In the last decade, several African universities have become more determined than ever to improve the generation of new knowledge towards finding solutions to African development challenges.
Leadership in these universities have sought to provide new incentives to faculty pursuing ground-breaking research, while investing in new equipment and facilitating the conduct of research. They understand the benefits of collaboration in order to enhance the achievement of their individual aspirations.
Sixteen of Africa’s flagship research-intensive universities have come together to show that collaboration is a key strategy to achieving the goal of making research support development in a comprehensive manner.
During this panel session, leaders of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) will highlight the contributions their institutions are making towards the transformation of the research environment and the role that international partnerships can play in this effort. They will shed light on the process of establishing Centres of Excellence at ARUA universities as a major tool for collaboration among different universities.
Session Chair: Professor Wim de Viliers, Vice Chancellor, Stellenbosch University
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Professor Ama de Graft Aikins, Dean of International Programmes, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General, African Research Universities Alliance, Accra, Ghana