Views: 383 Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah, April 24 The Association of African Universities will be marking its fifty years anniversary on the theme’’AAU at 5...
Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah, April 24
The Association of African Universities will be marking its fifty years anniversary on the theme’’AAU at 50, Achievements, challenges and prospects for sustainable Development in Africa.’’ with a platform for participants to learn new developments in fields like science, technology and environment.
At a press briefing, the Secretary General of the Association, Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile, said the conference would address issues on climate change, graduate unemployment and also help strengthen African Universities and make them relevant for the future adding that no continent or nation can produce quality human resource and achieve sustainable development without focusing on education.
This he said could be achieved through a collaborative effort between the public and private higher education Institutions.
Professor Etienne said the Association is poised to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to African development. ‘’ the AAU will continue to support the core functions of higher education Institutions. It will also foster and facilitates collaborations of African Higher education Institutions and provide a platform for discussion of emerging issues in African higher education’’. He said
According to him, some of the issues to be highlighted at the conference include promoting science, technology and innovation through higher education, curriculum reform as key to graduate employability and entrepreneurship.
Others are higher education as a tool for promoting democratic governance and mobilizing resources for higher education in Africa.
Prof. Etienne noted that the business session would focus on assessing the activities implemented over the previous four years against a background of the core programmes of activities.
The conference will also approve the plan of activities and budget for the period and elects the governing board members of the Association.
The AAU is the apex organisation and forum for consultation, exchange of information and cooperation among institutions of higher education in Africa.
The AAU represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.
The AAU was founded in Rabat Morocco on November, 12, 1967 by thirty-seven higher education institutions in Africa. The AAU has its headquarters in Accra and now has over three hundred and eighty members with a strong representation in five regions of Africa
Prof. Etienne said the AAU will continue to provide the platform for research, consultation, cooperation and collaboration etc. on issues pertaining to higher education as a major objective of the association.
The 14th General conference and Golden jubilee celebration is slated for June 5 to 8, 2017.