AAU Celebrates the First Female Prime Minister for Tunisia– A Professor

On the 29th of September 2021, the President of Tunisia, President Kais Saied, appointed Professor Najla Bouden (also referred to as Professor Najla Romdhane) to form and lead the Tunisia government as Prime Minister. This is a first in Tunisia for a woman to be appointed at this high level of political leadership. She joins a growing list of past and present female presidents and prime ministers across the world. The Association of African Universities (AAU) conveys its heartiest congratulations to Professor Najla Romdhane. Three universities in Tunisia are members of the…

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New AAU Secretary General Assumes Office

  The new Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole assumed office today, Friday October 1, 2021. He takes over the mantle of leading Africa’s apex continental higher education body, the AAU, from Prof. Etienne Ehilé, who served as the Association’s Secretary General for the last nine years (August 2012 – September 2021). Prof. Oyewole was appointed the Secretary General following a competitive selection process which had several high-profile applicants participating.  The announcement of his appointment was first made at the Extra-ordinary General Conference…

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Press Release: A Free Open-Source Digital Grants Management System Developed for Science Granting Councils in Sub-Saharan Africa

Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya (October 12, 2021) – A digital grants management system has been developed and positioned for adoption by Africa’s Science Granting Councils.  This forms part of activities being implemented by the Research Management Project under the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI). The Research Management Project of SGCI, seeks to strengthen the capacities of Africa’s Science Granting Councils to play their essential roles in research, knowledge generation and innovation through training, technical support, and peer-to-peer learning. In an increasingly digitalized world, the development of the online system is…

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