By Dr Samia Chasi
IEASA and ANIE entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 4 August 2020, renewing a relationship that was first established in 2012. In a virtual ceremony attended by representatives of both organisations, the MoU was signed by Ms Orla Quinlan, President of IEASA, and Prof Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo, Executive Director of ANIE.
On the occasion of the signing ceremony, the importance of IEASA and ANIE joining forces to collaboratively contribute to the development of higher education and advance internationalisation on the continent was highlighted.
Ms Quinlan noted that the members of both organisations stand to learn a lot from each other. She emphasised that IEASA and ANIE are well equipped to jointly represent African voices in higher education internationalisation on the global stage. She also expressed hope that virtual and online activities, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, would facilitate increased engagements between the two organisations and their members and foster collaboration on the continent.
Prof Goski Alabi, Chairperson of the ANIE Board, highlighted that by joining forces ANIE and IEASA would be able to amplify African voices in the global educational landscape. She noted that the ANIE-IEASA partnership would be aimed at bringing about benefits for the members of both organisations, specifically regarding joint capacity building and research as well as through joint conferences and events.
Shortly after signing the MoU, which is valid for five years, IEASA and ANIE turned their good intentions into action by co-hosting a webinar entitled “The future of internationalisation post COVID-19: Opportunities for collaboration with and within Africa” on 27 August 2020. The recording of the webinar, which was featured in the in the University World News on 10 September 2020 is available at [webinar recording link]. On 1 and 2 October 2020, IEASA and ANIE jointly hosted a virtual conference themed “Innovation and resilience in higher education internationalisation in the era of COVID-19 and beyond”. More information about the programme and speakers is available at https://ieasa.studysa.org/virtual-conference-2020/