Universities powering Africa's renaissance for the fourth industrial revolution

12-13 June 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

What is the THE Africa Universities Forum?

We are bringing together higher education leaders from all over the continent to the THE Africa Universities Forum to debate the accuracy and relevance of current international performance metrics to African higher education. We will assess the institutional leadership required to foster excellence; explore how diversification of the African academy can prepare graduates for the fourth industrial revolution; and debate how the arts and humanities can play a central role in Africa’s renaissance over the next 30 years.

A data masterclass will examine the latest Times Higher Education data on the performance of African universities and analyse trends, and we will welcome an open dialogue on the most effective methodologies and the impact of international rankings on higher education development in Africa.

The forum will debate leadership in relation to research and development institutions. Given the rapid growth of some African national economies, and the opportunities created by the fourth industrial revolution for forward-thinking governments and agencies to leapfrog certain technological development stages, what strategies should leaders of public and private universities be putting in place to make the most of these opportunities? And how should these strategies protect universities against the new challenges posed by the fourth industrial revolution? What kind of leadership and governance might be most effective, in the African context, for universities to become beacons of advancement?


Reasons to attend

Meet with a global network of leaders, experts and decision-makers who set the agenda for universities in the region.

Gain exclusive analysis and understand the data on the performance of African universities at the masterclass led by our data experts, and gain previously unseen insight from the rich data intelligence behind the rankings.

Explore the challenges and opportunities for African universities posed by the fourth industrial revolution and discuss strategies for creating sustainable models of higher education.

Share your experience with THE’s worldwide audience of higher education professionals.

Our speakers

Phil Cotton
University of Rwanda
Tawana Kupe
Vice-chancellor and principal
University of Pretoria
Shireen Motala
Professor of the Faculty of Education and Senior Director of Postgraduate School
University of Johannesburg
Carol Nonkwelo
Executive director of research and innovation support
University of Johannesburg
Nelson Torto
Executive director
African Academy of Sciences

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