The Association of African Universities, AAU says it is committed to aligning its activities with the African Union’s agenda 2063, particularly its Continental Education Strategy for Africa, CESA-2025 and the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa, STISA-2024.
The association made this known in a communiqué issued at the end of its 14th Conference held in Accra, Ghana.
AAU urged African governments to improve on their investments in science and technology to achieve what the African Union called integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
The scholars after the conference encouraged African higher education institutions to model and nurture transformational leadership, good governance, inclusive stakeholder’s management, conflict resolution and respect for human rights, so as to enhance their relevance to the wider community.
The AAU encouraged all universities in Africa to involve other sectors, through reforms in curricula, pedagogy and research, to engender more innovations that change lives in community.
University administrators in Africa are also tasked to create “an enabling environment for students to learn democratic governance and to deal firmly with campus-based factional attacks and intolerant partisanship which are threat to socio-economic development”.
The AAU affirmed that Africa’s higher education “must play multiple roles in advancing the preservation, management and improvement of the continent’s environment, by ensuring that infrastructures are built in an environmentally sustainable way and by applying agricultural extension services model to engage wider population in a better environment”.