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.

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Lund University awards Honorary Doctorate Degree to ARUA Secretary-General

Lund University, Sweden, invited the ARUA-Secretary-General Professor Ernest Aryeetey to receive an Honorary Doctorate degree in May 2020. The award ceremony was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The University has recently decided to merge the 2020 and 2021 award ceremonies, which will take place virtually at 10 am (GMT) on Friday, 28th May 2021. The ceremony will be live streamed from the website of Lund University on

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Early-Career Research Fellowships

This Early-Career Research Fellowship is being initiated by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to support a total of thirteen (13) Early-Career Research Fellows to undertake globally competitive research at the ARUA Centres of Excellence (CoEs).

The goal is to strengthen the capacity of early-career researchers at African universities by giving them time away from teaching responsibilities at their home institutions while working with very senior and accomplished researchers. Each
CoE is expected to host one research fellow from a country other than where the CoE is located.

Applications should be submitted by email to the Secretary-General of ARUA (;
not later than 15th June 2021. Successful candidates shall be contacted before August 2021 and
expected to begin the fellowship in October 2021.

Download the PDF document here

Invitation to Consultants – ARUA Doctoral Programs

This 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.

View the Terms of Reference here

Responses are to be sent to no later than 24th May 2021.

Invitation to Submit Abstracts

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.

Persons interested in participating in the conference may send an abstract of not more than one page to the organisers at before 31st May 2021.

Invitation to Submit Abstracts

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

Photo By Avinash Kamble, on Google Maps

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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