AAU is the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa. It represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.
To enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to African development by:

  1. Supporting the core functions of higher education institutions (HEIs);
  2. Facilitating and fostering collaboration of African HEIs; and
  3. Providing a platform for discussions on emerging issues
To be the advocate for higher education in Africa, with the capacity to assist its member organizations in meeting national and continental needs
  1. Promote and facilitate networking, collaboration and experience sharing in teaching, learning and research;
  2. Improve leadership, institutional management and the policy environment of African higher education;
  3. Empower AAU members to address developmental challenges and become an effective voice in national, continental and global bodies
  4. Facilitate mutually beneficial interaction between member institutions and the external academic and other communities;
  5. Provide effective representation of the African higher education community in regional and international affairs;
  6. Improve the governance and organizational framework of the Association;
  7. Raise efficiency and effectiveness of the Secretariat;
  8. Provide the Secretariat with a secure and adequate resource base for the pursuit of the Association’s goals

Benefits of an AAU Member:

  • Invitation to host AAU Events / speak at AAU Conferences
  • Right to vote / stand for election as President & as Governing Board Member
  • Use of AAU logo to indicate affiliation to the Association
  • Being associated to the principles and values AAU upholds
  • Inclusion of research outputs on the DATAD platform
  • Access to AAU Publications stored as Open Educational Resources
  • Advertising your academic jobs / institutional news on the AAU Weekly & Website
  • Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors & Presidents
  • Database of African Theses & Dissertations (DATAD) Training


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