Association of African Universities (AAU)

Association of African Universities (AAU)

African Universities House
11 Aviation Road Extension, Airport Residential Area
Ghana (english)


The Association of African Universities (AAU) was founded in Rabat, Morocco on November 12, 1967, following recommendations made at an earlier conference organized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Antananarivo, Madagascar in September 1962 for the formation of such an apex organization. AAU is the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa. It represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.


The Mission of the AAU is to raise the quality of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to African development by fostering collaboration among its member institutions; by providing support to their core functions of teaching, learning, research and community engagement; and by facilitating critical reflection on, and consensus-building around, issues affecting higher education and the development of Africa.


Maintain the AAU as the representative voice of the African higher education community both within and outside Africa.


  • promote cooperation among higher education institutions in Africa
  • collect, classify and disseminate information on higher education and research, particularly in Africa
  • facilitate cooperation between its members and the international academic world
  • study and publicize and advocate the educational and related needs of African higher education institutions
  • facilitate the exchange of information and experience among members of the academic community, and promote best practices
Latest update: 10/06/2014

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