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22 Apr

African Centres of Excellence e-seminar

When:

22 April 2020 15:00 - 17:00

Where:

This online e-seminar will take place in Zoom and link will be sent to you by e-mail one day before.

Target group:

Anyone with an interest in STI cooperation with African researchers and institutions

Registration deadline:

22 April 14:00

Register here

About the event

The Research Council of Norway will organise a seminar on the World Bank-initiated African Higher Education Centres of Excellence or ACE. The scope of these centres is to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities.

One week after taking office, EU president Ursula von der Leyen went on her first official trip abroad. The destination was Addis Ababa, home of the African Union. Her message: the EU is making a new priority of its continental neighbour to the south.

Africa is indeed getting increasing attention, not the least as a partner in STI-cooperation, Norwegian institutions and companies, too, are increasingly seeking partnerships in Africa. The challenge is often to identify competent potential partners. As previously announced the Research Council of Norway will organise a seminar on the World Bank-initiated African Higher Education Centres of Excellence or ACE. The scope of these centres is to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities. Anyone with an interest in STI cooperation with African researchers and institutions is welcome to join.

Programme

15:00 – 15:10 Welcome: Why this seminar?
Bjørn Tore Kjellemo, RCN

15:10 – 15:30 Africa Centres of Excellence: Why and what for?
Graham Mark Harrison, WB

15:30 – 15:45 Experiences from an African Perspective
Sampson Oduro-Kwarteng, RWESCK, Ghana

15:45 – 16:00 Experiences from a Norwegian partner to an ACE
Ghislain Maurice Isabwe, University of Agder

16:00 – 16:15 Experience from other research cooperation in Africa
Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, NIBIO

16:15 – 16:55 Q&A, discussion

16:55 – 17:00 Concluding remarks, closing

Contact:

Jan Monteverde Haakonsen