Improve Customer Service in Universities

International students wonder why African universities spend several thousands of dollars on tarring streets and creating gardens when students have to endure poor sound quality in lecture rooms, chairs and tables that threaten the health of students, and halls of residence that are besieged by break-ins and thefts and in the vicinity of which international students are sometimes physically attacked. Read more

The COVID-19 Crisis Response: Supporting Tertiary Education for Continuity, Adaptation, and Innovation

As of April 8, 2020, universities and other tertiary education institutions are closed in 175 countries and communities, and over 220 million post-secondary students—13% of the total number of students affected globally… Read more

University Partnership Programme Enters Second Phase

As increasing numbers of young Africans are studying in higher education, the French government is launching – and funding to the tune of €20 million (US$21.8 million) – a programme to create partnerships in which French and African universities will collaborate on projects at all degree levels in the African countries’ priority development sectors. Read more

 

30 April 2020

AAU Press Release on the CORONA Virus Pandemic (COVID-19)

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has observed with growing concern developments related to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more

Academic Communities Respond to Society’s Needs

North African student unions and academic communities have launched several civic engagement and social responsibility initiatives, ranging from fundraising and awareness campaigns to consultancy guidance and medical initiatives, in an effort to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Actualité Programmes de Recherche Avril 2020

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Africa Must have Research and Treatment Tailored to its Reality

Africa is often described as the “next frontier” in the global economy but malaria — both driven by and causing poverty — still chokes economic growth. Yet we have made advances to break that cycle in recent years. Read more

Already Struggling, Students Suffer Racial Profiling in India

African students in India are the subject of racial profiling and are being blamed for spreading the coronavirus. It is so bad that most of them are unable to go out and shop for essential supplies. Read more

Appel à Projets International AUF COVID-19

Dans le cadre de son plan d’actions spécial COVID-19, l’AUF lance un appel à projets international pour soutenir des initiatives d’étudiant.e.s, d’élèves-ingénieurs et de jeunes chercheur.e.s liées à la pandémie. Toute initiative ayant un impact technologique, économique Lire la suite

Complexity and the Modern Curriculum

The curriculum operates in a space where knowledge is recontextualised and organised for various pedagogical purposes. It also exists as a compelling site of personal, social, cultural, political and symbolic reflection. Read more

Coronavirus, Crise de Notre Intelligence Collective ou Véritable Opportunité pour Nous Réinventer et Innover ?

Docteur Alain CAPO-CHICHI est spécialiste de la prospective et de l’innovation, Membre associé de la Chaire UNESCO sur les TICs de l’université de Bordeaux et ancien Coordonnateur Chargé de l’innovation du Programme thématique de recherche TIC du CAMES.  Lire la suite

COVID-19 – A Vindictive Messenger for Multilateralism

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the deeply-seated notion of invincibility, supremacy and affluence of the Goliaths of the world. The power of the invisible virus has not only demonstrated our collective vulnerability, but has humbled the most powerful nations, their people and their institutions. Read more

COVID-19 – Civility and Unity are Needed, Not Racism

The first two weeks of this month were marked by news about two French scientists whose comments on testing a vaccine in Africa drew widespread criticism for being racist. The insidious remarks of the French scientists, one of whom later apologised, have been interpreted as evidence of a colonial mentality that still pervades the Global North. Read more

COVID-19: What Consequences for Higher Education?

COVID-19 will leave no sector in any country in the world unaffected, and its consequences will be felt for years to come. At a time when huge efforts were being deployed to transform and improve higher education in Africa, there is a danger that COVID-19 will destabilise the sector, with serious consequences. Read more

Delivering Education at Home in ADEA’s African Member States Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since its emergence in late 2019, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has evolved into a pandemic, heavily affecting the lives of billions of people across the world with an anticipated huge impact on the global economy and Africa in particular. Read more

Etude de l’Impact du COVID-19 sur l’Enseignement Supérieur

En participant à cette enquête mondiale AIU, vous serez en mesure de faire savoir si votre établissement a été affecté par la situation sanitaire actuelle et comment. L’épidémie de COVID 19 a des répercussions directes et indirectes diverses sur de nombreux établissements. Lire la suite

How to Help Students with a Hearing Impairment as Courses Move Online

Schools, colleges and universities across the world have been closed as a result of COVID-19. But students are expected to continue their studies. As higher education institutions scramble to take their teaching online, lecturers require some help to make material accessible to all students. Read more

In Africa, University Proliferation is not an Unqualified Good

New institutions will add nothing unless there is a greater emphasis on quality. Read more

In Search of Solutions – Alliance Launches 6-Part Dialogue Series

As nations grapple with and seek solutions to the challenges that have beset them with the onslaught of COVID-19, a consortium of 11 universities in the Alliance for African Partnership or AAP has established a six-part dialogue series to share their experiences…Read more

Investment in Public Research Universities Set to Continue

African universities will be critical in overcoming the financial fall-out from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and in building the resilience of African societies for future challenges… Read more

La Conférence Internationale des Doyens des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française (CIDMEF) se mobilise Face à la Pandémie de COVID-19

La Conférence internationale des Doyens des Facultés de Médecine d’Expression Française (CIDMEF), réseau membre de l’AUF, se mobilise avec ses partenaires pour aider les facultés de médecines francophones à faire face à la pandémie. Lire la suite

La Place du Numérique dans le Plan Stratégique de Développement du CAMES

À travers son Programme de mise en place d’une doublure virtuelle du CAMES, dénommée Programme SILHOUETTE du CAMES, le CAMES a nourri l’ambition d’impulser une nouvelle dynamique d’appropriation des TIC dans l’enseignement supérieur, au sein des Etats membres. Lire la suite

Le CAMES soutient l’Initiative OpenClassRooms sur la Continuité Pédagogique dans les IESR

En effet, pour éviter de désorganiser les dispositifs d’harmonisation de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche existants dans l’espace CAMES, toutes formations fussent-elles dispensées par une université de renom Lire la suite

Le Numérique au Service de l’Éducation dans le Contexte Covid-19

Le programme « Digital Society Forum » du Groupe Sonatel est un Think tank, qui amène les sociologues, économistes, universitaires et acteurs de la société civile, à réfléchir autour des grands enjeux qu’induit le Numérique sur la société, les individus, les familles. Lire la suite

Les Nouvelles Editions Numériques Africaines s’allient avec l’AUF pour offrir un Accès Gratuit à ses Ressources

Munis d’une connexion Internet, les étudiants et élèves de tous les pays de la Francophonie pourront consulter en ligne plus de 1700 livres numériques de contenu africain, répartis dans 9 bibliothèques numériques par domaines : littérature, sciences humaines, culture, jeunesse, droit. Lire la suite

Les Programmes Thématiques de Recherche du CAMES s’organisent Face à la Pandémie du Covid-19

Un appel entendu par les coordonnateurs des douze (12) Programmes thématiques de recherche du CAMES (PTRC) qui s’activent à peaufiner chacun son plan d’action Covid-19. Plusieurs échanges à distance ont été initiés pour engager la riposte. Lire la suite

Lessons for University Leaders from the COVID-19 Crisis

Some leaders cry and throw in the towel when things get really tough. They do the easy thing, surrender everything to fate and more frequently to God. The Italian leader is one such example. As the COVID virus devastated his country, he remarked that he and his country had done everything possible and could do no more. Read more

Marketing has Become Essential to Universities’ Survival

Universities in several ways define the fortunes of societies globally. Well-functioning universities provide for national skills development, and diagnose and propose solutions to society. Universities are also typically tasked with the trinity of teaching, research and service – all critical to the success of society. Read more

Note à l’Attention des Responsables d’IESR : Accréditation des Offres de Formation FOAD par le CAMES

Le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) promeut, à travers son Plan Stratégique de Développement (PSDC 2020-2022), l’usage du numérique pédagogique dans l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche. Lire la suite

Pandemic Spotlights Need for Greater R&D Investment

Victor Hugo, a French poet, novelist and playwright, once noted: “There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” Read more

Quatre Programmes Thématiques de Recherche (PTR) s’impliquent dans la Problématique du Covid-19

Pour l’instant, il s’agit du PTR – Pharmacopée et Médecine Traditionnelles Africaines (PMTA), PTR-Santé, le PTR – Sciences, Lettres, Cultures et Civilisations (SLCC) et le PTR – Sécurité Alimentaire et Nutrition (SAN). Lire la suite

