In 2023, the University of Nottingham and the Association of African Universities (AAU) signed a five-year agreement joining forces to advance research and education across the continents of Europe and Africa. As part of the agreement, the AAU established its Europe regional office on our Jubilee Campus, which has since been active championing projects across capacity building in staff, researchers and students, as well as quality assurance, resource mobilisation, ICT and other infrastructural development.
The AAU, headquartered in Accra, Ghana, is Africa's apex higher education organisation, representing over 420 institutions across 48 African countries. The role of the new Europe regional office is to centrally coordinate AAU’s existing and emerging partnerships across Europe, facilitating cooperation between AAU member institutions across the European academic community.
On Wednesday 6 March 2024, the office will be formally opened by the University of Nottingham's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shearer West and Professor Oyewole Olusola Bandele, the Secretary-General of the AAU.
The celebration event will be held in the Great Hall, Trent Building on University Park and features a showcase of collaborative research between African and European institutions, plenary discussions concerning the future development of higher education across Africa, and the formal opening ceremony for the new office.
We will be welcoming colleagues from AAU member institutions across the continent, our European partners including our strategic partner the University of Tübingen, and other organisations including the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
University of Nottingham staff and students interested in the future of higher education in Africa are invited to attend, please see agenda and register attendance (by Friday 23 February).
Posted on Tuesday 6th February 2024