Africa Higher Education Fair 2018

As part of the Ninth ACE workshop, the maiden Higher Education Fair will be organized under the scope of the regional project, Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE). The ACE Higher Education Fair would be of interest to students, professors, working adults, members of the industry and the general public seeking higher education opportunities in Africa.

Objectives of the Fair

The goal of the ACE Higher Education Fair is to provide an interactive platform and to inform students and faculty, about the programs offered by the ACEs. Specially, the Fair aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Provide a platform for all ACEs to present and promote locally and internationally, their programs and activities through currents ACE students and faculty presentations, brochures and picture displays.
  2. Provide faculty exchange opportunities for faculty interested in joining the ACEs.
  3. Provide opportunities to all ACEs to recruit students to their various courses by offering face-to-face interactions with aspiring students, career guidance educators and working professionals planning to pursue further studies Africa.
  4. Provide opportunities to students and faculties to better know World Bank activities and achievements, and be part of the World Bank potential staff roster.

ACE Higher Education Fair, opens to the public on Monday May 7, 2018 at 2iE Campus, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 9 am to 5pm.

All Higher Education Institutions (faculty and students), industry stakeholders, government and the general public are invited.

Invitation to Academic Faculty: The 2018 Education Collaborative Annual Workshop

Hosted by Ashesi University, Berekuso, Ghana
From 25-29 June 2018
Focusing on “Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms”

We are inviting Provosts, Heads of Department, Academic Faculty, Teachers/Facilitators, and Faculty Trainers from Higher Educational Institutions across Africa to come and collaboratively share and co-design pedagogy to:

  1. Make learning relatable
  2. Make learning engaging
  3. Make learning relevant and current


As a pioneer in blending the liberal arts and sciences in Africa, Ashesi University is recognised across the world as a model for higher education on the African continent.

The aim of the Education Collaborative Annual Workshop is to serve as a platform for Higher Education Institutions in Africa to engage and share with each other, best practices in teaching, learning, and university management. The pilot Education Collaborative at Ashesi was held in June of 2017, and 12 institutions participated. This year’s event will be held from 25-29 June 2018 and will focus on “Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms”.


To facilitate effective learning, the classroom environment must evolve to match the diversity in student population and increasing access to technology. This year’s collaborative is aimed at creating a platform for institutions looking to share and co-design strategies and tools for Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms. Sessions will be case-based and will be led by faculty of varied institutions from around Africa, and the world sharing tools and strategies they have tried in their classrooms with their students.


Provosts, Faculty and classroom facilitators, Heads of faculty, Faculty trainers and others interested in improving their facilitator skills.


Participants should expect Engaging Workshop Sessions, Hands-On Practical, Co-design tools and Empirical Case-based learning. During the 5 Days Residential workshop the following Session Topics will be covered:

  1. Engaging learners with diverse learning styles and needs
  2. Managing large classrooms (over 100 students)
  3. Using current accessible technology in teaching and learning


For a relatable and beneficial experience, collaborators attending must submit a problem statement of interest related to one or more of the session topics.


It will be held at the Ashesi university Campus in Berekuso, Ghana.


Register online:


Cost includes hotel accommodation, meals, conference material and transportation to and from campus.

  • Ghana Participants: GHC 3,500*
  • African Institutions: US$1,000*
  • International Institutions: US$1,200*

*Discounts apply for institutions that register by the first round deadline with two or more participants, and for members of the council of independent universities. Financial assistance though limited is available on a case-by-case basis for institutions on the African continent.

Member institutions of the AAU will receive an additional 15% discount through to the second round deadline.


  • Early round registration deadline: March 30, 2018
  • Regular registration deadline: May 21, 2018
  • Late registration: Dependent on space


  • For more information visit
  • Email Rose Dodd at or
  • Or Call/WhatsApp Rose on: +233 027 121 7344
  • Download the 2018 Concept Note: 2018 Concept Note

AAU East Africa Regional Office launched in Sudan

The East Africa Regional Office for the AAU is launched

On the 14th March 2018 the East Africa Regional Office for the Association of African Universities was successfully launched in Khartoum, Sudan. This memorable event took place at the Sudan Ministry of Higher Education Conference Room. The East Africa Regional Office for the AAU is hosted by the University of Khartoum and its mandate covers the 11 countries of East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia).

