• Past 04/06/2017 08/06/2017
  • Accra, Ghana

The European Commission is supporting the Association of African Universities (AAU) 14th General Conference from 4-8 June in Accra, Ghana, hosted by the Government of Ghana, the National Council for Tertiary Education, and the Vice Chancellors Association of Ghana.

The 2017 edition is celebrating the 50 years of existence of the AAU and will bring together Vice Chancellors from across Africa, regional bodies in charge of higher education, and experts active in the field of harmonisation and the internationalisation of higher education in Africa.

A set of sub-themes have been selected which are particularly relevant for Africa-EU cooperation:

  • promoting science
  • technology and innovation through higher education
  • curriculum reform as key to graduate employability and entrepreneurship
  • higher education as a tool for promoting democratic governance

In the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the European Commission's DG Education, Youth Sport and Culture steers two interlinked areas of focus in higher education with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Association of African Universities (AAU): the Tuning and Harmonisation initiative (Tuning Africa) and the Harmonisation, Quality and Accreditation (HAQAA).

These two initiatives contribute to the harmonisation of higher education programmes and the creation of a revitalized, distinctive, attractive and globally competitive African higher education space, through enhanced intra-African collaboration. The 1st draft of the African Standards and Guidelines for Quality assurance in higher education developed in the framework of the HAQAA initiative will be presented at the Conference.

One of the European Commission’s objectives is to highlight and encourage the EU work with Africa in the field of higher education in view of the Africa-EU Heads of State Summit in November in Côte d'Ivoire. The 4 May Communication on its renewed impetus for the EU-Africa partnership highlights the importance of knowledge and skills, education and young people and a significant commitment is being taken to enhance the EU's support in this area.