ARUA Establishes Vaccine Development Research Hubs
The Executive Committee of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) has approved the establishment of three vaccine development research hubs for western, eastern and southern Africa.
The main purpose for the establishment of the hubs is to build capacity in the region for undertaking vaccine development research on a more sustained basis and within a permanent institutional framework through collaboration. Each hub will bring together researchers from 5-6 universities that will work closely together while reaching across to the other hubs for collaborative research and capacity building.
Hubs for ARUA Vaccine Research and Capacity Building
UG – University of Ghana HUB
UI – University of Ibadan
UNILAG – University of Lagos
OAU – Obafemi Awolowo University
UCAD – Université Cheikh Anta Diop
MU – Makerere University HUB
UN – University of Nairobi
AAU – Addis Ababa University
UDSM – University of Dar Es Salaam
UR – University of Rwanda
UCT – University of Cape Town HUB
UKZN – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
RU – Rhodes University
SU – Stellenbosch University
UP – University of Pretoria
WITS – University of the Witwatersrand (alternate hub)
ARUA has received a first grant of $1 million from the Africa Regional Office of Open Society Foundations (OSF) towards setting up the eastern and western African hubs at Makerere University and University of Ghana. This is to be used largely for the purchase of equipment for the two Centres that will coordinate their programmes.