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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Vaccine inequities expose fault lines in North-South collaboration

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.

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Recommendations for Strengthening African Research Universities

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.

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Confronting our Common Challenges

Confronting our Common Challenges

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).

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Research universities’ multiple responses to COVID-19

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.

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