Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

Higher Education Policy Initiative in Africa (HEPI)

Date: 20th – 30st May 2019
Venue: Accra, Ghana

Number of visits: 2330

CODESRIA is currently holding an institute on the theme “the Role of Middle-level academics in University leadership”. The Institute which will run from the 20th May – 30st of May in Accra, Ghana is being held in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies, University of Legon. The Institute is part of a program CODESRIA is implementing with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York on Higher Education Policy Initiative (HEPI) in Africa. The program aims at engaging academics and stakeholders in higher education in Africa on issues and policy directions that can secure the greater autonomy of universities on the continent, renew the leadership of these institutions and improve the quality of their academic programs by deepening cultures of accountability and oversight.

Middle level academics usually serve as heads of departments, deans of schools and coordinators of academic units. They are not directly involved in senior university management and leadership roles, but play an important role in the design and coordination of academic programs and teaching at the departmental and faculty levels. The categories of academics targeted for the Institute include those expected to provide academic guidance and mentorship such as faculty deans, heads of departments, officials of academic unions and course coordinators. In the course of the institute, the 25 laureates will be expected to deliver presentations that touch on the governance of universities on the continent with a focus on the role of governing councils, management (vice-chancellor and deputies), and the intermediary role played by ministries of education. They will specifically engage the role of leadership in university administration in the context of expanding enrolments amidst declining funding for universities

The HEPI institute offers an excellent opportunity for CODESRIA to continue implementing its statutory mandate of strengthening the institutional basis of social science research and knowledge production in Africa while pursuing the research priorities included in its 2017-2021 programmatic cycle.

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May 23 2019