This is Times Higher Education’s first-ever Africa Universities Summit and we are thrilled to have brought together some of the continent’s most exciting thinkers – across teaching, research, business and policy-making – to share ideas for driving Africa’s universities forward. These institutions will be at the very heart of the continent’s economic development and revitalisation, and this summit will focus on sharing ideas and applications from across the world to ensure the universities’ success in – as the title of the event states – “building a shared global legacy”.
The summit is, of course, about much, much more than university rankings and performance metrics. But a key tangible legacy from the event for THE – the publisher of the globally renowned THE World University Rankings –will be the development, longer term, of a bespoke Africa University Ranking, which will recognise and honour African institutions’ distinctive strengths.
The event was attended by over 200 senior delegates from over 22 countries, including Kenya, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Mauritius, Sudan, Egypt and Morocco.
Day 1 - 30 Jul 2015
H.E. David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng, South Africa
Dr. Sushita Gokool-Ramdoo, Education expert, Mauritius;
Prof. Lindela Rowland Ndlovu, Board member, Association of African Universities, and vice-chancellor, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe;
Prof. John Kalenga Saka, Vice-chancellor, University of Malawi.
Prof. Saurabh Sinha,Professor and executive dean: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Johannesburg;
Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, President, Addis Ababa University
Dr. Nico Jooste, Director of internationalisation, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Prof. Yue Chee Yoon,Associate provost (Graduate Education), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore;
Devang Vussonji, Associate partner, Dalberg, (Johannesburg office), South Africa;
Prof. Barry Green, Director of AIMS South Africa and Chief research and academic officer, AIMS-NEI.
Day 2 - 31 Jul 2015
Prof. Pius Adesanmi, Professor of English literature and African studies, Carleton University, Canada;
Prof. Albert van Jaarsveld, Vice-chancellor and principal, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;
Prof. Faith Osier, Clinical research fellow and group leader, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya;
Angel Jones, Founder and chief executive officer, Homecoming Revolution.
Prof. David Mfinanga, deputy vice-chancellor (administration), University of Dar es Salaam;
Prof. Gbemisola Oke, Deputy vice-chancellor (academic), University of Ibadan, Nigeria;
Prof. Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor and principal, University of Johannesburg;
Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-chancellor and principal, University of Pretoria, and vice-chair, Talloires Network, South Africa.
Dr. Jürg Brunnschweiler, Director of global institutional affairs, ETH Global, Switzerland;
Eugéne Cloete, Vice-rector (research and innovation), Stellenbosch University;
Dr. Ousmane Sène, Director, West African Research Centre, Senegal;
Josine Stallinga, Director of business development, Elsevier Research Intelligence.