University Advancement

AAU organised Workshop on successful Governance of Universities for Senior Executives comes to a fruitful close

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IMG_0462A three-day University Advancement Workshop, aptly themed “Successful Governance of Universities: The key relationship between the University Council and the Executive Leaders of the Universities has been held here in Accra, Ghana.

The workshop organised by the Association of African Universities in collaboration with the Advancement Academy of Stellenbosch University took place from December 14-16, 2015 with over 30 participants from various countries attending.

Led by the AAU Secretary General, Prof. Etienne E. Ehile, participants observed a minute’s silent in memory of late Prof. Lindela Ndlovu, former VC of the National University of Science and Technology Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, AAU Board Member, and member of AAU-ACBF CADRE II Project Steering Committee, who passed away on November 18, 2015.IMG_0425

This year’s workshop on successful governance of universities is the 6th in a series of the University Advancement programme, and specifically targeted Chairpersons of University Councils; Vice Chancellors/ Rectors/ University Presidents as well as key senior executive university managers.

In his opening remarks, Professor Domwini D. Kuupole, the Vice chancellor of the University of Cape-Coast and chair for the event, underscored the critical role that interpersonal relationships between various executives play in the successful running of universities and achievement of its goals.

Topics Discussed

The workshop engaged participants on various topics including-

Corporate governance: Management challenges for deans of large faculties; Symptomatic challenges of the dynamic relationship between the VC, University Executive group and the Chairperson of Council/ Council; and Corporate Governance: Obligations, roles and accountabilities and its application in a university context.

IMG_0399  Participants perspectives

Mr. Dube F. Canaan from Zimbabwe is attending an AAU event for the second time and had this to say about the workshop;

“The presentations were rich and in more ways than one. It has been very seminal and insightful. Quite a lot of rich experiences have been shared by those charged with leading institutions of higher education” he said. ‘My recommendation is that AAU puts these rich materIMG_0467ials into best practice guidelines for sharing widely with its constituents’

Mr. Abdu Halliru Abdullahi, Registrar and Secretary to the council of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University of Nigeria says that his expectations of the workshop had been met. He further acknowledged the networking opportunities availed to him through his participation in the workshop.


Since 2007 AAU has organized several workshops on Leadership as well as Management Skills Development for senior executives and middle level managers of African Universities. These aim to enhance the leadership skills of university leaders, particularly in the promotion of innovation and the management of change, and also to strengthen collaboration, networking, and capacity building.

Some Workshop Power Point presentations and other information can be accessed below:

  1. Advancement Workshop Day1 Presentation
  2. Corporate Governance SU presentation Higher Education Risk Intelligence Map (1)
  3. Prof Tobie de Coning_Presentation Slides on Successful Governance
  4. Workshop Programme
  5. Workshop Plans for 2016

Call for Participation: AAU Workshop on Systemic Entrepreneurship

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The need for the Entrepreneurial UUniversty Advancement 1niversity

Do not miss this opportunity to optimize our Higher Education Institutions

This exciting workshop will be presented in Arusha, Tanzania by the AAU  in collaboration with the Advancement Academy from 28 – 30 September, 2015.

VENUE:     Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha TANZANIA

(Arrival – Sunday, 27thSeptember  Departure, Thursday morning, 1st October, 2015).

BACKGROUND:            Download the background information of this workshop.


  1. Reflect on the context, context and processes of the entrepreneurial Higher Education Institution
  2. To explore ‘best practices’ by both sharing and learning from the experiences of other participants;
  3. Collectively, articulate entrepreneurial priorities and approaches best suited for the context of Africa Higher Education institutions.


The workshop is aimed at DVC’s, deans and senior academics that have a keen interest in/are currently engaged in research/learning & teaching/community engagement, with a focus on the development of sustainable entrepreneurship.


