Strengthening Higher Education Stakeholder Relations in Africa

This project will build stronger alliances between African universities and community groups, industry and other higher education partners. It will focus on three key components:

Component 1 – Strategic planning partnerships

African universities in partnership with Canadian universities will strengthen their strategic plans for improved outreach to external stakeholders.

Strategic planning partnership competition:

Component 2 – Case study partnerships

African universities in partnership with Canadian universities will produce case studies of successful African university-industry linkages.

Case study partnerships’ first competition:

Component 3 – Stakeholder relations

Association of African Universities will work in partnership with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to strengthen its ability to support its member universities’ external stakeholder relations and to strengthen its own external stakeholder relations.


University-industry linkages workshop

Accra, June 29 and 30, 2012

Robert White, assistant director of Partnership Programs at AUCC, seated next to H.E. Trudy K. Kernighan, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana and Professor John P. Ssebuwufu, Director of Research and Programs at AAU.

Representatives from African and Canadian universities and invited experts presented their work on the Strengthening Higher Education Stakeholder Relations in Africa program.

The goal of the workshop was to review six successful African case studies of university-industry linkages. These will serve as models for member institutions of the Association of African Universities in their quest to improve their outreach with external stakeholders.

Participants at the University-Industry Linkages Workshop.

The six participating African institutions and their Canadian counterparts were:

African Institutions  Canadian Institutions
Kenyatta University, Kenya University of Ottawa
Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Sénégal   Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Makerere University, Uganda Concordia University
University of Botswana, Botswana Carleton University
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana Consultancy with Prof. Jean Bernard Robichaud
Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Sénégal  Consultancy with Prof. Jean Bernard Robichaud