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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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Research partnerships essential to solve global problems

By Professor Stuart Taberner

 Professor Stuart Taberner
Professor Stuart Taberner

The biggest problems facing the world today will not be solved by researchers from a single discipline, a single university, or even a single continent.

The key is collaboration, where researchers can come together and share ideas about how to resolve those intractable issues that shorten lives, hold back economic development and impact on wellbeing:  climate change, food security, disease and rebuilding communities ravaged by conflict.

If we as academics want to make a real change, we need to forge links with colleagues outside of our own disciplines and across borders.

That’s why I will be in Ghana in just under two weeks’ time – to meet academics from the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to discuss future research partnerships.

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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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University of Glasgow Hosts ARUA Secretary-General

University of Glasgow Hosts ARUA Secretary-General

University of Glasgow played host to the Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, on 11th March 2019. The visit to University of Glasgow was at the invitation of the Dean for Global Engagement (Africa and Middle East), Professor Paul Garside. It was planned to facilitate follow-up discussions after the earlier meeting of ARUA Vice Chancellors and the Russell Group of Vice Chancellors in London last October. The Russell Group is currently chaired by Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of University of Glasgow. In a tweet, Professor Muscatelli welcomed Professor Ernest Aryeetey to University of Glasgow.

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Call for Papers for 2019 International Conference

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) will host an international conference and workshops on 18-20 November 2019 under the theme “Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining a Role for Research Universities”. Interested persons are invited to learn more about the meeting by clicking here.

Launch of the ARUA CoE in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology

The joint launch of the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (ARUA CoE MEN) and the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Migration and Mobility (ARUA CoE M&M) took place on the 15th November 2018 at the University of the Witwatersrand. For ARUA CoE MEN, the launch was preceded by a nearly day-long workshop.

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ARUA Vice Chancellors visit UKRI and the Russell Group

The umbrella organization for managing research in the United Kingdom, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) in setting up the latter’s 13 Centres of Excellence. Following the signing of the MoU in September 2018, UKRI invited ARUA Vice Chancellors to meetings with UKRI Senior Management to discuss the scope of the partnership. The visit was also for the purpose of meeting with the Russell Group Vice Chancellors in London to discuss possible collaboration between the two networks. The visit took place on 24-25 October 2018.

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ARUA Launches Two Centres of Excellence at University of Lagos

ARUA DVCs (Research) and the Senior Management of University of Lagos

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) launched two new Centres of Excellence on 6th September 2018 at University of Lagos. The launch of the two centres, ‘Unemployment and Skills Development’ and ‘Urbanization and Habitable Cities’ coincided with the bi-annual meeting of ARUA Deputy Vice Chancellors (Research) hosted by University of Lagos. The launch ceremony was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe. All the DVCs attending the bi-annual meeting were present. Also present were various regional experts and academics working in the areas of the two Centres.

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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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