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PRESS RELEASE – The Association of African Universities (AAU) to Organise its 20th COREVIP on ‘The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Promoting the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16 – 25)

The Association of African Universities (AAU), in collaboration with the Arab Republic of Egypt and Al-Azhar University, is organising its 20th biennial Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) at the Al-Azhar International Conference Centre, in Cairo, Egypt from 8-11 July 2019.

Conference Theme and Subthemes

This year’s conference is being held under the theme ‘The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Promoting the Continental Education for Strategy for Africa’ and is set to convene distinguished scholars and practitioners to discuss and exchange experiences on the main conference theme and the subthemes indicated below;


Sub-Theme 1:  Focus on the science and mathematics curricula in youth training and disseminate scientific knowledge and culture in society

Sub-Theme 2: Expand TVET opportunities at tertiary levels and strengthen linkages between the world of work and education and training systems

Sub-Theme 3: Revitalize and expand tertiary education, research and innovation to address continental challenges and promote competitiveness.

Sub-Theme 4: Promote peace education and conflict prevention and resolution at all levels  of education and for all age groups.

Sub-Theme 5: Improve management of education systems as well as build and enhance  capacity  for data collection, management, harness the capacity of ICT to                               improve access, quality and management of education and training systems.

Sub-Theme 6: Promote mobility through harmonization of quality assurance  and accreditation systems.

Sub-Theme 7: Identify new directions in improving management of education through enhanced capacity for data collection and management, research and scholarship and efficient governance of HEIs in Africa.

The over 1500 expected participants of the COREVIP will comprise executive heads of AAU member institutions, top-notch African scholars, representatives of student bodies, as well as representatives of sub-regional, regional and international organisations. Members from the donor and development agencies that partner with the AAU in carrying out its mandate of improving the quality of higher education in Africa will also be in attendance.Additionally, Ministers of Higher Education and other higher education policy think tanks will partake in this august conference.

The Conference will provide an excellent opportunity for leaders of African higher education institutions, particularly the current member institutions of the AAU, to exchange experiences and draw on the lessons from the theme as well as serve as an opportunity to hear from both regional and international organisations involved in higher education initiatives.



The Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) is an assembly of the Chief Executive Officers of AAU member institutions or their representatives. The Conference is held every two years with the purpose of collectively examining  themes identified as common concerns and priorities for the development of higher education in member institutions  and Africa in general; making recommendations primarily to members, as well as to the Governing Board of the Association, and to the Secretariat; and acting as a mid-term forum for taking stock of the implementation of the decisions of the General Conference and recommending corrective actions.

For further information on COREVIP 2019 – participation,  exhibitions and sponsorship, please visit:


About The Association of African Universities

The Association of African Universities (AAU), is an international non‑governmental organization set up in November 1967 by universities in Africa to promote cooperation among themselves and between them and the international academic community. With a current membership of 400 institutions of higher learning drawn from all regions within the continent, the AAU is the representative voice of the African higher education community.

The mission of the AAU is to raise the quality of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to African development by fostering cooperation and collaboration among its member institutions, providing support to their core functions of teaching, learning and research.

For further information, kindly contact:

Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile

Secretary General

Association of African Universities
P.O. Box AN 5744
Accra, GHANA
Tel: +233-0302-761588/774495
Fax: +233-0302-774821

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