White Paper on Africa-Europe higher education cooperation for development

European University Association EUA is part of an international consortium of African and European higher education organisations that has published a White Paper outlining a series of recommendations for strengthening higher education cooperation between the two continents, both as a response to global challenges and to contribute to African development.

The publication (available in French and English) was launched at the Belgian Senate with an event gathering around 150 European and African education and development stakeholders. It tackles a number of key issues relating to the future of Europe-Africa cooperation in higher education, including the need to develop more sustainable and efficient university partnerships and research collaborations (for example through joint research programmes). It also recommends concrete measures to increase the mobility of European students and staff to Africa, and for reducing ‘brain drain’.

The paper is based on the outcomes and findings of a major two-year (EC-funded) project “Access to Success – Fostering Trust and Exchange between Europe and Africa” which has been led by EUA and the Association of African Universities, with the Flemish Inter-University Council for Development Cooperation, the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions, the European Access Network, and the European Students’ Union.

In an ‘agenda for future action’, it outlines a series of key recommendations for different groups of stakeholders, including governments, universities, development agencies, and the European and African Unions’ respective Commissions.

These recommendations will be timely, given the upcoming 3rd Africa-EU Summit (taking place on 29-30 November 2010 in Libya) and the various initiatives launched in the framework of the Africa-EU strategic partnership.

A full copy of the white paper is available here.

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