The Association for African Universities (AAU) instituted African University Day on 12 November in 2005 to commemorate its creation in 1967. Since then, it has been celebrated by higher education institutions across the continent, including SU. The day allows us to reflect on the progress, challenges and opportunities of the higher education sector in Africa. 

Read more about the AAU's activities here:​

On 12 November 2021, Stellenbosch University will host a virtual special African University Day seminar with the following programme. 

12 November 2021African University Day Celebrations

09:40 – 11:30 SAST

07:40 – 09:30 Ghana

10:40 – 12:30 Kenya

09h40-09:45: Opening and Message from AAU President


09:45-10:10: The postdoc career path among South African PhD graduates, 2000–2018, Prof Heidi Prozesky


Panel session:

10:10-11:30: Higher Education Policy, Partnerships and Strategies for development of Emerging Researchers in Africa

Moderators: Dr Nico Elema and Dr Palesa N. Mothapo



  • Prof Sarah Howie, Director: Africa Centre for Scholaship, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Bheki Hadebe- Director High-end skills, Department of Science and Technology
  • Prof Davis Mumbengegwi, Head of Multidisciplinary Research, University of Namibia
  • Prof Eric Osei-Assibey, Dean: International Programmes Office, University of Ghana  
  • Dr Ethel Phiri, Lecturer: Department of Agronomy, Stellenbosch University

11:30 – 12:30 SAST

09:30 – 10:30 Ghana

12:30 – 13:30 Kenya

Keynote Address

Dr Richard Munang

United Nations Environment Program, Africa Office

Africa's Research predicament – a pity-party or a rare opportunity for legacy under the changing climate.

Chair: Dr Palesa N. Mothapo​