Universities as gateways between Africa and Europe: promoting a sustainable EU-AU partnership through university collaboration

In 2017, the AU-EU summit paved the way for the recognition of science collaborations and the need for strengthening the research and innovation capacity of African universities as key priorities in the African-European partnership. Since then, huge progress has been achieved with regard to these two objectives, with particular momentum developing since late 2019.

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Strengthening the African knowledge society: towards more sustainable African-European university partnerships

22 November 2021 – virtual conference

The African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the EU’s vision for Global Gateways prioritising an AU-EU strategic partnership have both set ambitions to develop an African knowledge society through research and innovation. This is crucial to strengthen a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. We need a new approach to tackle the AU’s and EU’s common challenges, from climate change to health to digitalisation.

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University of Glasgow and ARUA hold first Virtual Symposium

University of Glasgow and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) have held a one-day virtual event on the theme, “Enhancing Knowledge Transfer and Exchange in African Higher Education and Research”. This took place on 25th February 2021. The Symposium attracted 70 participants from University of Glasgow, ARUA, the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities and various partners from across Scotland, the UK, Africa and other regions. The event was a buildup on a similar event held in February 2020 on, “Capacity Strengthening in Africa” during which ARUA and University of Glasgow signed an MoU.

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COVID-19: Addressing vaccination inequality in an interconnected world.

SOAS University of London in partnership with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is hosting leading figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) for a discussion on vaccination inequality in an interconnected world. Contributing to the conversation will be the Chief Economics Commenator of the Financial Times.

This public debate seeks to provide some focus to the challenges confronting the developing world on vaccines and the nationalist overtones around it. The event is scheduled to take place on 9 March at 17:00 GMT.

Speakers:

  • Adam Habib – SOAS University of London Director (Chair)
  • Dr. Peter Singer – Special Advisor to the Director General (World Health Organization)
  • Dr. Segenet Kelemu – Director General and CEO (ICIPE)
  • Martin Wolf CBE – Chief Economics Commentator (Financial Times)

To attend, kindly register at Eventbrite – http://bit.ly/SOASVAC

Find out more about the event.

Professor Stuart Taberner discusses his hopes for the ARUA – N8 conference

In under a week (May 8th), academics from ARUA and a number of British universities will meet to discuss closer research ties. In this podcast, Professor Stuart Taberner, Dean for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Leeds, discusses the aims of the meeting – to identify research projects that tackle the big issues facing the world: climate change, food security, disease, rebuilding post-conflict societies etc. Successful projects could secure funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

To find out more about the GCRF and the University of Leeds involvement with GCRF follow this link: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4404/tackling_the_worlds_big_problems

ARUA Board Meeting

The ARUA VCs met between 24 and 26 April 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting was hosted by Prof Phil Cotton on behalf of the University of Rwanda.

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Researchers with their sights on tackling the world’s biggest problems

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.

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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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