ANIE 7th Conference

Conference Participants at Accra, Ghana


Background Information

The African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental pan-African network and think-tank committed to the advancement of high quality research, capacity building, information sharing and exchange, transnational networking and cooperation, and policy advocacy on the internationalization of higher education to enable African universities ...



7th ANIE Conference held in Accra Ghana

The 7th ANIE Conference was held in Accra Ghana from 5th to 7th October 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘Partnerships for Knowledge Generation and Sustainable Development’. ANIE organized the conference in partnership with Association of African Universities (AAU) and the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA). The conference brought together participants from over 30 countries. They included higher education leaders, researcher, practitioners in international education, international partners and representatives of research organizations. The conference sessions included a series of six workshops, four plenary sessions, different thematic tracks for paper presentations and a number of side meetings. The main aim of the conference was to discuss how university partnerships could contribute to enhanced knowledge generation in Africa and how this could be used to respond to the sustainable development goals.Read More →

ANIE elects new Board Members

During its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 6th October 2016 during the 7th ANIE Conference, new board members were elected. This was as a result of the expiry of the terms of office of six members of the board. The newly elected board members are; Prof. Goski Alabi (University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana), Dr. Mamadou Dime (St. Gaston Berger University, Senegal), Ms Amy Fishburn (Al Akhawayn University Ifrane, Morocco), Prof. Kimengi (Moi University, Kenya), Dr. David Farirai (UNISA, South Africa) and Dr. Christoff Pauw (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa). The other three board members elected in 2015 in Dar es Salam continue to be in office i.e Prof. Tolly Mbwette- Tanzania, Prof. Peter Barasa- Kenya and Ms. Christiana Badoo- Ghana. As a result of this election, Prof. Tolly Salvator Mbwette was elected Chairman of ANIE, Prof. Goski Alabi was elected Vice Chairman while Prof. Kimengi becomes the Treasurer. Prof. Chika, the immediate past Chairman congratulated the new board on their election and welcomed them to the leadership of ANIE. He appreciated the impacts that leading ANIE had left in his life and also his professional growth. He thanked the ANIE members, secretariat and board for the support they gave him during his term. On behalf of the newly elected board, the new chairman Prof. Tolly Mbwette thanked ANIE members for electing them to the leadership of the organization and assured them that they will commit and do their very best for the success of the organization.

ANIE Partnership with IUCBD

Prof. Pierluigi Bozzi, coordinator International University Network on Cultural and Biological Diversity (IUCBD) visited the ANIE Secretariat in July 2016. He held discussions with Mr. James Jowi, ANIE Executive Director to discuss possibilities of collaborations between the two organizations. The two organizations have complementary goals of promoting collaborative research and networking amongst scholars. IUCBD has in the past years promoted its research and networking activities IUCBD focuses its activities on research and collaborations amongst scholars in different world regions and with keen focus on Africa. According to him, IUCBD and ANIE could work together complementarily to enhance research, networking and strategic approaches that ensure continuous research with other key stakeholders in the higher education sector. Essential in this is support to support processes of communication, public awareness and capacity building. Prof. Boze stated that as an organization, ANIE has played a critical role in enhancing research and advocacy for internationalization of higher education in Africa which is also of interest to IUCBD. The discussions on the possibilities of partnership looked into how the two organizations could to align their objectives to enable a partnership will focus on a number of thematic areas such as education, science, policy and society with a combination to cultural issues and environmental biodiversity to build on research in the continent. They could also share different roles: free access, utilize fully the IUCBD theoretical laboratory, and enlarge networks in the two organizations. Further discussions on this would be finalized during the next meeting on the sidelines of the 7th ANIE conference in Ghana.

Study on Research and PhD capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the past six months, ANIE has been undertaking a study t on ‘The Analysis of the Development of Research and Sustainable PhD Capacity and Capability in Sub-Saharan Africa’. The study which is commissioned by British Council and German Academic Service (DAAD) aims at ANIE is undertaking the study in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. The study 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.The initial experiences with the project were also presented and discussed at the Going Global Conference which was also very useful in giving feedback and new insights. The six country teams have completed reviews of literature from their national and institutional research landscapes. Further information is being gathered through interviews and a survey to different stakeholders in research and doctoral training in the participating countries. The study is expected to come to an end in February 2017. The research team has already undertaken literature reviews relevant to the participating countries and developed draft country reports based on these. Additional information is being attained through surveys and interviews with various stakeholders within the institutions, at national level, within the private sector and international agencies engaged in higher education in the region. While some studies have addressed doctoral education in Africa, this study will be interesting as it will bring out innovative ways to develop, strengthen and sustain doctoral education in Africa. We will be pleased to share the outcomes of this study with the stakeholders in higher education in Africa and internationally.

