Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Forum 2020

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Join us for the annual Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Australia Forum 2020 (online) during national Australia Africa Week!

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The flagship annual Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Australia Forum 2020 will be held fully-online on Monday 2 November during national Australia Africa Week.

Co-convened by the UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) and AAUN, the 3-hour interactive program will explore how to secure and enhance Australia-Africa research and education partnerships in the context of COVID-19, as well as Showcase the AAUN's successful collabrative research projects and Africa-focused research and engagement centres.

Please register to engage with our university leaders, diplomats and researchers from Australia and Africa! Upon registration you will be sent the Zoom event link and password.

A full event program and further details can be found on the AAUN Forum 2020 webpage.


Welcome and introduction

Dr David Mickler, Director, Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC), University of Western Australia

Prof. John Hearn, Co-Chair (Australia), AAUN


Keynote address

Prof. Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Pretoria; Co-Chair (Africa) AAUN

There is a silver lining or an opportunity in the impacts COVID-19 has/is having on higher education at multiple levels, which include but are not limited to the future of contact teaching and learning, what and how we do research and international collaborations and partnerships including staff and student mobility. The silver lining or opportunity is to rethink/re-imagine higher education in what is an age of disruptions that we have faced as a sector and as humanity and the world. COVID 19 is a health crisis that has exacerbated existing crises of politics, the economy, the environment and society more broadly. More specifically we should identify innovative ways and means of re-aligning higher education with societal challenges in ways that engender the creation of a new more sustainable world that is characterised by equity and equality, social justice and a more ethical use of natural resources.

Remarks by distinguished panel:

Prof. Amit Chakma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia

Prof. Eeva Leinonen, Vice-Chancellor, Murdoch University

H.E. Dr Kate O'Shaughnessy, Australia's High Commissioner to Mauritius

H.E. Mr Isaiya Kabira, Kenya's High Commissioner to Australia

Live audience Q&A with keynote speaker and panel


i) Showcasing AAUN Partnership and Research Development Fund (PRDF) projects

Presentations of successful AAUN PRDF projects

A/Prof. Richard Vokes, 'Aquaculture production and sustainable livelihoods in Africa: Lessons from Uganda and Kenya' (UWA, Nairobi, Makerere).

Prof. Hettie Schoenfeld & Dr Meighan Bruce, 'Nutrient density and protein quality of African processed meat products' (Pretoria, Murdoch).

Prof. Prem Ramburuth, Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee, A/Prof. Nasima Carrim, 'Gender Equity in Africa: Intersection of Research, Training and Capacity Building' (UNSW, Pretoria).

Live audience Q&A with PRDF project teams

ii) Strengthening AAUN through building Africa centres

Presentations of AAUN Africa centres and initiatives

Prof. Cheikh Mbow, Director, Future Africa Institute (FAI), University of Pretoria

Dr Janet Dzator, Director, Centre for African Research, Engagement and Partnerships (CARE-P), University of Newcastle

Mr David Doepel, Chair, Africa Research Group, Murdoch University

Mr Haileluel Gebre-selassie, Convenor, Africa Research, Engagement and Enterprise Initiative (AREEI), University of Melbourne

Dr David Mickler, Director, Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC), University of Western Australia

Live audience Q&A with Africa centre leaders

Forum closing remarks and next steps into 2021

Prof. Tawana Kupe, Co-Chair (Africa), AAUN

Prof. John Hearn, Co-Chair (Australia), AAUN

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