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”

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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African Doctoral Academy Winter School 2018

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.

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Mellon Migration & Urbanization Project

First Interim Grant Report
Grant Number 41600690
Submitted to the Andrew Mellon Foundation

Mobility & Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban

On 16 December 16, 2016, the Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation approved a grant of $844,700 to the University of the Witwatersrand for use over approximately five years. The funds were dedicated to supporting a research and graduate development program on changing forms of social engagement in Africa’s urban centres.

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Carnegie Benchmarking Project

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

The last three days of February 2018 saw a fascinating meeting unfolding at the Elilly Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The hotel was the venue of a meeting of representatives of 13 of the 16 ARUA universities. The Alliance having been in existence for a few years it was felt that it was necessary to establish a baseline of the research intensity of each of the alliance members and an aggregated picture of the collective. This base line would be of great value in future years when the progress of the members and the collective would be reviewed. Continue reading “Carnegie Benchmarking Project”

Workshop on ARUA Performance Indicators and Data-Gathering

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the African Research Universities Alliance will host a 2-day workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 26-27 February 2018 for the purpose of agreeing on and setting performance indicators for member universities. The purpose of the workshop is to (a) present a preliminary knowledge profile of each university to serve as a baseline, using bibliometric data; (b) present a generic logic model to demonstrate how indicator data can be used to evaluate and monitor research impact; (c) share the lessons learnt from the HERANA project and (d) raise awareness of capacity required (related to the systems, organisational structures, processes and procedures) to enable data gathering and sharing on a sustainable basis. This will be informed by a questionnaire or survey on such capacity currently in place at member institutions that will be circulated to each university prior to the workshop.

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Meeting of the ARUA Board of Directors

The Board of the African Research Universities Alliance will meet on 31st January 2018 at the Wits Club, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein. The Board includes all Vice Chancellors of the ARUA member universities. This meeting will approve the work programme and budget of ARUA for the period 2018-2019.

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