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74th AAU Governing Board Meeting Held in Ghana

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74th AAU Gov Board

The 74th Association of African Universities Governing Board Meeting was successfully held in Accra Ghana at the Airside Hotel from 27-28 June 2016.

The Governing Board comprises the President of the Association, three Vice-Presidents, 11 other executive heads of member institutions elected at the General Conference to represent the five sub-regions of Africa and the Secretary-General. The Board implements the decisions of the General Conference. The AAU Governing Board meets annually. Please click here to see the list of AAU Governing Board Members.

The Governing Board decided that the 14th AAU General Conference and the AAU Golden Jubilee celebrations would be held in Ghana from 5-8 June 2017.

PASET RSIF Call for University Selection

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The Association of African Universities (AAU) to implement PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund: Launching Call for University Selection

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has entered into an agreement with PASET PASET Logo2to serve as the implementing unit for its flagship initiative, the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF). AAU is now inviting universities that are part of the Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE) program to apply to join the RSIF.

The RSIF is being designed according to the highest standards of scholarship administration and governance, and the AAU was selected to administer the program according to these standards. The first round of RSIF will fund PhD scholarships and focus on degree programs within four thematic areas: Energy; Information & Communications Technology; Food security; and Mining, Minerals and Materials Engineering. The call for proposals will be formally launched on June 27.

RSIF Overview

The RSIF is a PASET initiative seeded by African governments to train a critical mass of PhD scholars in select scientific fields that are crucial for the development of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and to build the capacity of SSA universities to provide high quality PhD programs at international standards.

It plans to contribute towards training 10,000 PhDs in Applied Sciences, Engineering and PASET LogoTechnology for priority sectors in 10 years, and building the capacity of a core of African universities to train these PhDs. RSIF will also build the region’s capacity to sustainably support those PhDs beyond their training as they go into academia, industry, or become entrepreneurs.

Eighty percent of the government-financed scholarships will be reserved for African countries contributing to the Fund (currently Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal). The remaining 20 percent will be open to students from other SSA countries. Due to the dearth of qualified faculty in many SSA universities, scholarship preference will be given to current faculty members who are not PhD holders. Female candidates will also be encouraged to apply.

How will RSIF be implemented?

The RSIF will be implemented through competitively selected African Centers of Excellence that have capacity to offer PhD programs in one of the selected thematic areas. Four to six Centers will be selected to be RSIF hosts in the first round with the goal of adding additional host institutions (not limited to ACEs) in future years.

The selected host institution will invite PhD applications using their own admission criteria and additional RSIF criteria (starting September 2016). The program will be advertised in advance so students can apply for PhD courses in September 2016 for January admission.

RSIF scholarships will support full-time PhD study for a maximum of three to four years, depending on the course of study. Tuition and fees will be paid directly to host universities, while stipends for food and housing will be distributed directly to the scholars.

Selection Process

RSIF host institutions will be selected based on the merit of their proposal. Applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel comprised of experts in the four designated thematic areas, and other individuals with broad knowledge of the four thematic areas and capacity in the SSA region. If selected, universities are expected to carry out their responsibilities consistent with their proposal and not substitute other degree programs for the awarded program. Key dates in the selection process include:

  1. Request for Proposal launch: June 27, 2016
  2. Proposal Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016
  3. Host University Selection Announcement: September 2016
  4. Student Selection: September – December, 2016
  5. Enrollment in PhD Program: January 2017

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General Conference 1Dear Vice Chancellor/Rector/President,

The Association of African Universities will hold its 14th General Conference in June 2017. The year 2017 will also be the year AAU will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.

The General Conference, an assembly of representatives of all member institutions, with development partner representatives and others in attendance, meets once every four years for the purpose of:

–           assessing the activities implemented in the past four years against the background of a Core Programme and Budget approved at the previous Conference;

–           approving the plan of activities and budget estimates for the following four-year period; and

–           electing a Governing Board of the Association from among the Vice Chancellors, Presidents and Rectors of the member universities.

General Conference 13This event is normally jointly organised with a member institution in good standing with regard to payment of annual membership subscriptions.

The AAU hereby invites applications from member institutions for the co-hosting of this prestigious Conference.

The host university will be expected to contribute to the organisation of the Conference, financially or in kind, by way of:

  • Local transportation for participants
  • Airport “meet and greet” (reception and facilitation of immigration procedures)
  • Traditional items as gifts to presenters and sessional chairs
  • Welcome Reception or Dinner for participants
  • Publicity and media coverage (local press, radio and TV, conference photographer)
  • Arrangement of courtesy calls by the Governing Board on appropriate Government authorities
  • Arranging of excursion visits by delegates
  • Secretariat for the Conference (equipment and supplies)
  • Decorations, banners, invitations to Opening/Closing Ceremony and receptions
  • Cultural display during open and closing ceremonies

Applications to host the AAU Golden Jubilee Conference should be addressed to:

The Secretary General

Association of African Universities (AAU)

Accra, GHANA.

Email: secgen@aau.org

Deadline for the receipt of official application to host the 14th General Conference is Friday, 24 June 2016.

It may be noted that the co-hosting of this most prestigious of African academic events provides very high-level exposure to the host institution and country, and is therefore highly sought-after.

If your institution is interested in co-hosting the 2017 General Conference, kindly let us hear from you as soon as possible. Dates and other details will be taken up after final decision by the Executive Board at its next meeting at the end of May, 2016.

I look forward to hearing from you, and wish you the best.

Yours in the service of higher education in Africa,

Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile
Secretary General

Association of African Universities