Access to Success: Fostering trust and exchange between Europe and Africa

Workshop 3: Europe and Africa: Intra and Inter regional academic mobility

3-4 May, 2010
La Palm Hotel, Accra, Ghana

2 May: Pre-programme

2:00 - 4:00       Student input meeting
                        Organised by National Union of Ghanaian Students

4:30 - 5:30       Speaker briefing meeting (speakers and chairs only)
6:00                 Evening welcome reception and cultural performance (all participants)

May 3: Intra-regional academic mobility: Comparing challenges and objectives in Europe and Africa
9:00      Opening ceremony

  • Welcome remarks: Goolam Mohamedbhai, Secretary General, AAU
  • Welcome remarks: Prof Tagoe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
  • Introduction to event: Michael Gaebel, Head of Unit, EUA
  • Opening remarks: Minister of Education of Ghana (tbc)

9:30      Opening Plenary: The Why and How of Intra-Regional mobility: Rationales, incentives and realities

  • Erasmus, mobility and the foundations of Bologna, 10 years of the European Higher Education Area: How far have we really come with European mobility?
    • Monique Fouilhoux, Regional Coordinator Europe, Education International
  • Current realities in the African continent: motivations to generate mobility, creating an African Higher Education Space?
    • Juma Shabani, Director of UNESCO Bamako Cluster Office
  • Discussion: Questions: Incentives to generate mobility- benefits to the individual, to the institution, the labour market? To the knowledge economy? To regional development?

11:00      Coffee and group photo

11:30      Plenary 2: Panel: Experiences, policies and challenges for institutional mobility: institutional case studies and panel discussion

  • Lex Bouter, Rector of VU Amsterdam
  • Wilson Wasike, Manager, Training Department, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
  • Christoff Pauw, Coordinator South-South Networks, University of Stellenbosch
  • Chair: Naa Ardamafio, Vice-Chancellor and Dean of International Programs, University of Ghana

Questions addressed by institutional cases studies: Incentives to generate in-coming and outgoing regional mobility from institutional perspective, institutional policies and strategies, programmes, resources, measuring successful mobility, evaluating quality of mobility. Speakers/panel will address the above and highlight: Doctoral education and researcher mobility, Mobility in post-graduate training, Tracking and measuring mobility, Balancing incoming and outgoing mobility

1:00      Lunch

2:00      Break outs 1: Structuring and valorising mobility

  • WG1: Recognition and mobility
    • Recognition in Europe: Principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention, implementation and remaining challenges (Andrejs Rauhvargers, Bologna Recognition Working Group/ Latvian Rectors' Conference)
    • Recognition in Africa: Taking Arusha forward (African Union)
    • Chair: Juma Shabani, UNESCO Bamako Cluster office
  • WG2: Virtual mobility? A new dimension for partnership Questions: An appropriate replacement for physical mobility? A compliment? An important component in promoting access to international education in Africa, in Europe? A new avenue for enhancing institutional cooperation?
    • Otto Kroesen, TU Delft, the Netherlands and David Ndegwah,Tangaza College, Kenya
    • Chair: Piet Henderikx, European Association for Distance Teaching Universities
  • WG3: Joint degrees and mobility - innovative curricula and other institutional benefits
    • Suzanne Fustukian, Coordinator, TropED International Health Joint Master (tbc)
    • Nan Warner, Director of University Science Humanities and Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA)

3:30      Coffee

4:00      Plenary 3: Panel: Generating regional mobility in Africa: Launching Nyerere and other schemes

  • The Nyerere programme and Mobility objectives of the AU (Olusola Oyewole, Senior Education Expert, African Union Commission)
  • Supporting regional integration and an African HE space (Deirdre Lennan, DG Education and Culture, European Commission)
  • Chair: Goolam Mohamedbhai, AAU

5:30       Networking cocktail and poster session

7:30       Dinner at restaurant

May 4: Inter-regional academic mobility and professional brain drain

9:00       Plenary 4: A current picture of brain drain from Africa: Scope and effect

  • Abdeslam Marfouk, Université Catholique de Louvain/ Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Considering brain drain: Lessons from Access to Success

  • Forces and drivers: Presentation of access and retention workshop and study results (MeeFoong Lee, EAN)
  • Potential and real solutions: Presentation of capacity building workshop (Tor Rynning Torp, UHR)

10:15       Coffee

10:45       Break outs 2: Fighting brain drain, driving brain circulation: Current modalities

Break out 1
Break out 2

Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), Spain - Almudena Caballos Villar
Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) - Abdoulaye Salifou, Bureau of Central Africa

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Anette Pieper de Avila
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), Deborah Bennett

Participants will split into two groups with two/three presenters per group and parallel discussions on current initiatives and programmes aimed at minimizing brain drain and promoting brain circulation

12:15       Lunch

1:30       Plenary 5: Inter-regional mobility and brain drain: Student input

  • Presentation of student input meeting (National Union of Ghanaian Students, Erasmus Mundus Alumni, European Students Union)
  • Discussion with student representatives

2:45       Coffee

3:15       Plenary 6: Panel discussion: Institutional perspectives on brain drain: challenges and solutions
Three African Institutional speakers addressing 1) institutional strategies, 2) risks of international cooperation and student/staff mobility abroad, 3) staff retention and harnessing the diaspora

  • Barack Owuor, Masena University, Kenya
  • Steven Simukanga, University of Zambia
  • Maggy Fragoso, University of Cape Verde
  • Chair: Narciso Matos, Foundation for Community Development, Mozambique

4:30       Plenary 7: Conclusions and policy messages of workshop

  • Michael Gaebel, EUA and Goolam Mohamedbhai, AAU

5:00       Close
5:15       Departure for University of Ghana: Tour and evening r reception

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