The Association of African Universities, North America is a 501 c3 non profit based in Washington DC. It seeks to among other objects
- to promote and develop relations among the African Academic Diaspora and African Higher Education Institutions (HEI).
- Promote sister-university collaborations among North American Universities and African Universities
- Promote and develop research and education networks among African Higher Education Institutions and their North American counterparts
- Promote corporate and non-profit America to support African Higher Education Institutions
- Sensitize potential development partners to the education needs of African higher education institutions
- Promote student and staff exchange among North American Universities and African Universities
- Promote a role for Higher Education in US-Africa relations
- Develop and implement comprehensive international Initiatives for senior leadership at public research universities in order to facilitate a seamless integration of international dimensions into the learning, discovery and engagement missions of our AAU institutions.
- Foster the development of globally competent students, internationally engaged faculty, and institutions capable of addressing global challenges.
- Identify critical issues, gather information, and create opportunities for AAU members to discuss challenges and share knowledge with their North American counterparts.
- Serve as the leading advocate for advancing the broad interests of African universities in North America
- Support development of innovative approaches and solutions to African Higher Education
Inauguration of AAU NA
On October 1, 2019 the Association of African Universities NA was inaugurated at the African Union Mission in Washington DC. The ceremony witnessed over two hundred participants from African and North American Academia, Civil Society, Government officials, Diplomatic Missions, multi-lateral and regional bodies, HBCUs among others.
The august gathering was presided over by the African Union Ambassador, HE Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, African Union Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology, HE Prof Sarah Anyang Mbi Enow Agbor, and AAU President, Prof Orlando Antonio Quilambo.
Other dignitaries included US Under-Secretary of State for Africa, Tibor Nagy, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Former Minister of Education to the Republic of Ghana, over twenty three representatives from African Embassies and Diplomatic Missions to Washington, USAID and World Bank representatives.
The themes for the ceremony were:
- Strengthening US-Africa Academic Diplomacy & Research Cooperation
- Forging Strategic partnerships Among Academia, Professional Associations and Research Institutions
- Advancing African Diaspora Academic Relations