University of Ghana

Strengthening engagement with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the College to collaborate with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to run a series of GCRF funded workshops.

Three thematic workshops will be run in partnership with selected ARUA Centres of Excellence. Workshops will take place in the first half of 2020 at ARUA institutions.

The engagement initiative builds upon an UKRI-AURA partnership agreement that aims to build capacity at ARUA’s Centres of Excellence, address SDGs and encourage equitable UK-African collaborations.

The International Relations Office has funds available to organise the workshops (including support for flights and accommodation) for College staff wishing to participate in this opportunity.

Please contact the International Relations Office if you would like to find out more.

What is ARUA?

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is a pan-African network that brings together sixteen of the region’s leading universities to expand and enhance the quality of research carried out in Africa by African researchers.

The alliance has created 13 Centres of Excellence that are hosted by ARUA’s member universities:

  • Climate and Development, University of Cape Town
  • Energy, Stellenbosch University
  • Food Security, University of Pretoria
  • Inequalities Research, University of Cape Town
  • Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Migration and Mobility, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Non-communicable diseases, University of Nairobi
  • Notions of Identity in Africa, Makerere University
  • Poverty and inequality, University of Cape Town
  • Post- conflict societies, Addis Ababa University
  • Unemployment and skills development, University of Lagos
  • Urbanisation and Habitable Cities, University of Lagos
  • Water conservation, Rhodes University

UKRI- ARUA Partnership

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) have agreed a partnership to address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), strengthen Africa-UK research collaborations and enhance research capacity across African and UK research communities.

Through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the partnership aims to:

  • Build significant capacity for science and research across African universities
  • Provide opportunities for African research teams and GCRF grant-holders to co-create new projects that build on current investments by GCRF and ARUA
  • To build equitable collaborations to strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in both the UK and developing countries