What precisely is the IAU, and why was it important for the British Council to create it?
The IAU is an opportunity for universities across specific locations in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK to partner with one another and, through these partnerships, to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within universities in the region to create a centre of excellence and of knowledge.
We’ve created a community that supports universities in learning from each other across the African continent. We recognise that expertise sits within the continent and for solutions to be created, they need to be homegrown.
We need to ensure that we’re showcasing with good practice and bringing or creating a platform and a community where people can learn – and also, where universities, institutions and academics can learn from one another, thereby unlocking the potential that exists in the region.
The programme has so far been delivered in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya…