Charter Launch

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Launching the Africa Charter for Transformative Research Collaborations

In conjunction with the AAU Biennial Conference Of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities 2023 (COREVIP 2023), high-level representatives of major higher education (HE) and research institutes, networks, and funding and policy bodies in Africa, Europe and beyond came together for the launch of a new Africa Charter for advancing transformative research collaborations between Africa and the rest of the world.

The ambitious Charter Initiative, a joint endeavour of Africa’s key HE bodies, and facilitated in partnership with the University of South Africa Chief Albert Luthuli Research Chair and the University of Cape Town Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA), aims to redress entrenched power imbalances in global knowledge production.

Isabella Aboderin of PARC and other partners discuss the Africa Charter

Launching the Africa Charter: a gallery


Part 1: Setting the Scene

09.30 – 09.40: Opening musical performance

09.40 – 09.55: Welcome and introductory remarks

  • Prof Olusola Oyewole, Secretary General, Association of African Universities
  • Prof Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary General, African Research Universities Alliance
  • HE Prof Mohammed Belhocine, African Union, Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

09.55 – 10.00: Introduction of programme

Moderator: Prof Ambreena Manji, Dean of International for Africa, Cardiff University

10.00 – 10.25: The Charter Initiative: meaning, vision, potential

  • Prof Sue Harrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Puleng LenkaBula Vice Chancellor, University of South Africa
  • Prof Evelyn Welch, Vice Chancellor, University of Bristol
  • Mr James Alexandroff, Perivoli Foundation (PI)

Part 2: The Case

10.25 – 11.00: Africa and global scientific knowledge production: the imperative of advancing transformative research collaborations

Presentation and moderated plenary discussion

11.00 – 11.20: Refreshment break

11.20 – 12.10: Importance of a Charter framework to advance transformative research collaborations

Panel and moderated plenary discussion.

Moderator: Prof Wisdom Tettey, Vice President University of Toronto,  Principal University of Toronto, Scarborough.

Panelists (tbc)
  • Dr. Fonteh Akum, Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa
  • Dr. Julien Bobineau, Chair, Development Cooperation Working Group, Coimbra Group
  • Prof. Adenike Temidayo Oladiji, Secretary General, Association of West African Universities
  • Dr. Nokuthula Mchunu, Deputy Director, Africa Open Science Platform

Part 3: Presenting and endorsing the charter

12.10 – 12.40: The Charter and roadmap for its implementation

Presentation and Q&A

12.40 – 13.10: Endorsement of Charter

Representatives of relevant institutions and bodies sign (in person and video recordings) declaration endorsing Charter principles and aspirations, and expressing support for wider initiative to realise them.

13.10 – 13.20: Concluding remarks

Prof Kenneth Matengu, Vice Chancellor, University of Namibia; President, Council of the Pan African University

13.20 – 13.30: Closing musical performnce

13.30 – 14.30:  Lunch