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AAUN Forum 2019 reviews Australia Africa engagement and plans strategy for 2020-22

More than 100 hundred leaders from academia, government, business, the diplomatic corps, development agencies and NGOs from across Africa and Australia met in Perth on September 2 to help shape the impact of the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) and to build on its 53 seed-funded research programs established since its launch in Canberra in 2012. Co-chair of AAUN, Professor

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Hot Topics: (i) Empowering women at work; (ii) Breeding better Beans; (iii) Being sage with salt

Empowering African women at work Professor Prem Ramburuth (UNSW), during an AAUN forum session on teamwork, innovation and communication on September 2, shared progress of her research into the empowerment of women in the workforce in Africa. Catalytic funding from AAUN in 2018 enabled researchers from Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda to gather significant data to stimulate discussion

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‘When it comes to innovation, we’ve got to learn from each other’

There is a clear and pressing urgency for Africa to build its scientific capacity, Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee (UP) said in an AAUN forum session on teamwork, innovation and communication on September 2. Dr Mentz-Coetzee also cited a recent report by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) that identified the significant role networks like AAUN played in initiating and carrying the

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