The African Network for Internationalization of Education(ANIE)

The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is an independent, non-profit making, non-governmental African network committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building and advocacy on internationalization of higher education with prime focus on Africa. ANIE is a membership based association serving its members, their institutions and organizations, and others engaged understanding internationalization.The network aims to be the leading organization in enhancing the understanding and development of the international dimension of higher education in Africa by expanding both knowledge and building, strengthening and sustaining a cohort of competent professionals in this field. ANIE is an autonomous institution whose secretariat has been set up at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

COREVIP 2015 - Kigali, Rwanda from June 2- 5, 2015

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is pleased to announce its next Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) in Kigali, Rwanda from June 2 – 5, 2015. COREVIP is an assembly of the chief executive officers of Association member institutions and is held every two years to examine collectively themes identified as common concerns and priorities for the development of higher education Africa. The theme of this year’s conference is “Internationalization of Higher Education in Africa”. For more information please see the links below.

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African Higher Education Summit

frican Higher Education Summit

The three-day continental summit, whose theme is “revitalizing higher education for Africa’s future”, seeks to build a movement of like-minded institutions to transform the African higher education sector. To be held at the King Fahad Palace Hotel, in Dakar, on 10-12 March 2015, the summit will be highly interactive, allowing participants to exchange experiences and views.

The summit’s objectives are to:

Build a constituency for transformation and investment in Africa’s higher education.
Create a shared vision for the future of African higher education.
Harness and highlight exemplary efforts and initiatives in African higher education.
Harness disparate efforts and interventions in African higher education.

Upcoming Workshops

The conference is structured around four themes. Each theme will house two workshops, which gives a total of eight workshops.
Each workshop will consist of two half daylong sessions of four hours each, amounting to a total of eight hours.
Conference participants will be able to register with preference and participate in two workshops – one a)-workshop, and one b)-workshop.
Conclusions from the workshops will be documented and fed forward to the UNESCO World Education Forum in Korea, May 2015, where the post-2015 education agenda will be discussed.

Workshop: Learning mobility for mutual benefit

This workshop offers experts and stakeholders in student mobility, exchange programmes and joint study programmes a platform for exchange and networking.

The workshop addresses the potential and challenges of learning mobility between the ‘Global South’ and the ‘Global North’. The focus will be on the requirements concerning partnerships and the institutional setup for successful learning mobility to the benefit of both sides. Presentations will address the expectations and challenges, institutional processes and organizational enablers, as well as good practices and lessons learned from the perspective of sending institutions.

14 – 14.10 Erich Thaler (International Relations, University of Basel, Switzerland): Welcome and Introduction

More international research collaboration key for South Asia

A new report launched today by the British Council examines the lack of international research collaboration in South Asia. The report, based on interviews with education leaders across the region, has found that while research capacity has been increasing, international collaborations between authors need to be supported by government and industry in order to flourish, and the region to then reap the consequent social and economic benefits. Otherwise the region will continue to lag behind its East Asian neighbours in terms of economic development.

In 2013, China produced 71,003 documents with international collaborations, compared to India, 17,484, Pakistan with 4,278, and Bangladesh with 1,566.

HE embraces Kiswahili to boost regional integration

Rwandan universities have embarked on an ambitious programme to teach Kiswahili, East Africa’s lingua franca, to enable the country’s populace to tap into regional integration.

Rwanda is a member of the East African Community or EAC, a regional trading bloc comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda that came into being in July 2007 and encompasses a total area of 1.8 million square kilometers and 135 million people.

The new programme, being pioneered by leading higher education institutions in the tiny landlocked African nation, is intended to ease Rwanda’s entry into the regional market.

Higher education harmonisation in East Africa is also forging ahead through the Inter-University Council for East Africa, which has more than 100 member universities.

UK initiative to enhance Africa’s research capacity

Britain’s Institute of Development Studies, or IDS, will select nine African universities over two years to participate in a new programme to boost the research and teaching practices of academics working in agriculture, health and the environment. The British government is funding the scheme with a £2 million (US$3 million) grant.

The first three universities will be selected by this March based on a ‘closed-call’ for partners, said Siobhan Duvigneau, project manager of the three-and-half-year African Universities’ Research Approaches, or AURA, programme project.

Danish boost for research and PhDs

The University of Ghana has been awarded DKK9 million (US$1.4 million) in funding under the second phase of the Danish Building Stronger Universities programme – a partnership between universities in developing countries and in Denmark.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or Danida, funds and helps to run the Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries – BSU – initiative, with the objective of strengthening the research capacity of universities in priority countries.

According to the Danida Fellowship Centre website, support is provided to universities to boost research policies and strategies, PhD schools, the development of research concepts, and research quality assurance, and to improve libraries and publication managements systems.

Government backs down on tuition fees for non-Europeans

The Norwegian government has backed down from a proposal to introduce tuition fees for students from outside Europe, instead reaching a deal with opposition parties to increase the budget next year for higher education institutions by NOK80.5 million (US$12 million).

“Both the government and the supporting parties are to be honoured,” Gunnar Bovim, rector of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, or NTNU, said in a statement to Universitetsavisa.

He stressed that the objective of admitting foreign students was not only to secure the best talent. “To receive students from countries that have not developed democracy is a part of our social contract,” he said.