Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions

Conference, 3-4 November 2016

 

Trends in institutional partnership in higher education have shown tremendous growth in the past three decades. These trends in higher education are manifested through the growing initiatives of joint programs that promote student and staff mobility, joint curriculum developments and course delivery, research collaboration, joint bidding for research projects and benchmarking. Partnerships in higher education have been used not only as instrument for institutional development through a wide range of strategic alliances but also as essential ways of introducing new voices to the operations of the universities by initiating new paradigms that bring new perspectives and bear competitive advantage on the partners. As the trend of partnership in higher education grew, scholars in higher education studies have also engaged in conceptualizing higher education partnership from academic venture providing perspectives, analyzing trends and developing models of higher education collaborations.

This conference aims to stimulate academic discussion on trends and key issues in higher education cooperation between European and African universities pointing to pressing important policy and practical issues. Are there patterns of higher education partnership among African and European universities and how do such patterns evolve overtime? What are the current debates on internationalization strategies between Africa and Europe and the circulation of knowledge in individual and institutional partnerships between the continents? Which insights can be drawn from various case studies of higher education partnerships schemes?

Addressing the above questions, the conference will shed light on the role of higher education collaborations among African and European higher education institutions crafting viable policies and strategies that facilitate exchange and interdependence of knowledge. It also aims to support the development of networks for sharing expertise, success stories, best practices and new ideas on issues of higher education partnership.

The conference is intended to bring together higher education and policy researchers, BIGSAS Partner Universities and Junior Fellows (PhD students). It will be a two-day conference stimulating discussions and debates on academic, practical and policy related issues.

 

Programme

 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Friday, 4 November 2016

 

 

DAY ONE

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Venue: Conference room, Liebesbier Restaurant

08.00 - 09.00

Registration

09.00 - 09.15

Welcoming Notes and Opening

Dieter Neubert
Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Dymitr Ibriszimow
Dean of BIGSAS

09.15 - 09.30

Introductory Remarks

Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis
Postdoc Researcher in Higher Education in Africa, BIGSAS

09.30 - 10.00

Keynote: Academic Partnerships from a Knowledge Diplomacy Perspective

Jane Knight
Adjunct Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada

10.00 - 10.15

Discussion

Moderator: Christine Scherer
Coordinator of BIGSAS

10.15 - 10.30

Coffee and Tea Break

10.30 - 10.45

Higher Education Partnerships between African and European Universities: Towards an Equitable and Empowering Model/Framework

Johnson Muchunguzi Ishengoma
Head of Department of Educational Foundations, Management and Lifelong Learning, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

10.45 - 11.00

Challenges of the Internationalization of Higher Education from a Periphery Perspective: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sintayehu Kassaye Alemu
UNIKE (Universities in the Knowledge Economy) PhD Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

11.00 - 11.15

Intra-Africa Higher Education Partnership: The Case of Pan-African University Network

Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis
Postdoc Researcher in Higher Education in Africa, BIGSAS

11.15 - 11.30

Discussion

Moderator: Yamina El Kirat El Allame
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco; Vice Dean for Research & Cooperation, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences; Coordinator of the research laboratory "Culture, Language, Education, Migration and Society" (CLEMS) and the doctoral programme "Studies in Language & Society"

11.30 - 11.45

Coffee and Tea Break

11.45 - 12.00

Leiden's Africa Strategy: Away from Capacity Building; towards Committed and Equal Partnerships

Ton Dietz
Former Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden, Leiden University, The Netherlands

12.00 - 12.15

From Bologna Process to the Pan-African University Initiative: A Call for HE Qualification Harmonization to Exploit Opportunities for Developing International Quality Assurance Standards through EU-African Institutional Partnerships

Abbes Sebihi
Senior Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Leonie Schoelen
Consultant Student Affairs, GIZ, Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), Tlemcen University, Algeria

12.15 - 12.30

The Internationalization of Higher Education through Service Learning: The Case of the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme of the University for Development Studies, Ghana

Lydia Kwoyiga
Faculty of Education, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana

12.30 - 12.45

Discussion

Dereje Feyissa Dori
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; African Research Director, Senior Advisor at the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI)

12.45 - 14.15

Lunch Break

14.15 - 14.30

From Education to Research and the Creation of a Capacity Building Network - The Partnership Activities with Sub-Saharan Africa of the Department of Education at the University of Oslo

Jens Jungblut
Coordinator, International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER), University of Kassel, Germany

Peter Maassen
Professor in Higher Education Studies and Deputy Head/Research Coordinator, Department for Educational Research, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, Norway

14.30 - 14.45

Success Factors in North-South Curricular Internationalisation: The Master Project in Higher Education Management from the University of Tampere Finland to the University of Yaoundé 2 Cameroon

Pascal Doh
Founder and Coordinator of Higher Education Capacity for Development (HECADEV), Turku Varsinais-Suomi, Finland

14.45 - 15.00

Building New Northern-South Win-Win Partnerships in Higher Education: The Case of MARIHE AND MHESD