Quelques Initiatives de Lutte Contre le COVID-19 dans l’Espace CAMES

Le Pr Alkassoum MAÏGA, Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche Scientifique et de l’Innovation (MESRSI) a annoncé le jeudi 26 mars 2020 qu’une équipe de chercheurs de l’Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (CNRST/IRSS) lancera très bientôt deux essais cliniques Lire la suite

Recrutement d’une Equipe d’Experts pour Accompagner la Mise en Place d’un « Programme de Reconnaissance et d’Indexation des Revues…”

À travers le Programme CAMES de reconnaissance et d’indexation des revues et publications scientifiques  (RIRP), le CAMES ambitionne de se doter à terme, d’une base d’indexation de revues et de publications Lire la suite

Research Universities’ Multiple Responses to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on education worldwide. Schools and universities have been shut down, like everything else. Read more

Réunion des Présidents de CTS en Prélude à la 42e Session des CCI

Ainsi, du 30 mars au 3 avril 2020, les Présidents des CTS travaillant à distance, ont procédé à la désignation sous anonymat, des différents rapporteurs internes et externes des dossiers de candidatures CCI, sous la coordination technique des informaticiens du CAMES Lire la suite

Students Fall Victim to a ‘War Against All Africans’

African students in Guangzhou, China, have been thrown out of their homes, forcibly quarantined and refused entry into public areas as xenophobic hostility towards Africans escalates in the wake of warnings by Chinese President Xi Jinping of “new difficulties and challenges” related to a possible “second wave” of the pandemic. Read more

Study Shows Online STEM Learning is Cheaper, and Effective

The fusion of online and in-person teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses in institutions of higher learning could yield the same learning outcomes for students as traditional, in-person classes but at a significantly lower cost, a study has confirmed. Read more

The Shift to Online Learning Calls for Global Cooperation

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the closure of schools and universities has become a common phenomenon across the world. In the last few weeks alone, Africa’s close to 10 million students have discontinued classes to stave off the impact of the pandemic. Read more

Towards an Afrocentric Teaching Model

A new Afrocentric teaching model, which foregrounds the use of digital technology in its methodology and delivery and the importance of partnerships in meeting the higher education needs of the continent, provides a powerful teaching and learning model, particularly during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Read more

Unions Appeal for Borders to be Opened to Returning Students

Student unions have appealed to the government to allow Mauritanian students in neighbouring countries to return home and have accused the Mauritanian government of relinquishing its responsibilities towards citizens stranded at the country’s borders, which shut on 22 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

University Business and Teaching Models Under the Spotlight

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a range of opportunities to explore the digital space and pursue greater collaboration at all levels, but it also exposes and will likely entrench deep-seated inequalities in the higher education system, according to higher education experts. Read more

University Examinations – A Question of Means

While some African universities are forging ahead with end-of-semester exams using alternative online methods, others are still considering their options. At the root of the issue are resources and preparedness. Read more

Universities Pull their Academic Weight in Fight Against COVID-19

Since the first case of the coronavirus disease in Sub-Saharan Africa was diagnosed in late January by medical researchers at the Centre for Human and Zoonotic Virology of the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, universities in Sub-Saharan Africa have been proving their capacity to assist in the global response to the pandemic. Read more

University Shutdowns Bring New Challenges to Academic Freedom

The range of containment measures imposed by national governments to counter the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically affected research, teaching and learning in African universities – in some cases leading to their suspension. Read more

UP Expert on Keeping Up the Fight Against Malaria Amid COVID-19

Malaria remains a major public health concern globally and, despite COVID-19-related challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed that malaria services continue as usual. Read more

 

31 March 2020

AAU Press Release on the Coronavirus Pandemic (covid-19)

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has observed with growing concern developments related to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more

Actualité Programmes de Recherche Mars 2020

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African Development Bank and Association for the Development of Education in Africa Urge Partners to Tackle Skills Mismatch

The African Development Bank and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) have called for stronger links between technical and vocational education and training and industry to equip young people with the skills they need to boost technological advancement, trade and growth in Africa. Read more

African Universities Urged to Put Classes Online Urgently

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has called upon universities in Africa to move “urgently” to implement alternative methods of delivering teaching and learning using technology and other distance learning techniques in the wake of the closures of higher education institutions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Read more

Arab League Launches e-Learning Site to Combat Disruption

Ten North African and 12 Arab countries are to benefit from an e-learning initiative that will facilitate open and online education during the coronavirus crisis that has led to the closure of most universities and educational institutions. Read more

Are Universities Really Ready to Pursue Industry Links?

A new report by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) has called on African universities to raise their profile as sources of innovation and work on linkages with firms to explore possibilities for the commercialisation of innovations, but are they ready? Read more

Chitour dément les Déclarations qui lui ont été Attribuées Concernant les Enseignants

“Dans mes réponses aux questions des membres du Conseil de la Nation au terme du débat, lundi 2 mars, de deux projets de lois sur la recherche scientifique, ma déclaration a été sortie de son contexte sur les réseaux sociaux et des propos infondés sur les enseignants m’ont été attribués”, Lire la suite

Chitour recommande d’Evaluer le Système LMD et de lui donner une “Teinte Technologique”

“Il est temps d’évaluer ce qui a été réalisé depuis dix ans. Le seul reproche que je fais au système LMD, c’est d’avoir laminé les formations technologiques”, a indiqué M. Chitour sur les ondes de la Chaîne 3 de la Radio nationale” Lire la suite

Chitour: L’Université Appelée à s’impliquer dans la Vie Economique et  Industrielle

L’université algérienne “souffre de la marginalisation” et “il est grand temps pour elle de s’impliquer, à l’instar des autres pays, dans la vie économique et industrielle car le pays a besoin, aujourd’hui, de l’intelligence du savoir”, Lire la suite

Consolider le Partenariat entre la Formation Professionnelle, l’Education Nationale et l’Enseignement Supérieur

A l’Institut national spécialisé de la formation professionnelle (INSFP) en arts et industries graphiques “Baïch Abdelkader”, première étape de sa visite, la ministre a fait état “d’un projet de coopération effective entre les trois secteurs, actuellement en préparation”. Lire la suite

Coronavirus: le Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur prend des Mesures “Préventives”

Dans une note adressée samedi aux présidents des conférences régionales des universités et directeurs des établissements universitaires, le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique, Chems Eddine Chitour a révélé une initiative “pédagogique” mise en place par le Secteur pour mettre un terme à une “éventuelle”  Lire la suite

Coronavirus en Algérie : Tebboune ordonne la Fermeture des Universités et des Ecoles

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COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response

The number of children, youth and adults not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19 is soaring. Governments all around the world have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the global pandemic. Read more

COVID-19 Threat Shows Need for More Africa-Based Research

As the coronavirus infections continue to spread, many African universities are galvanising their research resources and expertise to find a medical solution to the pandemic or limit its spread. But chances of a big impact in the short term are slim and greater investment in fighting pandemics in the future is required. Read more

DAAD Moves Towards Greater Use of Digital Technology

In what could herald a new era in its engagements with foreign universities and scholars, the German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD says it is exploring opportunities to make more use of virtual and digital technologies in its programme delivery. Read more

Five Ways Academics Can Manage COVID-19 Shutdowns

The COVID-19 pandemic has begun affecting a range of African countries where infection rates have been rising, though not at the rates being experienced in the United States and Western Europe. Read more

Forum Calls for Universities to Take Lead in Achieving SDGs

Higher learning institutions in Africa have been called upon to take up a leadership role in ensuring the continent achieves the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs by 2030. Read more

Frequent Internet Disruptions Impede Virtual Learning

Internet shutdowns are increasing in Africa, raising a number of concerns about freedom of expression as well as the impact on the performance of national and regional virtual universities. Read more

Improving Humanities and Social Science Starts at School

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) has taken several initiatives in the past to promote the humanities and social sciences in African universities. Read more

International Students Struggle Under Containment Measures

Northern Cyprus’s 35,000 international students, an estimated 20,000 of whom come from Africa, are finding it even harder than usual to make ends meet as a result of the measures taken by the government to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. Read more

Lessons from the Shutdown – How one University Responded

COVID-19 is spreading like wild fire and engulfing the globe at an alarming rate. Countries, systems and institutions are being tested beyond their limits due to the magnitude of the scourge, overwhelming countries with the best resources, capacities and medical facilities. Read more

Le Partenariat MFW4A lance un Appel à Contributions sur le Développement du Secteur Financier en Afrique

Le secrétariat du partenariat « Making Finance Work for Africa » (MFW4A) invite les étudiants et chercheurs, inscrits ou membres d’un établissement académique, à soumettre leur essai sur le secteur financier africain. Lire la suite

More Graduates, but What About Skills and Employment?

