Africa University recently reaffirmed its continental advancement strategy by attending and leading in engagements on quality education at the African Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education (AAMIHE) conference in Luanda, Angola which was held from 15-18 September 2019.
The conference which brought together more than 100 African delegates from Zimbabwe, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Liberia, Cameroon, Burundi, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya was hosted by the Methodist University of Angola, and supported by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and, the World Methodist Council. Additional delegates from the United States of America, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, led by the General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Greg Bergquist were part of the meeting.
Africa University Vice Chancellor, Professor Munashe Furusa, Head Environmental Unit, Dr. Zanele Furusa, Director Advancement and Public Affairs, Mr. Stephene Chikozho, Director Institute of Theology and Religious Studies, Rev. Dr. David Bishau, and Lecturer Institute of Theology and Religious Studies, Rev. Nday Bondo represented the university at the conference themed, “The Quality of Methodist Education and the Role of the African Senate.”
In line with the University’s strategic focus on human capital development, research, innovation, business enterprise development, capacity building, leadership training and Church-connectedness in the continent, Africa University attended the conference to:
- ENGAGE on key thematic areas that include promoting quality education, sustaining quality education through a culture of generosity, the African Senate, and the quality of Methodist Education in African contexts;
- NETWORK with key decision makers in Higher Education;
- EXPLORE new partnership opportunities; and
- ADVOCATE for effective policies that promote quality education in universities and colleges.
In his conference presentation on Promoting Quality Education through the African Senate, Professor Furusa emphasized the need for Higher Education institutions to leverage on technology, continuously learn to fly without perching, build on distinction and strengthen institutional governance systems.
The Vice Chancellor underscored the need for excellent academic programmes, cutting-edge research and innovations, excellent infrastructure, as well as excellent staff and students, at universities and colleges in order to achieve world-class status.
Professor Furusa further advocated for active synergies amongst universities and colleges in areas of teaching, research, community engagement, quality assurance and business enterprise development. In this regard, Africa University agreed in principle, to partner with the Methodist University of Angola in teaching the Intensive English and other highly demanded courses in Angola.
Africa University is at the forefront of leading the agenda for institutions of higher learning to transition from simply being centres of education into centres of innovation, knowledge sharing and collaboration with other critical arms that drive development that include the government and industry.
In its 27 years of existence, the institution has delivered significantly on impact and transformation in Africa, a mandate that the University takes seriously and continues to live up to.