Launch of the ARUA CoE in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology

The joint launch of the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (ARUA CoE MEN) and the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Migration and Mobility (ARUA CoE M&M) took place on the 15th November 2018 at the University of the Witwatersrand. For ARUA CoE MEN, the launch was preceded by a nearly day-long workshop. Continue reading “Launch of the ARUA CoE in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology”

ARUA Vice Chancellors visit UKRI and the Russell Group

The umbrella organization for managing research in the United Kingdom, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) in setting up the latter’s 13 Centres of Excellence. Following the signing of the MoU in September 2018, UKRI invited ARUA Vice Chancellors to meetings with UKRI Senior Management to discuss the scope of the partnership. The visit was also for the purpose of meeting with the Russell Group Vice Chancellors in London to discuss possible collaboration between the two networks. The visit took place on 24-25 October 2018. Continue reading “ARUA Vice Chancellors visit UKRI and the Russell Group”

ARUA Launches Two Centres of Excellence at University of Lagos

ARUA DVCs (Research) and the Senior Management of University of Lagos

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) launched two new Centres of Excellence on 6th September 2018 at University of Lagos. The launch of the two centres, ‘Unemployment and Skills Development’ and ‘Urbanization and Habitable Cities’ coincided with the bi-annual meeting of ARUA Deputy Vice Chancellors (Research) hosted by University of Lagos. The launch ceremony was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe. All the DVCs attending the bi-annual meeting were present. Also present were various regional experts and academics working in the areas of the two Centres. Continue reading “ARUA Launches Two Centres of Excellence at University of Lagos”

ARUA Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (CoE-MEN)

The ARUA Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (CoE-MEN) is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, and also includes the Universities of Pretoria, Nairobi and Ghana.  The proposed research is on the development of materials and new technologies to benefit Africa.   Continue reading “ARUA Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (CoE-MEN)”

Concept Note for the Launch & Inauguration of the ARUA Collaboration Workshop

Setting the Research Agenda For:

  1. Urbanization and Habitable Cities in Africa; &
  2. Unemployment and Skills Development in Africa

Thursday, September 6th and Friday September 7th, 2018.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To bring together ARUA institutions across the thematic areas to improve research collaboration
  • To identify common challenges across ARUA Universities and foster innovative and solution focused research
  • To determine a common research agenda for each thematic area
  • To chart a common pathway for promoting research capacities and implementation of research agenda

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The Centre Of Excellence in Urbanization and Habitable Cities

The United Nations estimates that between 2015 and 2050, an additional 790 million people will reside in Africa’s urban areas. This implies that our Continent will play host to over 12 cities with between 5 to 10 million people by 2030, from three (Cairo, Kinshasa and Lagos) in 2014. The institutional capacity to cope with the attendant need for basic infrastructure, housing and social facilities for residents is already under considerable strain. This is evidenced by the relatively high percentage of African urban dwellers living in slum conditions-the UN Habitat projects that more than 50% of Africa’s population are likely to live in slums by 2025. Continue reading “The Centre Of Excellence in Urbanization and Habitable Cities”

Centre Of Excellence For Unemployment And Skills Development

African Entrepreneurship Development for Unemployment and Poverty Solutions (Aedups), University of Lagos

Africa currently has a population of about 1.25 billion people or 17% of the world’s population. On the other hand its collective GDP is less than one third of that of the USA. Thus the study of unemployment and the related matter of skills development is a continental imperative. Where better to host such studies but at an ARUA Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Unemployment and Skills Development. Continue reading “Centre Of Excellence For Unemployment And Skills Development”