The high profile dignitaries in attendance included the Honourable Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Sudan (Professor Somia Abo Kashawa), President of the AAU (Professor Orlando Antonio Quilambo), Secretary General of the AAU (Professor Etienne E. Ehile), Vice Chancellor University of Khartoum (Professor Ahmed M. Suleiman), Association of Sudanese Universities (Professor Ahmed Altayb), President Sudan International University and Vice President of AAU (Prof Bakri Osman Saeed), Executive Secretary of RUFORUM (Professor Adipala Ekwamu), Vice President Al Azhar University in Egypt (Professor Yousuf Amer),  Director of  development projects and Innovation Center Manager at Ain Shams University, Egypt (Prof M.S. Al-Kotb) and representatives of the Arab Bank for Economic Development, UNESCO, Private Sector, Diplomatic Missions, Professional Association of Sudanese Universities Academic Staff  and Students Associations

The main goal of the AAU East Africa Regional Office is to increase the impact of AAU activities in East Africa and maximise the benefits of AAU to the membership universities in East Africa. This decentralization of the Association’s activities is expected to help improve both the visibility of the AAU and the quality of higher education in Africa. Some specific objectives of the East Africa Regional office include:

  1. To enhance the role of governments at the sub-regional level in supporting the activities of the Association;
  2. To promote knowledge sharing within the Eastern African sub-region and with the other 4 sub-regions;
  3. To actively promote collaboration among academia, civil society, private sector and governments at the sub-regional level;

Other AAU Regional Offices will be launched in North Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa.

Please download the relevant attachments below:

  1. The Photo Album of the Launch:
  2. Declaration of Khartoum: Khartoum Declaration
  3. Memorandum of Understanding between the AAU and University of Khartoum: MOU AAU Reg office Sudan
  4. AAU Secretary General’s Speech: SG East Africa Regional Office Launch
  5. President of AAU’s Speech: AAU President Launch East Africa Regional Office
  6. RUFORUM Executive Secretary’s Speech: Goodwill Message from Prof. Adipala Ekwamu
  7. Arabic version of Vice President Al-Azhar University Speech in Sudan: Arabic version Al-Azhar Univer
  8. English version of Vice President Al-Azhar University Speech in Sudan: English version Al-Azhar Univ
  9. French version of Vice President Al-Azhar University Speech in Sudan: French version Al-Azhar Unive
  10. Kiswahili version of Vice President Al-Azhar University Speech in Sudan 15 March: Kiswahili version Al-Azhar U

Contact Details

Dr. Faiza Mohamed Osman Mahmoud

University of Khartoum, AAU East Africa Regional Office

Telephone: +249 90 9005274, Email: and copy


The History of the Association of African Universities (AAU)

The decision to create the AAU was taken at a meeting of Heads of African Institutions of Higher Education held for this purpose at the University of Khartoum, Sudan in September 1963. The International Association of Universities assisted in planning and making administrative arrangements for this meeting and was invited to cooperate with the Interim Committee that was set up to draft a constitution for the AAU. A founding conference attended by the Heads or Senior representatives of 34 African Universities was held at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco on 12th November 1967. In this meeting the constitution was adopted and the first officers and members of the Executive Board of the AAU were elected. The second General Conference of the AAU was held at Lovanium University in Kinshasa in November 1969 and new officers and a new Executive Board were elected to take office in 1970. The Government of Ghana won the bid to host the AAU – and the secretariat has been hosted in Ghana since 1970.


CERSA’s Masters Program to recieve International Accreditation


The High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) based in France has confirmed the accreditation of the Regional Centre of Excellence in Avian Science (CERSA), Masters Programme  “without reservation, for five years.”

The accreditation was approved based on self-assessment according to the standards of HCERES and an evaluation mission embarked by the Council from September 11-13, 2017. Following the Evaluation, HCERES commended CERSA on its efforts towards the development of the poultry industry saying, “The Masters in Avian Sciences proposed in this framework responds to a strong need of the Togolese society and more broadly of the countries of West and Central Africa. The positioning of this training is relevant in the agricultural context of the region and the training objectives are consistent with the immediate and future needs of the poultry sectors.”

CERSA is the first in the University of Lomé to have its Masters program accredited by HCRES. The accredited Programmes include; Process of Transformation and Safety of Poultry products, Bio-safety and Bio-security of Poultry, Poultry Production Techniques,Poultry Biotechnology and Genetics, Socio-economy and marketing of the Poultry industry

The Commission recommended that, the Centre consolidates the training in Avian Sciences with emphasis on economic objectives and food security. Also, the university was advised to continue its quality assurance policy.


