About the webinar series

This virtual webinar series is being organised as an immediate follow-up to the Africa-EU Summit (17-18 February, 2022). It is intended to provide an opportunity for the higher education sector in Africa and Europe to understand better the commitments made by the Summit, to debate specific topics and share initiatives that would contribute to reaching the goals set and to create opportunities in line with the Summit’s emphasis on higher education, skills and research. It is organised collaboratively between AAU, the coordinator of the ‘Cluster’ for Higher Education of the African Union’s Continental Strategy for Education (CESA) and OBREAL Global, with support and input from important regional higher education associations in Africa and Europe. The series is open to all interested stakeholders of the higher education and research sector across the African continent, as well as EU counterparts and partners in other world regions with a keen interest in African higher education development and its global projection.

More information

The dialogue series in sponsored by the HAQAA2 Initiative, a flagship initiative of the Africa-EU Partnership funded by the EU, which has provided a platform for advancing higher education harmonisation in Africa and contributing to the realisation of the CESA objectives for higher education.
The series commenced with a launch webinar on the 24th March, which framed the series. Further events will highlight specific aspects of the Summit’s Declaration and explore the role of universities and the higher education sector its realising objectives. Each event will be 1.5 hours and contain a mix of short statements from speakers, panel discussion and short case study presentations. The events will have French, English and Portuguese interpretation. Each webinar, in addition to being organised by OBREAL Global and AAU, will include other co-organisers/strategic partners from Africa and Europe, including relevant organisations involved in the HAQAA initiative.

Info on the Africa-EU Summit here

PROGRAMME

WEBINAR 1

 

24 March 2022 – 10am GMT | 11am Nigeria | 12 noon CAT | 1pm East Africa | 11am CET

The Africa-EU Summit: Main take-aways for the higher education sector

This webinar will explore one of the main focal points of the Africa-EU Summit, the importance of investing in and developing relevant skills for entrepreneurship, and the links between the higher education sector and entrepreneurial jobs. It will examine current EU and other EU member states programmes that support this sector, and shed light on new African initiatives and alliances working towards the entrepreneurship agenda.

  • Olusola Oyewole, Secretary General, AAU
  • Ramon Torrent, President , OBREAL Global
  • Deirdre Lennan, DG INTPA, European Commission
  • Michael Hörig, Director of its Brussels Office, DAAD
  • Albert Nsengiyumva, Association for the Development of Education in Africa
  • Cathrine Ngila, The African Academy of Sciences
  • Amr Ezzat Salama, Association of Arab Universities
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WEBINAR 1

 

24 March 2022 

10am GMT | 11am CET

The Africa-EU Summit: Main take-aways for the higher education sector

This webinar will explore one of the main focal points of the Africa-EU Summit, the importance of investing in and developing relevant skills for entrepreneurship, and the links between the higher education sector and entrepreneurial jobs. It will examine current EU and other EU member states programmes that support this sector, and shed light on new African initiatives and alliances working towards the entrepreneurship agenda.

  • Olusola Oyewole, Secretary General, AAU
  • Ramon Torrent, President , OBREAL Global
  • Deirdre Lennan, DG INTPA, European Commission
  • Michael Hörig, Director of its Brussels Office, DAAD
  • Albert Nsengiyumva, Association for the Development of Education in Africa
  • Cathrine Ngila, The African Academy of Sciences
  • Amr Ezzat Salama, Association of Arab Universities
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WEBINAR 2

 

25 May 2022 – 15:00-16:30 CEST / 13:00-14:30 GMT

Entrepreneurial skills development for Africa – A new focus and impetus

This webinar will explore one of the main focal points of the Africa-EU Summit, the importance of investing in and developing relevant skills for entrepreneurship, and the links between the higher education sector and entrepreneurial jobs. It will examine current EU and other EU member states programmes that support this sector, and shed light on new African initiatives and alliances working towards the entrepreneurship agenda.

