The biggest problems facing the world today will not be solved by
researchers from a single discipline, a single university, or even a single
The key is collaboration, where researchers can come
together and share ideas about how to resolve those intractable issues that
shorten lives, hold back economic development and impact on wellbeing: climate change, food security, disease and rebuilding
communities ravaged by conflict.
If we as academics want to make a real change, we need to
forge links with colleagues outside of our own disciplines and across borders.
That’s why I will be in Ghana in just under two weeks’ time
– to meet academics from the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to
discuss future research partnerships.
In just under two
weeks, academics from ARUA and eight British universities will meet in Ghana
with the aim of forging a new chapter in research collaboration.
Researchers will be
looking to form partnerships to investigate the big problems facing the world:
climate change, water conservation, disease, sustainable food production, the
rebuilding of post-conflict societies – to name just a few.
of Glasgow played host to the Secretary-General of the African Research
Universities Alliance, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, on 11th March
2019. The visit to University of Glasgow was at the invitation of the Dean for
Global Engagement (Africa and Middle East), Professor Paul Garside. It
was planned to facilitate follow-up discussions after the earlier meeting of
ARUA Vice Chancellors and the Russell Group of Vice Chancellors in London last
October. The Russell Group is currently chaired by Professor Anton Muscatelli,
Principal and Vice Chancellor of University of Glasgow. In a tweet, Professor
Muscatelli welcomed Professor Ernest Aryeetey to University of Glasgow.
The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) will host an international conference and workshops on 18-20 November 2019 under the theme “Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining a Role for Research Universities”. Interested persons are invited to learn more about the meeting by clicking here.
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”
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”
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”
For Doctoral Candidates and Supervisors
Early-Bird Applications Open
2 – 13 July 2018, Preparatory Session: 28 – 30 June 2018
The ADA’s bi-annual, two-week long Doctoral Schools take place every year in Summer (January) and Winter (June-July) and aim to offer high impact research and methodology training for prospective and current PhD candidates, their supervisors and researchers from a variety of fields. The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) Winter School takes place this year from 2 – 13 July 2018.