AAUN Africa Forum 2017

Photo: Dr Aldo Stroebel, NRF, SA; Prof Cheryl de la Rey, VC and co-chair, University of Pretoria, SA; Prof John Hearn, co-chair, University of Sydney, Australia; Christian Acemah, Ugandan National Academy of Sciences, Uganda; Prof Frans Swanepoel, University of Pretoria, SA and Dr Thandi Mgwebi, DVC, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa


On 3 December 2017, AAUN brought together 55 Australian and African expert participants from academia, government, diplomats, business and agencies to assess education and research partnerships for development, engagement of stakeholders, and building sustainable research and exchange programmes. The forum was held alongside the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security taking place 4-6 December.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), The Africa Agenda 2063 and STISA 2024 provided a policy framework with mutual benefit to Africa and the world including Australia: shaping research, education and economic development. They should also provide resources to implement partnerships and programs.

AAUN fora and workshops are a key instrument for establishing and building these partnerships and programs.

Following the opening keynote address by Professor Voster Muchenje, University of Fort Hare, ten AAUN grant-holders (PRDF 2017 awardees) shared project progress. These presentations were followed by two panel discussions: the first focused on youth employment and the second on cooperation between university networks.

The presentations and a forum summary will be available shortly on this website.

Thank you to all who contributed to its success.