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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Consultative Meeting on ARUA Centres of Excellence

The 1-day Consultative Meeting on ARUA Centres of Excellence will take place on 30th January 2018 at the Wits Club, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein. The meeting will bring together 13 Vice Chancellors of ARUA member universities, Heads of the Centres of Excellence and a number of potential funding agencies. They will discuss the focus of each centre and explore ways in which they can be funded.

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The UNU-WIDER Development Conference

The 2017 UNU-WIDER Development Conference took place on 5-6 April 2017 at the ISSER Conference Centre of University of Ghana. The conference, which was jointly organised with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), was under the theme of “Migration and Mobility – New Frontiers for Research and Policy”. His Excellency Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, and Her Excellency Ms Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, Ambassador of Finland in Accra, formally opened it. The two-day conference had two keynote speakers, three plenary sessions, and over twenty parallel and poster presentation sessions. Continue reading “The UNU-WIDER Development Conference”


Inaugural conference identifies collaboration themes, strengthens pan-African networks

5 Apr 2017

Climate change, political instability, inequality, migration and the burden of disease are some of the major challenges confronting humanity today, and they require concomitant collaboration across ideological, geographical and scientific borders, so that holistic, lasting solutions can be developed to benefit society. Continue reading “RESEARCH IN AFRICA RISING”