Higher Education and Research in Africa: Top Stories in 2016

Corporation Trustee Judge Ann Claire Williams and International Program Vice President Deana Arsenian at the opening of the Kuyasa Library

Program highlights include: Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in Africa, the annual meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA); an update on the African Research Universities Alliance; a story challenging received ideas about peacebuilding in Africa; and the opening of a state-of-the-art library in Cape Town, South Africa.

Higher Education and Research in Africa: Top Stories in 2016

1Imagining Africa at the Center

Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in Africa, the annual meeting of the Africa Studies Association, held in Washington, D.C., December 1–3, brought together thousands of leading scholars and policy makers, as well as representatives from NGOs, the media, and other interested communities.

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2African Research Universities Alliance

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is once again garnering attention for its effectiveness in connecting a diverse group of African universities to global university networks. ARUA was hatched with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Higher Education and Research in Africa (HERA) initiative.

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3Historic Gathering in Ghana Tackles University Governance

Organized by Ghana’s National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) under the direction of Paul Effah, the event brought together 180 council members from public and private universities in Ghana to deliberate on university governing boards.

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4African Peacebuilding: Realities on the Ground

The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index improved between 1970 and 2013 in every African region except the Mediterranean littoral, which is telling, as it is largely due to the upheavals of the Arab Spring. Against a generally positive economic and social backdrop across the continent, in many cases political conflict worsened.

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5New Library Opens in Cape Town

Carnegie Corporation of New York’s long relationship with Cape Town, South Africa, took a new turn this year with the opening of Kuyasa library. South Africa’s third largest city and the seat of its National Parliament, Cape Town turned to the Corporation in 2003 for help in transforming its Central Library.

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