The African higher education summit is predicated upon the recognition that higher education has a central role to play in the political, social and economic development of Africa.
Attendees include heads of states and other dignitaries such as the African Union Commission Chair: Dr. Dlamini Zuma; former secretary general of the United Nations: Kofi Annan; business leaders and sector stakeholders.
The main objective is to develop a common understanding of the higher education sector and contribute to the development of an action plan that will transform higher education in Africa over the next fifty years.
This is in line with the African Union strategy, Agenda 2063.
With the theme Revitalization of Higher Education for Africa's future, the continental summit will be held in Dakar from March 10 to 12, 2015.
The event's 12 organising partners include:
The government of Senegal;
The African Union Commission (AUC);
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA);
The United Nations Africa Institute for Development and Economic Planning (IDEP);
The Association of African Universities (AAU);
The African Development Bank (AfDB);
The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa;
The Association for Development in African Education (ADEA);
The Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY);
The MasterCard Foundation;
The World Bank.
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