Official programme

10:00 - 19:00


10:30 - 11:30

Branding Solutions masterclass

How should Africa's universities develop awareness to strategically increase funding, reputation and research opportunities?
11:45 - 12:45

Hiring Solutions masterclass

Implementing strong academic recruitment strategies, how can Africa compete in the global market?
13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 16:00

Campus tour

19:00 - 22:00

Gala dinner

Including an exclusive preview of THE’s new analysis of the performance of Africa’s universities across the THE World University Rankings and THE University Impact Rankings
09:00 - 09:30

Registration and welcome refreshments

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome remarks

09:45 - 11:00

THE data masterclass

A data masterclass will examine the latest data underpinning the THE World University Rankings and the new THE University Impact Rankings on the performance of African universities and analyse trends, and we will welcome an open dialogue on the most effective methodologies and the impact of international rankings on higher education development in Africa.

11:00 - 11:30

Networking refreshments

11:30 - 12:30

Should African universities care about the global university rankings?

How can international rankings truly reflect the quality of education delivered in a continent as diverse as Africa? University rankings should always have their methodologies scrutinised and impact questioned, but the right data understood effectively are a vital tool in supporting institutional missions. What data are most important in an African context? And what should African leaders understand – and what might they ignore – from comparisons in a global market?
12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:30

How diversification of the African academy, internationalisation within Africa, and de-colonisation will help prepare African graduates for the fourth industrial revolution

Training the next generation is a constant mission for many universities; adapting training for the demands of the fourth industrial revolution is emerging as a growing global concern, especially in an African demographic context. The jobs sector is constantly evolving, and therefore universities need to understand how to respond and remain relevant. How do the current education systems and programmes in Africa provide the skills needed to equip students for the technological changes ahead? Moreover, can African universities respond to the globalised, hyper-connected nature of the fourth industrial revolution while protecting African culture, values and diversity? Can this become a distinct advantage in the struggle to ensure the next generation of African graduates are not left behind by a global economy?
16:00 - 17:00

Why arts and humanities will be vital to Africa's success in the fourth industrial revolution

Science alone cannot equip students for the fourth industrial revolution and universities must ensure that they are prepared with different learning styles to embrace the changes that this epoch brings with it. Humanities subjects give students the critical thinking, debating and problem-solving skills needed to explore the complex human-to-robotic relations that we are already experiencing in the fourth industrial revolution. So, should universities be adopting a stronger interdisciplinary approach to course delivery to prepare students for what lies ahead? At a time when machines are rapidly learning, how can arts and humanities enable us to better understand the use and impact of emerging technologies?
17:00 - 17:30

Closing keynote