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Launch of Africa Hub

Through our bilateral links and The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities, Warwick works with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to establish sustainable research and education partnerships with universities and researchers in Africa. As a partner in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) we support capacity building in public health.

Strategic Partnerships with Africa

Higher education has been a key driver of economic and social transformation in Africa and policymakers understand that it is impossible to attain the UN’s sustainable development goals without rapidly expanding the research capacities of African universities and organisations.

Supporting Sustainable Development

To promote our drive to engage with African universities and organisations, in 2022 we planned a launch for the Warwick Africa Hub. The ambition of the Hub is to develop connections between individuals and institutions in Africa and Warwick, which emphasise long-term capacity building and shared benefits for the partners. Its role is to coordinate and monitor our partnerships with African researchers and engage with African higher education institute leaders.

Raising the Profile of African Partnerships

The launch of the Warwick Africa Hub featured a distinguished lecture, panel discussions and networking opportunities with Warwick and African academics and senior leaders. The programme explored Warwick's activities in Africa; student initiatives and opportunities; and North-South research and education collaborations. A launch highlight was the inaugural Annual Distinguished Africa Lecture with Professor Ernest Aryeetey. Professor Aryeetey is an internationally renowned development economist, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, and currently Secretary-General of the Africa Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

International Networks

The launch of the Warwick Africa Hub kick-starts a programme of activity design to profile African talent and develop leadership and Early Career researchers. Each year an Annual Distinguished Lecture will showcase our work with African partners. A Senior Leadership Visiting Fellowship scheme provides aspiring senior university leaders with mentoring and insights into how a global university organises and supports research and education. The African Research Fellowships answers the need for access to high-level research facilities for doctoral training and an exposure to international research cultures at a formative stage of academic careers.

“We were all inspired by the inaugural Distinguished Africa Lecture and contributions to the panel discussion on European and African Universities Collaborations. I am more than ever convinced of the significant opportunities across many disciplines for exciting collaboration between Warwick and Africa and can see how the strong link between ARUA and The Guild will be beneficial to this.” - Professor Stuart Croft (Vice Chancellor and President)

Governance of the Hub

The Hub focuses on advancing new research ideas, unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries. Its ambition is for collaborations that extend beyond universities to include non-governmental organisations, international institutions, private research institutes and private sector bodies.

Governance Structure

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