The University of Namibia (UNAM) and Association of African Universities (AAU) will co-host the 22nd edition of the AAU Universities Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) in July this year.
UNAM and the AAU in a joint press statement on Thursday said the conference will take place in Namibia from 04 to 07 July under the theme ‘Advancing Excellence in African Higher Education.’
It will amongst others assemble senior members of the university community, higher education policymakers, researchers, development partners and funding agencies as well as other stakeholders from Africa and beyond, to collectively deliberate on issues of common concerns and priorities to the higher education community in Africa.
The conference will focus on successful initiatives, interventions and outcomes in African higher education by highlighting the key enabling elements within the sub-themes of doctoral education, institutional differentiation, artnership/cooperation and internationalisation, university-industry linkages, funding and financing, and the role of intellectual diaspora.
It further said the 22nd COREVIP will provide “An unparalleled learning and networking platform to its participants and is a golden opportunity for higher education stakeholders to expand their knowledge base, identify new frameworks and strategies, discover innovative approaches, and contribute to shaping Africa’s higher education sector and form new relationships while strengthening existing ones.”
UNAM Vice-Chancellor and President of the Pan- African Universities, Dr Kenneth Kamwi Matengu was quoted in the statement as saying this year’s edition unravels the barriers that serve as a conjecture for knowledge dissemination, networking and collaboration. He said higher education institutions in Africa are well placed to play a pivotal role as hubs for research excellence by advocating for evidence-based and innovative approaches that address real problems faced by the African continent.
Established in Morocco in 1967, the AAU currently has a membership of over 400 institutions of higher learning across Africa.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency