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ARUA Secretary-General appointed AERC BOARD CHAIR

Prof. Ernest Aryeetey has been appointed as the new African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Board Chair with effect from 1 April 2021. He takes over from Dr. Louis Kasekende whose term ends 31 March 2021, having served in this capacity since April 2017. Dr. Kasekende is the immediate former Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda and has been instrumental in spearheading the collaboration with the AERC African Central Bank Governor’s Forum to ensure the long-term sustainability of the AERC through increased African stakeholdership.

Prof. Aryeetey is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana. One of his strategic priorities as Vice Chancellor was to develop the university into a research-intensive institution that supports structural transformation in Ghana and Africa. He was the first director of the African Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC. Prof Aryeetey has served as a member of the Governing Council of the United Nations University and was previously Chairman of the Advisory Board of UNU-World Institute for Development Economics Research (Helsinki).

An economist by training, Prof Ernest Aryeetey has held academic appointments at SOAS, University of London, Yale University and Swarthmore College.

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ARUA Welcomes University Of Mauritius

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The University of Mauritius has become the first associate member university of ARUA following the signing of an MoU between ARUA and the University on 8th March, 2021. The move makes it possible for researchers at the University of Mauritius to participate in all ARUA activities including conferences, workshops, training programs and research projects.

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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.


  • 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 –

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ARUA Annual Report 2020

The year began with a lot of promise for ARUA. There was rapidly growing interest around the world in what ARUA was doing to enhance the performance of African research universities, both in the region and globally. The network was set to build on various initiatives from the previous year, which had led to significant agreements and collaborations with leading global research and funding organisations. It was this growing worldwide interest in ARUA that led us to begin working closely with the Guild of European Research Universities, and to collaborate in the mobilisation of resources to support research and innovation in partnership with the European Union and the African Union.

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ARUA Board Elects New Chair and Co-Chair

The ARUA Board at its virtual meeting held on January 12, 2021, elected Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University as its Chair. It also elected as Co-Chair Professor Sizwe Mabizela, Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University.

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ARUA 2021 Biennial International Conference

Global Public Health Challenges: Facing Them in Africa

18-20 November 2021

The ARUA 2021 Biennial Conference will bring together experts from universities, research institutions, government, industry, civil society, international organizations, etc., to discuss the different steps that African economies need to take in order to face global public health challenges squarely. In reflecting on the prominent lessons from the handling of previous and current pandemics, the medium to long term implications of measures and steps taken to contain the spread of the virus in Africa will be the focus of the conference. This will be done in recognition of the interconnectedness of the various issues involved in dealing with a pandemic.

Invitation to Submit Abstracts

Preparing for Collaborative PhD Programs

Invitation to Consultants

The consultancy is being commissioned by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to engage two consultants to review and advise on how best to achieve ARUA goals and objectives with globally competitive collaborative PhD programs. One consultant will be engaged for the (1) Natural Sciences, and the other for the (2) Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

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