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15-17 NOVEMBER 2023

Reimagining the Future of Higher Education in Africa

The 2023 ARUA Biennial Conference brought together experts from universities, research institutions, government, industry, civil society, international organizations, etc., to discuss the potential pathways of reimagining the future of HEIs on the African Continent in the coming decades and how the projections can be altered significantly.

Watch the Videos

The conference recordings are available on this YouTube playlist on the ARUA YouTube channel

Plenary Sessions

FIRST PLENARY SESSION: Understanding the Changing Dynamics of Higher Education: A Global Perspective

Chair: Professor Folasade Ogunsola, Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos

  1. Professor Daya Reddy, Vice Chancellor (Interim), University of Cape Town
    Title: “Partnerships and collaboration in scholarship: crossing and eliminating boundaries”.
  2. Professor Emmanuel Ojo, Deputy Head: Wits School of Education & Chair: Faculty of Humanities’ Transformation, Internationalisation, and
    Partnerships Committee, University of the Witwatersrand
    Title: “Mapping the Academic Landscape: A Bibliometric Journey Through Higher Education in Africa”.
  3. Professor Wendy Thomson CBE, Vice Chancellor, University of London
    Title: “Transnational Education on Tides of Change”.

SECOND PLENARY SESSION: Governance at the Universities of the Future

Chair: Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana

  1. Professor Graham Carr, President and Vice Chancellor, Concordia University (TBC)
    Title: “Concordia: a next-generation university”.
  2. Professor Lanre Fagbohun, Former Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University
    Title: “Mapping Governance Risks, the Future of Universities”.
  3. Professor Lis Lange, Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (T&L) University of Cape Town, Special Advisor: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching,
    Stellenbosch University
    Title: “Re-engaging Governance Praxis at African Universities: A reflection from the trenches

THIRD PLENARY SESSION: Technology and Changing Higher Education Practice: How Should African Universities Respond?

Chair: Professor Sizwe Mabizela, Vice Chancellor, Rhodes University

  1. Professor John Effah, Director, Institutional Planning and Research, University of Ghana
    Title: “Digital innovation and transformation of HEIs in Africa: opportunities, challenges, and responses”.
  2. Professor Russ Ganim, Dean of International Programs, University of Iowa
    Title: “Tech and Teams: The Promise of Webinars and Global Classrooms”.
  3. Professor Adeniyi Isafiade, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
    Title: “African universities can enhance teaching and learning using technology by leveraging opportunities

FOURTH PLENARY SESSION: Preparing African Students for the Future

Chair: Emeritus Professor Olufemi Bamiro, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan

  1. Mr. Jerome September, Dean of Students, University of the Witwatersrand
    Title: “Breaking down the walls: Student Success as a common purpose for Academic and Student Affairs. A Wits University Perspective
  2. Professor Gordon Awandare, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, University of Ghana
    Title: “Preparing Students for the World of Competitive Research”.
  3. Professor Roberta Comunian, Professor of Creative Economies, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings College London
    Title: “It takes a village: Supporting creative graduates in and beyond the creative industries.