OPEC Fund supports conference of The Association of African Universities


December 13, 2004
Vienna, Austria
The OPEC Fund for International Development has approved a grant of US$50,000 to help finance the 11th General Conference of the Association of African Universities (AAU). Convening under the title Cross-Border Provisions and the Future of Higher Education in Africa, the gathering is scheduled to take place in Cape Town, South Africa on February 21-25, 2005 .
The conference will address issues related to challenges facing the higher education sector in Africa, namely: the autonomy of national education systems; access limitations and private sector involvement in higher education; and, ensuring quality in trans-national higher education.
The AAU is a regional, non-governmental organization, established in 1967 as the principal forum for consultation, exchange of information and cooperation among African universities. With 174 members from 43 countries, the Association plays a vital role in addressing major concerns about the state of higher education in the continent. Its many activities include staff exchange, fellowships, scholarships, on- and off-campus workshops and conferences.
The Fund’s grant will assist directly with the organizational expenses of the conference.