Tertiary education in Sub-Saharan Africa is confronting probably the biggest challenge it will ever face: building up the human capital of a skyrocketing youth population… Read more

New Austrian-African Research Network – Opportunities for Former Scholarship Holders

This shows the important roles scholars and alumni play to build and strengthen scientific networks with their former host institution in Austria. Read more

Pan-Africanism – A New Model of HE Internationalisation

If internationalisation is defined as “a process to introduce intercultural, international and global dimensions in higher education” (Jane Knight and Hans de Wit), it can be affirmed that internationalisation is solidly embedded in all African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)…Read more

The Changing Landscape of Higher Education

In the two weeks since the last edition of University World News – Africa was published on 12 March 2020, the entire face of African higher education has changed as, one-by-one, country-wide closures of schools and universities have been announced and have taken effect. Read more

The Role of Higher Education in Women’s Empowerment

In Senegal for example, girls account for more than 50% of higher education students. Although parity has been surpassed in the student population, this is not the case in the area of scientific and technological training. Far from it. Read more

Turn to Online Learning Shows Varying Degrees of Readiness

In the wake of closures that took effect at midday on Friday 20 March, a number of universities and higher education institutions in East Africa are revitalising existing e-learning platforms, while others are tentatively migrating into uncharted territory. Read more

UNESCO Rallies International Organizations, Civil Society and Private Sector Partners in a Broad Coalition to Scale Up Best Distance Learning Practices

Paris – At a time of when 87% of the world’s student population is affected by COVID-19 school closures, UNESCO is launching a global education coalition to support countries in scaling up their best distance learning practices and reaching children and youth who are most at risk. Read more

Union Opposes Online Classes as ‘Violation of Equality’

A Tunisian students’ union has roundly rejected a proposal by the government to move classes online and has called for a boycott of enrolment on online education platforms, raising questions about how feasible an option online education is in many African countries. Read more

Universities Need to Prepare Better for High Risk Crises

It is a regular occurrence that people misjudge risks, especially when they lack prior experience of a situation. Sabine Goossens, an African resident for 10 years, wanted to give her visiting friend, Wim Van Griensven, a great time at the Maramba River Lodge in Zambia. Read more

 

29 February 2020

Academic Bodies Endorse Balanced and Inclusive Education

In late January in Djibouti City, members of the African academic community were among the parties which approved a new universal declaration aimed at promoting ‘balanced and inclusive education’ as a conceptual and practical framework for redesigning education systems. Read more

Adapting Universities to Meet Local Needs and Priorities

African Universities – Imitation or adaptation?Read more

Call for €1 Billion EU Fund for African Universities

Two alliances of leading African and European universities have issued a joint call for African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) leaders to support the creation of a substantial fund for research collaboration between African and European universities, to address the profound demographic, social and environmental changes facing both continents. Read more

Colloque International la Communication Publique pour le Marketing Territorial au Maghreb, les 26-27 Février 2020.  Lire la suite

Coronavirus – Repatriated Students Celebrate Quarantine End

A total of 43 students from Algeria and its neighbouring countries who were repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province have ended a two-week isolation period in a hotel in Algiers and expressed their gratitude to the Algerian government for its successful efforts to bring them home. Read more

COVID-19 – Kenya, Ghana and South Africa Students Stay Put

While nations around the world, including Algeria and some of its North African neighbours, have moved to evacuate their citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, students from other African regions remain trapped in universities with no immediate evacuation plans. Read more

From ‘dumb’ decolonisation to ‘smart’ internationalisation

The international political and economic scene is poised once again to undergo another shift, as globalisation – its core pillar – comes under scrutiny from multiple corners, including its home base in the United States. Yet, a good number of leading African authorities and public intellectuals still mourn the past, clamouring about and thriving upon decolonisation. Read more

Generation of Future Science Leaders through Mentorship and Research

Training of young scientists towards masters and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees was embedded within the fellowship. Collaborative networking to exploit research potential by leveraging on available resources across institutions was adopted… Read more

Higher Education and the SDGs: More of the Same?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the predecessor of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), have been widely criticised for overlooking higher education as an important factor in the development process. Read more

Le Recteur de l’Université Senghor fait Officier de l’OIPA/CAMES

En son honneur, à l’issue des travaux du CCG et de la 3e RIDEPEC, le Conseil de l’OIPA/CAMES a organisé à Alexandrie une réception réunissant plusieurs personnalités du monde universitaire et des nombreux autres invités. Lire la suite

L’Université Senghor a Abrité la Réunion Extraordinaire du CCG

Les 16 et 17 février 2020 s’est tenue à l’Université Senghor, à Alexandrie (Égypte), la réunion extraordinaire du Comité Consultatif Général (CCG), instance académique et scientifique qui regroupe les responsables des Institutions d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche des pays membres du CAMES. Lire la suite

New Zealand Offers Scholarships for Agricultural Development and…

The New Zealand aid programme steered by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is offering scholarships to nationals of many African countries, including Cameroon. Read more

Overseas Student Recruitment ‘Weakening Developing World’

Universities’ efforts to recruit students from developing countries have “weakened” the progress of their home nations, according to a South African vice-chancellor who called for a “reimagining of international partnerships”. Read more

 Reconfiguring Diaspora – From Brain Drain to Brain Gain

Traditional understandings of the African academic diaspora in terms of loss or ‘brain drain’ do not sit well with Patrício Langa, a sociologist and associate professor of higher education who straddles two academic portfolios in two African countries – one at the Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS) of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and another at Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Read more

Rethinking HE to Serve Equality and Sustainability

The report, launched on 28 January in Paris, is ostensibly an urgent call for global communities to re-imagine how knowledge and learning systems can contribute to the public common good. It represents the first curated input submitted to the International Commission on the Futures of Education, chaired by Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde. Read more

Skills Development & Youth Employability in West Africa

Observations on the state of TVET and good practices from Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria… Read more

Stakeholders in Agriculture, Education, Science, Technology and Innovation discuss Universities’ Contribution to Continental Agenda 2063

The meeting that attracted 155 participants met at the School of Medical Sciences University of Cape Coast, Ghana and discussed avenues for “enhancing delivery of Africa’s Universities’ Agenda for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (AHESTI)”…Read more

State Visit Sheds Little Light on Stalled University Project

Hopes that this week’s visit to Kenya by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier would provide some insight into progress towards the establishment of the long-awaited East African-German University of Applied Sciences (EA-GUAS) remain largely unfulfilled. Read more

Tapping into the Diaspora – The Search for Sustainability

The diaspora is widely acknowledged as a critical resource for the development and revitalisation of higher education in Africa, but how to extract that value, and forge mutually beneficial academic relationships with diasporans and Africa-based scholars and institutions, is less straightforward… Read more

The African Diaspora Scholar – Living in a ‘Third Space’

Professor Joseph Mensah, a Ghanaian-born scholar currently at York University in Toronto, Canada, has played a leading role in a number of African academic diasporan programmes aimed at tapping into the expertise of African academics living and working around the world. Read more

The Scramble for Africa’s Growing Student Population

“I consider that Africa is simply the central, global, essential continent because it is here that all the contemporary challenges collide. It is in Africa that a part of the tipping of the world will be played,” said French President Emmanuel Macron. Read more

Universities’ Limited Contribution to Growth of Skilled Labour

Competition for jobs among university graduates in Africa is expected to intensify in the near future, a factor that will force new graduates to accept jobs that are not aligned with their skills, education level or even areas of specialisation, according to a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Read more

 

31 January 2020

Addis Ababa Convention Gets the Green Light

The Addis Ababa Convention has finally come into operation, providing a framework for the recognition of academic qualifications throughout Africa and mechanisms to limit brain drain from the continent. Read more

Appel à Projets ADESFA pour le Renforcement de la Coopération Universitaire entre Etablissements Français et Africains

L’objectif est d’accompagner la montée en gamme de l’offre de formation, notamment par la co-construction de formations (double diplomations, formation numérique, appui à la structuration pédagogique, administrative et financière de l’offre locale) visant l’employabilité des jeunes. Lire la suite

Are Research Links with the Developing World Still a One-Way Street?

