ARUA is delighted to share the results of the first phase of the Benchmarking Project with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).
The report provides an analysis of how ARUA member universities are positioned in terms of academic programs, graduate enrolment, performance, and research management over the period, 2015 – 2017.
Authors: M. Flint-O’Kane, E. Abbey, J. Tager, J. Williams, S. Marillier, L. Oberlander, L. Shackleton, F. Swanepoel
Now more than ever, we see the importance of equitable international research collaboration as a foundation for building a stronger, more equitable global society.
In the face of challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the social instability created by inequality, collaboration among the global research community can drive the innovation required for a sustainable future.
In this communique, we set out a vision for strengthening UK-African research partnerships, by building individual and institutional capacity, creating a supportive environment for researchers to thrive and grow, coordinating and aligning funding programmes and maximising research impact by enhancing networks and partnerships beyond academia.
It is a call to action for all those working in the international research and innovation community and beyond, and a timely reminder of what can be achieved through sustainable UK-Africa research partnerships.
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Chair of the ARUA Board and member of ACU Council
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.
The news that an effective vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 will be introduced imminently was welcomed with great enthusiasm worldwide. The consensus is that access to vaccines for low-income countries is a global responsibility.
Ernest Aryeetey, Eivind Engebretsen, Åse Gornitzka, Peter Maassen and Svein Stølen
The gigantic global scientific efforts to develop a vaccine to mitigate the devastating impact of COVID-19 on societies have reached a point where the mass production and use of effective vaccines are a reality. But, in the subsequent race that is unfolding to produce and purchase vaccines, the gross global inequalities in the access to vaccinations, as well as in the science that makes that possible, have been exposed.
The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild of European Research- Intensive Universities (The Guild) jointly re-quest investing €1bn per annum in African re-search universities by the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) as part of the re-newed Africa-EU partnership. This is necessary to address the profound demographic, social and environmental changes facing both conti-nents. Investing in research and innovation would have a significant impact in addressing these challenges in both continents.
Africa and Europe have a unique opportunity to develop their relationship in new, strategic ways, through collaboration on common global challenges that delivers on the key objectives of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).
By Emmanuel Abbey, Emmanuel Adu-Danso and Ernest Aryeetey
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on education worldwide. Schools and universities have been shut down, like everything else. Universities around the world have responded positively, intensifying research to find solutions, assisting their governments in developing ways to contain the pandemic, and finding other channels to deliver on their mandate.