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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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ARUA and The Guild call for the African Union and the European Union to act as levers for widespread and coordinated support for the African knowledge society

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild emphasise the critical importance of strengthening African research universities in a wholistic way, calling to action the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU), national governments, public science bodies, and Universities and their communities themselves.

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Paradigm shift in EU’s collaboration with HE in Africa

As policy-makers gear up for a summit on 17-18 February 2022 where a new multi-year strategic agreement (2021-27) between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) will be introduced, research universities sent a clear message that enhanced African-European university collaboration should be a key component of the agreement.

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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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ERNEST ARYEETEY: African issues must be tackled in Africa itself to create workable solutions


We may live in a digital world, but geography still matters.

There’s a simple formula at the heart of development in Africa, although up until now policymakers haven’t quite figured out the balance of the equation. They’re very much focused on the outcome — specified goals defining success — without paying heed to the principles necessary to bring it about. If Africa is to achieve the wellbeing gains associated with the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), policies and investment need to strengthen the base upon which development is built. 

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Can ARUA lead Africa on the path to research excellence?

By Ernest Aryeetey, Emmanuel Abbey, Emmanuel Adu-Danso and Gerald Ouma 

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), driven by a need to establish a culture of publishing verifiable data about African universities, has launched a report titled Research Profiles of ARUA Universities: Emerging trends 2015-2017.

The data in the report, released virtually on 18 August, will be updated regularly to show ARUA’s growth and transformation.

Established in 2015, the African Research Universities Alliance is a network of 16 leading research universities from different countries in the region. They come from quite different historical backgrounds but have recently come to share a common vision.

Together, they have articulated a vision to expand and significantly enhance the quality of research done in Africa by African researchers.

A question that many observers around the world ask is whether they can realise their vision in view of the enormity of the task ahead of them.

This article shows the conditions at ARUA universities at the time they came together in 2015 and soon after that. The intention of the ARUA institutions is to change these conditions steadily over time, working together.

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Online launch of the ARUA Universities Research Profiles Report

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) invites you to an online launch of the ARUA Universities Research Profiles Report.

The launch will highlight findings from the data-gathering exercise on how ARUA Universities are positioned in terms of academic programs, graduate enrolment, performance, and research management, for the purpose of benchmarking.

To register, click here:

4th Floor, Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences Building
#1 Research Crescent, Casely Hayford Road,
Airport Residential Area, Accra, Ghana
Ghana Post Digital Address: GA-018-1233

The Secretary-General
African Research Universities Alliance
C/O Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences
PO. Box M32, Accra-Ghana