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Excerpt from President Thabo Mbeki Speech, Entitled The Future of African Universities, Times Higher Education Summit, 30 July 2015

Unisa 150 year celebrationWe are very fortunate that when it approved the document “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want” in January [2015], the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government also endorsed the objective contained in that document, namely: “[To] build and expand an African knowledge society through transformation and investments in universities, science, technology, research and innovation; and through the harmonisation of education standards and mutual recognition of academic and professional qualifications [as well as] establish an African Accreditation Agency to develop and monitor educational quality standards across the continent.”

Perhaps the recognition of the need for an African knowledge society to achieve the Africa we want by 2063 is exactly the message we need to signal the commitment of our political leadership to provide the resources which will enable the African university to play its role, firmly situated at the centre of the Agenda 2063 development vision.

Time will tell how well the African state and the African university respond to the shared challenges they face!

Publish date: 2023/06/26

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