Namibia To Host 22nd COREVIP

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Association of African Universities, AAU has announced Namibia as the host country for the 22nd Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities, COREVIP.

This was made known in a statement signed and made available to Voice of Nigeria by the Senior Communications and Publications Officer of AAU, Mrs. Felicia Nkrumah Kuagbedzi.

The Conference held once every two years is to examine theme identified as common concerns and priorities for the development of higher education in member institutions and the African continent.

This year’s event will assemble the leadership of higher education institutions, 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.

They will collectively deliberate on issues of common concerns and priorities to the higher education community in Africa.

Holding under the overall theme are issues on “Advancing Excellence in African Higher Education.”

The conference seeks to majorly focus on excellence and successful initiatives, interventions and outcomes in African higher education by highlighting the key enabling elements within the sub themes.

These sub themes are Doctoral Education, Institutional Differentiation,
Partnership/Cooperation and Internationalisation, University-Industry Linkages, Funding and Financing, and Role of Intellectual Diaspora.

Speaking on the 22nd COREVIP , the Secretary General of the AAU, Professor Olushola Oyewole said that “the 22nd assembly of the scholars would unravel the barriers that inhibit knowledge dissemination, networking and collaboration.”

“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.

“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, ” Professor Oyewole added.

The Vice Chancellor of the host University, University of Namibia and President of the Pan- African Universities, Professor Kenneth
Kamwi Matengu, stated that the conference would engage all key stakeholders and advocate for evidence-based and innovative approaches that address real problems confronting Africa.

“The Association of African Universities (AAU), the Republic of Namibia and the University of Namibia have advanced preparations towards welcoming all higher education stakeholders to the 2023 COREVIP as important topics, guided by designed agenda will be digested,” the statement said.

The programme would also feature keynote presentations, panel sessions, scientific paper and poster presentations and exhibitions among several other engaging and learning opportunities.

A tour to elevate participants’ bonding and networking interactions is also planned as part of the Conference events.

The COREVIP is an assembly of the Chief Executive Officers of AAU member institutions or their representatives.

The Association of African Universities, AAU, Main Organiser is the apex higher education organisation in Africa and represents the voice of Africa’s higher education in regional and international bodies.



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