The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is an independent, non-profit making, non-governmental African network committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building and advocacy on internationalization of higher education with prime focus on Africa. ANIE is a membership based association serving its members, their institutions and organizations, and ...More
6th ANIE Conference held in Dar es Salaam
The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) held its 6th Annual conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 7th to 9th October 2015. The conference whose theme was From MDGs to SDGs: The Contribution of International Higher Education brought together over 200 participants from more than 30 countries. These included researchers, practitioners, international office directors, higher education leaders, government officials and even students.
ANIE organized the conference in collaboration with Research Alliance for Disaster and Risk Reduction of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and Open University of Tanzania. The conference program included workshops, keynotes, paper presentation sessions and information session. The workshops were held on the first day and focused on Internationalization of the Curriculum in African Universities and Professionalization of International Offices in African Universities. The workshops were aimed at enhancing the skills and capacities of members and their institutions on the two themes. The conference could not have come at a better time as it came just a week after the ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) in a meeting of the heads of states in New York. It was therefore one of the first events in which the contributions of the international dimension of higher education to the newly launched SDGs was discussed. There was consensus during the conference that it would not be feasible to attain the SDGs without the involvement of higher education. The international dimension of higher education –through collaborative researches in different fields, capacity building initiatives, cross-cultural exchanges and other mobility outcomes, would be useful in securing the SDGs. This was succinctly underscored by Dr. Jo Beall of British Council in her keynote. The conference regarded the international dimension of higher education as an integral for the realization of the SDGs. In the same vein, Prof. Tolly Mbwette, President of the Pan African University urged African governments to support inter university cooperation and the Pan African University initiative as efforts to enable the continent to develop specialized expertise.
Just like its pioneering role in internationalization in Africa, through this conference ANIE opened up the debate on the place of internationalization of higher education in the SDGs. While several questions were raised, also looking back at the limited engagements of higher education in the MDGs debates and implementation, at this conference, the universities were challenged to rise up and play their rightful roles in the new development agenda. Prof. Chika, Chairman ANIE, reaffirmed the commitment of ANIE to undertaking high quality research, capacity building and providing stimulating platforms for debates on the international dimension of higher education in Africa.Participants from other sister organizations who attended the conference confirmed the commitment of their organizations in working with ANIE and other African higher education organizations to pursue the SDGs. These included representatives from British Council, EP-NUFFIC, Swiss-Africa cooperation Ms. Marit Enger enumerated the several possibilities in which African universities could collaborate with their European counterparts. Dr. Juma Shabani, formerly of UNESCO urged African universities to develop strategies that could enable them take advantage of the new initiatives in the African continent and other contemporary global developments. In his presentation, he gave insights into several of such opportunities which could also contribute immensely in the attempts by the universities to engage with the SDGs.
In his closing key note, Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary, CODESRIA challenged African scholars to run where others walked so as to secure the future which was already becoming very competitive. According to him, the sustainable future of Africa lay in the hands of its knowledge generation centres. A similar message was echoed by Prof. Yunus Magaya of the Tanzanian Universities Commission who urged African universities to be proactive and develop viable strategies and frameworks for the realization of the SDGs. Internationalization, according to him, offered several opportunities for collaborations that could guarantee a sustainable future.
ANIE elects new board members
At its Annual General Meeting held in Dar Es Salaam on 9th October 2015, ANIE members elected three new board members. These were Ms. Christiana Badoo (Ghana), Prof. Peter Barasa (Kenya) and Prof. Tolly Mbwette (Tanzania). Two of them take over the positions of Jane Knight (Canada) and Alice Lamptey (Ghana) whose terms in the board came to an end. One new board member filled a vacancy that existed in the board.
ANIE commits to the SDGs
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The African Network for Internationalization of education (ANIE) held its 6th annual conference from 7-9 October on the theme: From the MDGs to SDGs: The contribution of international Higher Education. 150 researchers and scholars from over 30 countries attended and presented papers. In his opening remarks, Mr James Jowi the Executive Director, ANIE, said, “This conference allows us to reflect on higher education’s role to the achievements of MDGs and provide scope to critically consider the 2030 agenda for SDGs”. ANIE has put an additional focus on disaster risk reduction as a cross cutting issue for Africa’s higher education and its development agenda. The international dimensions of higher education, especially research partnerships and mobility has been specifically underlined. In line with the 4th SDG on quality education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote long life learning opportunities for all, ANIE is committed to ensure expansion of the number of scholarships available to African through partnerships and creation of links between the students, institutions and funding organizations.
ANIE director appointed to APPEAR Board
Mr. James Otieno Jowi, ANIE Executive Director has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Austrian Partnership Program in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR). The main goal of APPEAR is to support higher education and research for development at academic institutional levels in the Austrian Development Co-orporation (ADC) southern priority countries and key regions. It will pursue this objective through academic partnerships with Austrian higher education institutions a master’s and PhD scholarships as a contribution to effective and sustainable reduction of poverty. APPEAR will provide funding for academic partnerships, advanced academic partnerships, preparatory funding and scholarships with a budget of twelve million euros for the period of 2015-2020. The advisory board will advise APPEAR on technical and strategic issues to the further development of the program. Institutions from the South will also participate in the program. The first meeting of the Advisory Board takes place from 25th to 26th November 2015 in Vienna Austria.
All Eyes on Africa – ANIE at EAIE Conference
Prof. Chika, Chairman of ANIE discussed Africa’s potential with a focus on the growth and diversity of the sector, Africa’s youth surge, emerges and growth of cities in Africa and the role of the universities in the post-2015 debates. Mr. Jowi, ANIE Director focused on the need for a mental shift by other world regions in looking at Africa. The main message was that Africa had enormous potential for internationalization which if well used could also reduce some of the risks always associated with internationalization. During the conference, ANIE also participated in the meeting of Association for Studies in International Education (ASIE) and also held a discussion with the EAIE President Laura Howard.
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