WHAT IS CESA HIGHER EDUCATION IN FOCUS?
This online event series will be part of the groundwork for the development of a “Policy Data Unit” in Africa, which will be a new approach to generating comparable higher education data across the continent, rooted closely in the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) and the structures that surround it. It is organized by the AAU, with the support of OBREAL Global and in close collaboration with the CESA Higher Education Sub-Cluster coordinators, through the HAQAA2 initiative.
The events, which will examine different priority topics of the CESA Higher Education Cluster, will have a common thread linked to data collection for policy making. They will feed into the AAU General Conference in July 2021, where a session will be dedicated to HAQAA2 and the PDU concept will be presented to Vice-Chancellors in Africa. This will further inspire a ‘PDU Development Team’, which will be mandated to work towards the PDU set-up and methodological approach in 2022.
CESA Higher Education in Focus events are organized as round table discussions, webinars and debates predicated on break-out groups work. Each event requires pre-registration and is open to all relevant higher education stakeholders in Africa. Specific target audiences may be indicated in the event descriptions. Interpretation is provided in French, English and Portuguese, to facilitate the participation of different linguistic groups across Africa.
About CESA – Continental Education Strategy for Africa
The raison d’être of CESA is that education has long been recognized as a critical sector whose performance directly affects and even determines the quality and magnitude of Africa’s development. The obvious and palpable message of CESA is the need for all education sectors in Africa to play a critical role in the continental search for sustainable development. The CESA Higher Education Cluster was therefore created to achieve the strategic objectives of CESA in the area of HE. More information
Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation in African Higher Education (HAQAA) is an initiative that has been established to support the development of a harmonised quality assurance and accreditation system at institutional, national, regional and Pan-African continental level. It is funded by the European Union Commission, in the context of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership. Phase one (HAQAA1) was implemented from 2016-2018. HAQAA 2 (2019 – 2022) is intended to build upon, upscale and promote the results of HAQAA1. Part of HAQAA2’s remit is to support the CESA and the realization of its objectives in higher education. More information
6 May 2021 – 12h / GMT
Towards the Development of a Continental Database for Effective Policy Formulation on CESA (HE) Initiatives
CESA Sub-cluster on Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation
This webinar aims to launch a process of seeking sustainable solutions to weak data-driven policies in Africa, to document case studies of exemplary practices in the collection of reliable data and to contribute to the establishment of a Policy-Data Unit, supported by the Association of African Universities and other important African higher education associations at regional level.
This webinar is based on the report of an Online survey of “Challenges, Prospects and Good Practices in Reliable Data Collection for Education Development and Policy Formulation in Africa”, which has been conducted to prime this event.
Plenary session and Group discussions
12 May 2021 – 14h/ GMT
Preparing Higher Education Students for a Complex World: Exploring the Fluidity of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Post-COVID
CESA Sub-Cluster On Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
The presentation and small group discussions will explore what the age of COVID is teaching us about rethinking and reimagining higher education at every level, from institutional structures all the way down to the course modules we teach, the tasks we assign and the problems we pose on assessments? What, finally, do we need to do if we are to develop graduates who have the abilities—and the motivations—to take thoughtful risks as they tackle the complicated problems of a dynamic world? The target audience is higher education practitioners, including academics and students.
20 May 2021 – 10h/ GMT
Expert Consultative Roundtable on Transitioning from Distance Learning and E-learning in Higher Education in West Africa
CESA Sub-Cluster On Open, Distance, Online Education And Flexible Learning Of AAU
The Expert Consultative Roundtable, which is expected to be the first of five regional webinars with a current focus on West Africa, will bring together stakeholders in Higher Education to discuss strategies for transitioning from the current distance learning practices to eLearning and blended learning modes post-COVID. A minimum of 150 participants is expected for the webinar with translation provided in English, French and Portuguese. The final report on the webinar will be delivered at the COREVIP in July, 2021.
26 May 2021 – 09h/ GMT
Strengthening personal, leadership development and work readiness of graduates in African universities
CESA Sub-Cluster On Student Affairs
This webinar aims to contribute towards the strengthening of student affairs practice and its offerings in higher education, in order to enhance student success, critical civic engagement, and personal and leadership development of African graduates. Key questions to explore include: (1) how far are Student Affairs practitioners in African Universities using other sites of learning to develop African graduates and to prepare them for critical and engaged citizenship. And, (2) how do we take advantage of the latest technological advances to design, implement and recognise learning and development outside the formal classroom?
10 June 2021 – 12h/ GMT
Industry-Academia Collaboration and Technology Transfer in Africa
CESA Sub-Cluster On Research and Graduate Studies
This webinar which is targeted at the leaders and other stakeholders in the academia and the industry, is aimed at discussing collaborations between the academic and the industry and how to improve it. It will involve a presentation on Industry-Academia Collaboration and Technology Transfer by Prof. Olusola Oyewole, followed by a Round Table discussion, involving representatives of the Industries and University from South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria, on the expectations of the universities from the industries and vice-versa. The discussion will also address the needs, availability and sources of data to better support policy decisions related to enhanced university-industry cooperation.