Researchers in developing countries have often been confined to minor roles as translators and data gatherers. But there are signs that the scales are tipping. Read more

Coronavirus Outbreak – What Should Universities be Doing?

Reports that the first suspected case of coronavirus infection in Africa has been found in an Ivorian student recently returned from China has put the continent on high alert and turns the spotlight on universities and their role in enhancing Africa’s epidemic preparedness and protecting the higher education community and beyond. Read more

Council to Restore Value of ‘Misunderstood’ Humanities

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) has initiated a three-year programme to boost the place of the humanities in African universities and re-assert the place of the social sciences in the continent’s development against a backdrop of policies… Read more

Developing Disability-Inclusive Higher Education Systems

It has been 25 years since the first issue of International Higher Education was published. By coincidence, it is also 25 years since the Salamanca Statement called on the international community to endorse the approach of inclusive education, including at the tertiary level. Read more

Higher Health Communique on Novel Corona Virus

In early January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), China Country office flagged the discovery of a virus, known as the Novel Coronavirus. It has been identified to be zoonotic, meaning it can spread from animals to humans. Read more

Le Programme AIMES de l’AUF Pour Faciliter l’Insertion Des Etudiants Migrants

L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) lance chaque année un appel à projets auprès de ses établissements membres. L’initiative a pour but de les aider à accueillir dans leurs formations des étudiants en exil auxquels sont proposés des parcours d’intégration commençant par une formation renforcée en français. Lire la suite

Management Capacity – A Key Element in Research Excellence

Many international research and development funders recognise the role of universities in solving global problems and increasingly structure their funding around societal grand challenges while encouraging global interdisciplinary teams to address these. Read more

Pan African University Launches e-learning Arm

The open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) arm of the Pan African University (PAU), which will offer free, accredited online courses to African students, was officially launched in December in Yaoundé, Cameroon, enabling millions of Africans of all ages to benefit from lifelong learning opportunities. Read more

Projet Européen inHERE : Publication des Recommandations pour Favoriser l’Accès et l’Intégration des Réfugiés dans l’Enseignement Supérieur en Europe

Pour améliorer et compléter les initiatives existantes, les participants ayant pris part aux activités du projet inHERE invitent les sociétés européennes ainsi que leurs décideurs politiques à prendre des engagements de long terme, visant à favoriser l’insertion des réfugiés. Lire la suite

RUFORUM Admits 20 New Universities to Join the Network

At its 15th Annual General Meeting held 6th December 2019 at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, RUFORUM formally approved further expansion of its membership and ratified the admission of 20 Universities as full member Universities of RUFORUM Network from a total of twelve (12) countries in Africa. Read more

RUFORUM Boosts Size and Diversity in New Membership Drive

In a move that significantly expands both its membership and diversity, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has added 20 new institutions to its network… Read more

RUFORUM Continues to Grow but Members Ask – ‘Is it Too Big?’

As membership of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture or RUFORUM grows, stakeholders are concerned about the practicality and benefits of a larger consortium. Some members say it’s time to discuss a regional approach. Read more

Social Scientists Fight Back Against Freeloader Accusations

According to Professor Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi, head of CODESRIA’s training, grants and fellowships programme, while there is consensus in international academia that humanities and social sciences constitute important components of higher education, universities in Africa continue to under-fund the humanities. Read more

The Thesis Corrections that Almost Got Away

Handing in final thesis corrections can be a fraught time, especially deep in rural Africa, on a bicycle, without Wi-Fi, only hours from deadline. But serendipity can be a girl’s best friend, as master’s graduate (civil engineering) Suzanne Lambert discovered. Read more

Transforming Core Skills in University Curricula

There can be a disconnect between how students are taught in universities and the skills they will need in the workplace and in wider roles in society. Read more

Unity in Africa – Focus of Luthuli Lecture

It is time Africans stop seeing each other as foreigners, says Ms Samia Nkrumah, daughter of Ghana’s first president, the late Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Read more

Universities are a Decisive Battlefield of Our Time

Castells argued that in Africa and Latin America higher education performed relatively well in selecting the elites (actually so well that it has become a major contributor to inequality) and training of the labour force. However, universities have not done well as ideological apparatuses in terms of citizen formation and in producing new knowledge. Read more

31 December 2019

9 Nouveaux Etablissements Rejoignent l’AUF en Afrique Centrale et Grands lacs

Le Conseil associatif de l’AUF a validé le 5 décembre 2019 les demandes d’adhésion de 47 nouveaux membres dont 9 issus du Burundi, du Cameroun, de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et du Tchad. La Direction régionale Afrique centrale et Grands lacs de l’AUF compte désormais 99 établissements membres. Lire la suite

African Diplomats Visit Future Africa Institute at UP to Forge Research Alliances

More than 30 African ambassadors and high commissioners to South Africa were recently given an introduction to research institute and campus Future Africa at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Hillcrest Campus. Read more

Africa Women Vice Chancellors’ Forum Opens at the 15th RUFORUM AGM

The 3rd annual Forum for Women Vice Chancellors in Africa (FAWoVC) kicked off yesterday at the University of Cape Coast, with official opening remarks made by Hon. Shirly Ayorkor Botchway, Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. Read more

African Universities – Imitation or Adaptation?

Over the past few decades, Amartya Sen’s theory of human capability with its focus on expanding or enhancing human capital has become dominant in national development discourse. Read more

Architecture and Informality in Africa

Architect and former director of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Tomà Berlanda explains why more research is needed into informal urban spaces in Africa. Read more

Chinese Archaeology Acclaim for African Value Systems

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Shadreck Chirikure has won one of the ten 2019 Shanghai Archaeology Forum Research Awards for his work on Great Zimbabwe, beating 116 nominations from around the world. Read more

Decolonising African Scholarship

Although deeper scholarly interest in the continent of Africa is long overdue, the current methodological approach to the continent needs an overhaul. Read more

Decolonising ‘Self-Imposed Colonisation’ in Higher Education

The contribution of African higher education to knowledge, research and innovation is among the lowest in the world. Read more

Enhancing IBM SPSS Statistics to be Even More User-Friendly

When it comes to statistical analysis, IBM SPSS Statistics has long been an international favourite amongst both students and faculty. Read more

Ethics Central to Genetics Research in Africa

The potential of genomics research to boost healthcare in Africa could be a game-changer for improving medicine and health outcomes on the continent in future. But it must be done with ethics top of mind. Read more

Fake News on the Rise – What Can Universities Do?

 “African universities have not caught up on tackling fake news, either as research, teaching or even as a malady that also affects the university system,”… Read more

Growing Female STEM Academics Starts in Schools

The challenge of increasing the participation of African women in tertiary education jobs and courses in science, technology and innovation (STI) could be addressed at primary and secondary school levels… Read more

HE Internationalisation – What About the Private Sector?

The internationalisation of higher education has often been regarded as a critical component of many higher education systems across the globe. Read more

KIU Becomes a Member of the Inter-University Council of East Africa

Kampala International University (KIU), a chartered private University in Uganda is a member of the Inter-University Council of East Africa, Association of African Universities and Common Wealth Universities. Read more

La Banque Mondiale Accroît Son Soutien à l’Enseignement Supérieur et à la Transformation Economique

La Banque mondiale a approuvé aujourd’hui le financement de crédits et de subventions d’un montant total de 131 millions de dollars par le biais de l’Association internationale de développement (IDA)* afin d’aider le Bénin, la Gambie, le Niger, le Nigéria et le Togo à renforcer la qualité des formations et de la recherche appliquée  Lire la suite

Leaders Call for Greater African HE Collaboration

Africa should end the lip service it pays to South-South cooperation and collaboration in higher education, and African universities should enter into reciprocal partnerships in order to harness scarce human resources. Read more

New Africa-China Masters for Agricultural Education

China is implementing an educational model that aims to revolutionise the agriculture extension system in Africa through the Science and Technology Backyard (STB) masters programme… Read more

Official Launch of the Pan African Virtual and E-University (PAVEU)

The launch is to promote and popularise the Pan African Virtual and e-University, discuss the potential challenges in its implementation and the contribution of the African University academic and Research landscape, as well as its opportunity in addressing the aspirations of African Unions Agenda 2063. Read more

Open and Distance Learning – Making Transformation Happen

In a Times Higher Education report dated 19 November, a panel discussion on critical emerging issues in higher education evolved into thinking about ways that universities should modify their approaches to learning, teaching, technology and employability. Read more

