COREVIP to unravel knowledge dissemination barriers

The 22nd Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) of the Association of African Universities (AAU), organised jointly by the AAU, the Republic of Namibia and the University of Namibia, will take place from 4-7 July 2023, the AAU said in a statement.

The COREVIP is an assembly of the chief executive officers of AAU member institutions or their representatives. It takes place every two years with the purpose of collectively examining themes identified as common concerns and priorities for the development of higher education in member institutions on the continent.

It also makes recommendations – primarily to members, but also to the governing board of the association, as well as to the secretariat. COREVIP acts as a mid-term forum for taking stock of the implementation of the decisions of the previous AAU General Conference and recommending corrective actions.

At this year’s biennial event, the leadership of higher education institutions, as well as other senior members of the university community, higher education policymakers, researchers, development partners and funding agencies as well as other stakeholders – from Africa and beyond – will assemble.

A networking and learning platform

The conference theme is ‘Advancing Excellence in African Higher Education’. It will focus on excellence and successful initiatives, interventions and outcomes in African higher education by highlighting the key enabling elements within the sub-themes: doctoral education, institutional differentiation as well as partnerships and cooperation.

There will also be discussions on internationalisation, university-industry linkages, funding and financing, as well as the role of intellectual diaspora.

Commenting on the conference, the Secretary General of the AAU, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said: “With attendees from diverse backgrounds and countries joining, the 22nd COREVIP provides an unparalleled learning and networking platform to its participants.

“It is a golden opportunity for higher education stakeholders to expand their knowledge base, identify new frameworks and strategies, discover innovative approaches, contribute to shaping Africa’s higher education sector and form new relationships, while strengthening existing ones,” Oyewole said.

Real problems to be addressed

Professor Kamwi Matengu, vice-chancellor of the University of Namibia, said: “In a globally competitive and digital age where research and innovation are critical for economic and social advancement, the 22nd COREVIP unravels the barriers that inhibit knowledge dissemination, networking and collaboration, while ensuring that higher education institutions in Africa are well placed to play a pivotal role as hubs for research excellence.”

Matengu, who is also president of the council of the Pan-African University, said the conference will endeavour to engage all key stakeholders and advocate for evidence-based and innovative approaches that address real problems confronting the continent.