The 7th African Network for Internationalisation of Education – ANIE – conference was held in Accra, Ghana, from 5-7 October. It probed the drivers, nature and challenges of international partnerships in higher education in Africa, and the role they play in knowledge production and sustainable development. University World News was there.
For emerging markets in Africa, transnational education may be an appealing concept for universities looking to expand access to education and offer students cross-border learning experiences. But a lack of reliable data on its current presence and impact across the continent leaves many African educators unclear about how to move forward.
The world has become more interconnected because of globalisation and African universities need to find a way of taking advantage of efforts to globalise higher education in order to become relevant to the people they serve, according to the secretary general of the Association of African Universities, Etienne Ehouan Ehile.
In ancient Greece, citizens converged in city squares called agoras, which were the political, economic, cultural and philosophical hubs of Greek civilisation and the exchanges that took place there altered the course of history. In today’s more globalised world, agoras are online, where people from all over the world can share knowledge over social media.
In 2011, Izzeldin Osman founded a PhD programme in computer science and information technology at Sudan University of Science and Technology, aimed at empowering women to enter more senior academic positions. So far, 12 women have graduated. Another 113 women are currently enrolled.
African universities need to narrow the gap between men and women in academic positions by creating opportunities and encouraging more females to enter academia, says Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, vice-provost for international affairs and global strategic studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.