RUFORUM-FAO Partnership Boosts Digital Resource Access

A wide-ranging partnership between the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the Food and Agricultural Association (FAO) has, among other things, helped to increase the number of African students and researchers… Read more 

Student Activism and its Role in Achieving the SDGs

Student activism has an important role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063… Read more

Tuning Japan’s Strategy to Attract African Students

At the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in August 2019, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative) 3.0, which will see Japan invite 3,000 African students… Read more

Women in STEM Leadership – The Need for Policy

While most African countries have national policies on gender, these often fail to properly address female participation in science, technology and innovation, according to Dr Florence Nakayiwa, the deputy executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Read more

30 November 2019

54 Students from Francophone Countries Earn CAMES Degrees

The African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES) has awarded higher teaching degrees to 54 candidates from 11 countries who have passed its competitive examination in the fields of law, politics, economics and administration. Read more

Academics Urged to Transform Africa

African intellectuals have been called upon to move aptly to revolutionise the continent by ensuring improvement in economies and make people lead better lives. Read more

African Vice-Chancellors Agree to Review STEM Curricula

African universities have undertaken to review their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related curricula extensively every three to five years… Read more 

Agricultural Universities Need Greater Investment – RUFORUM

Urgent and considerable investment is needed if African agricultural and life sciences universities are to reach their potential… Read more

Annonce des Vingt (20) Lauréats du Concours de RUFORUM pour des Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains de l’Année 2019

Les 20 lauréats du Concours de RUFORUM pour Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains  de l’année 2019 (Afrique de l’Ouest). Le Concours a attiré 421 jeunes (110 femmes et 311 hommes) provenant de 12 pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, incluant : le Nigéria, le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, la Côte d’Ivoire, la Gambie, le Ghana, le Libéria, le Mali, le Niger, le Sénégal, la Sierra Leone et le Togo. Lire la suite

A Proliferation of Summits – What Role for Universities?

Africa has successfully transitioned from the “Hopeless Continent” in 2000 to “Africa Rising – The hopeful continent” in 2011 and later graduated to “Aspiring Africa –… Read more

Call for Africa to Generate its Own Knowledge and be Free

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) has an obligation, as a transnational intellectual platform, to help Africa tell its own stories, generate its own knowledge and be free. Read more

Ces Femmes qui Œuvrent au Rayonnement Scientifique de l’Afrique

En Afrique, la science au féminin (1). Alors que les étudiantes sont encore minoritaires sur les bancs des universités du continent, « Le Monde Afrique » dresse huit portraits de chercheuses qui montrent la voie à suivre. Lire la suite

eLearning – Can it Improve Graduate Employability?

eLearning is being used in many universities across Sub-Saharan Africa not only to address a shortage of academic teaching staff, but also to scale up pedagogical change and strengthen opportunities for graduate employment. Read more

Enhancing IBM SPSS Statistics to be Even More User-Friendly

When it comes to statistical analysis, IBM SPSS Statistics has long been an international favourite amongst both students and faculty. Read more

Exploring Emancipatory Perspectives in Internationalisation

This commentary is a rejoinder to professors Damtew Teferra and Hans de Wit’s substantive debates on internationalisation of higher education published in University World News. Read more 

Harnessing the Potential of 4IR Through Research

The aim of the African Research Universities Alliance or ARUA to increase Africa’s contribution to global research output and its commitment to strengthening the continent’s research base are ‘fundamental’… Read more

International Students Hit by Study Permit Fee Hike

International students in Northern Cyprus, many of whom are from Africa, are unhappy about changes to the study permit application system which include a more than 100% hike in permit fees to cater for mandatory health insurance and medical tests, which, depending on the result, could result in a student’s deportation. Read more

« Je Compte Bien y Rester » : Ces Etudiants Français Qui Choisissent l’Afrique

Partir étudier ou travailler en Afrique. L’idée peut sembler inattendue, surtout si on compare les moyens des universités hexagonales et celles du continent africain. Pourtant, les jeunes Français sont de plus en plus nombreux à réaliser un stage, Lire la suite

Preparing for 4IR – We Ignore the Humanities at Our Peril

Scholars and experts have called for a new approach to research across the African research landscape that will ensure that humanities and social sciences (HSS) disciplines are integrated into all scientific research. Read more

Research Universities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Ahead of next week’s African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) conference* – Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining a role for research universities – University World News canvassed the views of a selection of experts in higher education on the state of readiness of Africa’s research universities for the next ‘revolution’. Read more

‘Stop Looking to Foreigners to Inform Policy’ – CODESRIA

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa or CODESRIA has planned a number of new programmes for 2020, … Read more

Survey Shows Optimism Over Benefits of Technology in HE

A majority – 65% – of African education and training professionals believe that African countries are not doing enough to ensure universal access to quality higher education for all Africans by 2030… Read more

… the 20 Winners of the 2019 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (West Africa).

The competition attracted applications from 421 youth (110 females and 311 males) from 12 countries in West Africa. Read more

The Continental Forum on Diaspora, Higher Education, Research and Innovation in Africa

The Continental Forum on Diaspora, Higher Education, Research and Innovation will provide practical implementation of the operational of objectives 9 and 12 of the CESA 16-25, relating to higher education, scientific research and innovation… Read more

The Impact of Economic Sanctions on Higher Education

Several African countries are currently subjected to international sanctions, which, according to a recent report, negatively affect academic research and higher education – even after they are formally lifted. Read more

The World’s Biggest Classroom Takes Shape

The world’s largest skills-formation classroom aimed at improving learning outcomes through education technology is taking shape, courtesy of US$25 million in joint funding from the World Bank and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. Read more

Turning Talent into Skills Through eLearning

Ghanaian minister of education faulted African education systems and, in particular, universities and other tertiary institutions for failing to prepare the next generation of African skilled workers. Read more

UCT’s Executive MBA Programme Cracks Prestigious Global Top 50 Ranking

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is ranked 47th in the world, and the best in Africa, for its MBA specialising in Executive Management (EMBA) according to the Financial Times (FT) EMBA Rankings for 2019. Read more

Universities Urged to Change Models for Teaching STEM

The current models for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in African universities need a revamp if the continent is to produce higher numbers of graduates who are also top-quality scientists and researchers. Read more

Using Data to Boost Research Capacity

The ongoing data initiative of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) will help Africa develop its research capacity by giving a clear understanding of the research landscape on the continent, said Dr Gerald Ouma, director of institutional planning at South Africa’s University of Pretoria. Read more

Why is Your PhD Taking So Long? Ask Your Supervisor

Supervisors of doctoral students who saw their students as ‘competitors’ offered insufficient support, failed to facilitate the relevant training and were partly to blame for delays in the completion of doctoral programmes and high student drop-out rates, a recent seminar for doctoral mentees heard. Read more

31 October 2019

Academic Promotion Criteria – What About Innovation?

Academic promotions at universities across Africa have long depended largely on a lecturer’s length of service and number of research publications. Read more

Africa-Arab Partnership to Build Youth Capacity in Agriculture

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has initiated an Africa-Arab partnership aimed at supporting youth skills development for employability and entrepreneurship in Africa. Read more

A Sustainable Way to Engage Africa’s Knowledge Diaspora

Africa has been moving away from the deficit-oriented narrative regarding its diaspora. The dominant view, which strongly connotes diaspora and citizens abroad with losses to the continent, is gradually giving way to one that appreciates the potential human capital in the diaspora. Read more

Europe is Deepening Efforts to Attract African Talent

It is no secret that Africa – especially Sub-Saharan Africa – will have the strongest demographic growth in the upcoming decade. Numerous studies also predict a growth in academic mobility from Africa in the coming years, if not decades. Read more

Exams Should Contribute no More than 25% of Final Grades

Examination is a form of summative assessment used for measuring student knowledge, skills or aptitude. It is administered at the end of a course, course unit or module by lecturers, professors or their appointed representatives. Read more

How can Universities Meet Rising Demand for PhDs?

