Academic Staff Exchange Programme
The Academic Staff Exchange Programme is designed to foster inter-university cooperation through exchange of external examiners, staff exchange for teaching, participation in seminars, workshops and conferences and research cooperation. Universities may use the service to support invitations to staff from other universities for intensive teaching missions, usually lasting between one to three months.
The service may also be used to enable staff to participate in seminars, conferences and workshops in another African university outside their country or to facilitate research cooperation between African universities in different countries.
Fellowships and Scholarships
As part of the effort to enhance student mobility in Africa, the AAU makes available fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis to support students from AAU member universities wishing to study in an African university outside their country of citizenship or normal residence.
On and off campus Special Issues Workshops
Over the years, the AAU has carried out a number of studies and conducted workshops and seminars on critical issues of higher education in Africa. In the process, considerable expertise on these issues has been accumulated both within the AAU Secretariat as well as among AAU resources persons in member universities.
On the invitation of a member university in good financial standing with respect to payment of membership subscriptions, the AAU will arrange to send to the university campus, at the AAU's expense, one of its resource persons or Secretariat staff to conduct a seminar or workshop on an issue relevant to AAU programmes and expertise for the benefit of the members to that university's community.
The AAU has a Newsletter, which is published three times each academic year in English and French. The Newsletter carries news about African universities and features articles on higher education in Africa. It is circulated widely to universities and university libraries throughout Africa. Member universities are encouraged to send news about their activities for inclusion in the Newsletter.
The AAU engages in Online Publications of reports of workshops organised by its various Units such as ICT strategies and HIV/AIDS policies of universities, as well as official documents such as the AAU Strategic Plan, annual reports and press releases.
The AAU’s Roster of African Professionals (ROAP) is an online database that serves as a source of experts for AAU programmes as well as to members and partners, and gives international visibility to African expertise, to facilitate networking and collaboration among African professionals, and to enhance the AAU’s outreach capacity.
The AAU e-Courier diversifies AAU’s services to the HE community by filling the gap in regular updates on upcoming higher education events such as conferences, fellowships, job vacancies as well as promotional information on AAU products and services.
The Guide to Higher Education in Africa is published every two years and contains:
- a listing of member universities;
- information about their principal officers; and the programmes offered in the universities.
The AAU Homepage www.aau.org represents AAU's presence on the Internet. It provides information about AAU and member universities, and some useful Internet resources as well as links to partner organisations.
Research reports and reports of workshops and seminars conducted by the Association are also published.
Short-term consultants and resource persons
In the course of the implementation of its programmes, the AAU uses many experts as short term consultants and resource persons to carry out studies and prepare papers for the Association, and as facilitators for workshops and seminars.
Member Universities are given the opportunity in the first instance to propose members of their staff for consideration for those assignments as and when the need arises.
Professional Staff of the Secretariat
The AAU has a Secretariat with a small international professional staff of highly qualified people from different African countries. Most have come from senior academic positions in member universities with some on leave of absence from their institutions. The international professional appointments are for limited terms, and member universities are given opportunity in the first instance to nominate candidates for consideration to fill vacant positions as they occur.
Cooperation with Other Organizations
Where appropriate, the AAU works in collaboration with other national and international organisations, including governments.
The AAU has affiliations with an increasing number of organisations within and outside Africa, and has signed Memoranda of Understanding with a number of others.
I. Organisations with which the AAU is affiliated
1. International Association of Universities (IAU)
2. Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
3. Association of Arab Universities
4. Association of Commonwealth Universities
5. Association of Partly or Wholly French-speaking Universities (AUPELF)
6. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
7. African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES)
8. International Foundation of Science (IFS)
9. Accorded Observer Status at the African Union (AU)
10. Accorded Observer Status at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
11. Accorded Observer Status at the United Nations University (UNU)
II. Organisations with which AAU has signed Memoranda of Understanding
1. Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
2. National Association for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education (NAFEO)
3. New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
4. African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
The AAU has selected “Networking of African Higher Education Institutions for the Renewal of the African University” as its general theme for its Core Programme (2005-2009). As with previous Core Programmes, a number of sub-themes are developed around the general theme, as follows:
Institutional Collaboration in Higher Education
- Study Programme on Higher Education Management in Africa
- Networking in Graduate Training and Research
- Quality Assurance
- Gender and Higher Education in Africa
- Staff Exchange and Academic Mobility
Leadership and Management
- Leadership Development in Higher Education
- Leadership and Management Research
Information and Communication Technology
- ICT Curriculum Development
- Networking of African HEIs - Bandwidth Programme
- Improving Access to African Scholarly Work
- GATS/WTO and Higher Education in Africa
- Management of HIV/AIDS in Institutions of Higher Education
- ADEA/Working Group on Higher Education
- AAU and NEPAD
- Scholarships and Other Support Grants