On 25 October 2019, the Africa-Europe conference on higher education collaboration took place in Brussels. More than 400 participants attended the event.
The aim was to discuss how to foster cooperation in the field of higher education and skills development between Africa and Europe, to promote mobility and exchange between scientists and students of the two continents and to reinforce a mutually beneficial partnership.
Through supporting high-quality inclusive education systems, the conference is a crucial contribution to one of the four priorities of the Africa-Europe Alliance on Sustainable Investment and Jobs, namely “Investing in People, by Investing in Higher Education and Skills in Africa”.
The participants developed the following set of key recommendations for the future of European-African collaboration in higher education:
· increased cooperation with the private sector,
· continuous professional development for academic staff,
· the promotion of a Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework,
· stronger linkages between higher education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training,
· the strengthening of transnational educational partnerships,
· a comprehensive approach to refugee integration in tertiary education.
The conference was jointly organised by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and four higher education stakeholder organisations of EU member states, namely the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the British Council, Campus France, and the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education (Nuffic).