UNZA Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase (middle in gown) led the University in celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Association of African Universities on Friday, 10th November 2017 at the Graduation statue. 

The University of Zambia joins the rest of Africa in celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Association of African Universities (AAU) under the theme: “AAU at 50 – Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development in Africa” as well as the African University Day which falls on 12th November every year.

UNZA Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase led a group of UNZA staff in celebrating the incredible achievements of the AAU for a half a century now.

Prof. Tembo-Mwase said that UNZA, as a member, would like to congratulate AAU for reaching this milestone – the 50th Anniversary - and attaining significant achievements in promoting university education in Africa as well as the world over.

For 50 years now, the AAU has played a pivotal role in research, reflection, consultation, debates, co-operation and collaboration on issues of higher education in Africa. The Association achieves all these through convening higher education institutional leaders and policy-makers from all parts of the continent to deliberate on key issues related to African higher education and development. Additionally, the Association provides leadership in the identification of emerging issues and support for debating them and facilitating appropriate follow-up action by its members, partners and other stakeholders.

The AAU, headquartered in Accra, Ghana, was founded in Rabat, Morocco on 12th November, 1967, resulting from recommendations made at September 1962 United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference in Antananarivo, Madagascar for the formation of such an apex organization.

For more details, visit AAU website: https://www.aau.org