History will forever remember the 18th Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) organised by the Association of African Universities, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Rwanda and University of Rwanda (UR).
The conference, hosted in Kigali, Rwanda from 2nd to 5th June 2015, is one of the many platforms used by the AAU to foster cooperation and collaboration among its over 320 member institutions. COREVIP also creates the platform for critical reflections on issues affecting higher education and the development of Africa.
Over 250 participants from 30 African countries and 14 other countries attended COREVIP 2015 which was organised under the theme “Internationalisation of Higher Education in Africa”. Participants comprised; Heads of higher education institutions from African countries; Heads of Quality Assurance Agencies in Africa; Stakeholders in higher education in Africa; Experts in ICT, teaching and research in higher education, Development partners and Students.
In his opening remarks, the Honourable Minister of Education of Rwanda, Professor Silas Lwakabamba, expressed his country’s appreciation to AAU for holding the 2015 COREVIP in Rwanda and alluded to the fact that Africa could only be relevant in the global higher education landscape through stronger higher education systems.
The President of the Association of African Universities (AAU) and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Olusola Oyewole, thanked the President and people of Rwanda for hosting 2015 COREVIP, adding that the presence of member universities, development partners and various higher education stakeholders at the conference was indicative of the confidence bestowed in the AAU, as the voice of higher education in Africa. Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile, the Secretary General of AAU also expressed appreciation to the Government of Rwanda, University of Rwanda, the Carnegie Mellon University, and various development partners for their support to the AAU in hosting the Conference.
The Conference discussed internationalisation of higher education in Africa under the following sub-themes:
1. Harmonisation and Quality
2. Mobility and Transferability of Credits
3. New Modes of Teaching and Learning
4. Curriculum Relevance and Employability
5. Emerging Centres of Excellence in Africa
The COREVIP 2015 communique will be shared soon with all stakeholders.