Higher education institutions have no choice but to adopt innovative methods of training if they are to produce sufficient numbers of doctorates to satisfy demand, delegates at the ninth conference of the African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE) heard. Read more

Internationalisation – No Such Thing as a Neutral Definition

In respect of Damtew Teferra’s response to my reaction to his contribution to University World News on ‘coerced’ versus ‘intentional’ internationalisation, on several aspects we indeed seem to agree. Read more

In Practice, Internationalisation Fails to be Intentional

It is always difficult to find an agreed definition of a concept, especially when it is broad not only in its connotations but also its geographical scope. Read more

New Joint University Aims to Boost Economies in Africa

Tunisia is partnering with France to open a new university based in the North African country offering to teach business skills and provide degrees that will help build sustainably growing economies in Africa. Read more

New Knowledge Economies – Rising Against the Odds

The field is not level when it comes to competing in the game of knowledge production. Although we’ve known for a long time that research and publishing are centred in the Global North, this has been problematised by the emergence of the idea of Southern Theory in the last decade. Read more

On Target – Erasmus+ Spending on African Universities Rises

The European Commission – the European Union executive – has claimed its Erasmus+ higher education exchange initiative is significantly boosting tertiary studies for African students and academics, with 8,500 Africans benefiting this year. Read more

PAU Secures Funds to Kick-Start Innovation Centres

The Pan African University, or PAU, has received a major boost after the African Union Commission secured financing from the African Development Fund to operationalise its Innovation Centers of Excellence across three campuses in Ibadan in Nigeria, Yaoundé in Cameroon and Nairobi in Kenya. Read more

Pilot Project to Help Universities Benefit from IP

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), has launched a pilot project on the use and application of intellectual property (IP). Read more

Questioning the Ethics and Rationale of Refugee Research

Forced displacement is as old as humanity. Throughout history, human beings have been forced to move from one place to another due to persecution, wars, economic issues and for other reasons. In today’s world such movement is reaching historic proportions: 37,000 people a day are forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and persecution, according to recent statistics from the UN Refugee Agency or UNHCR. Read more

Sex for Grades’: Undercover in West African Universities

Academic institutions in West Africa have increasingly been facing allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers. This type of abuse is said to be endemic, but it’s almost never proven. Read more

Tapping into the Benefits of Internationalisation

The lack of national policies in Africa on higher education internationalisation is fuelling the movement of African students and faculty to Europe, North America and, more recently, Asia… Read more

To facilitate and deliver grants proposal writing workshop for RSIF African Host Universities

The strategy and products should serve different stakeholders in managing, implementing and overseeing RSIF… intends to hire the services of an individual consultant to deliver a series of grants proposal writing training workshops to selected teams from the RSIF African Host Universities. Read more

Universities as Trade-Innovation Centres – Are They Ready?

There is a growing belief that universities based in the 21 member countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) can play a bigger role in building trade through innovation. But are they ready? Read more

University World News Correspondent Scoops AU Award

Wagdy Sawahel, who is North African correspondent for University World News’ Africa edition and who reports on Africa and the Middle East for University World News’ global edition, was named as the first runner-up in the Continental Journalism Award on the African Union Charter, announced last weekend. Read more

Upcoming Summit Expected to Forge Higher Education Ties

At least four separate agreements dealing with higher education cooperation are set to be signed between the Russian Federation and 10 African countries. Read more 

Women Supporting Women

Mentorship and sharing of experiences will form a key part of discussions about how to boost the number of women in leadership and senior positions within Africa’s higher education sector… Read more

30 September 2019

7 Projets de Coopération Scientifique Inter-universitaire Retenus pour Financement par l’AUF

Établissement porteur du projet : Centre d’Etudes et de recherche de Djibouti (CERD) – Responsable du projet : Daha HASSAN DAHER. Établissements partenaires : Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France / Université de Nouakchott Al Aasriya, Mauritanie  Lire la suite

Africa Experiencing Rise in Antimicrobial Resistance

An international team of researchers led by ETH has shown that antimicrobial-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in animals in Africa. Read more

Africans are Most Likely to be Denied Study Visas – Report

Three quarters of African students who applied for enrolment in Canadian universities in the first five months of 2019 were rejected, according to data from Canadian migration authorities. Read more

Bientôt un Cours en Ligne Ouvert et Massif (CLOM) Français Langue Etrangère pour les Réfugiés

Le CLOM (en anglais MOOC pour Massive online open course) intitulé «  Le français, langue étrangère pour les réfugiés » cible prioritairement les jeunes réfugiés, inscrits dans les universités et grandes écoles membres de l’AUF. Lire la suite

Book Donations – Boosting the Capacities of Academic Libraries

A number of book donation organisations around the world are helping to address the shortage in African university libraries of books, needed to give African students a chance at optimal learning. Read more

Boost for Open Access Repositories in Universities

The amount of research published as open access in 47 universities and research institutions across three East African countries has increased as much as four-fold. Read more

eLearning Africa – Do our youth have the right skills?

Are African governments failing to provide young people with the skills they need to prepare them for the future? Read more

India Looks to Expand Education and Skills Development Links

A number of initiatives aimed at helping African students to study in India and online through Indian institutions were outlined in the opening session of the India-Africa Higher Education and Skills Development Summit held in New Delhi last month. Read more

In Major Step, African Universities Body Opens US Office

The Association of African Universities (AAU), in partnership with the African Union (AU), is to open an office in Washington DC in the United States. Read more

Internationalisation – The Search for a Definition Continues

At the outset, I wish to state my concurrence with most of the points and arguments De Wit and his colleagues are making. But the central concern of my critique – the definition of internationalisation as regards ‘intentions’ – remains firmly in place. Read more

Japan Unveils ‘Relevant and Timely’ HE Initiatives

Higher education stakeholders have welcomed a set of new Japanese initiatives aimed at promoting research and development capacity in Africa as well as entrepreneurship and innovation skills among African students. Read more

Le CAMES Membre du Groupe Consultatif du Cadre Africain Continental de Qualification (ACQF)

Des experts — responsables ministériels compétents des États, représentants des agences techniques compétentes des États, communautés économiques régionales, Agences régionales responsables de l’enseignement supérieur, etc. — venus de divers horizons se sont rencontrés  Lire la suite

Making the Case for Responsible Internationalisation

Over recent decades, professionals who deal with tertiary education internationalisation have invested considerable effort in internationalising institutions, programmes, campuses, classrooms and even curricula. Read more

Ouverture du Concours des Bourses d’Excellence (France) et des Candidatures à des Bourses en Algérie, au Maroc et en Tunisie

Peuvent postuler pour le concours des bourses d’excellence pour des études en France les bacheliers ayant obtenu au moins la mention Bien dans les séries TSE, TSExp, STI, TSEco et STG et ayant eu une moyenne annuelle de 14 ou plus en 10ième, 11ième et Terminale. 15 bourses d’excellence seront attribuées cette année Lire la suite

Plusieurs Universitaires Africains Se Préparent à Libreville au Concours d’Agrégation du CAMES

Cette session de préparation, en prélude au 19ème concours en SJPEG qui se tiendra au début du mois de novembre 2019 à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso,  a vu la participation d’une vingtaine de candidats venus du Gabon, Cameroun, Niger, Sénégal et Togo. Lire la suite

RUFORUM Holds Higher Education Symposium in Bamako, Mali

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 114 universities across 38 countries in Africa has, in partnership with the IPR/IFRA, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Agriculture and Sasakawa Global, organized a three-day Higher Education Forum in Bamako, Mali toRead more

Shifting the Focus Towards an Africa-Born HE Strategy

In the past, the African continent relied on development frameworks that were not continent specific in its attempts to achieve the desired development for its higher education sector. Read more

Successful Universities – Common Contributing Factors

At the start of the northern hemisphere academic year, hundreds of thousands of students across Africa head to the airport. The reason for this ‘student exodus’ is that those who can afford it head abroad for their tertiary education. Read more

Tools to Transform the Teaching and Learning Experience

The need for university lecturers to possess the pedagogical skills that can empower students to acquire 21st century skills and take responsibility for their learning in a process of co-construction of knowledge was highlighted … Read more

Virtual Masters Degree to Speed up Regional Integration

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has launched its virtual regional integration masters degree programme at Kenyatta University in Kenya as part of a bid to speed up the process of integration among the 19 countries making up the common area. Read more

We Must End Coercion in Internationalisation in Africa

Damtew Teferra, in his contribution to University World News of 23 August, as well as at the Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA) symposium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 25-27 July 2019, commented on my and colleagues’ updated version of Jane Knight’s generally accepted definition of internationalisation, in particular the addition of the word ‘intentional’. Read more

World Bank Calls for Rethink on Tuition Fees Policy

A recent World Bank policy report has recommended a review of the national tuition fees policy applicable to Kenyan universities – to address both financial sustainability and equity of the higher education sector. Read more