Mobility research attains good progress

The project was launched during the 6th ANIE Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and it began in October 2015. The project covers eight countries in Africa. The research team has already submitted progress report on the data collected in the participating countries. The research team is meeting during the 7th ANIE Conference in Accra, Ghana to give a comprehensive report and also discuss the way forward in the project. This will be facilitated through the Student Mobility in Africa Workshop to be held alongside the conference. The study will provide more insights into the developments in mobility of students in African universities, it mainly focuses on the motivations and experiences of the mobile students in their new institutions. Being a pioneering study on mobility in Africa, the outcomes are expected to trigger more questions and open more grounds and interest for future research especially in countries and institutions not included in the current study.

Neo-Liberalism and International Education: Global Trends and Implications for Africa

Speaker: Prof. David StevensVenue:
In this presentation David will attempt to address six questions:

First, what is neo-liberalism? Second, does it work? Third how important is it for International Education and Development? Fourth, what lessons can Africa and in particular African education learns from the UK experience of neo-liberalism? Fifth, why is Kenya such an unequal society? And finally what can we do about it? Drawing upon more than 40 years’ experience as an educator working in or with African education colleagues, David will critically challenge the effects and consequences of neo-liberalism and its impact upon the poorest sections of our society. Finally a number of ways forward will also be presented.
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ANIE at Going Global Conference

British Councils Going Global Conference 2016 was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 3rd-5th May 2016. This was the first time the Going Global Conference was held in Africa. As a consequence, several themes and discussion sessions at the conference focused on educational issues in Africa. ANIE participated in several sessions at the conference. Prof. Chika Sehoole (ANIE Chairman), Prof. Peter Barasa (ANIE Board Member) and Mr. James Otieno Jowi (ANIE Director) participated in the session Research Must Rise in which they presented the study commissioned by British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service. Dr.Helmut Blumbach of DAAD, Nairobi and Mr. Michael Peak of British Council also participated in the session. The session was in the interactive fishbowl model which enabled fruitful exchanges and discussions between participants in the session. The session was into different Fishbowls discussing different aspects of research in Africa including science for development, cross border collaboration for building capacity and capability, research priorities in Sub Saharan Africa and International research consortia.
Other ANIE members participated in other sessions during the conference. Prof. David Some, CEO Commission for University Education and first ANIE Chairman together with Prof.Olusola Oyewole, founding ANIE member and president AAU, participated in the session on National goals and solutions: Made in Africa solution. Dr Gerald Ouma, ANIE Board member made important contributions as a speaker in the panel discussion on the impacts of rankings on African universities. ANIE participants were also able to make a number of strong networks with other organizations that would lead to a positive impact in its activities.


Norway’s new academic partnerships with global South

At a conference on internationalisation and mobility held in Stavanger from 9-10 March 2016, Norway – which has a long history of collaboration with African higher education – unveiled its big new programme for academic partnerships with the global South. The conference was organised by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education or SIU, which will administer the programme called NORPART – Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation. NORPART’s overall aim is “to enhance the quality of higher education in Norway and developing countries through academic cooperation and mutual student mobility”.
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A new Project Begins BC DAAD

ANIE held the Nairobi Kick off meeting for the project on Research and PhD Capacity in Sub Sahara Africa on 18th February 2016. The meeting was a platform to discuss the implementation plan for the project. The project funded by British Council and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) project will be undertaken in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal. The meeting was attended by the lead researchers from the six countries and the representatives of the funding partners. The meeting was opened by ANIE Chairman Prof.Chika Sehoole. The lead researchers are Dr. Mulu Nega (Ethiopia) Prof. Goski Alabi (Ghana), Prof.Peter Barasa (Kenya), Prof.Lilian-Rita Akudolu (Nigeria) Prof.Chika Sehoole (South Africa) and Prof. Mamadou Dime (Senegal). The project whic begun in February 2016 will come to an end in February 2017.


Gender equality through Korfball

Moi University became the first institution of higher learning in East and Central AFRICA to initiate Korfball, a game popular mainly in Western Europe. When James Jowi, ANIE Director, watched the game in Netherlands towards the end of 2015 he thought it could be an interesting opportunity to promote gender equity on campus. The game which is played by two teams each composed of men and women was introduced at Moi University in February 2016 by the International Korfball Federation (IKF). The federation sent Theo van der Linde an instructor with vast experience to introduce the game. With Moi University as a spring board, the International Korfball Federation (IKF) intends to spread the game to other institutions of learning in the country such as primary & secondary, colleges & universities. The sport is very popular in Netherlands, Belgium and Taiwan, and is played in many other countries. It is a game that will create a change in the Kenyan sport industry since it brings both the males and females to focus their combined attention and diverse energy to perform well in the game as a team.

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 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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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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