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New horizons for Europe-Africa partnerships!

On Thursday, March 10, the public conference "European Universities between territorial integration and global ambition: a new dynamic for the Europe-Africa partnership"took place.

Aix-Marseille University and CIVIS gathered, on this occasion, more than 130 participants from Europe and Africa around the global challenges of international alliances in higher education, research and innovation.

The conference featured several exciting and innovative speeches by actors working for better cooperation within ESRI between the European Union and Africa.

Achille Mbembe, from the University of the Witwatersrand, defined the role of universities in this sustainable partnership:

"The task of the university today is no longer to make a profession of truth [...], but also to foster more than ever the emergence of a new planetary consciousness."

In the continuity of this reflection, Peter Maassen of the University of Oslo to address the partner universities the need to replace unilateral projects with a multilateral partnership.

The public conference took place in two parts: A round table was first organized around the following issue: "Exploring common ground : How can European university alliances serve African and European partners ? address global challenges jointly with African partners?"

Three main ideas emerged:

  • Make students a central issue in the exchanges
  • Develop the societal, civic and environmental commitment of universities
  • Contribute to the deepening of the quality of teaching and research systems

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Then, the round table gave way to a panel session on the following issue: "How can European university alliances address global challenges jointly with African partners?"

The video of the panel discussion is also available in replay!