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The Africa Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) is a 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 internationalization of education. Established in 2008, ANIE has its Secretariat based ...


Background and Rationale

PosterThe higher education sector in Africa holds promise for the success and viability of several continental strategies and development frameworks. Partnerships are an inherent feature of universities; they are critical drivers for enhancing the realization of institutional goals and impact on society. Partnerships support research capacity building and knowledge production, innovation, postgraduate education, infrastructure development, teaching and learning, graduate employment, and industry competitiveness and growth. Overall, they are an important strategy through which universities are able to propel the social, scientific and economic advancement of society. African universities have historically developed and sustained partnerships with their counterparts both on the continent and across the world. The need for such partnerships has become even more pronounced due to factors such as the globalization of higher education, the recognition of partnerships as critical for the attainment of sustainable development and continental and national development frameworks that call for partnerships.

The 7th ANIE Conference follows up on the outcomes of the 3rd and 6th ANIE Conference held in Abuja, Nigeria in 2010 and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2015, respectively. In these conferences emphasis was put on university partnerships for knowledge generation and development, and also as an important strategy for realizing the global Sustainable Development Goals that were promulgated in 2015. The conference will bring more insights into (i) the drivers and challenges of international partnerships (both South-South and North-South partnerships) in higher education in Africa (ii) the nature and forms of existing international partnerships (iii)   the role they play in knowledge production and sustainable development (iv) gaps and opportunities that exist to initiate and sustain partnerships for development.