2iE to host 9th ACE Workshop

The Ninth African Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project Workshop will take place at 2iE (Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de l’Environment) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This two-day event is slated for May 8-9, 2018.

2ie is the first ACE institution to host an ACE workshop since the inception of the project.  Participants at the ninth ACE workshop will include representatives of the Centres, subject matter experts in the thematic areas of Agriculture, Health and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as representatives of the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU).

The workshop will feature novel activities such as the Africa Higher Education Fair slated for Monday May 7, 2018. The fair will create an avenue for the Centres to showcase their products and activities. ACEs are further encouraged to ensure the participation of students from their centers in the fair to share information, learn from others and network among themselves.

Prior to the workshop, the 12th ACE Project Steering Committee Meeting will take place on Monday May 7, 2018

Since its inception in 2014, the African Centres of Excellence has organized 7 workshops for the 22 Centres in ACE I and one joint workshop for ACE I and II.

OAU- ICT Driven Knowledge Park calls for University- Industry linkage in ICT


The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) – ICT Driven Knowledge Park has called on the private sector to partner with the University and benefit from its knowledge and skills in technology and innovations. OAU in collaboration with the Nigeria Computer Society organized a one- day university-industry linkage forum themed ‘Rethinking Academia-Industry Engagement’ at the Sheraton Hotel Lagos.

OAU is one of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence funded by the World Bank to strengthen the capacities of Universities to deliver high quality training to meet the demand for skills required for Africa’s development.

Speaking at the forum, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of the University Council, called on industry stakeholders to partner with the institution and benefit from its ICT potentials. He stated, “We need to build a stronger interface between academia and the industry. Industry participation and synergy on this project will be of immense benefit to the student community, the academia and the industry.”

He also noted that OAU was ready to create the platform for the University and industry to jointly identify challenges facing the country and design the needed solutions, and also provide jobs and wealth creation in the process.  Dr. Ogunbiyi also stated that the park is being positioned as a recognized model ICT Park and hub in the sub- region which links academia and industry to proffer solutions to local problems.

He added, “The intent here is that such solutions will be innovative and commercialized. It is our desire therefore that companies can take up structures or spaces in the park, creating proximity to the university’s intellectual infrastructure of our faculty and the reservoir of knowledge resident within our active student population.”

The co-leader of the Centre who also doubles as the President of the Nigeria Computer Society, Professor G.A Aderoumu speaking at the event stated that, the World Bank earmarked eight million USD for the setting up of the park, which is near completion and would be fully commissioned in May.

Also present at this event was the OAU Vice Chancellor. Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, who added that, the university is ready to work with all stakeholders in bridging the gap between academia and industry and to also sustain its relevance as a leading university in research and innovation.



Ninth ACE Project Workshop Registration

Ninth ACE Project Workshop|| 9ème Atelier du Projet CEA/

Date: May 7-9, 2018|| Du 7 au 9 mai 2018

Venue/ lieu: 2iE- (Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de
l’Environnement) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Register here/ Veuillez bien vous inscrire ici

Download general information with regard to visa, accommodation, transport,etc.

Télécharger les informations générales concernant le visa, le logement, le transport, etc.

Call to Participate – from IADE

Call to Participate – AAU Member Universities and other African Tertiary Institutions

Dear Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Presidents, Deans, Head of Departments and Senior Leaders

The Institute for the Advancement of Developing Economies (IADE) is calling for your participation in its proprietary Higher Education Capacity Building (HECB) Program. The IADE HECB is an innovative capacity building program that functions through a number of customizable program areas, designed to strategically advance the quality, competitiveness, and visibility of higher education institutions in Africa. The program tackles key issues limiting the advancement of higher education institutions in Africa. A HECB program area typically consists of several deliverables that will be administered to the participating institutions over a period of 12 months. IADE HECB program areas, approach, and deliverables are proprietary and designed to get the desired results for the participating institutions. IADE is also working on engaging with ministries/departments of education in various African countries.

The IADE HECB program areas include:

  1. HECB Program Area 1: Positioning Institutions for International Funding Opportunities
  2. HECB Program Area 2: Enhancing Institutions’ Scientific Research Publication Output and Visibility
  3. HECB Program Area 3: Launching High-Impact Academic, Professional, and Certificate Programs
  4. HECB Program Area 4: Applying and Preparing for International Accreditation

IADE also publishes the Journal for the Advancement of Developing Economies (JADE) and submission and publication is 100% FREE for all AAU-member institutions.

To sign up for these program areas please contact:
+ 1 225 715 3614

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