World Bank Fellowships to Nurture Female Scientific Leaders

32 exceptional women from nine East and Southern African countries have been selected for the 2019-20 World Bank masters fellowships offered under its African Centres of Excellence (ACE II) programme. Read more

31 August 2019

32 Doctorants Sélectionnés pour le Collège Doctoral en Entrepreneuriat

Pour le Collège doctoral en Entrepreneuriat, parmi les 86 candidatures reçues, le comité de sélection a retenu 33 doctorants originaires de 13 pays d’Afrique : Lire la suite

A Booming Population is Putting Strain on Africa’s Universities

In Rwanda it’s not easy to get a job,” says Jean-Paul Bahati, a student at Kepler, founded in Kigali in 2013. But the 22-year-old believes his course will help him stand out. Read more

Defining Internationalisation – Intention Versus Coercion

Many authorities have aspired to provide an all-encompassing definition for the complex term ‘internationalisation’ as it relates to higher education. Read more

G7 leaders Approve $251 Million in Support of Women Entrepreneurs in Africa

French President Emmanuel Macron and G7 leaders on Sunday approved a package of $251 million in support of the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative to support women entrepreneurs in Africa. Read more

Hauts Dirigeants : Le Top 10 des Meilleurs Exécutives MBA d’Afrique en 2019

Les meilleurs executives MBA d’Afrique se trouvent au Maghreb, en Afrique de l’Ouest et en Afrique du Sud. C’est du moins ce qu’indique le dernier classement dédié à ce diplôme singulier et publié par l’entreprise française de notation de l’enseignement supérieur, Eduniversal. Lire la suite

How Can Disadvantaged Universities Attract more Funding?

It is five years since Inyathelo, with the support of the Kresge Foundation (a primarily domestic American foundation), first asked Dr Sean Jones of EduActive Solutions to conduct the Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE). Read more

In Search of a More Equitable Global Higher Education Space

Both the “climax” of globalisation – marked by the rise of Trumpism*, Brexit and narrow nationalisms – and the deepening of globalisation dominated by a neoliberal agenda pose threats to the internationalisation of higher education. Read more

Internationalisation – Making it Work for Africa

Internationalisation is not a goal in itself but a means to an end and should be embedded in all academic activities as part of a strategy to improve quality and equity in higher education, according to Professor Hans de Wit… Read more

Is Africa the Future for Recruiting International Students?

In June Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, delivered a statement at a meeting in Equatorial Guinea. He said: “Together and united, Africa will be unstoppable.” Read more

Late Membership Dues Hamper Regional University Body

Implementation of strategic operations of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) are being hampered by late and non-remittance of contributions by East African Community (EAC) member states. Read more

New AU Framework to Create ‘Teachers Without Borders’ Force

The African Union (AU) is developing a continental teacher qualification framework and a protocol to ensure teacher mobility in Africa in wat will culminate in a “teachers wifout borders” workforce. Read more

Nurturing a Brighter Spirit of Internationalisation

Despite a growing quest for internationalisation around the world, the concept is at the same time being challenged by new global socio-political developments such as nationalism, ‘Trumpism’ and Brexit. Read more

Tackling Internationalisation in an Era of ‘Dis(order)’

The second Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA) symposium was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 25-27 July 2019. Read more

Thirty-Nine (39) RUFORUM Network Universities Ranked Among Top 100 Universities in African in 2019

Many Governments in Africa has put in place policies to widen access to University Education, and this has come with increasing pressure from university stakeholders and beneficiaries to demonstrate value for money invested in Higher Education. Read more

Training to Promote Thought Leadership in Universities

A four-year leadership training programme aimed at vice-chancellors, principals and deans of 54 African universities has proved popular among university leaders and a third phase is planned, according to its organisers. Read more

Why are States Slow to Ratify the Addis Ababa Convention?

Nearly five years after its adoption and despite the many benefits it offers, only seven out of 55 African countries have ratified the Addis Ababa Convention which puts in place a framework for the recognition of academic qualifications throughout the continent. Read more

World Bank Launches Higher Education Centers of Excellence in Eight Eastern and Southern African Countries

The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project (ACE II) – which seeks to strengthen 24 competitively selected centers to deliver quality, market-relevant post-graduate education in Eastern and Southern Africa – was launched in Nairobi by the Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the World Bank. Read more

31 July 2019

30 Interns Undergo Practical Training at AAU

The Association of African Universities  the voice of higher education in Africa, has opened its doors to thirty students from various universities in Ghana to undergo a three-month internship programme at its Secretariat, located in Accra, Ghana. Read more

An ‘Unwavering’ Commitment to Higher Education in Africa

Senior United States diplomat Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said his country is committed to strengthening ties on the African continent through stronger trade links and investment in higher education. Read more

A One-Stop Shop to Develop African Research, Leadership

Africa higher education institutions should take a leading role in order for the continent to achieve its development goals, as articulated in various visions and strategies including the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

Arsène Totokani : « L’ISTP a Rejoint l’AUF pour Bénéficier de l’Expérience et de l’Expertise de son réseau »

En mai 2019, les instances de l’AUF ont validé les demandes d’adhésion de 39 établissements universitaires dont l’Institut des Sciences et techniques professionnelles (ISTP – Congo). Lire la suite

Business Schools in the Era of 4IR

What kind of leadership values and skills should African business schools be imparting to their students as we encounter the fourth industrial revolution (4IR)? Read more

China Takes Steps to Implement Vocational Education Plan

China appears to be making good on promises made at the September 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to strengthen China-Africa relations in higher education. Read more 

COREVIP – Exploring the HE-Sustainable Development Link

The Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP), hosted this week by the Association of African Universities in Cairo, Egypt, under the theme “The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Promoting the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25)”, puts sustainability at the heart of many of its discussions. Read more

Female-Friendly Approaches can Bridge Digital Gender Divide

Analysis of female university student participation in learning and use of software packages conducted by a Nigerian university shows that women have a higher success rate than men, and points to the need for female-friendly learning approaches to overcome participation constraints and close the gender ICT gap. Read more

Formation: Nouveau Soutien Financier de la BAD pour le Développement des Centres d’Excellence Aims

L’opération est plutôt inédite pour le secteur de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique. La Banque africaine de développement et le réseau d’Instituts panafricains des sciences mathématiques (Aims) qui comprend également l’écosystème du Next Einstein Forum (NEF).  Lire la suite

France, Europe Urged to Grow Their HE Influences in Africa

It is time for France and Europe to strengthen their higher education influence in Africa in the light of demographic and other contexts, said a senior diplomat at France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Read more

Free Trade Agreement Offers a Wealth of HE Benefits – Report

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is likely to yield significant benefits for higher education and professional labour mobility on the continent once it takes effect, according to a new Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA IX) report. Read more

Ganduje Releases N2bn Tuition Fees for Foreign Students.

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has settled over N2 billion outstanding fees of its students in El-Razi University in Sudan. Read more

Going ‘Glocal’ – One Way to Boost Global Competitiveness

A survey conducted by a Ghanaian university suggests that African universities should focus on producing graduates with both local and global orientations – a ‘glocal’ approach – in order to be in a position to address continental challenges and promote global competitiveness. Read more

HE Summit Hopes to Lure More African Students to India

Approximately 25,000 African students are currently studying in 500 public and private universities across India, and these numbers should grow in future with increased cooperation between India and Africa, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has said. Read more

How Philanthropy will Play a Growing Role in African HE

The announcement that the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom is set to receive a colossal £150 million (US$191 million) gift from the billionaire financier Stephen Schwarzma has prompted questions about the ethics of universities receiving such significant sums. Read more

Integrating 21st Century Skills into Higher Education

Africa’s demographic dividend provides challenges for policy-makers, but in education we can make a significant difference by changing how graduates think as they enter the world of work. Read more

New AAS Funding Model Calls for Greater Public Engagement

A new funding model will prioritise community and public engagement and make it almost mandatory for higher education and other researchers on the African continent to consult the public before they get grants, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) announced recently. Read more

Première Session 2019 de la Commission Régionale des Experts (CRE) en Afrique de l’Ouest

La Direction régionale Afrique de l’Ouest de l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie a organisé du 27 au 28 juin 2019, dans ses locaux, à Dakar (Sénégal), la première Session 2019 de la Commission Régionale des Experts. Cette commission regroupe des experts issus de 12 universités membres de l’AUF en Afrique de l’Ouest. Lire la suite

Quality Education – A Drawcard for International Students

Provision of tertiary education to international students is an industry that, if well managed, could provide a significant return on gross domestic product, as the experience of the United Kingdom has shown, according to Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for University Affairs Amr Adly. Read more