  • Ms. Carla Giulietti, Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission
  • Mr. Samuel Matonda, CEO of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI)
  • Prof. Slim Khalbous, Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
  • Dr Rosemond Aboagyea Boohene, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development of the Cape Coast University
  • Prof. Utz Dornberger, Professor of Development Economics, Leipzig University

Chair: Prof Olusola Oyewole, Secretary General, Association of Africa Universities (AAU)

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WEBINAR 2

 

25 May 2022

15:00-16:30 CEST / 13:00-14:30 GMT

Entrepreneurial skills development for Africa – A new focus and impetus

This webinar will explore one of the main focal points of the Africa-EU Summit, the importance of investing in and developing relevant skills for entrepreneurship, and the links between the higher education sector and entrepreneurial jobs. It will examine current EU and other EU member states programmes that support this sector, and shed light on new African initiatives and alliances working towards the entrepreneurship agenda.

  • Ms. Carla Giulietti, Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission
  • Mr. Samuel Matonda, CEO of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI)
  • Prof. Slim Khalbous, Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
  • Dr Rosemond Aboagyea Boohene, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Development of the Cape Coast University
  • Prof. Utz Dornberger, Professor of Development Economics

Chair: Prof Olusola Oyewole, Secretary General, Association of Africa Universities (AAU)

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WEBINAR 3

 

22 June 2022 – 11:00-12:30 CEST / 09-10:30 GMT

Digitalisation and higher education – New opportunities and challenges for Africa and Europe

This webinar will provide a specific focus on digitalisation trends in the African higher education sector. It will explore the current challenges, linked to the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, but also the opportunities it has unfolded. It will compare, through case studies and panel discussion, the challenges that African and European HEI share regarding infrastructure and also the needs for strategies that capitalize on the major changes the HE sector has experienced in the past two years. Panelists will explore capacity building needs of staff and students to harnass digitalisation and also reflect on how Europe and Africa can cooperate in this field. It will place a specific focus on teaching and learning as well as on internationalisation, and how digitalisation can underpin their transformation. The investments of the African Union and the EU in this respect will be highlighted.

  • James Jowi, African Network for Internationalisation: Intro presentation on trends in digitalisation and internationalisation in Africa
  • Nodumo Dhlamini, Director of Communications, Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Anastasia Economou, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Sevilla
  • Maissa Mbaye – Center for Mathematics Computer Science and ICT, Senegal
  • Sharon Flynn, Director for Digital Education, Irish University Association (IUA), Ireland

Moderator: Michael Gaebel, Director of Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA)

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WEBINAR 3

 

22 June 2022

11:00-12:30 CEST / 09-10:30 GMT

Digitalisation and higher education – New opportunities and challenges for Africa and Europe

This webinar will provide a specific focus on digitalisation trends in the African higher education sector. It will explore the current challenges, linked to the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, but also the opportunities it has unfolded. It will compare, through case studies and panel discussion, the challenges that African and European HEI share regarding infrastructure and also the needs for strategies that capitalize on the major changes the HE sector has experienced in the past two years. Panelists will explore capacity building needs of staff and students to harnass digitalisation and also reflect on how Europe and Africa can cooperate in this field. It will place a specific focus on teaching and learning as well as on internationalisation, and how digitalisation can underpin their transformation. The investments of the African Union and the EU in this respect will be highlighted.

  • James Jowi, African Network for Internationalisation: Intro presentation on trends in digitalisation and internationalisation in Africa
  • Nodumo Dhlamini, Director of Communications, Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Riina Vourikari, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Sevilla
  • Maissa Mbaye – Center for Mathematics Computer Science and ICT, Senegal
  • Sharon Flynn, Director for Digital Education, Irish University Association (IUA), Ireland

Moderator: Michael Gaebel, Director of Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA)

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WEBINAR 4

 

July 2022 – DATE TBC

University research for innovation, resilience and poverty reduction

This webinar will examine the high focus that the EU-Africa Summit has placed on research capacity in Africa and strategic research partnerships between Africa and Europe. It will look in particular at African continental and Europe-Africa initiatives for research and innovation capacity building and will place special focus on how Africa research can be oriented towards poverty reduction.

 

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WEBINAR 4

 

July 2022

DATE TBC

University research for innovation, resilience and poverty reduction

This webinar will examine the high focus that the EU-Africa Summit has placed on research capacity in Africa and strategic research partnerships between Africa and Europe. It will look in particular at African continental and Europe-Africa initiatives for research and innovation capacity building and will place special focus on how Africa research can be oriented towards poverty reduction.

 

registration will be open soon
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