African University Day

PRESS RELEASE – African University Day: November 12, 2015

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cropped-cropped-wp-logo_en-e1438870322513.jpgThe Association of African Universities (AAU) is calling on all higher educational institutions in Africa to adopt innovative strategies to improve educational outcomes on the continent, as it joins other stakeholders to commemorate the annual African University Day Celebrations on the 12th November 2015.

With an objective of presenting a unique platform to promote critical dialogue among stakeholders on how to improve higher education in Africa, the Day has been celebrated by higher education institutions since year 2006. It is also set aside to celebrate success stories of higher education across the continent.

This year’s theme, “Internationalisation of Higher Education,” was aptly chosen in furtherance of the discussions at the recent Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Higher Education Institutions (COREVIP) held in Kigali, Rwanda, in June this year.

“Internationalisation is now an integral part of higher education in all parts of the world and, in many instances, a major driving force for change in universities. African universities should, therefore, adopt new internationalisation strategies” said Professor Etienne Ehile, Secretary General of AAU. “We need to contextualise and prioritise our activities by giving preference to national, regional as well as global activities. In a world that is inevitably globalised, working and collaborating with institutions in all parts of the world, on clear agreed terms, can only be enriching for universities and students in Africa”.

This year’s celebration is aimed at creating the platform for intellectual discussions and debates on the key issues African universities should focus on, as we internationalise to ensure that we, as institutions, and our students derive the full benefits of such collaborations.

In Ghana, where the headquarters of the Association is located, AAU will bring together all universities, including private universities, other tertiary education institutions, non-higher education institutions, and other higher education stakeholders to discuss the theme through a public lecture. The Ghana event will be hosted by the Ashesi University, Berekuso, in the Eastern Region.

Events to Mark African University Day

Events to mark the Day can take the form of seminars, workshops, or panel discussions in which both policy-makers and major stakeholders should actively participate. This could be supplemented by interviews granted to the public and private media, press releases, articles in local newspapers, and exhibitions of publications and other outputs by Universities.

If there is more than one university in a locality, such institutions may wish to arrange a joint celebration on the Day. AAU also suggests that information on the event is circulated to the various departments under the Ministry of Education, University Councils, Committees of Vice-Chancellors and all institutions involved in the management of higher education institutions, as well as other public and private universities which are non-members of this Association, research institutions, the media and the general public, inviting them to join in the celebration to give visibility to the Day and to promote activities of higher education institutions.

Online Social Media Campaign for the 2015 African University Day

The AAU Secretariat has recruited 118 online Volunteer Social Media Reporters to create visibility for the African University Day. Please join the campaign online and use #AUDAY2015 to tweet interesting information about African Universities.

About the AAU

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is the apex organisation and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of Higher Education in Africa.

It 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, with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was founded in Rabat, Morocco, on November 12, 1967, by members of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) and has a current membership of over 350 and still counting.

With a strong representation in all five regions of Africa, AAU provides the platform for research, reflection, consultation, debates, co-operation and collaboration on issues pertaining to higher education.

Through its various projects, the AAU has, over the years, made tremendous contributions to Higher Education Institutions in Africa. Current programmes being run include the African Centres of Excellence project, Database of African Theses and Dissertation (DATAD), Graduate Internship programme, ECOWAS Fellowship Programme, Quality Assurance Support Programme and the Leadership/Management Development training programmes.

FACT FILE

Since 2000, the Secretariat of AAU in Accra, Ghana, and the Secretariat of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (CVCP), now Vice Chancellors, Ghana (VCG), have jointly organised events to commemorate the Day.

From 2006 to date, the following have been the venues and themes for the Day in Ghana:

  • The University of Education, Winneba, hosted in 2006 under the theme: Education for Sustainable Development.
  • In 2007, which was the fortieth anniversary of the AAU, the University of Ghana hosted the Day under the theme: Forty years of Championing African University Leadership: Prospects and Challenges for the Near Future.
  • In 2008, the University of Ghana again hosted the Day under the theme: Sustainable Development in Africa: The Role of Higher Education.
  • In 2009, the theme was African Universities: Linkages with the Productive Sector. The celebration was held as a public event at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Accra
  • In 2010, the theme was: The Contribution of African Universities to the Achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was also held as a public event at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Accra.
  • In 2011, University of Cape-Coast hosted the Day under the theme: Harmonization of Curricula and Qualifications in Higher Education in Africa: Challenges and Prospects.
  • In 2012, Central University College, Miotso, hosted the Day under the theme: Promoting University-Industry Linkages for Graduate Employability
  • In 2013, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) hosted the Day under the theme: Changing Higher Education Landscape in Africa: Highlighting Success Stories.
  • In 2014, the All Nations University, Koforidua, hosted the Day under the theme; How can African Universities Enhance Capacity for Job Creation.

