On behalf of our Governing Board and all staff of the Association of African Universities (AAU) – at the Secretariat, and our North and East Africa Regional Offices, I extend my warmest appreciation to all members and stakeholders of the AAU for your commitment and support to the AAU in 2022. Your contribution is vital to the work that we do in shaping Africa’s Higher Education sector and in sustainably driving the mandate of the AAU, as the Voice of Higher Education, both at home and on the global stage.
It has been a great year of overseeing the programmatic and operational management of our great Association, and of ensuring the implementation of innovative solutions for the African Higher Education sector, guided by our Strategic Plan.
We remain positive that your support and collaborations will continue into the year 2023 and beyond, as we work to deliver on our Key Results Areas. We are confident, that by working collaboratively with you, Africa Higher Education will be strengthened to continue contributing more effectively to socio-economic development at the national, regional, and global levels.
In July 2023, the Association of African Universities will be holding its Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors, and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP). The COREVIP is an assembly of the Chief Executive Officers of AAU member institutions or their representatives and holds once every two years. The AAU is warmly extending a prior invitation to you all and looks forward to your joining us for COREVIP 2023 which will be hosted under the theme – Advancing Excellence in African Higher Education.
The new year (2023) presents all of us another opportunity to renew our commitments and drive towards contributing to the attainment of the goals and targets of the AAU and of other structures, blueprints, and master plans for transforming our continent into a global powerhouse, including Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We wish you happy holidays!!
Compliments of the season!!
Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole
Association of African Universities
Snapshot of Our Activities/Impact in 2022
-The AAU entered into a number of partnerships in 2022 to promote quality and relevance of higher education in Africa. While some of these partnerships were renewals of already existing ones, there were significant new ones as well. These included our partnership with the following institutions – American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Taylor and Francis, University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), China Association of Higher Education (CAHE), International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), Animal Care and Use in Research (ACURET), among others.
– A total of 21 Higher Education Institutions joined the AAU’s membership, 19 from the African Higher Education Community and 2 Associate members from 2 Non- African Countries namely Brazil and Germany.
-The AAU Television Station (tv.aau.org) went back on satellite transmission and also recorded great progress during the year. There was close to a 40% increase in subscribers on the YouTube channel and over 200 videos were released.
-The Second Phase of the Harmonisation, Accreditation, and Quality Assurance in Africa Higher Education (HAQAA2) Project came to an end with the hosting of a HAQAA2 final Conference in Accra (December 2022)
-Under the HAQAA2 Project the AAU successfully chaired the Policy Data Unit (PDU) to map African Higher Education data sources and recommend strategies for strengthening data collection that informs African Higher Education policy direction. As the chair of the PDU, the AAU strengthened regional collaborations with the IUCEA, SADC, AUF, ECOWAS and UNIMED.
-The Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project, which has the AAU as its Regional Facilitation Unit, hosted the 7th and 8th ACE Impact Regional Workshops and Project Steering Committee meetings in Benin (June 2022) and The Gambia (November 2022). Visit the project website for more details
-The AAU, in collaboration with its partners – the Pan African Heritage World Museum (PAHWM) and UNESCO, under the auspices of the Government of Ghana and the African Union Commission, hosted an International Conference on Education and Restitution (August 30th – 1st September 2022).
-The AAU hosted the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program’s (CADFP) Stakeholders Forum in Accra, Ghana, April 2022
-We inaugurated the office of the AAU Ambassador for Higher Education for West Africa in June 2022
-The Secretary General, Prof. Olusola Oyewole and key officials of the AAU were present at key higher education discussions around the world to contribute, influence debates and project the Voice of Higher Education in Africa for the benefit of our stakeholders.
-The Research Management Project of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI), implemented by the AAU and the African Academy of Sciences recorded impactful successes and outcomes which have greatly contributed to empowering the SGCs to effectively facilitate harnessing the potential of research to promote inclusive growth and development in Africa. Read more here
-Our 2022 Africa Universities Day Celebrations focused on Bringing Equity to Research and Publishing Through Open Science. Read More
-Since its launch at the AAU General Conference in July 2021, the AAU/eLearn Africa online platform has recorded key achievements including the following – (1) over 95 users onboarded, comprising of universities, private organizations and individuals; (2) over 120 courses created on the platform (3) Six webinars and workshops were organized successfully. (4) Partnerships formed with over 5 Universities to develop online master’s programs.
-The Women in Higher Education Network (WoHEN) hosted a high-level event in March 2022, to mark the International Women’s Day
-Our North Africa Regional Office turned 3years while our East Africa Regional Office turned 4 years. We appreciate our regional offices for their immense contributions to African Higher Education in their Regions over the past years.
-Under the Demographics of African Faculty Project, the AAU participated in a stakeholder engagement forum to strengthen data collection and management in African higher education for evidence-based policy making. Read more here
-The NRF-funded programme, The COVID-19 Diary, engaged science journalists, health journalists, communicators, higher education communities, researchers, policymakers, and the general public by organizing webinars, workshops and symposiums at the AAU TV. Radio dramas on the various themes were also developed to make education on COVID-19 better and fun.
– The African Jobs Board project recorded impressive results this year with 3,631 jobs posted on the platform, 4,184 job applications, and 56 new institutions account created on the Jobs Board platform. The team also visited some institutions in Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast – Ghana, to market the platform to these institutions.
– These highlights, among several other activities and impacts made by the AAU in 2022 were achieved with the support of all our stakeholders. Together we will move the AAU and African Higher Education to the next level in the coming years. THANK YOU ALL!
AAU – The Voice of Higher Education in Africa!