"Access to Success" in Addis Ababa
An Erasmus Mundus-funded workshop on "Access and retention in Africa and Europe" took place in Addis Ababa on 17-20 November. The event was targeted at university leaders from both regions and was accompanied by a parallel dialogue between African and European rectors and a student focus group on access issues that included Erasmus Mundus alumni from Africa.The "Access to Success project: fostering trust and exchange between Europe and Africa", led by the European University Association, is looking to contribute to a wider discussion on higher education developments in Europe and Africa. It aims to ensure more efficient co-operation between the regions, particularly with regard to student and staff mobility schemes and capacity-building partnerships.
The project started in November 2008 and consists of two phases: a fact-finding phase, with institutional surveys and student focus groups in Africa and Europe, and a dissemination and dialogue phase that will examine and elaborate the study results and facilitate opportunities for co-operation. The first phase is currently being finalised and three dissemination workshops targeted at various audiences have been planned.
Addis Ababa hosted the first of these workshops. The second workshop will focus on institutional capacity-building in Africa and will take place in Oslo on 25-26 February 2010. The aim is to bring various national and international donor and development programme agencies together with universities. The third workshop will discuss inter- and intra-regional mobility and is scheduled to take place in Accra in May 2010.
The project will conclude with a dissemination conference in Brussels in September 2010 to promote the publication of a final report and policy recommendations regarding further Europe-Africa collaboration in higher education. "Access to Success" is being carried out in partnership with the European Students’ Union, the Norwegian Rectors’ Conference, the University Development Co-operation of the Flemish Rectors’ Conference (VLIR-UOS), the Association of African Universities and the European Access Network. The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities is an associated partner.
All workshops are by invitation only. For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project website at http://www.accesstosuccess-africa.eu .