ANIE Staff

ANIE Staff during the 6th Annual Conference at Daresalam, Tanzania.


Background Information

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 ...



ANIE wins British Council/ DAAD research project

ANIE has emerged the winner of a very competitive call by British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a multi country study on research and doctoral training in Sub-Saharan African universities. The project aims at enhancing the understanding of the research and knowledge production environment in Sub-Saharan Africa, the capacities for production and utilisation of research outcomes, the existing knowledge production systems and their links to national policy frameworks and development agenda, and the challenges and gaps existing in the research and knowledge production environment.

It recognises research, knowledge production and universities as key engines of growth and development especially in developing countries. It further takes cognisance of the several positive developments in the research and knowledge production landscape in Africa in recent years. One of the sustainable ways of dealing with these challenges is to strengthen the institutional capacities for research and knowledge production in the Sub-Saharan Africa countries and stimulating and supporting Sub-Saharan institutions to establish, strengthen and facilitate the training and development of sufficient group of new generation of African researchers in different disciplines. The project relates to ANIEs work over the last five years and more so to ANIE’s 2011 Conference in Abuja Nigeria in which African University leaders emphasised the need to mobilise resources and create frameworks to support PhD programmes in Africa with the aim of developing the new generation of scholars. The study will be undertaken in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. From its members in the respective countries, ANIE has put together a team of experts to undertake the study. The ANIE team already held a kick off meeting with British Council and DAAD in Nairobi on 9th December 2015.The project will come to an end in December 2016.

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The PIE interviews ANIE Secretary

ANIE is a pan African network and think tank which focusses its activities on research, advocacy, policy dialogues, capacity building and information sharing focused on the international dimension of higher education in Africa. We are currently undertaking different activities in our key focus areas. On research, we are working on mobility of international students in Africa, the other project is on knowledge production and doctoral training in Africa, the other is focussed on the impacts of internationalisation on university leadership in Africa and another is on learning mobility between Africa and Europe.

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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.

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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

 Africa could be the next frontier for internationalization of Education. This was the main message of ANIE’s session at this year’s European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference held in Glasgow, Scotland from 15th to 18th September 2015.The session mainly focused on Africa’s potentials for growth in internationalization. In his opening remarks Prof. Bamiro, member of ANIE Board who also chaired the session, highlighted the expansion of the higher education sector in Africa and how African universities had contributed to the continents developments amid several challenges.

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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LEMONOC project comes to a successful close

 While internationalization has many activities, mobility has been the heart of internationalization over the years. There is need for development and sharing of good practices and tools to facilitate mobility. Over the past three years, ANIE has been participating in a project known as Learning Mobility with Non-industrialized Countries. The main aim of the project was to develop good practices, a manual and a scan to facilitate mobility between developed and developing countries for mutual benefits. After completion of all the work packages and activities of the project, the final workshop to conclude the project was held in Brussels, Belgium from 21st to 23rd September 2015.
The workshop brought together project partners and practitioners from different universities especially from Europe to share the experiences of the project outcomes. The meeting also evaluated the Lemonoc outputs and activities and the future commitment of the partners regarding sustainability and how to continue with the efforts already made. Participants concurred that Lemonoc provided quite useful tools for facilitate mobility and enable partners both in the developed and developing countries to benefit from mobility programs, manage them better and also attain better learning outcomes for the students. ANIE together with Association Universities Groupo Montevideo, Uruguay and Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, India represented southern institutions in the project. The Lemonoc tools are available on

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ANIE at IEASA Conference

Professor Chika Sehoole, Chairperson of ANIE, represented ANIE at the International Education Association of Africa (IEASA) where presented a paper co-authored with James Jowi titled: African Initiatives to knowledge Generation: contributions and future and prospects: in his presentation, Prof Sehoole focused on Initiatives to build research capacity and knowledge generation. Despite the challenges of inadequate funding of higher education, poor research and supervision capacity relative to other regions of the world, 1% contribution to the global annual share of publications 1%, there are interesting initiatives taking place on the African continent that aim at bolstering research and knowledge generation.
For example, the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya, the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2IE), Burkina Faso, African Institute for Mathematics Studies based in South Africa are some of the flagship programmes that contribute to training of human resources for Africa’s development and building of research capacity and knowledge generation that is needed for the advancement of the continent. The role of the Pan African University is promoting quality in African institutions of higher education and research, as well as strengthen intra-African collaboration and networking between African Higher Education institutions was noted. The paper further explored future prospects or development in Africa drawing from advantage of Africa has in terms of having a youthful population relative to other continents of the world. In this regard partnerships with international collaborators was proposed as a strategy that could assist the building of capacity and knowledge generation in African higher education and research institutions. Possibilities of collaboration between organisations such as ANIE and IEASA that work in addressing the challenges of research and knowledge production in their fields of focus were explored.

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New Association on international education (ProDeJIP) launched

ANIE was represented by Mr. James Otieno Jowi at the meeting to launch the International Association for the Promotion and the Development of Joint International Programmes (ProDeJIP) that took place at LUISS, Rome Italy from 25th to 26th June 2015. The meeting brought together about one hundred participants. ANIE has been participating in the EM-IDEA project funded by European Commission out of which ProDeJIP rose. The main aim of the project was to bring together practitioners in joint international programmes, to share experiences, good practices and develop ways of gaining more success from the joint programmes.
Making his remarks at the launch, the President of ProDeJIP Prof. Boaz Erez of University of Bordeaux, France, he explained that the organization would foster closer cooperation amongst practitioners in joint programmes, an area that had not attained much attention. The launch which was also the first conference of the association had several sessions discussing joint programmes. Jowi made a presentation on the Perception of Erasmus Programmes from outside Europe and also participated in a round table focused on how to read European policy on joint programmes especially by non-European countries.

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Participants at the IREN workshop

ANIE at IREN workshop

African academics have a crucial role to play in the development of Africa. This was the focus of the 5th Inter Regional Economic Network (IREN) East Africa Thought Leaders Forum which took place at Lake Naivasha, Kenya from 12th to 15th August 2015.The forum was attended by thought leaders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. ANIE was represented by Mr. James Jowi. It reflected on why the utilization of Africa’s intellectual capabilities had remained elusive while there were intellectual capacities already developed in certain knowledge areas.
It recognized that self-doubt, lack of confidence and playing in global games without requisite information created hindrances for African intellectuals to maximize on their mind capital. There were calls for self modeling and development especially amongst African youth to enable them confidently use their minds and skills to deal with and confront their worlds. The Kiswahili saying akili ni mali (knowledge is wealth) was reflected upon and on that could guide the process. Mr. Jowi discussed the pioneering role that ANIE is undertaking on international education in Africa and gave more focus on ANIEs emphasis on the generation of the new generation of scholars for Africa.

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