To guarantee your place at this workshop, early registration is recommended. The workshop fee is set at US $800 per workshop per participant, which includes the cost of materials, lunches and refreshments. The AAU is willing to provide a discounted fee to institutions which register for both the successful governance workshop and this one and/or in the case of more than 1 registration per individual institution. Please complete an online application form


Accommodation has been negotiated at the Naura Springs Hotel, as follows:


USD 70.00   per Single Room Based On Bed & Breakfast

USD 110.00 per Double Room Based On Bed & Breakfast

USD 110.00 per Twin Room Based On Bed & Breakfast

USD 180.00 per Triple Room Based On Bed & Breakfast


USD 100.00 per Executive Single Room Based On Bed & Breakfast

USD 130.00 per Executive Double Based On Bed & Breakfast

USD 130.00 per Executive Twin Room Based On Bed & Breakfast

USD 200.00 per Executive Suite Room Based On Bed & Breakfast

For reservations, kindly contact:

Beatrice Dimitris Dallaris

Hotel Manager – Naura Springs Hotel, P.O.Box 7302, Arusha – Tanzania

Tel:  +255 – 27 – 2050001/8 or Tel:  +255 – 767500333 or Tel:  +255 – 786500112

24hrs Mobile – + 255 754 318076



All visa enquiries should be sent to MR. GODFREY KACHOLI


Participants who require shuttle services to and from the airport should kindly contact the Naura Springs Hotel for the necessary arrangements:

For general information please email Mrs Yvette Quashie on

Call for Participation: A Workshop on Successful Governance of Universities

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Accra Ghana – 14-16th December 2015

    Advance     Aau





Successful Governance of Universities: The key relationship between the University Council and the Executive Leaders of the University


In order to ensure sustainable excellence all organizations need to function effectively and efficiently on three interrelated levels.

These include the normative, strategic and operational levels with sufficient feedback mechanisms in and between these interrelated levels. At the same time, it should also be recognized that different set of actors function at different levels in the University. In this context, the normative domain will see a strong presence of the University Council as well as of other key actors from both the public and private sectors; the strategic domain of both the Council and senior university executives; and, the operational levels, mainly dominated by senior and middle level managers as well as of other university employees.

However, in today’s society the levels and actors as eluded to above, are interrelated and at best tentative and under duress. Gone are the days of strict hierarchical and narrow organizations. With the drive towards flat organizations with multiple as well as multidirectional relationships, governance is coming under pressure with a diluting of the role boundaries between the roles of the chairperson and members of the University Council, that of the Vice Chancellor and senior university executives and that of middle level managers and employees. This can lead to a myriad of complex and perhaps unnecessary levels of role and perhaps personal conflict – eventually to the detriment of the particular institution.

It is against this background that University leaders should reflect on the roles of the key university bodies and persona at the University – more specifically on the roles of the Chairperson of Council, the Vice Chancellor and other senior university executives and how best to, from a sound governance perspective, structure the dynamic interrelationship 2 between the key actors at the normative, strategic and operational levels in individual universities.

It is for this reason that I would like to extend an invitation to Chairpersons of University Councils, Vice Chancellors/University Presidents as well as to key Senior Executive University Managers (including Registrars), to join us for a workshop where these, and other related topics, will be the focus of our discussions and joint deliberations on how this complex and important matter should be handled.

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity! Diarize the date as ‘must attend’ opportunity. The workshop fee is set at US $800 per participant, which includes the cost of materials, lunches and refreshments on the meeting days. The AAU is willing to provide a discounted fee to institutions which registers more than 1 individual per Institution.

Due to the participative nature of the workshop, participation will be limited to a maximum of 50 participants.

Please complete an online application form.

I am looking forward to your participation in this extremely important workshop.

With kind AAU regards

SecGen Signature

Prof E Ehile

Secretary General




14 – 16 December 2015

(Arrival – Sunday, 13th December / Departure, Thursday morning, 17th December, 2015).




Filled registration forms (Attached) should be returned to cc:

Registration fees can be paid into the AAU account number indicated on the registration forms and proof of transfer forwarded to the same address.


Accommodation has been negotiated at the MJ Grand Hotel as follows:



USD $100.00 Bed & Breakfast

For reservations, kindly contact:

Mr. Annas Ali Toure

Tel: Tel: +233 277516181



All visa enquiries should be sent to MRS. YVETTE QUASHIE



The hotel will pick all Participants who require airport shuttle for free. Kindly send your flight details (Airline, Date and Time of Arrival and Departure) to Ali Toure and copy Mrs. Yvette Quashie