Region is Not Reaping Rewards of HE Investment – Study

Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed to equip the region’s fast-growing youth population with market-driven skills needed for prosperous and equitable societies, and the region’s countries are not reaping the rewards of their investment in tertiary education, according to a new study by the World Bank. Read more

Study Points to Importance of Research Management Capacity

While initiatives to help grow research support capacity in African universities are slowly coming into being, research services functions remain far from ubiquitous and more needs to be done, according to experts. Read more

Technological Innovations – A key to Reaching Students

African universities need to “run faster in innovating technologies to compete globally”, according to Professor Crispus Kiamba, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Higher Education. Read more

To Fill Capacity Gaps, Universities Need to Work in Synergy

A recent study by the Africa Capacity Building Foundation has revealed that the continent has only about 55,000 engineers against an estimated 4.3 million required, Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU) Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehilé has said. Read more

Towards a Philanthropic Model for African Universities

University fundraising in a highly competitive and global marketplace is challenging, regardless of geography. University fundraising in Africa may feel like an even greater challenge. Access to deep philanthropic pockets – often located in North America or Europe – can seem remote and impenetrable. Read more

Universities Urge AU to Get Behind Africa Strategy

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has asked the African Union (AU) to show the necessary support for the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) in order to make it work, arguing that, three years into the launch of the strategy, the AU is yet to back it with the “appropriate level of funding”. Read more

Unskilled Graduates Struggle to Find Decent Jobs

African universities have been producing too many graduates with costly degrees and diplomas that lack mastery of skills that are necessary in the 21st century labour market, according to researchers at the African Development Bank. Read more

30 June 2019

4IR Becoming Integral to African Countries’ Competitiveness Strategies

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has become somewhat of a buzzword in Africa and countries are making it an integral part of their strategies to increase competitiveness. Read more

5 Institutions Universitaires Rejoignent l’AUF en Afrique Centrale et Grands Lacs

En mai 2019, les instances de l’AUF ont validé les demandes d’adhésion de cinq établissements universitaires du Congo, de le République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et du Tchad. Désormais l’AUF compte 90 membres dans la région Afrique centrale et Grands.  Lire plus

Advancing Resilient and Sustainable University-Business Partnerships

Africa University recently instituted its continental advancement strategy by attending the 12th U.S.-Africa Business Summit on June 18 – 21, 2019 in Maputo, Mozambique.  Read more

AFRIQUE CENTRALE ET GRANDS LACS – AFRIQUE DE L’OUEST

Créathon 2019 : Trois Équipes Lauréates dans les Campus Numériques Francophones de l’AUF

L’objectif maintenant est pour ces dernières de travailler ensemble. Sur les onze équipes lauréates, Huit sont  françaises (Les Pilotes, Equipages Boat, Incluz-ion ; 6e Rêve, Linca, 4L, Jarvis, Flag) et trois équipes sont issues des Campus numériques francophones de l’AUF :  l’équipe Lonjo de Madagascar, l’équipe Shabazz group de la République Démocratique du Congo Lire plus

Avec la Hausse des Frais Universitaires, les Étudiants Africains Moins Attirés par la France

L’explication est simple. Dès la rentrée 2019, un étudiant non originaire de l’Union européenne (UE) devra payer 2 770 euros pour une année de licence à l’université, au lieu de 270 euros jusqu’à présent. Pour un master, il devra débourser 3 770 euros, contre 243 euros auparavant. Soit des frais plus de dix fois supérieurs à ceux consentis par un Européen…Lire plus

Call for Applications for Fulbright African Research Scholar Program

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce the Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (FARSP) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Read more

Chinese University Embraces Kiswahili

SHANGHAI International Studies University (SISU) in Eastern China has introduced a degree programme of Kiswahili (BA in Kiswahili), being the only language from the African continent. Read more

Dr. Amulen Wins Prestigious AAP African Futures Program at Michigan State University

Dr. Amulen Deborah Ruth from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) is the winner of this year’s African Futures Research Leadership Program. Read more

Gouvernance Universitaire : 27 Secrétaires Généraux de la Zone de l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest-Africaine (UEMOA) Formés

L’AUF agit pour une francophonie universitaire engagée dans le développement économique, social et culturel des sociétés. Elle intervient dans dix régions du monde dont l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Lire plus

Human Factor Behind Integrating Technology into Learning

The integration of technology into learning and teaching is one of the big changes taking place in higher education institutions globally. The rationales behind technology integration are multifaceted. Read more

IBM, Wits Partner to Accelerate Quantum Computing

United States-based computing giant IBM last week announced the expansion of its quantum computing efforts to Africa in a new collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa, writes Admire Moyo for IT Web. Read more

L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

A la suite des instances de l’AUF de mai 2019, 39 nouveaux établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche ont rejoint son réseau. Aujourd’hui, 944 établissements issus de 115 pays sont membres de l’Agence. Lire plus

Masters and PhD Scholarships for Students from African Countries and the African Diaspora

The Pan African University (PAU), agency of the African Union, is offering master’s and PhD scholarships for students from African countries and the African Diaspora. Read more

PM Ngirente Officially Opens the 10th Annual Meeting of the Inter-University Council for East Africa

On 20th June 2019, the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Ngirente Edouard officially opened the 10th Annual Meeting of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). This two-day meeting takes place in Park Inn Hotel, Kigali from 20-21st June 2019. Read more

Regional Incubators to Tap Research Potential of Academics

Four of the 24 university-based World Bank Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs) have been selected as sites for the establishment of regional incubation centres for East and Southern Africa aimed at fostering university-industry links and providing graduate students and faculty with a platform from which to commercialise their research. Read more

Study Points to a Need for University Grant Evaluation System

In order to participate more effectively in bids for funding, particularly from international donors, African universities need to has effective institutional grant evaluation and accountability mechanisms, which many do not yet has, according to Juma Shabani, director of the Doctoral School at the University of Burundi. Read more

The UAPS 8th African Population Conference

Every four years, The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) organizes a general conference on the African population. Read more

Understanding the Impact of Grants at Universities

Since Africa’s earliest modern public universities were established on the continent in the 1940s, these institutions has struggled to generate adequate and sustainable funding. For the most part, universities on the continent depend on money from national governments; grants; donations from international donor communities and industries to fund their learning, teaching and research activities. Read more

31 May 2019

19 Nouveaux Projets de Recherche Soutenus pour Documenter et Éclairer les Politiques Éducatives en Afrique Francophone

Dans le cadre du programme APPRENDRE (Appui à la professionnalisation des pratiques enseignantes et au développement de ressources) un appel à projets de recherche sur le thème « Documenter et éclairer les politiques éducatives en Afrique francophone » a été lancé à la fin de l’année 2018. Cet appel s’adressait aux enseignant.e.s chercheur.e.s et aux structures de recherche d’Afrique subsaharienne, d’Haïti, du Maghreb et de l’Océan Indien. 19 projets ont été sélectionnés. Lire plus

AAU TV Unveils its Diaspora Connect Programme

The Television Station of the Association of African Universities (AAU-TV), is initiating a new TV programme titled “Diaspora Connect” to showcase the various engagements of the African Diaspora on the continent. The AAU, Africa’s apex continental higher education body, established AAU TV to disseminate real time information and content on African Higher Education to promote the sector. Read more

Africa Confers on the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Prepare its Youths for the Future

The 5th Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) has been taking place in Kigali – Rwanda. Read more

African Doctors Selected as Laureates for this Year’s Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

AU Headquarters- Two African Doctors has been selected as laureates in this year’s Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for their exemplary work in medical research and services. Read more

Agents of Influence in Africa: ETU “LETI” Concluded Agreements with Oduduwa University

St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” and Oduduwa University (Nigeria) will develop cooperation in the field of academic mobility. Read more

Annual Forum of the 9th East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Network, 6th – 10th May 2019, Bujumbura, Burundi

The East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Network (EAQAN) is a network of quality assurance practitioners in the region. Read more

Appel à projets 2019 : Programme AIMES – Accueil et Intégration des Migrants dans l’Enseignement Supérieur

L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), avec plusieurs partenaires publics et privés, lance un appel à projets auprès de ses établissements membres qui souhaitent préparer l’intégration dans des formations en langue française d’étudiants en exil (demandeurs d’asile, réfugiés, personnes sous protection subsidiaire ou provenant d’un pays en crise et munies d’un visa étudiant).