University Advancement Workshop: African HEI’s in an Age of Discontinuity

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University Advancement Workshop: African HEI’s in an Age of Discontinuity

Esteemed Colleagues,

Special invitation to AAU: University Advancement Workshop: AFRICAN HEI’S IN AN AGE OF DISCONTINUITY at the Kingdom Hotel Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Greetings from the AAU and wishing you all a Happy New Year

At the beginning of 2017 I write to you in order to again bring to your attention the AAU University Advancement Workshops that will be offered during the course of 2017 (please refer to the attached list).

In all likelihood 2017 will be a watershed year for Africa’s Institutions of Higher Education. The impact of the various sociopolitical, socio-economic as well as competitive driving forces are such that it is quite likely that Africa’s HEI’s, collectively and individually, will be confronted with fundamental decisions that may very well involve their future sustainable success.

This also informed AAU’s decisions when the focus and range of 2017 University Advancement workshops had to be determined.

Our first workshop will be offered from 29th to 31st March 2017 at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This first workshop will challenge HEI leaders – members of University Councils, Rectors/ Vice Chancellors/ Presidents of HEI’s as well as executive/senior university leaders – to fundamentally re-think the future of Africa’s HEI’s in context of the almost unstoppable impact of the major driving forces that they have to contend with. The fundamental challenge is to, as we move forward into the 21st century, re-imagine our respective HEI’s in the context of the fundamental principles of truth, wealth, good and aesthetics:

  • Truth –the degree to which the HEI, in its specific ecosystem, and in terms of inputs, behavior and outputs, truthfully
    meet the needs of the ecosystem in a sustainable manner
  • Wealth – from a narrow institutional perspective, ensuring the systemic sustainability of the particular HEI (it is the
    notion of the ‘triple bottom line’; plus, the degree to which the recipients of a particular HEI’s inputs, behavior and
    outputs, derive ‘wealth’ from this dynamic interaction
  • Good – from an ecosystem perspective, the degree to which the HEI makes a significant impact in meeting societal
    needs in a sustainable and mutually beneficial manner
  • Aesthetics – referring specifically to both staff and students in terms of them experiencing the true ‘beauty of work’
    and beauty of studying in their respective interactions with the particular HEI’s.

This specific workshop will challenge participants in various ways, and will ask from them to objectively re-examine their entrenched beliefs and paradigms so that as a collective, we can forge achievable means to strive towards the attainment of a distinctly different, better, as well as sustainable future for our respective HEI’s.

I would therefore like to extend an invitation that you should join us in this not to be missed workshop at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

In the past this particular workshop has proven to be in high demand. Early registration is therefore essential as only a limited number of participants can be accommodated.

Looking forward to our discussions in Victoria Falls!

Yours faithfully

Prof. Etienne Ehile

Secretary General

General information 

Target audience
The target audience for the workshop includes:

  • Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Presidents, DVC’s, Heads of Departments, Registrars, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Human Resources, Chief Protocol Officers of Africa HEI’s, – with the expectation that they should during the workshop articulate their needs in terms of the value adding services to the growth of Universities in Africa

Programme fees:

US $ 800 per participant

This includes all programme material, refreshments (tea/coffee and lunches) as well as formal functions which are offered as part of the programme. It excludes travelling and accommodation.

Participants are responsible for their own travelling arrangements as well as for the cost of accommodation for the duration of the programme.

How to apply to attend the workshop

Click to complete the online application form

Hotel details:


The workshop details are as follows:

DATES: 29th to 31st March 2017(Arrival – Tuesday, 28th March departure, Saturday 1st April or Sunday 2nd April 2017).

COSTS: Inclusive of morning/afternoon refreshments, lunch, as well as all workshop materials:

ACCOMMODATION: Participants will stay at a special rate of $100 that has been negotiated for workshop participants. Accommodation and related costs are to be borne by each participant

Hotel Reservation: For reservations you can contact the following:

Kindly copy all hotel reservations to Mrs Grace Tamwa and Mrs Yvette Quashie:;;

Participants should kindly contact the Host Institutions contact person for any enquiries and assistance needed to acquire visa to Zimbabwe:

Ms. Grace TAMWA: Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
Great Zimbabwe University; P. O. Box 1235, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Telephone: +263 39 266666/263033 Fax: +263 39 266665 Mobile: +263 772155911
E-mail:;; copy:

SHUTTLE SERVICE: Airport transfers have been negotiated with Wild Horizons for $8 per person
one way. Participants who will want to use the facility should kindly contact Ms. Grace Tamwa.

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