Patrício Langa
Coordinator, Faculty of Education, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

Attila Pausits
Head of the Centre Educational Management and Higher Education Development, Donau-University Krems, Austria

15.00 - 15.15

Discussion

Moderator: Anne Nangulu
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya; Deputy Commission Secretary, Quality Audit & Standards, Commission for University Education (CUE); founder member and President of the Kenya Universities Quality Assurance Network (KUQAN); Chair of the University Education Services Technical Committee at the Kenya Bureau of Standards

15.15 - 15.30

Coffee and Tea Break

15.30 - 15.45

Higher Education Partnership between Maghreb and European Higher Education Institutions during the 2002-2013 Decade

Baghdad Benstaali
Coordinator of Department Accreditation Committee (DAC), University of Bahrain Kingdom of Bahrain

15.45 - 16.00

Sustainable Environmental Development Curriculum Upgrading: A Case Study

Manal Hassan Eid
Faculty of Pharmacy, Mansoura University, Egypt

16.00 - 16.15

Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities of Double Degree Master Exchange Program between University for Development Studies, Ghana, and University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Thomas Asante
Graduate Programmes Coordinator and Guidance and Counselling Unit Head, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana

16.15 - 16.30

Discussion

Moderator: Gregório Firmino
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FLCS)

16.30 - 17.30

Round Table

Moderator: Dodji Amouzouvi
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin; Scientific Director of the Laboratoire d'Analyse et de Recherche Religions, Espaces et Développement (LARRED); Director of the private universities in Benin at the Ministry of Higher Education, Benin

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DAY TWO

Friday, 4 November 2016

Venue: Conference room, Liebesbier Restaurant

09.00 - 09.15

Opening

Ute Fendler
Partner Universities' Coordinator of BIGSAS

09.15 - 09.45

Keynote: The Pervasive Models and Emerging Patterns of Partnerships within the Context of Higher Education in the Service of the New - and Coveted - Global Contract

Camtew Teferra
Head of International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

09.45 - 10.00

Discussion

Moderator: Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis
Postdoc Researcher in Higher Education in Africa, BIGSAS

10.00 - 10.20

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

n.n.

10.20 - 10.40

DAAD's Africa Strategy 2020 and the SDG: Towards Sustainable Partnerships

Christoph Hansert
Head Development Cooperation, Strategy Department, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

10.40 - 11.00

Discussion

Moderator: Dymitr Ibriszimow
Dean of BIGSAS

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee and Tea Break

11.15 - 11.30

Where is the Questionnaire? Dynamics of the Status of Social Sciences Researcher within the Benin-German Cooperation

Dodji Amouzouvi
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin; Scientific Director of the Laboratoire d'Analyse et de Recherche Religions, Espaces et Développement (LARRED); Director of the private universities in Benin at the Ministry of Higher Education, Benin

11.30 - 11.45

Moroccan Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues: The Case of Mohammed V University in Rabat

Yamina El Kirat El Allame
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco; Vice Dean for Research & Cooperation, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences; Coordinator of the research laboratory "Culture, Language, Education, Migration and Society" (CLEMS) and the doctoral programme "Studies in Language & Society"

11.45 - 12.00

Addis Ababa University: Reflections on Research for Development

Brook Lemma
Coordinator of Continuing Education; University Registrar; Dean of the Faculty of Education; Head of Department of Biology Education; Director Research Programs; Coordinator of Grants' Office, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

12.00 - 12.15

Discussion

Christine Scherer
Coordinator of BIGSAS

12.15 - 13.45

Lunch Break

13.45 - 14.00

Harmonized Appointment and Promotion Criteria for Academic and Research Staff in Kenyan Universities: A Quality Assurance Mechanism and Good Practice in Higher Education

Anne Nangulu
responsible for the BIGSAS partnership at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya; Deputy Commission Secretary, Quality Audit & Standards, Commission for University Education (CUE); founder member and President of the Kenya Universities Quality Assurance Network (KUQAN); Chair of the University Education Services Technical Committee at the Kenya Bureau of Standards

14.00 - 14.15

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

Carlos Lucas
Director of the Cooperation Office, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

14.15 - 14.30

Scrutinizing Partnership and Collaboration between Africa and Europe: Concepts and Consequences for Higher Education

Christine Scherer
Coordinator of BIGSAS

14.30 - 14.45

Discussion

Moderator: Ute Fendler
Partner Universities' Coordinator of BIGSAS

14.45 - 15.00

Coffee and Tea Break

15.00 - 15.15

Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme: AMAS Project - The Experience

Omar Egesah
Head of the Department of Anthropology, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis
Postdoc Researcher in Higher Education in Africa, BIGSAS

15.15 - 15.45

Discussion

Moderator: Dymitr Ibriszimow
Dean of BIGSAS

15.45 - 16.30

Summary and Farewell

Christine Scherer
Coordinator of BIGSAS

Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis
Postdoc Researcher in Higher Education in Africa, BIGSAS

19.00

Vernissage of the Exhibition "Stolen Moments"

at Iwalewahaus

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