Media Contacts:

Ms Nodumo Dhlamini
Director – ICT & Knowledge Management
Association of African Universities
African Universities House
11 Aviation Road Extension
Airport Residential Area
P. O. Box AN 5744, Accra-North, Ghana
Tel: +233-302-774495 / 761588Email: info@aau.org
Mrs. Felicia Kuagbedzi
Communications and Publications Officer
Association of African Universities
African Universities House
11 Aviation Road Extension
Airport Residential Area
P. O. Box AN 5744, Accra-North, Ghana
Tel: +233-302-774495 / 761588
Email: info@aau.org

Call for Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters: AU Day 2015

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Call for Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters

To Support the Social Media Campaign for the 2015 African University Day

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has partnered with Ashesi University to organise the celebrations that will recognise the African University Day this year. This year the AAU Secretariat will pilot the use of Social Media to create awareness about the African University Day. This innovative approach will harness Social Media to create awareness and engage the higher education community electronically through the use of TWITTER, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE and BLOGGING. This approach aims to generate “noise and excitement” online about higher education in Africa and contribute towards the advocacy role of the AAU.

Roles of Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters

  1. Selected volunteer social media reporters will work online to retweet, like facebook posts, share videos, share pictures, write blog articles and re-post posts related to the AU Day. These volunteers will work online from 13th October 2015 to 13th November 2015 – at least 30 minutes a day up to 11th November and 4 hours on 12th November2015.
  2. The social media reporters will be guided on what to tweet. E.g. a schedule of tweet and facebook posts will be shared with the reporters.
  3. A maximum of 15 vounteer-students will be selected from Ashesi University to support the online campaign but also participate in “onsite social media reporting” / be physically present on the 12th November 2015
  4. The hash tag #AUDay2015 will be used to tag all the posts that will be posted to enable aggregation and tracking of traffic about the 2015 African University Day
  5. While tweeting or liking posts social media reporters will be encouraged to mention universities in Africa and hopefully create awareness on and promote these universities as well.
  6. All selected volunteer social media reporters will be expected to follow AAU social media platforms

The Profile of a Young Social Media Reporter

  1. Has experience using at least three of the following – twitter, facebook, youtube, flickr, blogs, linkedin, etc
  2. Loves social media and visits them daily
  3. Has a smart phone and access to internet
  4. Has a good reputation in social media communities
  5. Understands the importance of hash tags and content agrregation
  6. Appreciates the importance of higher education for Africa

Benefits to the Young Social Media Reporters

  1. You will learn about social media reporting
  2. You will be given an e-certificate signed by the AAU Secretary General
  3. You will have a real experience to include in your CV
  4. You will be associated with the Association of African Universities and included in our database for future related opportunities to support your career growth

How to Apply

(i) Onsite Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters – strictly from Ashesi University

(ii) Remote / Online Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters – from anywhere

 Deadline for Applications

Extended to 12th October 2015

Theme for 2015 African University Day

The theme of African University Day 2015 is “Internationalisation of Higher Education”.

Objectives of African University Day Celebrations

  1. Create awareness on the importance of higher education in Africa
  2. Promote dialogue on how to improve higher education in Africa
  3. Celebrate the success stories of higher education in Africa

Venue for the 2015 African University Day Celebrations

Ashesi University College, 1 University Avenue, Berekuso, Ghana

Call to Celebrate the African University Day

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Call to Celebrate the African University Day – 12th November 2015

Background on African University Day

African University Day is held on November 12 every year. Since 2006, the AAU Secretariat and the Vice Chancellors, Ghana Secretariat (VCG), have jointly organized events to commemorate the day in Ghana. The events have been in the form of exhibitions and lectures to discuss the selected theme for the year.

Objectives of African University Day Celebrations

  1. Create awareness on the importance of higher education in Africa
  2. Promote dialogue on how to improve higher education in Africa
  3. Celebrate the success stories of higher education in Africa

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